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
Helena has worked in international development for over 25 years, holding positions in various 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; she was also instrumental in setting up the IRC Office in London. In the Republic of Georgia and Iraq, Ms. Dalton held senior technical positions in two innovative democracy and governance programs. In Kenya, Helena was a senior manager with the Capable Partners Program, helping national CSOs to respond effectively to the impact of HIV on women and children. Most recently Helena was Chief of Party for a USAID-funded program in Uganda designed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of vulnerable children. 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.
Nanyuki Administrative and Monitoring & Evaluation Staff
Finance and Human Resource Manager
Jectone is an accountant who has worked in the non-governmental environment for the last 13 years. Prior to joining BOMA, Jectone worked as a Finance Officer with the ICCO Cooperation Regional Office for Central and East Africa in Kampala, Uganda, where he was in charge of development portfolios in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. He previously worked as Finance and Administration Officer at the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED-Africa), a non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Jectone studied accountancy at Strathmore University, Nairobi, while practicing as an Audit Associate for four years prior to joining IED.
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Heather 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.
Technical Program Advisor
Keneth 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.
Monica 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.
Bill 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.
Paul joins BOMA as a Data Analyst based in the Nanyuki office. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Statistics with Computing from the University of Eldoret and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Prior to joining BOMA, Paul worked for Kantar Millward Brown as a Data Analyst and as Research Associate where he was in charge of planning, implementing and analyzing research studies across Sub-Sahara Africa. He was also a support lead for data visualization partners including Infotools Limited and a key contact on analytics tasks. Paul is happy to apply his research experience, analytics and software skills to optimize BOMAs data acquisition, analytics and reporting needs.
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.
Irene joins BOMA as the Programs Assistant in Nanyuki Headquarters. Irene graduated from Midrand Graduate Institute in South Africa with a degree in Public Relations. Priorto joining BOMA, she worked as a Personal Assistant to Sheikh Maktoums wife in Dubai. Irene has a consistent track record of successfully employing best business practices that improve efficiency while demonstrating diplomacy and excellent communication skills that transcend cultural boundaries.
Noreen joins BOMA as a proactive and highly skilled Administrative Assistant with 5 years of hands-on experience working in diverse office environments. She is a demonstrated team player who works collaboratively and communicates effectively with all levels of staff. Noreen holds a diploma in Human Resource Management from the Kenya Institute of Professional Studies.
Donald L. Dell Fellow
Allyson 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 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.
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.
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 BOMA’s three field officers in Samburu county.
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.
Marsabit Field Office
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Jeremiah has worked with BOMA for three years as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the Marsabit office. Jeremiah earned his Bachelors degree in Social Work from Nairobi University in 2013 and is currently earning his Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation at Maseno University. Before joining BOMA, Jeremiah worked for the county governments Ministry of Education in Marsabit as a facilitator. Jeremiah has also worked with a variety of NGOs including ILRI, World Vision, and IPSO SYNOVATE, where he worked as a research assistant. Jeremiah is from Ngurunit and currently lives in Marsabit.
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.
Celestine joins the BOMA team as our second female Field Officer. Celestine has both a certificate and degree in Community Development from St. Paul’s University, and she has previously worked with the Red Cross Society, Radio Jangwani 106.3, and Kargi and Chalbi Primary Schools. Celestine will be based in BOMA’s field office in Marsabit.
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.
Sabdio received a certificate in sustainable agriculture and rural development from Baraka Agricultural College in Molo. She first worked with CARE International as a registration clerk and then with Solidarity International as a food security promoter. Sabdio has served as a community-based monitor with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and more recently with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as a clerk and deputy presiding officer. She also brings monitoring and evaluation experience from Research Guide Africa as an enumerator.
David joined BOMA in 2012 after working for the Kenya Red Cross, CARE International, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRE). He was promoted from Village Mentor to Field Officer in 2015.
Mariana joined BOMA in December 2013 as office administrator 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.
Field Support & Security
Semeji is BOMA’s part-time staff in Laisamis District, providing field support and securities for all of our training programs and grant disbursements. He is referred to as the “entertainment mentor” for his gift of making everyone laugh and for his soulful warrior songs.