Meet our board
The Kulea Childcare Villages Board of Directors is a group of
volunteers in the United States, who donate their time to provide
vision and direction for the organization as well as to raise awareness of
the needs of orphans and to raise and manage funding.
Wilson joined the Kulea Villages Board of Directors in 2011 after learning about our work in East Africa. He brings his years of experience in information technology and operation management to the board as well as his experiences growing up in Kenya.
A medical technologist by education and training, Pam's heart was broken for the plight of the African orphan after attending a concert by the Watoto Children's Choir. She joined others with a similar passion who desired to replicate the Watoto model of orphan care in East Africa, and in 2009 Kulea Childcare Villages became a reality. Pam's skills include creative problem solving and strategic planning, and she has considerable experience with policy writing in a non-profit setting. A self-described "worker bee", she is often behind the scenes working to accomplish the work of Kulea. She has been a member of the board since its inception in 2009, serving both as Secretary and Vice Chair.
Amy joined the Kulea Board as Treasurer in early 2017. Africa has been on her heart for many years, however, she did not know why until a chance meeting at a Bible study placed her in direct contact with Deborah Brown, Kulea's Director, who mentioned the need for Kulea to find a Treasurer. Africa and Kulea were calling and Amy was ready to serve. She has had a few career changes in her life from professional pilot to vice president of a retail business to her current position in customer relations. She has also had experience serving on a non-profit Board of Directors. Amy lives in Kyle, Texas and has a daughter, Maria, who works with Autistic children.
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In his younger years, Jonathan prayed, “Lord, I’ll do whatever you ask, just please don’t send me to Africa." Luckily for him, not every prayer receives an affirmative response. Through an amazing series of circumstances, Jonathan found himself on a 2008 mission trip with Watoto to build a home for Ugandan orphans. That experience opened his eyes and his heart, and he began consulting for Kulea shortly after its inception, eventually joining the Board a year later. He now brings that opened heart to the board, as well as business experience developed working for a large insurance and financial services company since the mid 90’s, most recently as the Director of Distribution Operations and Contracts. He has been back to Africa with Kulea for various projects such as building, training our Kenyan and Tanzania Boards, and hosting the eMi team. He served as Chairman of the Kulea Board from 2011 to 2017. Jonathan calls Rowley, MA his American home, with his wife, Marge, daughter, Victoria, and dog, Simba. (Swahili for “Lion”)
Chris's biography is coming soon!
DEBRA A. KINNAL
In 2009, Debbie and her son decided to sponsor a child in Africa and it opened her eyes and heart. She attended a Kulea follow-up meeting after the 2010 team came back and was so moved by the experience that she decided to join a Tanzania team in 2011. Since then Debbie has been an ambitious and passionate volunteer for Kulea! She loves selling African crafts to raise money for the kids! She also sponsors several more children and goes to Africa whenever God sends her. She says she has no special skills - just a lot of love and compassion to give. She loves learning and trying to listen to God's desire for her.
Richard's biography is coming soon!