Our Staff Members

US Staff Members

Kupenda’s U.S. team of experienced professionals works closely with their colleagues in Kenya to oversee the organization’s strategic planning, operations, and program implementation and evaluation.

Cynthia Bauer, MS

Cynthia Bauer, MS

US Executive Director and Co-Founder

Cynthia’s work as a wildlife biologist brought her to Kenya, where she was inspired to start Kupenda.

    US Executive Director and Co-Founder

    Cynthia’s work as a wildlife biologist brought her to Kenya, where she was inspired to start Kupenda. She was particularly motivated to do something to help children with disabilities after discovering that she might have been killed if she had been born in Kenya because she was born without her left hand. Cynthia has over 10 years of experience as a wildlife biologist with multiple nonprofit and government agencies, which provides her with an understanding of the biology related to many disabilities and the skills to manage this growing organization. She has also taught biology classes for over a decade, which gives her insight into education systems similar to those in which Kupenda works and helps her present difficult concepts to groups we work with in Kenya and the U.S. Cynthia has a Master’s degree in Biology and Ecology and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation.

    As Kupenda’s US Executive Director and Founder, Cynthia oversees the organization’s administration, programs and strategic planning. Her other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She reports directly to the Board of Directors.

    Cynthia also advocates for justice and inclusion of children with disabilities through her public talks, guitar performances, piano playing, writing, and by facilitating trainings and workshops to help individuals and organizations around the world become more inclusive.

    Read more about Cynthia’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here. 

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    Jessica Charles, MPH

    Jessica Charles, MPH

    Director of Development

    Jessica Charles is a global health professional with 20+ years of experience as a project manager, educator, grant writer, communications specialist and fundraiser.

      Director of Development

      Jessica Charles is a global health professional with over 20 years of experience as a technical writer, communications specialist, project manager, and teacher trainer. She lived in China and Botswana for three years managing health and education projects and has supported field teams in more than 20 low- and middle-income countries implementing USAID, UNICEF, CDC, PEPFAR and privately-funded projects. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Writing.

      As Kupenda’s Communications and Development Director, Jessica is responsible for developing and updating all of the organization’s marketing and training materials as well as its website and blog. She also led the organization’s Child Case Management mobile application development and is now supporting its testing and rollout in Kenya. Jessica is also responsible for increasing Kupenda’s operational efficiency, program monitoring and evaluation, engaging new donors, developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans, and expanding the organization’s capacity.

      Read more about Jessica’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here. 

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      Rebecca Majeau

      Rebecca Majeau

      Program Assistant

      Rebecca Majeau is a recent graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. In May 2022, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minoring in Psychology.

        Program Assistant

        Rebecca Majeau is a recent graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. In May 2022, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minoring in Psychology. Rebecca was also a member of the Gordon College Women’s Volleyball team. In playing for the team, she had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and serve local children in 2019. This experience gave her a heart for missions work and serving the impoverished. In addition to playing volleyball and volunteering, Rebecca also enjoys reading, bike riding, and going to the beach. As our Program Assistant, Rebecca supports various projects such as data cleaning, managing spreadsheets, and developing blog and social media posts, among other administrative tasks. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the work Kupenda is doing to serve children with disabilities in Kenya and around the world.

        Read more about Rebecca’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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        Sandra Bauer, MA

        Sandra Bauer, MA

        Child Sponsorship Coordinator

        Sandra has three decades of teaching experience, 20 years of which she spent working with gifted children in need of specialized education.

          Child Sponsorship Coordinator

          Sandra has three decades of teaching experience, 20 years of which she spent working with gifted children in need of specialized education. She also has two years of experience working for a tax preparation company and is the mother of Cynthia, Kupenda’s founder, which helps her relate to the parents of children with disabilities with whom we work. Sandra manages Kupenda’s child sponsorship program and is responsible for the organization’s financial recording and reporting. She holds a Master’s degree in Gifted Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Primary School Education.

          Sandra’s understanding of education, child development, financing, and bookkeeping making her uniquely qualified for Kupenda’s bookkeeper and child sponsorship coordinator positions. Her success in these roles is also driven her deep compassion for children in need of specialized assistance.

          Read more about Sandra’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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          Kenya Staff Members

          Kupenda’s name in Kenya is “Kuhenza for the Children’s Foundation.” Kuhenza has a Kenyan board of directors that oversees and supports the organization’s staff and operations. Kupenda and Kuhenza work side-by-side in all strategic planning and program implementation tasks, including the hire and training of the following qualified professionals who lead the organization’s field work.

          Leonard Mbonani

          Leonard Mbonani

          Kenya Executive Director and Co-Founder

          Leonard is a nonprofit founder, special education teacher, and assessment officer who has been working to defend the rights of children with disabilities in Kenya for more than 40 years.

            KENYA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

            Leonard Mbonani Bikanga has been working to defend the rights of children with disabilities in Kenya for more than 40 years. He began his career as a special educator and then a disability assessment officer but 20 years ago transitioned into his current role as the founder and Director of the Kenyan nonprofit organization, Kuhenza for the Children.

            Leonard and his staff have supported hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities in accessing life-saving medical care, education services, and loving inclusion in their families and communities. As part of this work, Leonard has designed and delivered a suite of disability training programs, tailored to different influential community leader groups including pastors, traditional healers, and government officials. He has also developed these trainings for children with disabilities themselves and their parents. Trainees who complete these workshops go on to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities in their communities by bringing them out of hiding, counseling them, helping them access schools and medical care, and sensitizing their communities on the rights of people with disabilities through public talks and stakeholder meetings.

            Leonard has also designed and delivered abuse prevention workshops for youth with disabilities, teacher workshops on inclusion, and Disability Awareness Days that sensitize communities through public speeches, performances, and celebrations.

            Each year, Leonard and his team train hundreds of community leaders as disability advocates who improve the lives of more than 70,000 children with disabilities. He shares the success of this work in global conferences, technical working groups, and most recently, as the Disability Advocacy and Community Engagement Advisor to Kings College and Aga Khan University’s SPARK Project (Supporting African Communities to Increase Resilience and Mental Health of Kids with Disabilities). Leonard’s evidence-based disability advocacy approaches are now being used by practitioners in 16 countries around the world.

            Read more about Leonard’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here. 

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            Lucky Mahenzo

            Lucky Mahenzo

            Child Protection Officer

            Lucky is a Kenyan lawyer who has devoted her life to advocating for justice and quality care and inclusion for children living with disabilities.

              Profile photo of Lucky

              CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER

               

              Lucky is a Kenyan lawyer who has devoted her life to advocating for justice and quality care and inclusion for children living with disabilities. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Law from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and then went on to complete a Masters degree in International Human Rights and International Disability Law and Policy from Syracuse University College of Law in New York. Lucky has supported Kupenda and Kuhenza in developing a Disability Law Guide and a Law Guide Summary and regularly facilitates the discussion of these laws during our Disability Advocacy Training workshops for families and community leaders in Kenya.

              Read more about Lucky’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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              Thomas Katana

              Thomas Katana

              Project Officer

              Thomas is a Kenyan pastor, nonprofit manager and child advocate who has been a member of our team since 2014.

                Project Officer

                Thomas is a Kenyan pastor, nonprofit manager and child advocate who has been a member of our team since 2014. Initially, Thomas worked as Kuhenza’s office manager for several years, which made him sensitive to the situation of families impacted by disabilities. This inspired him to earn an Education degree with a concentration in Special Needs. After completing his studies, Thomas returned to Kuhenza and was hired as a project officer. In this role, Thomas collects information for the child sponsorship program, assesses and monitors children with disabilities, connects children with special needs schools and hospitals, writes reports, and assists the Kenya director, as needed. He recently also earned a diploma in Computer Information System from Kenya Methodist University.

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                Martha Karo

                Martha Karo

                Project Director

                Martha has 30 years of experience as a teacher for students who are deaf. Until 2017, she was also the head teacher at Gede Special School, the first school supported by Kupenda.

                  Project Director

                  Martha has over 30 years of experience as a teacher for students who are deaf. Until 2017, she was also the head teacher at the Gede Special School, the first special needs school supported by Kupenda. Martha’s work and experience helps Kupenda stay connected to the local education system. Her devotion to children with disabilities is demonstrated by the endless hours she works with the Kuhenza team. As Project Director, Martha co-manages the organization’s Advocacy, Education and Medical activities alongside the Executive Director. She also manages the organization’s Child Sponsorship Program.

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                  James Katana

                  James Katana

                  Bookkeeper and Resource Center Manager

                  James holds a diploma in accounting and a certificate in computer applications from Mombasa Polytechnic University.

                    Bookkeeper and Resource Center Manager

                    James holds a diploma in accounting and a certificate in computer applications from Mombasa Polytechnic University. Before joining Kuhenza, James worked for over three years as a bookkeeper for the Marafa Community Development Programme, managing records for both World Vision and the local government. As Kuhenza’s bookkeeper, James is now responsible for recording Kuhenza’s income and expenses, collecting receipts, developing financial reports and preparing for Kenyan government audits. He also oversees the purchase, cataloging and inventory of all materials in Kuhenza’s Resources Center.

                    Read more about James’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                    Joseph Karisa

                    Joseph Karisa

                    Project Officer

                    Joseph Karisa is an experienced secondary school educator and has earned diplomas in information technology and Business English.

                      Project Officer

                      Joseph Karisa is an experienced secondary school educator and has earned diplomas in information technology and business English. Since 2017, he has also been a member of the Kilifi County Microfinance Fund Board of Directors. Joseph has certificates in peer guidance and counseling and computer repair and maintenance. In his work with Kupenda he assists our Kenyan team with program implementation, reporting, family counseling and disability advocacy training. As a person living with a disability, Joseph is particularly passionate about serving persons with disabilities and enjoys the time he spends interacting with Kupenda’s child beneficiaries and their parents. Joseph recently completing a bachelor degree in business and information technology at Mount Kenya University in Malindi.

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                      Kalu Charo

                      Kalu Charo

                      Driver

                      Kalu is a licensed, professional driver with experience transporting staff and clients and maintaining vehicles. He has strong friendships with many of the children in our programs.

                        Driver

                        Kalu is a licensed, professional driver with experience transporting staff and clients and maintaining vehicles for numerous Kenyan nonprofits, schools, and farms. Prior to his driving career, Kalu worked as a mason contractor in the private sector. In recent years, Kalu has developed a passion for disability work; when not driving for Kuhenza, he often volunteers at the local special needs school. He enjoys helping the house parents there and spending time with the children, who are very fond of him.

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                        Mwanhawa Joto

                        Mwanhawa Joto

                        Occupational Therapist

                        Mwanhawa is an occupational therapist who works at the Gede Special School and leads regularly mobile clinic therapy training sessions for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

                          Occupational Therapist

                          Mwanhawa is an occupational therapist who works at the Gede Special School and leads regularly mobile clinic therapy training sessions for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

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                          Loice Maluki

                          Loice Maluki

                          Project Officer

                          Loice volunteered with Kuhenza while conducting her master’s research on disabilities and the church.

                            Project Officer

                            As a Project Officer, Loice manages the Kuhenza’s child sponsorship program, assesses and monitors children with disabilities, connects children with special needs schools and hospitals, and facilitates disability trainings for families and community leaders. Loice has always had a heart for people with disabilities and believes the church is key to improving the culture around disabilities in Kenya. Loice serves on the Board of Directors for Kakayuni Special School. She holds certificates in Primary Education, Secondary Education, Computer Maintenance, and Computer Software. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies. Loice is also the lead researcher and author of “Christian Response to Challenges Faced by Children with Disabilities” a journal article that was published in the Kabarak Journal of Research & Innovation in 2019.

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                            Consultants and Interns

                            Kupenda’s consultants and interns support our marketing, research, film, mobile application, and program monitoring and evaluation activities. You can learn more about our volunteer and internship opportunities here.

                            Jialan Wang

                            Jialan Wang

                            Mobile App Development Intern

                            Jialan Wang is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and minoring in linguistics.

                              Jialan WangMobile App Development Intern

                              Jialan Wang is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and minoring in linguistics. She has had previous experience in web-app development. She has a deep interest in learning about various social issues and is eager to use her knowledge and skills to support and empower people that are under- represented or marginalized. She is excited to be able to become a part of the team at Kupenda for the Children and participate in the development and testing of Kupenda’s mobile app, which enables our Kenyan staff and local leaders to provide effective counseling and care for children with disabilities. As a mobile app development intern, she focuses on testing and making edits to the app and integrating Kupenda’s sponsorship and app databases.

                              Read more about Jialan’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                              Grace Santa

                              Grace Santa

                              Kuhenza Intern

                              Grace provides data collection, translation, research and child and family counseling support to both Kupenda and Kuhenza.

                                Kuhenza Intern

                                Grace provides data collection, translation, research and child and family counseling support to both Kupenda and Kuhenza. She is an environmentalist by profession and has been an intern at Kuhenza for the Children since 2019. Grace completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Monitoring and Management at University of Eldoret in Eldoret, Kenya.

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                                Phil Knowlton

                                Phil Knowlton

                                Media Consultant

                                Philip Knowlton is a commercial and documentary film director and editor who always strives to tell inspiring stories in a vibrant and unique way.

                                  Media Consultant

                                  Philip Knowlton is a commercial and documentary film director and editor who always strives to tell inspiring stories in a vibrant and unique way. Just out of college, Knowlton landed a position working alongside Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch as an assistant editor at Oscilloscope Films. He soon connected with Kupenda for the Children’s Cindy Bauer on his first documentary project, Adventures for the Cure, and was so inspired by their work helping people impacted by disabilities that he later went on to direct the feature project, KUPENDA. Knowlton continues to hone his craft directing and editing documentaries and branded content — projects which have earned several awards including the Documentary Directing Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival, and been nominated for AICP and Webby Awards. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA, and creates content through his company, OPPOSIT.

                                  Read more about Philip’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                                  Stephen Kitsao

                                  Stephen Kitsao

                                  Disability Advocate and Journalist

                                  Stephen is a powerful disability ambassador who uses his speaking, videography, and journalism talents to fight for justice and inclusion for others living with disabilities, both in and beyond Kenya.

                                    Disability Advocate and Journalist

                                    At the age of 10, Stephen Kitsao fell out of a coconut tree and became paralyzed from the waist down. Although this traumatic event reshaped his life, 18 years later he is now a powerful disability ambassador who uses his speaking, videography, and journalism talents to fight for justice and inclusion for others living with disabilities, both in and beyond Kenya. Stephen’s advocacy work takes various forms – he gives public talks at community events, shares his testimony as NGO sensitization workshops, and has an active following on his Facebook page, YouTube channel, and blog. Stephen has also served as the Rotary Club’s World Disability Club Chairperson for the Kenyan Chapter and Kenyatta University’s representative to Standard Charter Bank and Light for the World’s Employment Program (which built the employability capacity to 4,000 Kenyan students). As a journalist, Stephen has also developed dozens of written and video articles on the topic of disability justice and inclusion — several of which have been published on popular media broadcasts including KUTV News in Kenya and the Rotary Club’s World Disability Advocacy Newsletter. One such broadcast is a weekly show called “I Stand Able” which ran on KUTV in 2019 and 2020 and was created by Stephen to emphasize the strengths and abilities of people with disabilities in order to dispel the widespread view that they are beggars or always seeking sympathy. In 2020, Stephen earned a diploma in Communications and Media Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. After graduation, Stephen devoted his life to working as a disability advocate, of which he says, “I am passionate about many things, however, what I stand for is serving others. My mantra is ‘service above self.’”

                                    Read more about Stephen’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                                    Amy Allaire

                                    Amy Allaire

                                    Design Consultant

                                    Amy has over 13 years of experience in graphic design, working both with in-house design teams and on independent contracts.

                                      Design Consultant

                                      Amy has over 13 years of experience in graphic design, working both with in-house design teams and on independent contracts. She has designed and built websites, produced award winning magazines, and brought new brands to life. You can find samples of her work at www.amyallaire.com.

                                      Amy has been working as a consultant to Kupenda since 2015 and has found it a great privilege to help them communicate both to the communities they are assisting and the donors who make the work possible.

                                      Read more about Amy’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                      Shea Mathews

                                      Shea Mathews

                                      Mobile App Development Consultant

                                      Shea develops and tests content for Kupenda’s Child Case Management Mobile App and manages data collected through the app. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation from Boston University.

                                        Mobile App Development Consultant

                                        Shea Mathews currently serves as an App Development Consultant for Kupenda assisting the Director of Development in managing, testing, and developing content for Kupenda’s Child Case Management Mobile App. Shea earned her Master’s degree in Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). Shea has a history of working with children with disabilities working and volunteering in a variety of roles. As a mobile app development consultant, she focuses on testing and making edits to the app and creating training materials for Kuhenza staff.

                                        Read more about Shea’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                        Sam Helderop

                                        Sam Helderop

                                        Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

                                        As the monitoring and evaluation summer intern, Sam helps with data management and analysis, assists with mobile app development, and provides general administrative and research support.

                                          Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

                                          After working for several years as a medical assistant in the field of ophthalmology Sam has switched paths and is now an MPH candidate at Boston University’s School of Public Health and is pursuing concentrations in global health and biostatistics. He is joining Kupenda for the Children as a summer intern. 

                                          As the monitoring and evaluation summer intern, Sam helps with data management and analysis, assists with mobile app development, and provides general administrative and research support.

                                          Read more about Sam’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                          Julia Nash

                                          Julia Nash

                                          Mobile App Development Consultant

                                          Julia Nash has a demonstrated history working in both academic settings and the non-profit sector with significant experience in clinical research, worksite wellness, and civic engagement.

                                            Mobile App Development Consultant

                                            Julia Nash has a demonstrated history working in both academic settings and the non-profit sector with significant experience in clinical research, worksite wellness, and civic engagement. She currently serves as Kupenda’s App Development Team Lead assisting the Director of Development in identifying and tracking deliverables for the Kuhenza App Outreach project. She works closely with the project’s interns, supporting day-to-day operations and weekly app content demonstrations with our U.S. and Kenyan teams. Previously, Julia and her graduate school colleagues from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) built a mobile health application that helped Kenyan community leaders support children with disabilities and their families during Covid-19.

                                            Currently, Julia is finishing her Masters in Public Health degree at Boston University specializing in program management with a focus in chronic and non-communicable diseases. Her work revolves around chronic disease management, tackling food insecurity, and creating more equitable environments. Julia excels at program management, digital health application development, and leveraging multi-disciplinary frameworks to tackle multi-layered issues.

                                            You can learn more about the Child Case Management app here.

                                            Read more about Julia’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                            Julie-Ann Burkhart

                                            Julie-Ann Burkhart

                                            Design Consultant

                                            Julie-Ann is a design consultant based in San Francisco.

                                              Design Consultant

                                              Julie-Ann is a design consultant based in San Francisco. She has been a professional designer for over 15 years. She brings a solid background from the agency world, both traditional and interactive design. She strives to create unique design solutions to solve visual challenges. She has successfully completed interactive and branding design initiatives for Fortune 500 clients and a variety of small-to-medium-sized businesses and organizations.

                                              Julie-Ann is honored to utilize her design skills to spread the word about Kupenda’s mission to improve the lives of children with disabilities.

                                              Read more about Julie-Ann’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                              Anthony Calandara

                                              Anthony Calandara

                                              Illustrator and Designer

                                              Anthony Calandra is a talented and versatile illustrator and designer based in New York City.

                                                Illustrator and Designer

                                                Anthony Calandra is a talented and versatile illustrator and designer based in New York City. Currently working  in the apparel industry as a graphic artist after 13 years in Halloween, Anthony has a solid foundation in traditional drawing and painting as well as digital design. Though working as a fulltime artist, he has enjoyed maintaining a successful freelance career,
                                                and was excited to share his talents with a great organization like Kupenda for the Children.

                                                Anthony grew up just outside of Buffalo, NY, received his BFA in Illustration from The Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA in 2001, and received his MFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School/University of Hartford in 2013 studying under such famed American illustrators as Murray Tinkelman, C.F. Payne, and Gary Kelly to name a few.

                                                You can see his oil pastel paintings, drawings, and digital design work on his website: https://www.anthonycalandra.com/

                                                Read more about Anthony’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                                                Richard Lin

                                                Richard Lin

                                                Software Engineer Intern

                                                Richard is a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying electrical engineering and computer science.

                                                  Software Engineer Intern

                                                  Richard Lin is an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying electrical engineering and computer science. He is currently a software engineer intern at Kupenda, helping to develop and test Kupenda’s Child Case Management mobile application. This application allows our Kenyan staff and local leaders to provide counseling, care and referrals for children with disabilities in their communities.  Richard has had prior experience developing and publishing a statistics tracking iOS application called Fencing Tracker. He is excited to apply his knowledge to contribute to Kupenda’s mobile app development and learn how to identify challenges, find solutions, and execute plans to solve real-world problems.

                                                  Read more about Richard’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                                                  Stephen Abrams

                                                  Stephen Abrams

                                                  Software Engineer and Architect Consultant

                                                  Stephen has more than 15 years of experience building enterprise, web, and mobile applications.

                                                    Software Engineer and Architect Consultant

                                                    Stephen has more than 15 years of experience building enterprise, web, and mobile applications. At TruMedia Networks, he co-developed the ESPN 2014 World Cup analytics platform. At Jumptap / Millennial Media, he built high-performance mobile ad platform technologies and cross-platform automation solutions. At AccelGolf, he built the Android 1.0 and Blackberry 2.0 applications. He has also volunteered his skills and led an initiative to rebuild an application portal for non-profit incubator Rootcause. Most recently, he developed a genomic medical diagnostic platform for clinical trial and therapy recommendations for cancer patients. In his spare time, Stephen is a musician and loves working with his hands. His creations include a guitar tube amplifier, a poker table, and a pottery wheel.

                                                    Since January of 2020 Stephen has been providing technical support to Kupenda in developing a Comm Care mobile application for child case management. You can learn more about this app project here.

                                                    Read more about Stephen’s experience in his LinkedIn profile here.

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                                                    Madeleine McMurray

                                                    Madeleine McMurray

                                                    Data Intern

                                                    Madeleine McMurray has a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Leiden and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.

                                                      Data Intern

                                                      Madeleine McMurray has a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Leiden and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham. One day, Madeleine hopes to work in community-delivered mental health – designing and implementing mental health interventions for communities who struggle to access the care they need in locations like coastal Kenya.

                                                      Professionally, Madeleine currently works as a Special Education 1:1 Teaching Assistant in the United Kingdom, and prior to this, she was working in Community-Based Rehabilitation and disability-advocacy in Tanzania. At the University of Nottingham, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Self-Harm Research Group. Madeleine additionally has many years of experience working in digital marketing – both in-house at a tech start-up and freelance as a Consultant.

                                                      Madeleine has been attached to Kupenda since late 2019, after becoming involved through her work with a partner organisation in Tanzania, EMFERD. In 2020, she joined Kuhenza in Gede, Kilifi to work as a Data Manager on the research project undertaken in collaboration with the University of Virginia. Following this three-month project, she has been one of Kupenda’s data interns working with Kupenda’s many data needs and projects, as well as offering insight and support on the digital side of things.

                                                      Read more about Madeleine’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here.

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                                                      Emma Reiner

                                                      Emma Reiner

                                                      Health Policy Intern

                                                      As a health policy intern, Emma is helping to update the law guides and develop related policy briefs.

                                                        Health Policy Intern

                                                        Emma is a current Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate at Boston University with concentrations in Health Policy & Law and Global Health, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English. Emma joins Kupenda with past experience in nonprofit communications and survey management. She is currently working at the Boston Medical Center as an administrative coordinator.

                                                        As the health policy intern, Emma is helping to update the law guides and writing policy briefs. Emma also helps with data analysis, donor database management, and the blog.

                                                        Read more about Emma’s experience in her LinkedIn profile here. 

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