KUEF Board of Directors,

Kenyan Partners & Project Directors

.“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

KUEF U.S. Based Board of Directors

 

KUEF is governed by a five member Board of Directors.

Board Members generously give of their time, skills and contributions to keep our Administrative costs remarkably low.

We are a completely volunteer organization.  

Beth Miller, KUEF Executive Director, and BOARD MEMBER

 

resides in Heber, UT. she retired from a career in education and as a writer of youth curriculum and resources. Beth was invited to Kithoka in 2003. Her work in Kenya  began before that trip focusing on building strong relationships with Kenyan partners. In 2008 she helped form KUEF, with Gary and John. Her skills include  developing programs, fund raising and leading volunteer teams.  Beth is a champion for cultural sensitivity and thoughtful partnerships. Through this work, she finds transformational experiences for volunteers that lead to life-changing understanding of self and the world.  

John Kline , KUEF BD President

from Ann Arbor, Michigan is an attorney in his private law practice. John was a founding member of  KUEF in 2008.  He provides strong, exceptional leadership and expert legal advice.  All four of his children and his wife have served on volunteer teams to Kithoka. John is a strong advocate for The Feeding Program. John freely gives time to the development of school facilities, publicity for KUEF including our Face Book page  and fund raising.  John also serves on our finance committee. 

Gary McClusky , KUEF TREASURER

 

retired from a career in Scientific Research and Management. He divides his time between Dexter, MI and Grand Rapids. Gary's journey to Kenya also began in 2003 and his commitment to the Kithoka community remains strong. Gary's financial and organizational skills have shaped KUEF. Gary has led numerous volunteer teams to Kenya with an emphasis on building partnerships. Gary has overseen the student scholarship program since it's inception and the development of school facilities. Fund raising is another monumental task Gary has taken on. 

Alan Metz , KUEF BD. SECRETARY

 

from Ann Arbor, Michigan is a Veterinarian/Pathologist.  Al was introduced to Kithoka through a volunteer service trip.  He has returned numerous times and in 2014 was invited to serve on the Board. Al's skills have led him to work closely with the development of the Science Labs at BLISS.  He makes sure the labs are well equipped. He has interests in all things agricultural and biological.  Al enjoys teaching Biology and interacting with Agriculture students and Farm Managers at Primary and Secondary Schools.  

Brian Ward, Board Member

from Park City, Utah is a Biotechnology Consultant and Scientist. His first trip to Kenya was with his wife on a volunteer team in 2015. Brian joined the KUEF Board in 2016 and went on the 2016 and 2019 Board member trips to Kenya.  Brian enjoys teaching Labs on DNA in the secondary schools and building relationships with the Kithoka community. Brian returned with Utah based volunteer teams in 2017 and 2019.  Brian is an avid promoter and raises support for the work in Kenya. He is the Project Leader for the BLISS boys bathroom and PCCC Kenya leader.

Project Directors for Girl's "EDUCATION PERIOD"

Megan Peck, US Project Director

Education Period.

Megan has been working with the Kithoka community since 2003 when she spent a semester volunteering as an undergrad. While living and working in Meru in 2010-11, she founded "Education Period." Megan has a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota. Megan is currently an Epidemic Intelligence Officer with the Center for Global Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She has worked in global health with different organizations around the world including the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Southeast Asia. Work with the CDC has included projects in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Tonga.

Alice Karamuta, KENYA Project Director Education Period.

Alice is the deputy principle at BLISS where she has been teaching since 2006. Since the programs inception, Alice has played an active role in assessing community and school needs. She understands the issues and challenges that girls face not only at BLISS, but in the Kithoka community. Since "Education Period" started, she has witnessed transformation among female students with reduced absenteeism and increased academic performance. Alice is passionate about empowering youth, especially young women. Alice has her Master’s degree at Chuka University in Kenya in Kiswahili.

Kenya Partners:  Aaka Kenya

 The secret of KUEF’s effectiveness?  Kenyans make it happen!  Strong Kenyan leadership is essential and significant. KUEF partners with the Kithoka community through AaKa Kenya.

This fifteen member CBO (Community Based Organization) registered with the Kenyan government provides direct supervision and accountability for all our work. 

 Moses Marete

Principal, BLISS

President, Aaka Kenya CBO

Aaka Kenya exists to initiate, promote and develop capacity through projects and enterprises that will expand opportunities in education, improve the livelihood of individuals and families and ultimately uplift their living standards.

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Dickson Gitobu

Chair, BLISS School Board

Secretary, Aaka Kenya CBO

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