Nanyuki Executive Team
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.
Kenya Program 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 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 field team. Recently, his commitment to development and women’s empowerment were recognized when he was named an Aspen Institute 2018 New Voices Fellow.
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.
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.
Sam works in all aspects of program management and development, including livelihoods and livestock market systems, capacity building, and partnership management. One of his biggest priorities and responsibilities at BOMA is managing our role in the USAID-funded Kenya Livestock Market Systems project, under an award from ACDI/VOCA. He holds a Masters in Climate Change and Adaptation and a Masters of Arts in Project Planning and Management, both from the University of Nairobi, and a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation and a Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine, also from University of Nairobi.
Gabriel joins us in our Nanyuki headquarters as Finance Manager responsible for financial management, budgeting and tracking program activities and expenditures. Previously he had held the same position at the Norwegian Refugee Council for South Sudan and Yemen. Gabriel holds an MBA in Finance from Africa Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Catholic University of East Africa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Livelihoods and Markets Technical Manager
Fridah is a Program Management, Market Access, Value Chain & Agri-business Specialist with over 9 years’ experience implementing projects with INGOs., Prior to joining BOMA she served with the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, ACDI/VOCA, Terra Nuova East Africa (TNEA) and Ideal Business Links Limited (IBL). She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Egerton University, Kenya & University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management, from Egerton University, Kenya.
Mbithi conducts in-depth analysis of program data to identify trends or areas for potential course corrections, and presents findings to our team and partners. He comes to us from Innovations for Poverty Action, Kenya where he was Senior Field Officer. He holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University.
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.
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.
As I.T. Associate, Duncan provides support to our teams on our Salesforce and TaroWorks platforms, and helps diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve a range of software, hardware and connectivity issues for our office staff. Duncan holds a Degree in Business Information Technology from Mt. Kenya University (Thika).
Princeton in Africa Fellow 2017-2018
Neena is BOMA’s current Princeton in Africa Fellow. Between earning her B.S. in Global Health from Georgetown University (Cum Laude 2017) and interning at the World Bank, USAID and others, she has also found time to volunteer for organizations in the global health and social development space. Neena is excited to contribute to The BOMA Project’s work and looks forward to improving her fluency in Swahili.
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.
Isiolo Field Office
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Boru is BOMA’s new Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in Isiolo, responsible for day-to-day-management of BOMA’s rigorous field-based monitoring and evaluation activities. He holds a degree in Accounting from Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCAU) and is currently studying for a Degree in Governance, Leadership & Election at Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA). Previously, he was a Project Assistant on the Feed the Future project with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and was involved in implementation of the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program in Isiolo County. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for Johns Hopkins University, conducting interviews on pastoral conflicts, pasture scarcity and climate change in Isiolo County.
Musa tracks and recommends economically viable arid-land livelihood activities in the communities where we work and helps build diverse business opportunities for our participants. He holds a degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. Before joining BOMA he was a Program Officer and Research Coordinator with the Merti Integrated Development Program in Kenya.
Aziza brings her passion for good health and nutrition for vulnerable populations to her role at BOMA. She will be working to build capacity in one of our new regions and help participants achieve self-sufficiency through livelihood opportunities. She holds a diploma in Community Development and Social Work from the Technical Institute of Kenya and has a certificate in pharmaceutical technology. Most recently she was a Community Mobilizer with BRICS (Building Resilience in Civil Society).
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.
Bety is the Linkages Officer in liaison with the Field Officers who are responsible for carrying out linkages assessment, facilitating linkages of graduating Savings Groups to the formal financial sector and County Social Services Office, monitoring the linked groups and documenting their development. She assesses local markets and engages distributors with BOMA businesses. She also oversees the livestock aggregation project for BOMA graduated businesses and Savings Groups. She is a graduate of Laikipia University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce with a major in Finance and Banking. She joined the BOMA team in September 2017. Prior to joining BOMA, she worked for the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (K.N.B.S) and Afya Timiza – Amref.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkana Field Office
As Graduation Adviser in our fast-growing Turkana location, Francis works on all aspects of program implementation. He holds a Master of Science (MSC) in Development Studies from Jomo Kenyatta University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Mt. Kenya University (ElDoret Campus).
Wajir Field Office
Abdi joined BOMA as a Graduation Advisor in Wajir County in January 2018. He holds a B.A in development studies from Mt. Kenya University, and a Diploma in community development from the Kenya institute of social work and community development, (KISWCD) Nairobi. Abdi comes to us after having worked as the SCOPE registration Officer at Danish Refugee Council (Dadaab) for Somali returnees funded by WFP. Prior to that he was Cash and Market Officer at ICRC, an unconditional cash transfer programme in Somalia based in Nairobi.