Our Team

Naomi's Village- Our Team

Our Team

Naomi’s Village

Kenya

Oscar Og’wang

Director of Administration

Oscar Og’wang

Director of Administration

Oscar has a passion for pioneering and helping develop social impact ventures. He first joined Naomi’s Village in January 2014 as Director of Administration. He then served as Director of Ministry Development at our school, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, between 2018-2020, before moving to be the Associate Director of New Life Home Trust in Kisumu. In August 2022, Oscar re-joined Naomi’s Village for a second stint as our Director of Administration.

Oscar spends his spare time engaged in various worship projects as a singer and guitarist. He also loves reading, writing songs and composing poetry. He is married to Josephine Ann Owinga, better known as Jolene. They have one precious daughter, Angela.

Carol

Carol Nderi

Director of Caregiving and Administrative Assistant

Carol

Carol Nderi

Director of Caregiving and Administrative Assistant

Carol recently joined Naomi’s Village in the position of Director of Caregiving and Administrative Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Egerton University and is also trained in sign language use/interpretation. She previously worked in children’s ministry for over 9 years at a Compassion, Intl. funded Child Development Center. Carol’s passion lies in working with those who are underprivileged in Kenya. Nothing gives her greater joy than seeing toddlers grow into spiritually mature, disciplined and confident young adults. Carol’s life philosophy is “IPOS- integrity, piety, objectivity and stewardship”. In her free time, she likes taking road trips, listening to music and reading inspirational stories.

Justin Kaire

Finance Manager

Justin Kaire

Finance Manager

Justin, an accomplished finance professional, joined Naomi’s Village/Cornerstone as our Finance Manager in February 2022. He has over 15 years of extensive experience in finance, audit, risk management and leadership gained from working across diverse sectors including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), manufacturing, service, agricultural, motor and retail chain.
He is a fully qualified Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He also holds an MBA in Finance and a Diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS-UK). IMIS-UK has also officially licensed Justin.

Elias Mobegi

Accountant

Elias Mobegi

Accountant

Elias holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (accounting major) from KCA University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in finance at The University of Nairobi. Elias previously worked at the Institute of Public Accountants (Kenya) and at Bel-EA Pharmaceuticals, Ltd as accountant and finance manager. He also worked as senior accountant at VIVO Energy (K). He reads journals and research in his field of study and mentors young accountants across Kenya, helping them to achieve their dreams. Elias shares our passion for helping the most vulnerable in society so they will have a sense of belonging and live purposeful lives. He has previously volunteered with the Red Cross of Kenya in teaching entrepreneurial skills to people living in the slums of Nairobi.

Flo

Flo Ouko

Director of Social Work

Flo

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.
Mary Mwendia

Mary Mwendia

LEAP Director

Mary Mwendia

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.

 

Simon Njaria

Simon Njaria

Spiritual Care, Activities and Outreach Coordinator

Simon Njaria

Simon Njaria

Spiritual Care, Activities and Outreach Coordinator

Simon officially joined Naomi’s Village in January of 2020, but he has been pouring his heart into the children for much longer. Before coming to Naomi’s Village, Simon was a Program Coordinator for Scripture Union South Rift Region where he trained teachers and mentors, organized children’s activities, and maintained ministry partner relationships. He attended St. Paul’s University in Kenya and pursued a Bachelor’s in Communication with an emphasis in Mass Communication and Public Relations. Simon also has a Diploma in Holistic Nurturing of Children from Presbyterian University of East Africa. In addition, he has a Certificate in Leadership from African Leadership Institute. At Naomi’s Village, Simon coordinates all spiritual care, activities, and outreach. Simon is passionate about sharing the truth of God’s Word with children, teens, and families and that shows in all that he does. He is loving and caring toward the Naomi’s Village children and is passionate about helping them to tell their stories.

Kevin Ndegwa

Media Coordinator

Kevin Ndegwa

Media Coordinator

Kevin is a certified Creative Director with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. He is a skilled visual effects artist and a strong arts and design professional focused on interactive technology. Kevin has a BTEC - HND (Business and Technology - Higher National Diploma) in 3D/2D animation and multimedia and a certificate in psychology, both from Shang Tao Media Arts College.

His career progressed from drawing, graphic design, and animation to being part of our incredible team of professionals at Naomi’s Village. Here he helps to develop, implement and evaluate the impact of our program training materials and to conceptualize and produce sponsorship content. Kevin’s prior work includes Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded agricultural projects, Consumer Insight, Ltd (infographic), and Airtel (infographic). He has also provided specialized technical services for multiple Kenyan TV programs.

Kevin describes himself as a pragmatist and an avid reader of medieval history and architecture. His passion is to help tell the Naomi’s Village success story through the eyes and life of our children.

Gaudencia Jebichii

Gaudencia Jebichii

MTOTO Program Coordinator

Gaudencia Jebichii

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.

 

Peris Wambui Machaga

Peris Wambui Machaga

Social Worker

Peris Wambui Machaga

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.

Zakayo Oyula

Zakayo Oyula

Catering Supervisor

Zakayo Oyula

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.

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

Kenya

Florence Koros

Director of Administration

Florence Koros

Director of Administration

Florence Koros has been the Director of Administration at Cornerstone since March 2022. She is a seasoned communications and social development practitioner with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit organizations and the private sector, where she has held senior management roles. Florence has a bachelor’s degree in communication and community development. She has a passion for inspiring people to harness their unique potential for societal transformation.

Geoffrey Ragui

Operations Supervisor

Geoffrey Ragui

Operations Supervisor

Geoffrey is an Operations Supervisor whose primary goal is to act as the glue that keeps Cornerstone’s departments integrated and operating efficiently and effectively. He has 6 years of experience being employed in Kenyan schools and enjoys working with children. He is a registered member of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in procurement & logistics and a diploma in business management. When he is not working, Geoffrey enjoys traveling or spending time with his family.

Justin Kaire

Finance Manager

Justin Kaire

Finance Manager

Justin, an accomplished finance professional, joined Naomi’s Village/Cornerstone as our Finance Manager in February 2022. He has over 15 years of extensive experience in finance, audit, risk management and leadership gained from working across diverse sectors including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), manufacturing, service, agricultural, motor and retail chain.
He is a fully qualified Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He also holds an MBA in Finance and a Diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS-UK). IMIS-UK has also officially licensed Justin.

Florence Chepkorir

Accountant

Florence Chepkorir

Accountant

Florence is a Certified Public Accountant working towards enlistment as a member of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration (finance option) at Kabarak University. Florence is proficient in accounting in multiple contexts and environments, having had over nine years of prior accounting experience in the manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector.

Since joining our staff, she has dedicated herself to providing exemplary work in support of the overall vision and mission of Cornerstone Preparatory Academy.

Zipporah Wataro

Zipporah Wataro

Head Teacher

Zipporah Wataro

Zipporah Wataro

Head Teacher

Zipporah Wataro serves as head teacher at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. She is one of CPA’s pioneers, having been a faithful teacher at Cornerstone since its inception in 2013. Zipporah has long been one of Cornerstone’s most passionate and skillful teachers. Besides having a big heart for children, Zipporah is also very qualified and has attended numerous additional trainings in areas such as assertive discipline, play therapy, trauma-competent care and the new Kenyan Competency Based Curriculum.

Zipporah is a children’s ministry leader at her church. Her hobbies are singing, writing songs, swimming and reading novels.

Anthony Kariuki

Anthony Kariuki

Chaplain

Anthony Kariuki

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.

Daisy Akinyi

Daisy Akinyi

Community Liaison

Daisy Akinyi

Daisy Akinyi

Community Liaison

Daisy joined Cornerstone’s staff in February 2021. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, media, and communications from Moi University. Her passions are corporate social responsibility, communication, and working with marginalized children.

In her free time Daisy enjoys swimming and cooking, especially exploring new recipes. She is adventurous and loves getting to meet different kinds of people.

Kelvin Chege

Media Coordinator

Kelvin Chege

Media Coordinator

Kelvin is a qualified photographer and videographer with over 6 years experience as a freelancer. He is very passionate, especially about producing content for our ministry. In college Kelvin pursued media arts at Shang Tao Media Arts College in Nairobi, where he graduated in 2015. He joined Naomi’s Village/Cornerstone in October 2021 and has since made wonderful connections with our children.

Sarah Mwangi

Sarah Wambui Mwangi

Nurse

Sarah Mwangi

Sarah Wambui Mwangi

Nurse

Sarah is a nurse by profession, having graduated from nursing school in 2016. She has four years of work experience, both in hospital and school settings. She previously worked at St. Philip Neri Hospital and then came to Cornerstone in Jan 2021, where she does an excellent job caring for our students’ health needs.

Sarah describes nursing as not just a job, but a passion that has continued to grow over time. Nursing to her is a rewarding career where she is able to touch and change lives in special ways and learn more each day.

Jimford Omollo

Jimford Omollo

Sports Coach

Jimford Omollo

Jimford Omollo

Sports Coach

Jimford is a passionate sports coach and certified physical education expert. Prior to working for Cornerstone, Jim was a fitness coach and he worked as a personal trainer at Adidas Health and Fitness.

Jim played three years of rugby in high school before joining Kenyatta University where he played for four years as a flanker for the varsity team. In addition, he coached and trained young kids in basic rugby skills during breaks from university. He is also a professional cyclist, having participated in local tour races and individual time trials (ITT). During his free time, Jim likes working out, participating in individual and team sports, doing charity work, and travelling.

Coaching Philosophy: I am always open to new and innovative ideas while combining past experiences to provide guidance to my athletes. I hope to enhance their leadership skills and work ethic to create well rounded individuals on and off the pitch. I believe having a positive attitude is everything.

Erick Waweru

Erick Waweru

Maendeleo Assistant

Erick Waweru

Erick Waweru

Maendeleo Assistant

Erick 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.  Erick 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. Erick 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. Erick spends his spare time on kid’s talent projects, reading books, and coaching and playing soccer.

Field Workers

Bob and Julie Mendosa, founders

Bob and Julie Mendonsa

Bob and Julie Mendosa, founders

Bob and Julie Mendonsa

Founders of Naomi's Village

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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Allison Fassinger

Allison Fassinger

Allison Fassinger

Allison Fassinger

Missionary

Allison moved to Kenya full-time as a caregiver to the teenage girls at Naomi’s Village Home in 2018. In 2022, she transitioned to a new role as the Child Sponsorship Coordinator in Kenya. She also serves as the Team Liaison for visitors to Naomi’s Village.

Allison graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is passionate about working with children and is looking forward to all that God still has in store for her in Kenya!

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Sean and Rachel Macnamara

Sean and Rachel Macnamara

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

Bill McMillan

Executive Director

Bill McMillan

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

Kim Ramsey

Director of Operations

Kim Ramsey

Kim Ramsey

Director of Operations

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

 

 

Allie Travis

Allie Travis

Director of Marketing & Communication

Allie Travis

Allie Travis

Director of Marketing & Communication

Allie graduated from Anderson University with a B.A. in Public Relations & Marketing. She has nearly 2 years of prior experience in Marketing with nonprofits. Spending the summer of 2021 at Naomi’s Village opened her eyes and heart to a God-given desire from years before, that much of her heart belongs in Kenya. With a passion for writing, serving in the stateside office to represent the remarkable children she considers family is a perfect fit.

A lover of all things yellow, an early morning french press, saying hello to every person she passes, a window seat on a long plane ride, and tight hugs - she pursues joy in every corner of her life.

Contact: allison@naomisvillage.org

Maddie Millsap

Maddie Millsap

Director of Volunteer Services & Channel Marketing

Maddie Millsap

Maddie Millsap

Director of Volunteer Services & Channel Marketing

Maddie graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.B.A in Management and Marketing in May of 2022. She first visited Naomi's Village in the summer of 2018 and every aspect of the trip captured her heart, from the kids to the culture. Returning twice more, she discovered a deep desire to work with Naomi's Village in some capacity. She longs to spread the joy and positivity she experienced in Kenya with everyone she encounters. Maddie has a love for all things autumn, a breezy walk with her dogs, three-wick candles, and an intense game of cards. She tries to be present in each and every moment.

Jennifer Broumley

Sponsor Relations Coordinator

Jennifer Broumley

Sponsor Relations Coordinator

Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University and has 15 years of experience in healthcare spent working in hospitals, emergency rooms, and with organ donation and transplantation. She considers her involvement with Naomi’s Village a privilege, working together with our staff in this life-changing mission. She feels God has called her exactly where she needs to be. Jennifer loves traveling, a day at the spa, all things Texas A&M, pursuing her relationship with Christ, and spending time with her family, especially her 16-year-old daughter, Addison. 

Contact: jennifer@naomisvillage.org

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