Nanyuki Executive Team
Co-Founder / CEO
Kathleen has more than 20 years in nonprofit fundraising for African causes. She has been in the safari business in Africa for 25-plus years and worked with refugee groups in London for four. Kathleen oversees fundraising and donor cultivation for BOMA, as well as program development. She undertakes several extended trips to Kenya each year to meet with staff and evaluate programs. Kathleen graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in government; as a SLU student, she participated in the Kenya Semester program.
East Africa Regional Director
Helen Dalton has worked in international development for over 25 years and has held positions in various international development organizations, including AMREF, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, AED, the Commonwealth Foundation, CRS, in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Thailand, Iraq, the Republic of Georgia and the UK. As the Country Director for IRC in Thailand, Ms. Dalton led the closure of IRC resettlement and repatriation programs, as the Cambodian and Laotian camps closed, and set up health programs in the newly established refugee camps on the Thai- Burma border. Ms. Dalton was instrumental in setting up the IRC Office in London. In the Republic of Georgia and Iraq, Ms. Dalton was able to indulge her deep interest in nurturing citizen participation in democratic processes and strengthening civil society, where she held senior technical positions in two innovative democracy and governance programs. In Kenya Helena was a senior manager with the Capable Partners Program that strengthened the technical and organizational capacity of national CSOs to respond effectively to the impact of HIV on women and children, and also worked on the Yes Youth Can program. Most recently Helen was Chief of Party for a US$45m USAID funded program that was designed to improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of vulnerable children, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to these children implemented by CRS in Uganda.
Ms. Dalton is a citizen of Kenya and holds an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex UK.
Deputy Country Director and Cofounder
Kura has ten years of experience in sustainable development in the Arid Lands, with a Diploma in Community Development and Project Management and an ongoing Bachelors of Development Studies at the Management University of Africa. He also has three years of training with Village Enterprise. He served as a representative of Honorable Joseph Lekuton, at Kenya’s National Assembly. He is responsible for developing and implementing all elements of the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) and overseeing the work of the program team.
Technical Program Advisor
Keneth Ndua Mitambo joins BOMA as a technical program advisor in the Nanyuki office. Keneth has 16 years of experience in the leadership, financial management, administration and development of social-impact programs that help vulnerable populations (women, children) to develop livelihoods, including positions with GHEM Consultancies, Church Army Africa, and Food For the Hungry Kenya. He most recently consulted for STAMP to develop a fuel-efficient wood-burning stove that boils and sanitizes water, reducing child mortality due to water-borne diseases.
He has a master’s degree in community care with a focus on HIV and AIDS from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and attained his MBA in Global Business Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Italy in 2016.
Meshack is based in BOMA’s field office in Marsabit. He is originally from Ngurunit, and aside from his time spent at university, he has lived throughout Northern Kenya. Meshack has a certificate in public relations and a diploma in human resources, both from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing his degree in business administration from Kenya Methodist University.
Kendi graduated in 2010 from Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a Bachelor of Commerce. After a year with Catholic Hospital Wamba, she joined Northern Rangelands Trust in 2011, working first as an accounts assistant and then as a finance assistant. She joined BOMA in October 2013 as a finance and administrative assistant, based in our Nanyuki headquarters. She’s a native of Samburu County in Northern Kenya.
Mariana joined BOMA in December 2013 as office adminstrator in BOMA’s field office in Marsabit Town. She attended secondary school in Laisamis, attended the Imenti Secretarial and Computer College in Meru, and earned a diploma in computer studies from Digital Computer College. She has worked as an assistant at Marsabit Boys Secondary School, Laisamis CDF, Cyber Com Marsabit and Meru National Park.
Nanyuki Administrative and Monitoring & Evaluation Staff
Bill Clinton Owiti joins BOMA from The Information and Communication Technology Authority of Kenya (ICTA) where he served as an ICT assistant. Bill graduated with honors from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology with a degree in Computer Science. After his graduation in 2015, Bill joined the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) serving as an IT intern and Volunteer in the Technology Unit. Bill is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Cyber-Security Associate (CSA) and Certified Linux Professional (NDG). Bill has developed and deployed mobile apps and stand-alone and web-based computer systems including a Point of Sale (POS) system, Text Encoder Android App on Google Play store and Gobi-Crypt encryption algorithm for information security. Since joining BOMA, Bill has served in the capacity of an IT Associate and helped in Salesforce Administration.
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Heather Katcher comes to The BOMA Project with 12 years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation in Africa and the United States. Most recently, Heather worked with Helen Keller International (HKI) as the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer where she oversaw data collection for HKI’s vitamin A supplementation program in Africa and provided technical support for research studies testing new technologies and maternal and child health interventions. Prior to joining HKI, Heather worked for six years in the United States designing and implementing clinical nutrition research studies on the effects of diet on cardiovascular disease risk, weight loss and polycystic ovary syndrome. Heather holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Registered Dietitian.
Monica Sena Kundu joins BOMA as an IT officer in the Nanyuki headquarters. Monica graduated from Egerton University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Prior to joining BOMA, she worked as a project manager and technical support lead for Impax Business Solutions. She has also worked for Techbiz Limited as a technical support lead, and as lead technical consultant for the SAP HANA and distributor management systems. Monica has extensive experience in the deployment, training and support of computer systems.
Donald L. Dell Fellow
Allyson Souza graduated from Yale University in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. At Yale, Allie served as the Captain of the University’s Varsity Softball team, Co-Founder and Vice President of Yale’s chapter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, and a member of the CT Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi. She is a two-time NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and is passionate about people and effecting positive change in the lives of others. Prior to joining The BOMA Project, Allie worked with GE Capital and Yale University Finance, and will be using her skills in finance and organizational management to aid in the monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of BOMA programs. She could not be happier to join BOMA’s Monitoring and Evaluation team as Yale University’s 2016 Donald L. Dell Fellow.
Princeton in Africa Fellow
Katharine Eger is thrilled to join BOMA’s Monitoring and Evaluation team as the newest Princeton in Africa Fellow. Between earning her B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, Katharine was fortunate to gain valuable first-hand experience in social entrepreneurship and microfinance development in Rwanda and Tanzania respectively. Through her college, she also worked in Washington, D.C., exploring and promoting the role of tertiary education within the context of developing countries – an internship that later inspired her senior thesis analyzing education reform in sub-Saharan Africa. Katharine is honored to contribute to The BOMA Project’s extraordinary work and looks forward to improving her fluency in STATA and Swahili.
Maralal Field Office (Samburu County)
Samiti joins BOMA as the Regional Manager for the Samburu Office. He comes to this position with seven years of teaching business and mathematics in South Horr and two years working for the Pastoral Governors (PGT). He has received a Degree in Education from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Mount Kenya University.
Saruna is the Office Administrator for the Samburu office. Born in the Samburu consitutency, Saruna holds a diploma in accountancy from the Technical University of Kenya. She has previously worked with Defense Forces Canteen Organization as a shop assistant and accounts clerk in the finance department as well as with Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.
Thomas Joins the BOMA Project after eight years of serving as a program officer with World Vision Kenya (4 years) and Child Fund Kenya (4 years). He also worked with the International Labor Organization to combat child labor in Kenya. Thomas earned his diploma in Community Development from Kenya Institute of Social Work and his undergraduate in Development Studies at Mount Kenya University. Clearly dedicated to improving his country, he now serves as one of BOMAs three field officers in Samburu county.
David joins the BOMA team as one of our three field officers in the new Samburu office. Born and raised in the Samburu constituency, David holds a diploma in business management from Egerton University as well as an Accounting Technician Diploma (KASBEN). Prior to joining BOMA, he was a solider with the Kenyan Armed Forces, serving national and international missions in Somali for two and a half years. He also comes with experience with World Vision as a data collector.
Sarah grew up in Maralal, and now works as the first female Field Officer in the new Samburu office. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Education from Laikipia University, as well as a diploma in Computer Studies from Eldoret Polytechnic. Additionally, Sarah has been able to take a variety of short courses and receive on-job trainings. Most recently, Sarah worked as a Project Officer for Anglican Overseas Aid, where, for four years, she managed the partnership in Samburu County, aiding maternal child health. Sarah also has an additional four years of work experience with Compassion Kenya, as the Director of a Child Sponsorship Program.
Marsabit Field Office
Abdul is from Galas in the North Horr constituency. He holds a diploma in social work and social development and a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, both from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining BOMA, he worked with Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization, a Kiserian-based NGO, on issues of climate change and livelihood diversification. He has also worked with CARE International as a project clerk in the Hunger Safety Net Programme and NSSF as social security ambassador. Abdul has hands-on experience in community facilitation and capacity building.