INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITY OFFICER
Jared has a degree in Entrepreneurship and a diploma in agronomy and has been working for HEART since in May 2011. He oversees agronomy practices such as livestock keeping, kitchen gardening, poultry, sheep, goats and dairy farming, bee keeping, fish farming among many other Income Generating Activities for HEART in the Nyanza, Western, Nairobi and Coastal regions. Jared is an integral part of the success of the Women Equality Empowerment Program (WEEP) project that serves women, vulnerable and orphaned children. His expertise helps HEART achieve the goal of food access and security within the households and communities HEART works in.
WEEP PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Leah joined HEART as a volunteer in 2009 and she worked in the Kids for School (KFS) and Freedom for Girls (FFG) projects till 2015 when she became a full time staff in the Women Equality Empowerment Project (WEEP) as a Program Assistant. She is currently based in Taita Taveta County where she oversees the two WEEP Centers in the Bura and Dembwa areas of Taita Taveta. She is dedicated in ensuring that the WEEP mothers in the WEEP centers thrive-spiritually, emotionally, physically and economically. Leah also ensures that the WEEP centers run efficiently on a day to day basis. She has skills in social work acquired from her experience as a volunteer and from her studies. Before joining HEART, Leah worked at Community Transformers as a field coordinator.
WEEP MARKETING COORDINATOR
Dominicah joined HEART in January 2015. She is in charge of the HEART Gift Shop. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the production, quality control, pricing and marketing of the products made by the WEEP Mothers. Dominicah has experience in administrative, logistics, procurement and marketing acquired in a career span of over 20 years. Previously, Dominicah worked at Kenya Baptist Theological College as an administrative secretary, Baptist Aids Response Agency- Africa as an administrative, logistics and procurement assistant and at Pan Africa Christian University as an academic secretary. She has a diploma in business and marketing management and a certificate in secretarial studies. She is studying a BA in psychological counseling currently. Dominicah is a committed Christian and a mother to Laviniah.
Benjamin joined HEART in June 2019 as an accountant. He focuses on accounting for donor funds which majorly involves; budgeting of funds, processing of payments and staff imprests, following up on staff and WEEP center accountabilities and management of petty cash fund. He works closely with the finance manager on preparation of monthly financial reports and processing of staff payroll.
Benjamin holds a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Kenyatta University and he is also a Certified public accountant (CPA). Earlier in his career as an auditor, he audited and helped firms to develop sound internal controls to enhance accountability. Benjamin has a particular interest in promoting youth capacity development, and pursues this interest as a member of Kako youth development forum while serving as the treasurer of Kandulyu youth group.
Jackline is HEART’s Field Officer in the Nyanza region (Kakamega, Kisumu and Kisii). She joined HEART in 2012. She has studied Gender and Development Studies and Human Resource Management and also a trained HIV Testing Services (HTS) Counselor and Peer Educator. She has previously worked with Kenya Assemblies of God Program as a program assistant, counselor and peer educator and also with KEMRI/CDC as a field worker. She oversees the four HEART Women Equality and Empowerment Project (WEEP) centers and the HEART Kisii Regional Office. She is married to Eric and they have two children.
MONITORING AND EVALUATING OFFICER
Diana Joined HEART in July 2017. She has experience in M&E, analysis, reporting, project planning and management. Diana is dependable and adaptable with a passion for working with local communities. She works with program staff and the management to ensure that the appropriate M&E systems are in place and functioning satisfactorily in compliance with budgets and plans. Before joining HEART, she was a part-time graduate assistant at the University of Nairobi. She has also worked with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and at Infotrak Research and Consulting Company. Diana holds a Bachelors of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) Degree, a Postgraduate in Community Psychology and is currently pursuing a M&E certification course. She is trained in Social Services Management and is a certified clinical counselor. She is a member of the National Youth Guidance and Counseling Association (NYGCA) and the Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK). She is a born again Christian, married to Peter and mother to Victor.
COMMUNICATION & EVENTS/FFG PROGRAM MANAGER
Lydiah came in as in intern in January 2009. She works with the Kenya Executive Team and the U.S. staff in ensuring effective and interactive communication that support HEART in overall communications, marketing, fundraising and events planning. She enjoys using her organization and interpersonal skills to organize HEART events. Lydiah also oversees HEART’s Freedom for Girls project which enables school going adolescent girls to stay in school and acquire basic life skills. She travels to throughout Kenya facilitating health education trainings in schools. Lydiah has B.A in Social Work and is currently pursuing her Postgraduate Degree in Communication. She enjoys taking lead in various capacities, is cheerful, dependable and approachable. She is also a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Kiambu and a committed Christian.
HEALTH & WELLNESS MANAGER
Alice joined HEART in April 2016. She brings 22 years of professional experience to her role as the Health and Wellness Manager. She is a Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse; with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health & Development; and is currently pursuing postgraduates degree in Community Health & Development. She has a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation, from the Kenya Institute of Management. She is trained in HIV counseling, comprehensive care and management of HIV persons, cervical cancer screening, research, partnerships/stakeholders involvement and community participation. She previously worked with Unilever Tea Company Hospital and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Walter Reed Project in Kericho Clinical Research Center. Her compassion, knowledge and ability to lead the WEEP mothers is evident. Alice is married to Joseph and they have three children.
OVC-KIDS FOR SCHOOL PROJECT OFFICER
Phyllis Wanjiru joined HEART in March 2017. She holds a degree in Social Work, is trained in social services management and is a certified clinical counselor. She has worked in various organizations; Pearls & Treasures Trust, Help Age Kenya, Kenya Red Cross Society and Department of Children Services. A passionate mentor, Phyllis uses her life experiences to mentor HEART sponsored students on academic excellence and career choice, empowering them to make informed choices. She has worked at building new liaisons and partnerships with other organizations for project improvement, in addition to ensuring timely reporting, budgeting, and payment of school fees for HEART students. She is a member of the National Youth Guidance and Counseling Association (NYGCA), and the Kenya Christian Professional Forum (KCPF). Phyllis enjoys traveling, skating, swimming and making friends; she is mother to Bedan.