Naomi's Village

Kenya

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.

 

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

Fred Muiruri Chege

Operations Manager

Fred Muiruri Chege

Operations Manager

Fred M. Chege worked as admin asst. at Naomi’s Village Home from Jan. 2014 to May 2016. After a period working in local government, he was rehired as operations manager at Cornerstone in August 2020. Fred is a trained computer software and hardware engineer (Infotech Training Institute) and has a certificate in database administration from the Vision Institute of Professionals. He is a graduate of Kenya Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration and IT. Fred has also recently started pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Nairobi.

Fred is married with 3 children. His hobbies are reading science fiction and AI books, hiking, and riding bikes.

James Ndenga

Human Resource Manager

James Ndenga

Human Resource Manager

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.

Rebecca Atieno

Accountant

Rebecca Atieno

Accountant

Rebecca is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Kenya College of Accountancy University.

She joined Cornerstone in 2020. She prepares all the accounting work for Cornerstone, oversees grants management analysis, and provides financial reports to the Cornerstone Senior Management Team. She is a qualified accountant with various skills in bookkeeping, financial management and reporting with over five years’ experience of working in non-governmental institutions.

Zipporah Wataro

Head Teacher

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

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.

Sarah Wambui Mwangi

Nurse

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.

Judy Musisia

Projects Manager

Judy Musisia

Projects Manager

Judy has over five years of professional experience in the construction industry.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential camps, commercial complexes and educational facilities.

Judy says that working in this male dominated industry has not only challenged her physically but also intellectually. She adds that the best part about the construction industry is the constant innovations of building designs and materials, which encourage ingenuity by presenting each project with its own unique challenges and solutions. This fuels her passion for creating and building even more.

Judy’s favorite quote to live by is, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown you out of your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everyone and everything else is secondary.”- Steve Jobs

Teddy Gachoki

Facilities Manager

Teddy Gachoki

Facilities Manager

Teddy is passionate about construction of buildings and civil structures. His key role is managing and overseeing building maintenance, renovations and repairs and ensuring these are completed on time. He also ensures that the institution meets high health, safety and environmental standards. During his free time, Teddy loves playing football and reading books.

Purity Ngari

Activities/ Sponsorship Liaison

Purity Ngari

Activities/ Sponsorship Liaison

Purity holds a Diploma in Film and Animation. She has more than 5 years’ experience serving in different children’s ministries. Her desire is to find daily opportunities within Naomi’s Village/Cornerstone’s ministry to share the stories of our children, thereby using her media platform to create an impact.

Purity also loves engaging and playing with our children. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and reading.

Daisy Akinyi

Community Liaison

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.

Mark Fundia

Catering Supervisor

Mark Fundia

Catering Supervisor

Mark first developed his passion for cooking after starting as a volunteer at a 4-star hotel in Mombasa in 2006.  Later he worked with an Italian restaurant and private cottages before joining Naomi’s Village in 2013.

He passionately served Naomi’s Village and Cornerstone for 4½ yrs. before leaving to become a head chef and provide corporate catering for the next 3 years. Mark recently returned to Cornerstone in April 2021 as catering supervisor.

Mark is married with two kids, Sheryl and Rodney.  He is known for his enthusiasm and his love for developing new culinary skills.

ERICK Waweru

Maendeleo Assistant

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.

Jimford Omollo

Sports Coach

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.

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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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

 

 

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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