Hamomi-USA, Hamomi Childrens Centre


Hamomi is unique and lucky in one very specific way: it was founded and has been kept afloat by a team of from within its own community. Since 1999, Kenyans have driven this project with love and passion. Many of them worked for free for Hamomi for years.

The Hamomi staff is not comprised of employees who Hamomi-USA is hoping to convince of the Hamomi vision. They are the ambassadors of the Hamomi vision. With such a reliable staff, Hamomi-USA stands on sturdy ground to work towards Hamomi's long-term vision.

Board of Directors

Angela Christensen, President - Angie has been involved in the non-profit world for the past 25 years as an employee, volunteer and board member. Her passion and commitment has centered around the advancement of and advocacy for children, women and girls. She has a Bachelors degree from Indiana University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is thrilled to be part of the Hamomi Board of Directors where she can use her skills as a non-profit leader, fundraiser and program manager. Her passion for Hamomi was launched when she spent two weeks at the Centre teaching creative writing and a course on female developmental issues. Like most visitors, she fell in love with the organization.


Leah Hasselbeck, Vice President - Leah is excited by Hamomi's innovation, passion and direct impact. She has extensive experience in international development; program design, implementation and evaluation; and fundraising. She has an International Development, MPA and International Studies MA from University of Washington, and BAs in French and Interdisciplinary Studies from Michigan State. Since 2004, she has worked in international development, primarily at VillageReach, an NGO that strengthens last mile health services in low-resource countries, giving her significant expertise in global health supply chain management and community health programs. She serves as the Country Director in Mozambique, managing the vaccine distribution national expansion project that serves over 450 rural health centers; nearly 8 million people.


Deirdre Campbell, Head of Finance - Deirdre is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications of Academy for Urban School Leadership, (AUSL), a non-profit working to improve student achievement in Chicago. Prior to her role at AUSL, Deirdre was part of the Abbott Management Development Program where she worked in brand management, product management, market research, and consumer strategy.  Before joining Abbott, Deirdre attended the University of Chicago Booth where she received her MBA with focuses in Marketing, Finance, and Strategy.  Prior to business school, Deirdre spent four years at McKinsey.  Deirdre believes that every child, whether in Chicago or Nairobi, deserves the socioeconomic equalizer of good education.


Karen Zeribi, Secretary - Karen is an independent consultant, improving organizational performance for human service organizations globally. She is honored to contribute her skills in organizational improvement and quality to Hamomi's unique grassroots and holistic approach. Karen launched her career in the Peace Corps, starting a community run pre-school and kindergarten. She has lived and worked in Africa, Latin America and the U.S., improving public health systems for maternal and newborn care, HIV/AIDS, and pediatric specialty care. Her current consulting focuses on improving the quality of early childhood education and health in Chile and remission rates for over 40 children's hospitals for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Karen's work has been translated into multiple languages and used by public health institutions to teach quality improvement, including the World Health Organization. She holds a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins and a B.S. in Organizational Development from Vanderbilt.


Dave Richter, Head of Strategic Relations - Dave is the founder of Richter International, a benefits brokering and consulting firm. Previously, he founded Viator International, and worked at AEA International (now SOS), the world's leading medical and security assistance company. He worked with the Beijing Red Cross, AEA's joint venture partner, and Ministry of Public Health. He worked overseas with the US-China Business Council and trading company, WJS, Inc. He got a Chinese History BA at Swarthmore College, and an International Relations MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was one of the first American's to study in China after normalization of relations in1979. Dave has lived as an expat in Africa and Asia, and since 2003 leads annual house building trips to Cambodia for the Tabitha Foundation.


Jennifer Trusler, Head of Donor Relations - Jenny was inspired to get involved with Hamomi after going to Hamomi in 2011. She spent ten days working with the children and the staff. It was a life changing experience that led her to sponsor a graduate and join the Board. Jenny is a graduate of Purdue University and brings to Hamomi15 years experience in Human Resource with for-profit companies and ten years as a Human Resource volunteer with non-profits. She has served as a board member for Interfaith Hospitality Network, an agency serving the homeless in Indiana and currently consults with Promising Futures, an agency serving pregnant and parenting teens in her community. She also is involved with Women's Fund of Central Indiana, The Komen Breast Tissue Bank, and Girls Inc.




Susie Marks, Executive Director - Susie launched Hamomi-USA in 2007 when she went to Hamomi and was blown away by the best organization she had ever seen - a truly community-driven project with a long-term vision. She joined forces with the Hamomi team immediately. You can read the long version here. She runs an administrative office that never strays from Hamomi's vision, no matter how the ends may justify the means. While Hamomi-Kenya is autonomous, the Hamomi-USA partnership is integral in program development, ensuring total internal oversight and maintaining Hamomi's grassroots approach. Susie believes that by sharing the burden between many, we avoid the pitfalls of relying on too few revenue sources.  Therefore, the focus stays on the work that needs to be done. She was named a 2012 KPLU Changemaker,



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