Naomi's Village

Kenya

Don Sabwa

Director of Operations

Don Sabwa

Director of Operations

Don joined Naomi's Village as Director of Operations in 2018. Before that he gained 22 years of experience working with various organizations in the private, international, NGO, educational, health, and social services sectors. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance/Investment from Kenya Methodist University and Bachelor degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Nairobi. Don also has a postgraduate diploma in health care management, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is proficient in IT equipment and computer software. He is currently working on a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management and is a PhD student at the University of Nairobi.

Don is married to Violet and has 3 kids – Sandra, Carl, and Ble.

Veronicah Kageche

Director of Human Resources and Care-Giving

Veronicah Kageche

Director of Human Resources and Care-Giving

Veronicah Kageche earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Human Resources. Veronicah serves as Naomi’s Village Deputy Director of Administration and has a wealth of experience in human resources and program management. Her passion for the smooth execution of Naomi’s Village administrative tasks and staff welfare is evident in her day to day interactions with the staff and people of the village. Veronicah is married and blessed with three children and enjoys spending her free time with her family.

Anthony Kuria

Director of Facility and Logistics

Anthony Kuria

Director of Facility and Logistics

Flo Ouko

Director of Social Work and Caregiving

Flo Ouko

Director of Social Work and Caregiving

 Flo has been at Naomi's Village since January 2011. She started as a house mom, then became a house mom supervisor, and eventually the Director of Social Work for Naomi's Village. She says for such a time as this, God has called her to be among the many destined helpers of our loving, adorable children.

Zakayo Oyula

Catering Supervisor

Zakayo Oyula

Catering Supervisor

Zakayo is a qualified chef who serves as the supervisor of the catering department at Naomi's Village. He takes special care to ensure that the children and staff of Naomi’s Village receive a balanced diet. Zakayo also prepares all meals for visitors to the NV Guesthouse, and sees to it that guests have a safe and comfortable stay there.  He is a father to one girl, J’Lean. In his spare time, he enjoys reading the Word of God.

Peris Wambui Machaga

Social Worker

Peris Wambui Machaga

Social Worker

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

Kenya

Joseph Kajwang

Director

Joseph Kajwang

Director

Joseph is the Director of Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. He has 33 years of experience in senior administration and management, serving in education, the public sector, and in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). He holds a Master of Science degree in project planning and management, a Bachelor of Education (science) and a Diploma in Education (science). Joseph is a family man, with four young adults ranging between 24 years and 31 years of age. During his free time he likes reading novels and watching football (soccer).

Esther Ogema

Human Resource Manager/ Admin Assistant

Esther Ogema

Human Resource Manager/ Admin Assistant

Esther holds a Masters degree in community development, a Bachelor of Arts degree in development communication and a Diploma in management. She is currently working on a Masters in Human Resource Management. Esther has a wealth of experience in human resource management, project management, and community development. Esther successfully managed the following projects as a human resource manager and program manager: 1) APHIA II Rift Valley informal workplace prevention program 2) ADRA Abstinence and Behavior change for Youth (ABY) 3) MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s Magnet Theatre Outreaches 4) Mobile VCT for prisons and community projects, 5) National Aids Control Council’s Total War on AIDS (TOWA) projects at the District Technical Committee (DTC) and Constituency AIDS Control Committee (CACC) levels and 6) the Civic and Voter education on the constitution project under UNDP’s Amkeni Wakenya. She has also worked as a research assistant with Princeton, Emory, and St Paul’s Universities. She has written several papers that were presented at various conferences. Esther was a youth representative at the Constituency Aids Control Committee (CACC). Esther was acknowledged for being the best peer educator in support and commitment by Family Health Options Kenya and also awarded by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation for extraordinary efforts in HIV Prevention. Esther is married, has 2 kids and enjoys being a Sunday school teacher.

Oscar Ogwang

Director of Ministry Development

Oscar Ogwang

Director of Ministry Development

Oscar has a passion for pioneering and helping to develop social impact ventures. He joined Naomi’s Village in January 2014 as the Director of Administration. He currently serves as Director of Ministry Development at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. From 2004 - 2012, Oscar was the Director of Administration at Bethany Kids, a medical ministry specializing in paediatric rehabilitative and corrective surgery, based in Kijabe Hospital. Convinced of the potential and of the need to develop a local resource mobilization component for this ministry, Oscar served as Bethany Kids Kenya’s Director of Resource Mobilization in 2012- 2013. While at Bethany Kids, he was also instrumental in the growth and development of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Kenya (SHAK), a nationwide support group network for parents of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their kids, for which he still serves as an advisory board member. He was also a co-founder and director of the Philemon Trust Prison Ministry from 2002 - 2004; an intern in the Worship and Missions Department at the Nairobi Chapel in 2001; a marketing research assistant for East Africa Industries (now Unilever Kenya); and an assistant quantity surveyor for Costek Quantity Surveyors. Oscar is a qualified building economist (quantity surveyor). He received his Bachelor's Degree in building economics and management from the University of Nairobi and is finalizing his Master of Business Administration in strategic planning from Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). His skills and training as a building economist have proved very useful in several major construction projects undertaken both by Bethany Kids and Naomi’s Village.

Oscar spends his spare time on various worship projects as a singer and guitarist. He also loves reading books and writing songs and poetry.

Oscar is married to Josephine Owinga Odhiambo, better known as Jolene, who currently runs the Disability Rights Trust, a Nairobi based organization that champions for the rights of persons with disability.

Geoffrey Odongo

Director of Operations

Geoffrey Odongo

Director of Operations

Geoffrey is a trained teacher and an administrative professional who started his career in 2008 in the Ministry of State for Defense, Kenya. He has great knowledge and more than 8 years of experience in Kenyan Labor Laws and general operations including project coordination, execution and implementation, and HR issues. Geoffrey worked as a math and economics teacher; was employed at Jamii Bora Bank Ltd, Kenya as Human Capital and Operations Officer; and worked at G-Telecoms, a Zimbabwean-based company as the Head of Operations as well as HR & Admin Manager. He is well versed in processes, structures and systems, and is driven towards attaining performance and results. Geoffrey possesses a B.Ed. (mathematics & economics), M.A. in project planning & mgt. (University of Nairobi, 2014) and is currently pursuing a M.A. in economics. Geoffrey has extensive training in tax administration, occupational safety & health, staff performance appraisal, ISO documentation, leadership, IT and pension fund management.  He is married to Moureen and blessed with two kids (Jolly & Juan). He spends his free time writing gospel music, singing and watching soccer.

James Ongwa

Administrative Principal

James Ongwa

Administrative Principal

Mr. Ongwae is the Administrative Principal at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. He is the chairman and founder of St. Stephen Catholic School in Mathare North, Nairobi since 2018. He has been Executive Director of Alliance Hills Academy in Nairobi for two years. He also founded and grew to full length The Jabeli Education Centre and Adult School. He co-founded and grew Jimtra Tours and Safaris before selling the company. Mr. Ongwae is a former teacher of Kiswahili & CRE at Starehe Boys Centre and School where he also served in different capacities as class teacher, head of outdoor activities, clubs coordinator and executive assistant at the projects office. He has experience in teaching at several schools, including: Starehe Boys Centre and School – Nairobi, Mutunguru Secondary School  - Muranga, Raila Education Centre - Kibra, Nairobi, Obanga Primary and Secondary Schools - Suba South, Nyagwethe Secondary School - Suba South. He also worked at the maintenance department at Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) and has been a supervisor for Kenya Statistics Bureau conducting census in 2009. He has a Bachelor’s degree in education arts from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Masters of Art in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing Post Graduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation (Univ. of Nairobi)

He is a certified member of The Kenya Association of Project Managers (KAPM), a trained peer trainer with I Choose Life Africa (ICL), and is trained and experienced in leadership.

Mr. Ongwae’s hobbies are reading, swimming, travelling, constructive discussion, football, karate, singing, and listening to music. He is married to Mrs. Davine Moraa Ongwae and they have two sons, Jimson Ongwae, Jr. and Jeyden Graham Ongwae.

Anthoney Kariuki

Chaplain

Anthoney Kariuki

Chaplain

Pastor Tony, as he is commonly known, is a highly dedicated young pastor with the call to lead our students to participate fully in the word of God. He joined our ministry in 2017. He began his calling as a youth pastor and chaplain at KAG Church upon graduation from Gospel Garden Bible College. In the Children’s Ministry there, he taught both small children and teens about the word of God. He is a counselor for young kids and youth in the community, and actively participates in organizing Vocational Bible Study (VBS) and motivational talks. He helps lead interdenominational camps, and conducts outreach programs for secondary schools into the surrounding communities. Tony is married with one child. His main hobbies are sharing the word of God to young people and playing soccer.

Grace Kimachu

Nurse

Grace Kimachu

Nurse

Grace Kimachu is a Diploma holder in Kenya Registered Community Health Nursing (KRCHN) with 9 years of work experience. She was born and brought up in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya, where she pursued her primary and secondary education from 1992 to 2005. She attended Kijabe School of Nursing for her nursing diploma from 2007 to 2011. Grace is married and has 2 children.  Before joining Cornerstone as School Nurse, she previously worked at Kijabe Mission Hospital in the Maternal Child Health, Maternity, Emergency, Medical/Surgical and HIV/AIDs departments. She also gained experience at Kijiji Dialysis Center participating in ordering pre-dialysis laboratory tests, performing hemodialysis, and administering intra-dialysis medications. In her current duties as a nurse, she is also involved in community trainings on topics such as reproductive health, environmental health, hygiene, and sanitation. Her hobbies are singing gospel songs and playing volleyball.

Teresa Bwire

Social Worker

Teresa Bwire

Social Worker

Teresa holds a Diploma in community development and she is currently pursuing a Degree in gender and development studies. She has over 5 years experience in social work and community development. Teresa is a dedicated social worker who strives to provide solutions to emerging problems with families and children. She is single and loves doing charity work and spending time with little kids.

James Ndenga

Catering Supervisor

James Ndenga

Catering Supervisor

James is a qualified chef and he makes sure that all students, staff and visitors at CPA get a balanced diet. His passion about his work is evident daily as he serves our ministry. James holds a higher diploma in hotel and restaurant management and is currently studying for a B.A. in business administration (human resources) at Kenya Methodist University. James has vast experience in the food industry and has worked with some leading fast food establishments and other restaurants in Kenya over the last 5 years. He started as a chef and was later promoted to the position of branch manager, which entails supervision of over 100 staff per branch. James is married to Leah and they have a son, Ethan. During his free time, he loves playing volleyball, swimming and reading the word of God.

Field Workers

Bob and Julie Mendonsa

Bob and Julie Mendonsa

The Founders and Executive Directors

Bob and Julie Mendonsa met in 1987 while attending Baylor University in Waco, TX. They graduated the next year, Bob with a B.S. in biology and Julie with a B.S. in secondary education. Bob was accepted to medical school at UT Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, and Julie took a job teaching middle school math in Garland, TX. They married in 1991 and Bob went on to complete a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency at UT Medical Branch in 1997. During Bob’s training in Galveston, Julie become the chairperson of the math department at La Marque High School.

After residency, Bob joined Orthopedic Associates of Flower Mound and Lewisville, where he served in private practice for 11 years. Bob’s practice focused on arthroscopy and sports medicine.

Bob and Julie had two children, Emily and Will, and bought a home in Flower Mound. Emily and Will attended Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound.

In 2003, the Mendonsa family started taking yearly trips of one to two months to Kijabe, Kenya, for Bob to work as a volunteer orthopedic surgeon in a mission hospital. During that time they developed a vision and plan to move to Kenya and build a children’s home.

The Mendonsas moved to Kenya in 2008 and broke ground on Naomi’s Village Children’s Home in 2009. Bob and Julie both retired from their full-time jobs as surgeon and teacher, respectively, in July 2010. They now work full-time at Naomi’s Village in daily administration, intake of children, employee training, and continued fundraising. They plan to live in Kenya indefinitely to help raise Naomi's Village's children as future leaders of their nation.

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Steve and Anji Sisler Family

Steve and Anji Sisler Family

Missionary

Steve and Anji Sisler met and married during veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. They have four children; Nathan (16), Cade (14), T.J. (9) and Talia (7).

Sponsoring children through Compassion International and adopting their two youngest children from Ethiopia opened their hearts to the plight of children living in poverty. Providing hope and opportunities to children living in poverty has become their life's calling.

They moved to Kijabe, Kenya in 2015. Steve works primarily with Community Development Projects that empower the parents of community children at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, and Anji is the Cornerstone Scholarship Program Coordinator.

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Allison Fassinger

Allison Fassinger

Missionary

Allison is following her passion to work alongside the nurses and social workers at Naomi's Village to develop the MTOTO program. She has served with Naomi's Village three times as an intern over the last two years and loves spending time with the amazing kids and staff! Allison graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has earned her Registered Nurse license. She loves working with children and is looking forward to all that God has in store for her in Kenya!

 

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U.S.A.

Administration

Bill McMillan

Executive Director

Bill McMillan

Executive Director

Bill served in local church ministry for over 20 years as a teaching pastor and director of counseling ministries. For the past 18 years, he has worked with the local church in the areas of stewardship and generosity development. Bill has a passion to help resource the local church through effective stewardship programs that enable the church to reach more people with the message of Christ. His strong desire to see individual Christ followers grow in the grace of giving has helped him serve churches in stewardship journeys and see many lives transformed through this process. A gifted leader, strategist and inspiring communicator, Bill is able to connect with church leaders and staff to create a stewardship process that fits their culture, leads to growth in ministry, and strengthens their spirit of generosity.  Bill has also worked with other faith-based nonprofits in the area of donor development, staff alignment, and communication strategies. Bill co-authored the book The Ministry of Giving with Joel Mikell and Kimberly Stewart. The Ministry of Giving has helped many churches effectively disciple their financial leaders outside of a campaign process.  A resident of McKinney, Texas, Bill is the husband of Denise and the father of Erin, Kari, Chase, and Blair. Bill and Denise also have six incredible grandchildren. He is an active member and volunteer at The Parks Church in McKinney.

 

Contact:  Bill@naomisvillage.org  or  214-763-8311

Kim Ramsey

US Operations Manager

Kim Ramsey

US Operations Manager

Kim has known Bob and Julie Mendonsa since 1997. She helped Bob start his new orthopedic surgery practice in Lewisville, TX that year, and continued to work side by side with him as his Orthopedic PA for the next 10 years. She went on to serve as the Clinical Supervisor for a large ob/gyn practice in Denton for 6 years, before being hired as a private software consultant in 2014. She accepted a position with Naomi’s Village as its US Operations Manager in 2016, feeling that God had called her to do so. Kim is married to Mike and they have 2 grown boys, 4 grandchildren and a German Shepherd. They love to spend time cooking together, being with family and friends, and serving at their church.

Contact:  Kim@naomisvillage.org  or    972-979-4836

 

 

Sarah Bramlett

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Bramlett

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Bramlett grew up on the West Coast before moving to Arizona to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English from Arizona State University. She spent nine years working in higher education, which led her to move to Texas in 2013.  In 2015 Sarah went on her first mission trip to Kenya, where she fell in love with the people and the culture.  She first heard of Naomi’s Village through a close friend and immediately knew she wanted to get more involved. Sarah loves Jesus and believes in the importance of pouring into the next generation.  She has spent the last four years volunteering with the youth at her church and leading a small group of junior high girls.  In her spare time, Sarah loves to read, write and spend time with her sweet Rottie-Lab, The Colonel.
Contact: Sarah@naomisvillage.org   or  909-952-1800

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