Meet our team in Kenya and the U.S.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Leann Bankoski, Executive Director
Leann is the Executive Director of CFK, Inc., in the United States. Working closely with CFK’s Kenyan staff, the US Board of Directors and an army of volunteers, Leann coordinates CFK’s activities nationally and on the UNC-CH campus. She has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management including administration, fundraising, and program development. She has a passion for designing and implementing systems that empower people, improve operations, and inspire innovation. Leann graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a degree in Sociology and concentration in Environmental Studies.
Andrew Kerr, Director of Development
Andrew came to CFK at the end of 2012 to head up the fundraising initiatives in the US. He will be working on expanding and growing partnerships with corporations, foundations and individuals wishing to make an impact in Kenya. Before joining CFK, Andrew spent 4 ½ years as the director of development for an international disaster response nonprofit.
Salim Mohamed, Interim Executive Director
Salim is CFK-Kenya’s Interim Executive Director. Salim co-founded and led CFK for 8 years before beginning a Master’s Degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. Afterwards, he moved back to Kenya, where he began working for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as their East African Regional Representative. In the last year, he also began working as a social consultant for CESVI, an organization that develops socioeconomic programs for women in three conflict regions of Somalia.
Mark Muasa Musyoki, Head of Health Services Department
Mark is the Head of CFK’s Health Services Department and has been working at CFK since 2006, where he was first the manager of the Tabitha Clinic. Mark has a BA in Education from Moi University, a diploma in Project Management from the Institute of Finance and Project Management and is pursuing his Masters in Arts and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching football, playing football, traveling and music.
Stella Sigana, Head of Economic & Entrepreneurship Department
Stella began working with CFK in October 2013, and is the head of CFK’s Economic & Entrepreneurship Department (EED). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design from Egerton University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship Development. Working with a range of organizations across Kenya, including the British Council and the GoDown Arts Centre, Stella has trained designers, artists, handcraft artisans, dancers, web designers and photographers in product development, entrepreneurship and marketing.
Kennedy Juma, Sports Association Program Officer
(2008 – Present)
Kennedy is the Program Officer for the Sports Program. Initially, he coordinated the activities of the Community of Kibera (Jamii ya Kibera) initiative formed after the post-election violence in Kenya (2008). Kennedy has been with the Sports program at CFK since 2004. He has a certificate in Web Design from the Nairobi School of Web Design.
Sarah Waithera, Daughters United Core Program Officer
(2008 – Present)
Sarah is a Program Officer of Daughters United (Binti Pamoja). Sarah has a Diploma in Community Development and Project Management from the Premise Africa Institute, a certificate in Mass Communication from the Magenta Training Institute and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Catholic University of East Africa. Before joining CFK, Sarah worked for Econews Africa as a project associate.
Jeffrey Okoro, Education Program Officer
(2009 – Present)
Jeffrey is the program officer for the Angaza Education Program. Formerly, Jeff served as administrative assistant and visit coordinator. Jeffrey has taken courses in CPA and computers.
Cathrine Wagude, Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Officer
(2009 – Present)
Cathrine joined CFK in 2009 as a HTC Counselor (HIV Counseling and Testing). She is currently the Project Officer of Sexual Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS project. Cathrine has a Diploma in Psychology Counseling from the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at University of Nairobi.
Yunus Mohammed, Community Outreach Project Officer
Yunus Mohammed is the Community Outreach Project Officer for CFK. Born and raised in Kibera, Yunus became involved with the community as a liaison officer between the community health workers and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) under Kibera’s community-based Health Center in Laini Saba village. Later, he held positions at the Africa Network for Health Management and Communication and the KEMRI/CDC program STH Study as a community reporter and assistant study coordinator respectively. Yunus also holds a certificate from the Premese Africa Development Institute in community development and project management.
Mary Sirengo, Maternal Health Program Project Coordinator
Mary Sirengo is a social worker and a community developer with lots of experience working in informal settlements. She has worked in Kibera with AMREF as an intern in the Maternal Child Health Project from 2010 to 2011. She later joined Child Doctor Kenya from 2011 to 2014, where she worked as the Project Coordinator of a community health project, which was carried out in five informal settlements. Both at AMREF and Child Doctor Kenya, she was involved in the implementation of community based activities aimed at improving health of people living in informal settlements through health education and sensitization. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as a social worker with Child Welfare Society of Kenya, a child rights based organization.
Mary graduated from University of Nairobi in 2010 with a bachelors of Arts degree in Social work. She is passionate about seeing mothers and children access quality health services and basic health information to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
Joseph Wairoto, HTC Counselor
Joseph joined CFK in 2013. In addition to serving as an HTC counselor, he also oversees the youth peer provider (YPP) program, water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives, and family planning initiatives. Joseph holds a Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology.
Victrine Oluoch, HTC Counselor
Victrine is an HTC (HIV Testing and Counseling) counselor with CFK. She holds a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling from Kenya Institute of Psychological Counseling, as well as certificates in voluntary counseling and testing and couples’ counseling. She is currently pursuing a degree course in psychology at Egerton university. In her free time she likes making friends, reading, and traveling.
Moses Ojwang, Taka ni Pato Program Officer
Moses joined Carolina for Kibera as a peer youth educator in 2008. Afterwards, he progressed to peer youth leader and eventually to a position as field officer for the Trash is Cash program. Now, he serves as project officer for Trash is Cash. Moses has a diploma in Purchasing and Suppliers Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Irene Muriithi, Finance & Administration Manager
Irene began working with CFK in March 2013. Irene holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Catholic University, CPA (K) and has over 10 years of work experience. She previously worked for the Kenya Society for the blind where she had served in a similar capacity since 2009.
Doreen Nkatha, Finance and Administration Officer
Doreen Nkatha began working at CFK in July 2014 as a Finance and Admin Officer. Prior to CFK, she has worked with Jhpiego and World Concern as a finance officer. Doreen hods a Bachelor of Commerce from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is a registered CPA.
Elizabeth Ng’ang’a, Resource Mobilization Officer
Elizabeth Ng’ang’a joined CFK in June 2013. She heads the Partnership and Sustainability department which mobilizes resources for the organization. Elizabeth has over 10 years experience of working with civil society organizations and engaging communities. She is a social worker by profession and is passionate about making lasting positive change in people’s lives.
Onesmus Langat, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer
Onesmus is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer for CFK. Onesmus holds a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University. Previously, Onesmus worked with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) as an Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in livelihood-related projects in the arid and semi-arid lands of Karamoja, Pokot and Turkana. Onesmus has also worked with Heshima Kenya. Being passionate about Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Onesmus plans to pursue and specialize in the field in the longer term. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Maseno University.
Ann Kungu, IT Assistant and Art for Change Coordinator
Ann is the IT Assistant for Carolina for Kibera, and is also in charge of the Art for Change program at CFK. She is currently in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology, and currently holds a diploma in computer science. With information technology as her background and a love for children and art, she uses these to serve in the IT department and train girls under the various CFK programs on how to use art (drawing, photography and videography) as a tool to express themselves and also a possible avenue to be pursued as a career.
Lishe Bora Mtaani (Nutrition Center) Staff
Esther Opana, Nutritionist
Esther joined the CFK team in 2012. She has a Diploma in Dietetic Management and Infant and Young Child Feeding and is currently registered with the Kenya Nutritionist and Dietician Institute.
Jackline Simiyu, Data Entry Clerk
Jackline joined CFK in November 2012. She works as a Data Entry Clerk at the nutrition center. Previously, she has worked at Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) as a Community Health Worker and as a Record Keeper. She graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with degrees in Information Technology and Management.
Mable Madahana, ECDE Teacher
Mable joined CFK in 2013 as a teacher at CFK’s Nutrition Center. Previously, she worked at Bridge of Hope Education Centre where she learned a lot about child development and was motivated to work as a team. She holds both a certificate and a diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE).
Related Blog Entries
Staff Spotlight: Leann Bankoski, Executive Director November 11, 2014
By: Sophia Wilhelm, Communications Intern, and Nick Johnson, Staff Associate — When Leann Bankoski first learned of Carolina for Kibera, the organization was not hiring. In fact, everything was done by volunteers and members of the Board of Directors who …