US STAFF

Brad Brown : Co-Founder and CEO

Brad Brown

Co-Founder and CEO

Brad received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his master's degree in Divinity from Duke University in 2010. After college, Brad and his wife Annie moved to Uganda where they began serving the poor as Brad taught locals to be pastors in the Christian church and Annie taught Kindergarten. It was here that Brad became passionate about finding ways to help families living in extreme poverty. During graduate school, Brad and Annie helped to improve two existing schools in Kenya, and soon saw God's calling to start Uhuru Child. Today, Brad is the CEO of Uhuru Child. He feels blessed to serve with such a dynamic team. Brad has one beautiful daughter, loves to snow ski, scuba dive and fly airplanes. 

brad@uchild.com
Daniela Sanchez : Schools Helping Schools Director

Daniela Sanchez

Schools Helping Schools Director

Daniela graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She went on mission trips to Kampala, Uganda as a sophomore in college and to Nairobi, Kenya as a senior in college. That's when she fell in love with Africa, the culture and the people. Nothing makes Daniela feel more alive or closer to God than opportunities to love the powerless and vulnerable. She desires to live a life of purpose, to know that she spent every minute she was given well, and she believes the work Uhuru allows her to do that. Daniela works stateside to help in the execution of the Schools Helping Schools program and assisting with administrative tasks. She enjoys anything that spells adventure, be it skydiving, traveling, or hiking in the wilderness. Some of her favorite things include: sports, food, dancing, quality time with great people and nerdy things like human biology and math.

daniela@uchild.com
Kathryn Olivieri : Graphic Designer

Kathryn Olivieri

Graphic Designer

Kathryn graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing in Graphic Design, and a minor in Creative Writing. After learning about Uhuru Child from a friend participating on an Uhuru Service Team, Kathryn sought to invest her time and skills into supporting the cause to help families living in extreme poverty. Kathryn joined the team in September of 2013 and has been working with Uhuru Child on all web and print design needs. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys running, listening to audio books, making stationery, and spending time with family and friends.

kathryn@uchild.com

 

 


KENYA STAFF

Tim Jackson : CFO and Field Director

Tim Jackson

CFO and Field Director

Tim graduated from Duke University with a degree in History. He then received an M.B.A. with Distinction from Wake Forest University. Tim fell in love with the mission of Uhuru Child while working as the CFO at the Summit Church in Durham, NC. He joined the Uhuru Child team in Kenya in January 2014 with his wife Jody. He believes that living in Kenya is a great opportunity to use the gifts God has given him to make an impact for his kingdom. Tim attended all four North Carolina ACC universities at some point (Duke, UNC - Chapel Hill, NC State and Wake Forest). He claims Duke is the best; other staff respectfully disagree.

tim@uchild.com
Joseph Griffith-Heritage : Co-Founder and Social Enterprise Director

Joseph Griffith-Heritage

Co-Founder and Social Enterprise Director

Joe graduated from Furman University in 2007 with a B.A. in History. After graduation he spent time traveling in Kenya, Thailand and Mozambique. As Joe traveled through the developing world, he was deeply shaken by the poverty that he encountered. Joe felt called to spend his life in the service of others, working to end extreme poverty. He moved to Kenya in 2008 and worked with an NGO called Global Connections, where Joe managed the relief efforts at an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Camp called Jikaze. In 2010, Joe joined Uhuru Child and has been building agrarian-based social enterprises that employ IDP adults with all profits funding scholarships for youth. Isaiah 58 has had a tremendous impact upon Joe's life and calling to "satisfy the needs of the oppressed" through social enterprise. He is passionate about travel, film, good food, great whiskey, his family, his wife, Tolkien and soccer in every form and fashion.

joseph@uchild.com
Lydiah Njoki Katiba : Discipleship Coordinator and Assistant Project Manager

Lydiah Njoki Katiba

Discipleship Coordinator and Assistant Project Manager

Lydiah has a degree in Community Development and Project Management from the Institute of Community Development in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been with Uhuru Child in Kenya since the founding of the organization in 2010. As the Discipleship Coordinator and Assistant Project Manager, Lydiah leads the discipleship programs at Uhuru Academy and in the resettlement village, Jikaze. She believes the Lord has put a conviction on her heart for the people in her community who have gone through many struggles in their lives and continue to live in extreme poverty. She has seen that through serving these people, they are able to know that God is still in control no matter their circumstances and this truth gives them hope once more. Lydiah is a cheerful person and loves being married to her best friend, Francis. 

lydiah@uchild.com
Francis Katiba Naita : Director of Accounting

Francis Katiba Naita

Director of Accounting

Francis graduated from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya with a degree in accounting and is a CPA graduate. Francis has been with Uhuru Child since 2012. As the director of accounting, Francis handles payroll and works alongside the CFO to handle accounting matters. He assists in the management of the social businesses and oversees product deliveries. Francis was attracted to Uhuru Child because of the vast platform to spread the word of God through discipleship and trainings. He desires to glorify the Lord through the opportunity given to him in life. In 2013, Francis married his childhood best friend, Lydiah Katiba.

francis@uchild.com
Caitlyn Griffith-Heritage : Director of Education

Caitlyn Griffith-Heritage

Director of Education

Caitlyn graduated from Furman University with a degree in Political Science and Poverty Studies. Caitlyn has been with Uhuru Child since 2010 as the Director of Education at Uhuru Academy in Limuru, Kenya. God put East Africa on her heart a long time ago and has provided a series of experiences in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya that have equipped her with the skills to serve there. She is passionate about ending the cycle of poverty through providing quality education and teaching students critical thinking skills. She cares deeply about girls and empowering them to achieve their goals and be forces of positive change in their communities. The need for quality education, holistic schools and girls empowerment is extreme in Kenya so after her time in Peace Corps Rwanda, it was an easy choice to join her husband Joe in Kenya. Caitlyn loves all things artsy: dancing, singing, painting and of course cricuting (only scrapbookers know what that is).

caitlyn@uchild.com
Christine Cooper : Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Christine Cooper

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Christine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science with minors in Chemistry and History. She has lived in Kenya since January 2013 serving as an Assistant Discipleship Coordinator. As a member of the discipleship program, she helps lead clubs with teenage and preteen girls. At Uhuru Academy this program includes a weekend Bible Study, participating in Chapel, a life skills club and a discussion group. When she visited Kenya on a two week trip in 2011 with Uhuru Child, she fell in love with the country and people. With a desire to live in Kenya for several years led her to come on staff with Uhuru Child.

christine@uchild.com
Jordan Kennedy : Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Jordan Kennedy

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Jordan graduated from NC State University in May of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She has been living in Kenya since January of 2013 and helps teach the after-school programs: Bible study, chapel, a life skills club and discussion groups at Uhuru Academy. Jordan decided to live in Kenya after God showed her how much the Kenyan girls have been through on top of trying to survive high school. She was convicted when she realized how different her life could have been if she had someone investing in her during that pivotal point in life and that, Lord willing, she could be that influential person for these girls. Jordan absolutely loves potato chips and fast food. These are two of the first things she indulges in when she returns to the states for visits!

jordan@uchild.com
Jody Jackson : Assistant Discipleship Coordinator and Support Staff

Jody Jackson

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator and Support Staff

Jody graduated from Black Hills State College with a B.A. in English. She then received a master's degree from the University of North Carolina. Jody assists the Kenya Social Business and Discipleship teams.  She loves that God has provided her the opportunity to serve alongside her husband, Tim. Jody would prefer to shop at a hardware store over a department store.

Kerby McKinnell : Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Kerby McKinnell

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator

Kerby graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Global Studies. In 2011 and 2012 she went on trips to Kenya with Uhuru Child and knew deep down that the Lord would bring her back to Kenya for a longer period of time. It has been made clear that this organization is one that will radically fight for Lord’s people and for that she is devoted to the mission as she goes back to Kenya for two years in January to work in the girls’ school. Kerby is confident that she bleeds Carolina blue, has a weak spot for stationary and sweet tea, and loves spending time with her friends and family.

kerby@uchild.com
Heather Stevenson : Teacher Trainer

Heather Stevenson

Teacher Trainer

Heather serves as a teacher trainer at Uhuru Academy, where she works one-on-one with the teachers to implement learner-focused activities into the classroom, increase the use of technology, and develop critical thinking exercises. Heather loves that she is able to help the teachers broaden their skill sets while also improving the educational experience for the Uhuru Academy students. Heather brings 5.5 years of teaching experience, having taught for 3 years in Mozambique during her Peace Corps service and an additional 2.5 years in the States. Heather has always loved living and traveling internationally and loves seeing how God has used her previous experiences to prepare her for her current role at Uhuru Academy.

heather@uchild.com
Taylor Dietmeier : Teacher Trainer

Taylor Dietmeier

Teacher Trainer

Taylor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in middle grades math and social studies education. She has taught math at a leading project-based institution in North Carolina for two years. While there, she grew in her love of empowering students to use the concepts they learn in class to make an impact in their community. Taylor interned at Uhuru Academy in the summer of 2013 and was inspired by the girls and staff at the school. She is ecstatic to return to Kenya to continue to apply her skills (and learn new ones!) as a teacher trainer. Taylor believes that quality education is the best way to combat poverty and she is honored to do her part by helping grow Uhuru Academy into an excellent institution with outstanding instruction for girls from poverty. Hiking, baking, and Calculus are among Taylor's most treasured after-school hobbies.

 

 


UHURU BOARD

Curt Alan : Board Member

Curt Alan

Board Member

Curt was born and raised in the New York metropolitan area and worked for over two decades in the corporate world. He has held positions in a global accounting firm, a major Wall Street brokerage house, and, finally, at the world's largest privately held software company. In 2006, Curt left his position as an IT director and moved his family to a radical Muslim context in Southeast Asia to work as a community developer and church planter. Since returning from the mission field, he has been the missions and church planting pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Curt's wife, Hilary, is the author of Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God's Greater Purpose. Curt’s passion for Uhuru Child extends out of his belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything.

Dennis Daniels : Board Member

Dennis Daniels

Board Member

Dennis is a versatile Senior Executive Officer with proven ability to provide decisive leadership, guidance and development to dynamic high energy senior management teams in order to achieve dramatic growth in revenues and profits. He is a strong organizer, motivator and team builder with established record of success in managing businesses for sustainable growth. He has exceptional core competency in developing, deploying and executing operational strategies. After a trip to Kenya with Uhuru Child, Dennis fell in love with the mission and became an integral part of the team.

Tim Jackson : CFO and Field Director

Tim Jackson

CFO and Field Director

Tim graduated from Duke University with a degree in History. He then received an M.B.A. with Distinction from Wake Forest University. Tim fell in love with the mission of Uhuru Child while working as the CFO at the Summit Church in Durham, NC. He joined the Uhuru Child team in Kenya in January 2014 with his wife Jody. He believes that living in Kenya is a great opportunity to use the gifts God has given him to make an impact for his kingdom. Tim attended all four North Carolina ACC universities at some point (Duke, UNC - Chapel Hill, NC State and Wake Forest). He claims Duke is the best; other staff respectfully disagree.

tim@uchild.com
Brad Brown : Co-Founder and CEO

Brad Brown

Co-Founder and CEO

Brad received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his master's degree in Divinity from Duke University in 2010. After college, Brad and his wife Annie moved to Uganda where they began serving the poor as Brad taught locals to be pastors in the Christian church and Annie taught Kindergarten. It was here that Brad became passionate about finding ways to help families living in extreme poverty. During graduate school, Brad and Annie helped to improve two existing schools in Kenya, and soon saw God's calling to start Uhuru Child. Today, Brad is the CEO of Uhuru Child. He feels blessed to serve with such a dynamic team. Brad has one beautiful daughter, loves to snow ski, scuba dive and fly airplanes. 

brad@uchild.com