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.
Finance and Human Resource Manager
Jectone Oyugi 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celestine Heibor 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.
David Leparporori Ltapwa 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
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.
Sensa Ogom, a recent graduate in political science from the University of Nairobi, was hired as a Field Officer in 2015. While in university, Sensa worked as a research assistant for the International Livestock Research Institute.
Field Support & Security
Semeji Lekuton 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.
Monitoring & Evaluation
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.