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.
Susan has over 20 years experience in economic development programs, particularly in Africa. Before joining Boma she served as director of technical services and strategic partnerships at Land O Lakes International Development, a non-profit organization affiliated with the agricultural cooperative. Susan also worked for 17 years with the international development non-profit TechnoServe, in roles including senior director for program development, interim country director for Kenya, and deputy director of Africa operations. There she developed and managed innovative public-private partnerships between agribusinesses and emerging market farmers and small and growing businesses. Susan also supported agriculture development programs in Asia and Africa at VOCA. Susan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. She holds a MA in International Transactions from George Mason University and a BA in International Studies from Michigan State University.
Director of Finance, Planning and Administration
Steve has 30 years of financial experience in international banking, real estate development and social services. After working in London, Chicago and New York as an investment banker with expertise in capital markets and commodity finances, Steve turned to real estate development to enable him to stay closer to home and be active in his local community in the Hudson Valley. Serving on the boards of several nonprofits, includes years as Vice Chairman of Nyack Hospital, Steve most recently worked as CFO for Rockland County’s largest senior services agency. Steve spent his childhood years in Aden, Yemen and the rolling downs of Sussex, England before moving to the U.S. in 1986. He has a B.A. (Hons), M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.
Director of Strategic Partnership
Jaya has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. Prior of joining the BOMA Project, Jaya served as the Executive Director of South Africa-Washington International Program in Washington, D.C., the Executive Director of Suffolk Partnership for Healthy Community in Suffolk, VA, Director of Global Health Programs at Physicians for Peace in Norfolk, VA, and the Director of Research for Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington, D.C. As an experienced nonprofit leader and manager, Jaya has worked and travelled extensively in Africa. In addition to her management and fundraising expertise, Jaya has published numerous articles, issue briefs, reports and books chapters on issues ranging from global and community health, international security, nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, nuclear energy, and military budget and spending. She has provided briefings on these topics to members of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the United Nations. She has been interviewed and quoted by many news sources including Reuters TV, CNN Money, the Associated Press, the Times of India, the Times News Service, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America. Jaya holds master’s degrees in International Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and in Political Science & Public Administration from Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Jaya completed her Ph.D. course work in International Studies at Old Dominion University in 2000.
Director of Programs and Innovation
Michael is responsible for continuing to improve the REAP poverty graduation model and adapting its framework to different contexts and environments. Michael was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia and comes to us after years of honing his skills in the software industry, providing support to NGOs, MFIs and the UN to design, manage and improve dozens of economic development programs. He began his tenure at Trickle Up in 2012 as the Director of the Central America program and was most recently the Director of Program Development. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MA in Political Economy from Fordham University.
Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning
Megan joins the BOMA team with over 12 years of international development research experience in financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, youth financial services, and resilience, with an emphasis on savings groups and digital financial services. Her previous roles include Research Director at the Grameen Foundation; Research and Evaluation Specialist at Freedom from Hunger; Program Specialist and Consultant at The Iris Center; and Field Supervisor for a USAID Poverty Assessment Tools Project in Tanzania. She has been published in multiple books, academic journals and industry publications on the fields of poverty alleviation, microfinance, sustainable development and more. Adept at evaluating programs, applying results to improve project design, and conveying findings to wide audiences, Megan has presented at various global development conferences and been a guest lecturer at University of California, Davis, and the University of New Hampshire. She was honored as the 2013 Practitioner of the Year award by the SEEP Network. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the American University, Washington, D.C, and a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, CA. Megan will be based in Sacramento, with frequent trips to BOMA headquarters in Vermont, and to our offices in Kenya.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Nicole made the move to Vermont after a twenty-year career in media in New York City, most recently as the Associate Publisher, Marketing, for Cosmopolitan Magazine and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. The daughter of two Peace Corps volunteers, Nicole had long been interested in redirecting her career to the non-profit sector. She joined the BOMA team in January 2017, and is responsible for guiding the strategy for all communications, website, public relations, donor messaging and collateral to consistently articulate BOMA’s mission, vision and impact. Her previous roles also include marketing, events and communications at PEOPLE and ELLE magazines. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, and holds a BA in Art History from Smith College.
Deborah has over 25 years of financial management and administration experience with for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout New England. In her career, Deborah has consistently decreased costs and maximized resources utilizing her fluency in software integration and proficiency in numerous accounting and finance systems. Prior to joining BOMA, Deborah served as the financial manager for two regional social services and community health agencies in Maine. Deborah is passionate about mission driven organizations and is an active member in local community organizations.
Communications and Philanthropic Partnerships Consultant
Kathleen has worked as an editor and writer for various newspapers, magazines and nonprofits since graduating from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism in 1989.