Farewell, Hillary September 15, 2014 by Nick Johnson
When Hillary first joined CFK, no one anticipated just how strong his influence would be. Hillary has been an innovative leader, dedicated teammate, and an inspiring mentor for our staff and the community members that CFK serves. Though this past July marked his last month with us, his impact and ideas will continue at CFK for many years to come.
Hillary began his journey at CFK through the organization’s partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which hired him to serve as the manager of the Tabitha Medical Clinic. Later, CFK asked him to step into the role of Head of the Health Services Department, where he managed both the clinic’s operations and disease prevention efforts throughout the community. In 2011, he assumed the role and responsibilities of Executive Director.
Over his time with Carolina for Kibera, Hillary has helped improve CFK as an organization, a team, and a family. Under his leadership, new initiatives grew and flourished, including the launch of the Nutrition Center and the newly-widened scope of our medical outreach in Kibera. He helped bring in new ideas and talents by hiring a strong team of young and committed Heads of Department to support CFK’s various programs and provide an opportunity for the organization to grow their leadership skills. He also made frequent trips to the U.S. to speak directly to supporters of CFK at film screenings, guest lectures, and other events. His dedication to CFK’s mission and vision propelled our programs forward and helped us provide resources and support for thousands of Kiberans daily.
We are sad to see him go, but excited for this next phase in his career. Carolina for Kibera exists to identify and nurture leaders in order to make a change in society. We are proud of Hillary and confident that he will apply the leadership skills learned at CFK in all his future positions. While he will be physically away from the organization, he has promised to maintain his relationship and participation in CFK activities. We look forward to mutually beneficial partnerships with him in the near future.
We cannot express how thankful we are for his time and for everything he has helped CFK achieve for the community of Kibera. Asante sana (thank you very much), Hillary! We wish you all the best.