Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.


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Kenyan Staff Leadership

Robert Kasambala – Kenya Program Director
As Kenya Program Director, Robert directly supervises the team leads, works with the board, and provides the day-to-day leadership for all programs and financial controls in Lwala. He has been in this role since 2010 and has overseen rapid program growth during his tenure. Robert has more than 20 years of healthcare management experience. His previous positions at Kijabe Hospiltal included Resource Director, Clinical Support Services Director, and Community Health Coordinator. He also served as the Director of the AIDS Division at AIC Health Ministries.

Mercy Owuor – Deputy Program Director
In this role, Mercy oversees the Kenya program Team Leads and directs the execution of the annual program plan. Prior to serving in the capacity, Mercy worked for the Lwala Community Alliance as the Community Health Manager.She has a background in managing community-based programs, community mobilization, and holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Development from Great Lakes University and a BA in Sociology. Mercy was previously employed by University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences as a Field Study Coordinator.

Vincent Okoth – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Vincent ensures that all grant-specific data as well as department and organizational data is accurately and efficiently collected and analyzed. In addition, he develops and utilizes monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools for the organization’s grants and programs, and educates staff on M&E tools. Vincent previously worked with the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society as a Data Officer and as a Data and Information Officer with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Teresa Kemuma Atandi – Nursing Officer in Charge
Teresa currently coordinates the clinical staff in Lwala including Clinical Officers, nurses, lab techs, pharmacy techs, and various aides. Teresa has worked in Lwala since 2010 providing patient care for HIV and TB, PMTCT, immunizations, and general inpatient and outpatient care. She has a diploma in community health from Kendu School of Medical Sciences.

David Adipo – Community Health Nurse Supervisor
In this position, David coordinates all public health programming, including programs in maternal health, family planning, and Youth Peer Providers. David oversees all community health staff, including community health nurses and Community Health Workers. In addition, he coordinates scheduling, training, materials and resources for all community activities. Before joining LCA’s staff, David worked with Shining Hope for Communities as a program nurse and as the Head of Nursing Services. David received his bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing and Public Health from Kenyatta University.

Paciphique Adhiambo- Education Coordinator
As Education Coordinator, Paciphique manages education staff and all education programs in the 15 local schools around North Kamagambo. She works with LCA staff, local schools and community members to design and implement effective programs, and monitors and evaluates these programs. Paciphique is a licensed social worker with extensive experience working with at-risk youth.

Edith Ingutia – Economic Development Coordinator
Edith manages income generating activities including, but not limited to, the sewing cooperative, soap making cooperative, youth groups, and agricultural work. Edith also works to engage vulnerable groups such as HIV-positive community members and young mothers in income generating activities. Edith previously served NACSO Secretariat as an Enterprise Development Advisor. Edith has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Namibia.

Mark Barasa – Operations Coordinator
Mark manages operations including transport, security, and buildings and grounds. Mark has worked in Lwala since 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Kenya Methodist University and CPA II section IV. He previously worked with Bethany Kids at Kijabe Hospital and Ultimate Vetserve ltd as Program Accountant. He has over 7 years of experience managing donor funds.

U.S. Staff

James Nardella – Executive Director

In his role as Executive Director, James leads program strategy and new business development. Since 2009, he has overseen the expansion of the hospital to serve 3,000 patients per month, school programming that serves 6,000 students annually, and employment opportunities for over 160 Kenyans.  Under James’ leadership, annual revenue has tripled through partnerships with a diverse group of corporations, implementing partners, and foundations (such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, USAID, Johnson & Johnson, and the Segal Family Foundation). He holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Boston University and a Masters from the department of Leadership, Policies, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. James is married to Jena Lee Nardella, the co-founder of Blood:Water Mission. The Nardellas have a young son and split time between Nashville, TN and their mutual work in East Africa. James sits on the boards of the Shared Trade Alliance, a coalition of social enterprises focused on lifting women out of poverty, and Project Pyramid, an initiative that brings together future leaders of business, education, law, medicine, and religion to learn about global poverty. James enjoys writing and speaking on vocation, global health, and community development.


Katherine Falk – Development and Communications Coordinator

As Development and Communications Coordinator, Katherine works on donor and partner development, organizational content and messaging, volunteer coordination, event planning, and keeps track of all things related to fundraising. Her background is in education and counseling with at-risk children, and she holds an M.Ed. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Alliance staff, Katherine conducted and published educational research and coordinated a federally funded research center at Vanderbilt University. She also has extensive grant writing experience. Katherine has worked with under-resourced communities in Romania, Northern Ireland, and Kenya. In particular, she has been involved in holistic development efforts in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya and currently serves on the board of Share International. In addition, she leads an afterschool reading program for inner-city children.

Mindy Skelton – Field Operations Officer
In this role, Mindy serves as the backstop to all Kenya program activities, working directly with the Kenya program staff to ensure that programs are executed with excellence. Mindy’s background is in engineering management and development economics, and she holds a bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Alliance team, Mindy worked as a healthcare consultant at Huron Consulting Group. Her work at Huron included design and implementation of new processes, department and leadership structures, software, and tools to provide the foundation for patient flow optimization. Mindy also has international community development experience and has volunteered in communities in Uganda, India, Laos, and Northern Thailand. In addition, she is working with a Thailand based development organization to create preventative health education materials and prevention programs specific to the tribal region in Thailand.

Kelli Ross – Assistant to the Executive Director and Development Associate
In this role, Kelli manages manages organizational communication and work flow; conducts donor research and donation tracking; supports the U.S. board; and manages day-to-day details of the office operation. Kelli’s background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. She holds a BA in communication arts from Union University (Jackson, TN) and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). Prior to joining Lwala, she worked as a freelance writer and photographer, a news reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun, director of communications for faith-based microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, VA, and for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, DC. She has also worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel.


  • 2,962 Monthly Patient Visits

  • 643 2013 Babies Born

  • 1,200 Girls empowered

  • 160 Kenyans employed

  • 6,000 Students with Clean Water

  • 1,100 Patients on HIV Care

  • 1,650 Farmers Trained

  • 52 Student Scholarships

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