Gaudencia Jebichii

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

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.

Bill McMillan

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

Mary Mwendia

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.

 

Jenny LoBello

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

Augustine Thuo

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

 

Stacey King

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

Peris Wambui Machaga

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.

Esther Ogema

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

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.