Meet our leaders in Kenya and the U.S.
Hillary Okhidi Omala, Executive Director
Hillary joins CFK with a long history in the nonprofit sector managing health systems, leading research and policy development, providing program direction and technical assistance and leading strategic partnerships. He has spent the past 10 years focused on strategic planning and implementation work for non-governmental organizations with an emphasis on capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. His expertise includes operations management, resource mobilization, strategic partnership development and board and staff development.
Prior to his appointment, Hillary served one three-year term as a member of the board of trustees for CFK in Kenya. In addition, he owns and operates Enai Group, a consulting firm advising health practitioners, companies, and nonprofits on how health education and treatment intersects with environmental sustainability.
Hillary earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and communication from the University of Nairobi and has a postgraduate diploma in project management from Nairobi’s Centre for Finance and Project Management. He is a finalist for a master of public health (MPH) at the University of Nairobi, majoring in health economics and policy development and is currently undertaking research in the area of healthcare financing.
Mark Muasa, Head of Programs
Mark Muasa is the Head of Programs at Carolina for Kibera. He is passionate about working for an organization that promotes community-driven solutions and initiatives in order to implement transformative development programs, specifically in public health. Mark has previously worked for KEMRI/CDC in the International Emerging Infectious Disease Program, an active population-based study of major infectious diseases in the urban part of Nairobi. He holds a Master of Arts in Medical Sociology, a Bachelor of Arts from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Project Management from the Institute of Finance and Project Management. Mark epitomizes driving performance at CFK.
Mercy Owuor, Head of Research, Development & Policy
A Heroine of Health 2017 Awardee from GE and Women in Global Health, Mercy comes to CFK with over 10 years of program management and research experience. She will lead our efforts in growth and strategy development, capacity development, advocacy and partnerships. In addition, she will be responsible for and provide oversight of monitoring, evaluation and learning for all initiatives, fundraising, and proposal development.
Previously, Mercy worked with Lwala Community Alliance as the director of community programs leading design and development, planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting for all the community programs including public health outreach, education, and economic empowerment. She also spent time working at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences as a Field Study Coordinator. Learn more about Mercy and her work:
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Shamecca Bryant, Deputy Director
Shamecca is CFK’s Deputy Director, leading the U.S. office’s operations, fundraising, and programmatic efforts in collaboration with the organization’s main office in Nairobi. Shamecca has a long and accomplished history working with local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Most notably, she led the monumental growth of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC) in Chapel Hill as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2015. At the end of 2015 she started her own consulting firm for nonprofits. Shamecca holds a Master’s Degree in sociology from American University and a Bachleor’s Degree in women’s studies from Hollins University.