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 an 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 Caregiving

Veronicah Kageche

Director of Human Resources and Caregiving

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.

Flo Ouko

Director of Social Work

Flo Ouko

Director of Social Work

 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

Peris is an ardent social worker with a heart for children. She joined Naomi’s Village as mom and worked for five years in the baby room – the greatest place on earth. She holds a Diploma in Social Work and Community Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration / Human Resources from St Paul's University.  Her greatest passion is serving the adorable children at Naomi's Village by guiding and nurturing them. During her free time, she loves traveling.

Gaudencia Jebichii

MTOTO Program Coordinator

Gaudencia Jebichii

MTOTO Program Coordinator

Gaudencia is a RN with a Bachelor of Science and Midwifery degree from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She previously worked at Kericho County Referral Hospital, Jacaranda Hospital, and Nairobi Women’s Hospital before joining Naomi's Village.

Gaudencia serves as MTOTO Program Coordinator at Naomi's Village. MTOTO connects trained nurses like Gaudencia with pregnant mothers, shepherding them through pregnancy, birth and infancy via routine home visits. These nurses provide valuable, one-on-one counsel about and resources for:

  • Prenatal care
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant nutrition
  • Child developmental stages
  • Healthy parenting

MTOTO’s vision is to empower mothers with the knowledge and resources to raise healthy babies and toddlers, who will one day grow into the leaders Kenya needs to thrive.

Mothers enter the program after their first trimester of pregnancy and the above needs are met throughout the prenatal period until delivery. After delivery, babies join their mothers in the program, becoming part of MTOTO until they reach the age of 3. These children are then admitted to LEAP Preschool and later move on to attend K-12 Cornerstone Preparatory Academy.

Gaudencia is passionate about maternal and child health. She derives motivation as a nurse from seeing the mothers and babies she cares for being happy and content.  Gaudencia says that her joy comes from seeing the MTOTO Program making a positive impact in our community.

She like to swim and go on road trips during her free time.

 

Teddy Obonyo

Procurement and Stores Officer

Teddy Obonyo

Procurement and Stores Officer

Ted is a supply chain and operations professional. He serves as the Procurement and Stores Officer at Naomi's Village. His key role is to ensure that the children's material needs are met through purchasing of items/services and storage of stock.  Ted loves music ministry and he is an Arsenal football fan.

Mary Mwendia

LEAP Director

Mary Mwendia

LEAP Director

Mary Mwendia earned a bachelor’s degree in Education- Early Childhood Development and Education and also a master’s degree in the same. Mary serves at Naomi’s Village as the Director at LEAP Preschool. She has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in early childhood development and education. Mary is also trained in project management. She has lectured at the university level, where she trained early childhood education teachers. Mary has both taught at and managed elementary schools, and she knows very well that successful students become successful adults. She endeavors to educate the whole child and believes that intelligence plus character is the goal of true education. Mary’s passion in the effective management and supervision of LEAP’s activities is evident in her daily encounters with students, colleagues, parents and the community at large. Her belief is that children are gifts, each one possessing diverse talents and capabilities. Her educational philosophy is to work to create a welcoming and safe environment where all students can develop a love for learning.

 

Augustine Thuo

Media Coordinator

Augustine Thuo

Media Coordinator

Augustine is a passionate branding and corporate image professional with vast experience in graphics, IT and marketing. He coordinates all media needs and functions at Naomi’s Village, helping to ensure that the world at large gets to know about the wonderful work going on at NV and the delightful generation of children we are raising.

Augustine also serves with the MTOTO Program as the Program Editor.

In his free time, he enjoys playing piano and guitar and travelling

 

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

Kenya

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.

Esther Ogema

Admin Assistant

Esther Ogema

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's wife, Josephine, works for a disability rights organization based in Nairobi.

James Ongwae

Administrative Principal

James Ongwae

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.

Anthony Kariuki

Chaplain

Anthony 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.

Purity Warugu

Social Worker

Purity Warugu

Social Worker

Purity is a passionate social worker who has over 5 years experience in offering child protection services and community development.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology.  Her greatest passion is to bring healing to children who have gone through traumatic experiences and watch them grow emotionally, spiritually, and academically.  She also enjoys participating in charity work and spending time with little children.  She is married and has a daughter, Ariah.

ERIC JAKAH

Maendeleo Assistance

ERIC JAKAH

Maendeleo Assistance

Eric has a passion for developing and improving the wellbeing of individuals so that they reach their full potential in society. He is currently working with the Maendeleo Initiative at Cornerstone.  Eric previously worked as a volunteer around Maai Mahiu in organizing sports, events, seminars and workshops to educate ,sensitize and bring awareness about drug abuse ,HIV/Aids, gender-based violence, sexual assault, FGM, child marriages ,STD’s, etc. Eric later joined the Kenya National Youth Service to acquire more skills in service and particularly community development.  During 5 years of volunteering with the KNYS, he participated in basic paramilitary training for endurance and discipline, youth mentorship programs, agriculture and environment conservation, disaster management, firefighting and first aid, construction training, and leadership training. He also holds a Diploma in Food and Beverage Management. Eric spends his spare time on kid’s talent projects, reading books, and coaching and playing soccer.

James Ndenga

Human Resource Assistant

James Ndenga

Human Resource Assistant

James is in his final year at Kenya Methodist University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resource Management). He is also a qualified chef who holds a Higher Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Prior to working for Cornerstone, James worked in various management roles with leading fast food restaurants and hotels in Kenya for over 5 years. He has gained additional experience in management and leadership by successfully running the Cornerstone catering department as its catering supervisor. Due to his outstanding performance, he was appointed to Human Resource Assistant in 2020. James is married to Leah and they are blessed with 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

Steve and Anji Sisler

Missionary

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

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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Sean and Rachel Macnamara

Sean and Rachel Macnamara

Missionary

Sean and Rachel met and married during their time at University in Sheffield, UK. They are joining Naomi's Village in 2020 with their two sons, Jonah and Caleb.  They have both taught and led in various areas of school life in London over the last decade and as educators they are well aware of the difference education can make in creating pathways out of poverty. They long to see children educated, equipped and empowered to change their communities.

Having been a Deputy Headteacher in London and with a Masters degree in Effective Teaching and Learning, Sean will spend most of his time leading on professional development at Cornerstone Academy; coaching, training and developing staff. Rachel has worked in several schools in London and more recently has looked after children in their home as a child minder. She will help to facilitate the early childhood development programs.

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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 has 2 grown boys, 5 grandchildren and a German Shepherd. She loves to spend time cooking, being with family and friends, and serving at her 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   682-521-0213

Stacey King

Sponsor Relations

Stacey King

Sponsor Relations

Stacey has been a facilitator extraordinaire for most of her life.  She loves anticipating what is needed and making sure it is in place.  Stacey served as an administrative assistant in churches for 20 years.  She has experience with teens, college age, recreation ministry, worship ministry, and senior adult ministry.  Other jobs titles she has held include paralegal, preschool music teacher, preschool classroom teacher, dental chairside assistant, and US representative for an Argentina outfitter.  Stacey is a God-follower, lead worshiper, and true helper at heart.  She is married to Kevin, and they have two adult children, Amber and James.  Stacey’s favorite role is as Bibi (Swahili for Grandmother) to her grandchildren.  Downtime activities include reading, working outside, and taking the road less traveled with her husband.
Contact:   Stacey@naomisvillage.org         817-797-4494

Jenny LoBello

Communications Coordinator

Jenny LoBello

Communications Coordinator

Jenny has always had a passion for reaching the next generation. After receiving her education degree, she worked as a teacher, as a child advocate and most recently serving as communication director at her church for 8 years. Jenny lives in the Dallas area with her police officer husband and two daughters. She loves to spend time with her friends from church and planning events to help reach those in the community. During her down time, you can find Jenny enjoying family time or reading a book!

 

Contact: Hope@naomisvillage.org

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