Each year, HEART is blessed to have volunteer missions staff who come from the USA and volunteer for a minimum of three months in Kenya. Past mission staff include health professionals, police officers, construction consultants, pastors, pre-professional students, and overall, people who love serving!

Because HEART wishes to keep funds within Kenya, HEART does not pay its mission staff and requires a minimum monthly charge of $500 for lodging, meals, and transport.

If you are interested in joining as mission staff, please contact Betsy Gunther.

Mission Staff

Ellen-Bowman-150x150Ellen Bowman

Ellen was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and developed an early passion for nutrition and health. In 2001, Ellen joined the newly created External Relations organization and recently retired as Director of Global External Relations for P&G’s OTC Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Oral Care, Feminine Care and Pet Care businesses. While in this role, Ellen had the opportunity to lead several of P&G’s social responsibility programs, working with global non-profits, government agencies and in-country organizations throughout Africa. Within the local community, Ellen also led P&G’s strategy to inspire innovation leaders through integrated STEM education.

Since retiring from P&G, Ellen’s philanthropy leadership continues with priority on eliminating global poverty through education of vulnerable women and girls in the poorest and most marginalized communities. Her hands-on work includes health and nutrition education, keeping girls in school, and micro financing entrepreneurial women with HIV/AIDS.


LMT_2600 Web - CopyCarla Heinecke, M.Ed.

Carla Heinecke is a retired, public school teacher with a Master’s degree in Education and credentials in elementary and special education, and a dual language endorsement. She is fluent in English and Spanish and lived in Central America for many years. Carla is also an accomplished musician and songwriter, having written over forty songs and poems. She resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Carla also spends five months every year in Nairobi, Kenya, where she helps empower widows and orphans survive and thrive beyond the HIV-Aids pandemic. She is currently writing a series of 13 historical fiction children books.  This is Carla‘s sixth trip to Kenya, sometimes volunteering for 5 months at a time.