Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors meets regularly throughout the year to provide oversight and management of Village HopeCore. All Board members contribute their time, resources, energy and passion to the vision of eradicating poverty in Kenya. If you are interested in meeting with a Board member to discuss contributing to the organization, contact Board Chairman Daryl Petrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder & President – Kajira (K.K.) Mugambi
Chairman – Daryl Petrick
Treasurer – Max Dunn
Barbara Bozman- Moss
Dr. Carol Clinton
Dr. Phil Rasori (Medical Director)
Liz Applegate (Assistant Medical Director)
Phillip Michael Rasori
Administration & Operations
Kajira was born in Chogoria and moved to the United States at age 16. He graduated from UCLA for college and law school. He established Village Hopecore in 1982 and began operations in Chogoria in 2000. After living for forty years in the United States, he now lives full time in Chogoria managing the operations of the organization.
Managing Director – Anne Gildea
Anne started her career with HopeCore in 2014, serving as a Global Health Fellow. She then moved to Program Coordinator and now serves as HopeCore’s Managing Director. She has a BA in Sociology and M.Sc. in Health, Community and Development.
Administrative Assistant – Fiona Kinuya
Fiona Kinya serves as HopeCore’s Administrative Assistant. Fiona has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology from Meru University and is also a Certified Information System Auditor. Prior to joining HopeCore, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for Sichangi Partners Advocates in Nairobi and Thamani Sacco. Fiona is passionate about her work and the way the organization gives back to her community. As a native of Chogoria, she appreciates that HopeCore is constantly taking on new projects to better the lives of those in her hometown.
Security/Caretaker – James Kinote
Finance Coordinator – Joshua Iringo
Finance & Accounting Assistant – Madris Muthoni
Finance Volunteer – Kevin Kirimi
Finance Volunteer – Jackline Gatwiri
Micro Enterprise Team
Jillo started as a volunteer with HopeCore in July 2014, though this is not her first time working with the organization. Jillo was an intern from April 2012 to July 2012, and HopeCore is happy to have her back. Jillo graduated with 2nd class honours upper division from Moi University with a degree in Community Development. Jillo is a change agent within her community and strives to empower those around her.
Micro Enterprise Senior Field Officer – Dickson Mwandiki
Dickson completed his studies and exams for his diploma in Business Administration from Presbyterian University of East Africa, Chogoria Campus, in December of 2013. He has been a life-long member of the Chogoria community.
Micro Enterprise Field Officer – Alice Kaimenyi
Alice began volunteering with HopeCore in October 2014. She has her diploma from Mount Kenya University and is a teacher by trade. Because of this, she is very talented and effective when it comes to educating the microenterprise clients about business, health, goal-setting, and other life matters. She also has many other various responsibilities at HopeCore, including writing success stories and updating loan group contacts. Alice is constantly busy, whether it be in the office or field, but she loves having “endless” work to do because she knows she is doing much to empower the Chogoria and Tharaka Nithi communities while working with HopeCore.
Micro Enterprise Business Educator – Evans Ntigwa
Micro Enterprise Field Officer- Edwin Mawira
Micro Enterprise Global Fellow – Robyn Richman
Public Health Team
Senior Community Health Nurse- Winjoy Ruguru Micheni
After graduating from secondary school, Winjoy entered Clive Irvine College in Chogoria to pursue nursing and graduated in 2003. She is married to Kenneth Micheni, blessed with two sons, Victor and Camey. She worked with an NGO as a Community Health Nurse for many years in Western Kenya before returning to her home town of Chogoria. She joined Village Hopecore in November, 2010 and has been contributing to the community ever since.
Nurse-Anita Kanana Mugendi
Anita Kanana Mugendi worked at HopeCore before from 2010 to 2012 as a Volunteer Receptionist, Public Health Program Coordinator Assistant, and as a Peer Educator. She has trained at Clive Irvine College of Nursing. She is happy to be back at HopeCore working as our Health Educator. She loves her job and enjoys serving the community.
Senior Community Health Worker- Stella Kagendo
Stella has been working with Hopecore since 2010. She graduated from Maua Girls Secondary School in 1992. She enjoys going to church with family, singing, and visiting friends.
YPP Coordinator & Community Health Worker – Faith Kainyu Mugambi
Faith brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience to Hopecore. She has certificates in HIV/AIDS Control Programing as well as several computer packages. Faith also has completed her diploma in business management from Kabete Technical Training Institute. She has previously worked in the Chogoria community in the finance department of the PCEA Chogoria Hospital and as a teacher at AMSTEP Computer College. Additional experience Faith is able to bring to Hopecore comes from her time working at the Ecuminical Centre for Justice and Peace, where she worked on human rights issues and proper use of community resources.
YPP Assistant Coordinator – Esther Nyaga Kathomi
Esther serves on HopeCore’s Public Health Team. Esther has a degree in Community Development from Moi University. She started her career with HopeCore as a volunteer and intern in the Micro Enterprise department. As a native of Chogoria, Esther sees the challenges that local poverty brings and wants to be part of a positive change. She feels honored to be part of this Hope revolution.
Health Educator – Timothy Nicholas Muriungi
Timothy Nicholas Muriungi serves as a Public Health Educator and is also the Chariman of HopeCore’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee. Timothy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Pwani University. Before HopeCore, he was a biochemistry teacher at Kianjagi Secondary School. Timothy appreciates the respectful and creative working environment that HopeCore management has created. His favorite HopeCore programs are Micro Finance and Public Health.
Community Health Worker/Driver- Martin Murithi
Martin has been a part of the Hopecore team since June 2013. He is a leader in his community as a pastor at Maximum Miracle Center Chogoria. Martin loves working with the community to increase access to health care and help people move beyond poverty. He resides in Mutindwa with his wife and son.
Community Health Worker – Victoria Nyawira Kaburu
Victoria Nyawira Kaburu graduated with her diploma in Nutrition and Dietics from the Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development. She was previously working with Village HopeCore as a data entry clerk and became a Community Health Worker to help the community by raising awareness about, and educating people on how to prevent various health conditions.
Community Health Worker – Mercy Muthoni Mbuthia
Mercy Muthoni Mbuthia has her certificate in Community Health from the Ministry of Health. She previous worked with APHIA-Plus at the Ikuu Community Unit. She decided to work with Village HopeCore because she wanted to help the community improve their health and spread awareness about how to eradicate poverty in their communities through health-seeking behaviors.
Community Health Worker – Armstrong Mutwiri Njagi
Armstrong Mutwiri Njagi is a graduate from Mt. Kenya University with a diploma in Community Development and Social Work. He has previously worked at the community level at Chogoria Mission Hospital as a Social Worker, where he enlightened people on the importance of living in an HIV/AIDS-free society. He wanted to work in HopeCore to continue his dream of helping the people with the basics of health, capacity building, and empowerment.
Community Health Worker – Boscow Mugo
Boscow serves as IT Chairman for HopeCore. Boscow received his diploma in Community Development and Social Work from Thika University and also has a certificate for Information Communication Technology and Computer Science. He has had several positions with HopeCore including Community Youth Peer Provider and Community Health Worker. Before HopeCore, he worked as a Community Health Worker with Christian Health Association of Kenya and served as a nurse for Blessed Hands Homecare. HopeCore has given Boscow the opportunity to expand his career and work in an environment where everyone is friendly and approachable.
Community Health Worker – Okumu Slyvanus
Okumu serves as a Community Health Worker for HopeCore. He has a diploma in Community Development and Social Work from Busia; an Eldoret Polytechnic certificate in Leadership from Catholic University; and a IT certificate from Genuty Information Center. He has volunteered with Port Ampth in drug adherence monitoring and social economic assessments, as well as with Langs Children Orphanage. His three favorite things about working at HopeCore are the creative environment, the ability to try new things in different areas of the organization, and giving back to the community.
Community Health Worker – Esther Mukami Miriti
Esther Mukami Miriti serves as a Community Health Worker for HopeCore. She has a degree in Environmental Health Science from Mount Kenya University and a diploma in Community Health. Before joining HopeCore, she volunteered with many organizations including the Kenyan Red Cross, Juja Sub county public health office, Ruiru Sub-District Hospital, Kaliloni Mission Hospital, and PCEA Chogoria Hospital. Growing up in Chogoria, she really enjoys working with the local children of the community. Esther’s true passion is to empower mothers with new knowledge.
Community Health Worker – Esther Gakii
Esther Gakii serves as a Community Health Worker for HopeCore. Esther has a certificate in Social Work from APHIA Plus Kamili and a certificate in HIV/AIDS through her local church. Before joining HopeCore, Esther volunteered in various communities through APHIA Plus, serving mothers and advising on proper child care. Esther enjoys interacting with the community and helping others prevent and overcome health risks through education.
Data Entry Clerk and PH Office Assistant- Christine Mwende
Christine joined HopeCore in 2011. She studied at Kianjagi Secondary School, not far from the HopeCore offices. Christine oversees basic day-to-day office operations.