Amsha Africa Foundation is an all volunteer organization.

Directors and senior staff volunteer their time and expertise because they believe in the charitable cause of the organization.

Below are the profiles of our dedicated and cherished staff.

Katie Burke - Director Katie Burke

Katie Burke is a family law attorney and creative nonfiction writer, who lives and works in San Francisco. After earning her Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University in 1999, she attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduating with her J.D. and passing the California State Bar in 2002.

Ms. Burke has since practiced in San Francisco family law firms, owned a solo family law practice in San Francisco, and represented children in their parents' custody and visitation disputes, through the San Francisco Family Law Court minor's counsel panel.

Katie's passions for writing and child development have taken her to Africa, to work with Kenyan children, and South African children and teens, on writing and sharing their personal stories.

Katie has published various articles, essays, and letters in various publications, including The L.A. Times, Trial Insider, The Journal of Law and Social Challenges, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fairfield Citizen-News, and The Street Spirit. She has read her essays on KQED's "Perspectives" radio program.

leonie bioLeonie Williams

Leonie is a seasoned strategic influencer and storyteller gifted with the ability to easily map complex solutions and create connections and alliances. She thrives within ambiguity; creatively taking ideas, designing a plan, and driving to execution. She is known for helping others see the big picture through prioritizing and developing a targeted vision; intertwining technology, business, and the user experience, while tapping into their strengths and igniting their passions. She has an extensive background in Business and technology management, diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility, program management and partnerships alliance.
She holds a double major in Business finance and supply chain logistics management from Portland state university and a Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University.

Janet Shali - Director

Janet Shali

Janet is a director with AAF and is responsible for it's operations in Africa. Janet has extensive experience in business administration and is a graduate of Kenya Methodist University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Janet an active member of a number of trusts and NGO's in Africa.
 

Kimberly Tucker - PR Kimberly Tucker

Kim is AAF's PR face in North America. She has been with AAF since October 2008 and is responsible for public relations, especially in the social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. She also contributes to writing and reviewing AAF proposals.

Kim is also a corporate lawyer and is based in Houston, Texas.

Thomas NyattaDr. Thomas Fisher Nyatta

Dr. Thomas Fisher Nyatta is an Agriculture and Natural resource specialist with more than 6 years of experience.

His work entails assisting the community to adopt research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Thomas volunteers in Prisons with the Salt and Light organization in the USA and with Reaching the Unreached Organization in Tanzania through religious groups by providing leadership training, entrepreneurship training, and training on how to start small business enterprises as a way to eliminate poverty.

Thomas works with the limited resource and minority farmers in the USA, guiding them on how to access the resources available for limited recourse farmers.


Edward Mwakimu

Edward Mwakimu

Eddy is AAF's Program Director and contributes to the WASH program. He holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool - UK with a focus in international and public health research.

Eddy has vast knowledge and experience in the public health field and has done extensive work including publications in the field of Epidemiology and Public Health. Most recently, he published a study highlighting the effects of certain treatment and management practices of diabetes on the quality of lifestyle achieved by different demographics in Texas, which if implemented, may in turn help improve the health of diabetics significantly

Eddy is affiliated with the American Society for Microbiologists, American Public Health Association, and serves as Board member for Laibon USA Alumni - A high school alumni association involved in rebuilding and improving the standards of education in Kenya.

Robert Mwakio Robert Mwakio

Robert is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is AAF's Project Manager in East Africa. 

He is responsible for developing and maintaining detailed project schedules which includes administrative tasks and all sites involved in the project.

Robert is also tasked to monitor field work, including contract work, to ensure compliance with company standards, procedures, specifications and codes.

Monique Young

Monique is a member of the board of directors for Amsha Africa Foundation based in the U.S. 

For several years she has been an active participant in non-profit and volunteer activities which focus primarilyon educating underprivileged youth in the area of law. 

Ms. Young is also an attorney who represents property management companies and owners in landlord-tenant and Real-estate matters. 

Her experience also includes representation of management in labor and employment litigation and extensive experience in commercial litigation.

 AAF Irene Bio

Irene Gichuki

Irene is a content creator, writer, blogger, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She works with the AAF field and project teams to create awareness on important projects and events.

Irene writes:
" When human beings go through a traumatic event, their life unravels. My greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience using the power of the written word. 
Having survived several stressful experiences in my life, I like to give what I wished for – a hand to hold through the dark.
I help my audience who include teens, adults, and families to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe.
I know that no singe approach is the right one for every individual and so I keep learning."
 
Irene earned a degree in literature from Methodist University and a diploma in counselling psychology from Jomo Kenyatta University. 

Field & Project Teams

At any given moment, we have numerous team members working in various capacities with the communities we support.

Some of our projects are seasonal, others span multiple months or years with a revolving door of volunteers and staff as needed.

We cherish all our teams working in the field to empower the poor to lift themselves out of poverty.