Staff and Board

 

Left:   Michael, Rose, Syprose, Caroline, Roseline

Left: Michael, Rose, Syprose, Caroline, Roseline

Our Staff 

Roseline Orwa, Founder & Director,  Widow

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 7.24.07 PMRoseline Orwa is a widow. A childless mother of 166 orphaned children, cervical cancer survivor. Motivational Speaker and a TV Talk show host. She is the Founding Director of Rona Foundation. Rona Foundation is a widows led NGO that is Championing for Protection and Advancement of widows Rights in Kenya. Alongside reviving communities with widows as change makers with over 8 million widows in Kenya, 2million+ registered with Rona individually and organized in widow groups and CBOs across the country. An entrepreneur, she founded her own company Onset Designers as a college student that she runs to date, specializing in tailoring, interior design and corporate branding. However, early experience of childlessness, abuse and brutal divorce woke her to the reality of a society where the value of a woman is in the number of children she bears. Divorce got her Nairobi house burnt to ashes, her tailoring business was also set on fire; if that was not enough, she lost her job at the government press and a scholarship at Daystar as a result of the divorce and the set up that came with it. Her mother had to return dowry, in the face of laughter, and mocking from the community, because Roseline was barren. Years later a remarriage short lived, ended in abruptly with the death of her 2nd husband. Widowhood and the cultural practices that followed sent her searching for answers; and none existed. A misfit, black sheep, red thigh, as women like her are commonly known, broken, lost, she closed her business and rose to break the Culture of Silence associated with widowhood and today advocates for the dire plight of widows in Kenya, and founded a loss and grief centre at the perishing lakeshore villages of Western Kenya, Rona Centre, in Bondo and supports 166 orphans and feeding 390 on weekends, 36 of whom are Hiv Positive.

She is a Fellow of Amani Institute for Social Innovation Management Program. She is one of the 47 potential women in Kenya undertaking 2015 National Democratic Institute Women Leadership Training. She has been nominated as Front runner for NGO Diaspora Awards in Texas USA. This award recognizes outstanding leaders globally. She is also a Front Runner Nominee for Giraffe Heroes Kenya Awards 2015. She is the National Chairperson of Sauti ya Wajane Kenya. Roseline is a serving Commissioned Expert at the Ministry of Labour and Social Services, a government appointment to develop the family protection and promotion policy.

Contact: roseline@ronafoundation.co.ke    +254 723 238823

 

Syprose Okumu, Widows Group Leader

IMG_6805Syprose leads the team at the Wagoma Centre with a deep passion for change in her community and great human skills to not only manage all the various administrative tasks but have the sensitivities needed to respond to human suffering.  She is a caring widow herself, mother to the children and does what ever needs to be done to run the centre.  She is a talented composer and singer – many times you will find her teaching the children new songs and spreading her joy.   She is keen on farming and has introduced new crops to the farm and takes pride in her skills to yield the best vegetables in the community.  She understands how to mobilize the widows into action and inspires others with her spirit of endurance.

 

Michael Oidho,  Administrative Assistant

DSCN2448Michael has proven to be a great asset for Rona through the years as Roseline’s “go to” person and head of tailoring at a company owned by Roseline the last 10 years.    He’s 33 years of age, has a strong work ethic, honesty and sense of team commitment that exceeds his years.   Mike has cut his niche in the hearts of everyone he serves and continues to serve at Rona.   He became the Administrative Assistant and does so much more with taking all “any tasks that needs to be done” without complaining or even a salary.   Mike’s easy way and worldview is an asset valued at Rona.

 

Janet Anyango, Project Coordinator

 

Image10Janet lost her father when she was barely a child. She learnt hard work and endurance from her mother. Born and raised in both urban and rural set ups, Janet understood that only education and hard work would be her pillar of success in life. She joined, Buru Buru School of Art, Kenya and graduated with a Diploma in Graphic design. She was employed in leading design houses in the country and later set her own company- Crsytal Outdoor & Advertising, a company she runs to date. In 2013, Janet lost her child, and her understanding of grief deepened. As she graduatesin 2014  from United States International University, in Women Empowerment Studies, she is a key staff in coordination, seeking donations and linking with Rona partners.

 

Our Board

Dr. Consilia Aoko Omuga, Widow

image003Dr. Concilia, a professional teacher, a women’s leader, a widow and a mother; holds a degree in education and a PhD. in Sociology- specializing in Social problems. Her work cuts across the Kenyan Society, having begun her career as a humble classroom teacher, staffing officer and rose to the ranks of director of Secondary and tertiary education – the highest position under the directorate. Later resigned to ran for a political office (Women Representative) in Siaya County in the March 2013 General Elections and came in a close 2nd.

 

Dan Okelo, Widows Patron, Deputy Chair

 

 
Advisory Board 

Felipe Brescancini

image003Felipe Brescancini is a questioner who wants to make a difference. He is confident that his purpose is to open the eyes of the privileged ones so they become conscious, truly responsible and change-makers for equal opportunities to everyone. He quit the individual careless living mood and co-founded www.ThinkTwiceBrasil.org, a 400 days’ empathy journey through 40 countries to learn from people and realities how to transform society. Boring part: Ten years marketing career in P&G, Business graduate, Communication post-graduate, Social Business specialized. He is Brazilian and enjoys life.

 
 
 

Gabriele Garcia

image003Gabriele Garcia, a Brazilian dreamer and passionate for serving others. She is graduated in law at PUC/São Paulo, post graduated in Corporate Law and specialized in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Business School and in social business at ARTEMISIA. Is the co-founder of Think Twice Brasil, a social movement developed to bring awareness about social and environmental challenges and to engage to people to become changemakers through exercising empathy.
 
 
 

 
Consulting Team 

 

Carolyn Moor, Mentor & Fundraising Developer through MWC

 

Modern Widows ClubFounder of Modern Widows Club (MWC) based in Florida, USA, which strives to support & mentor widows through the process of grief and transformation. One woman at a time, the tribe grew and is now a force of strength, inspiration and support to widows around the globe, including the widows served by Rona Foundation.   Carolyn provides mentorship, fundraising, and advocacy of widows and most passionately strives to secure a stronger personal bond between the widowed women in the USA and Kenya.  See more. 

 

Eileen Flannigan,  Impact Assessment & Business Consultant

Eileen Flannigan, New York, California, Kenya,  business consultant

Eileen brings 18 years experience in digital marketing for technology companies, strategic initiatives and partnerships, which included Silicon Valley startups and large companies such as AT&T.  She has a track record of bringing a wide variety of projects to life and products to market.  However, now she is using her skills for various global non-profits through social innovation and entrepreneurship.  She spent last year as a Kiva Fellow, working in rural India with a micro finance institute and Kenya on a person-to-person lending platform through Kiva Zip. She continues to consult with social enterprises & non-profits in Sub-Saharan Africa on a variety of projects include youth employment in the slums, agricultural markets, entrepreneurship,  business training and development.  She is consulting for Rona Foundation by leading an impact assessment which includes Monitoring & Evaluation and strategic analysis on programs and scaling up.                           In addition, she has executed on the re-branding, website building and training initiatives.

 

Johannes Bramann,  Fundraising and Business Consultant

 

Johannes BramannJohannes is a Ph.D. candidate in development economics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and is researching the barriers and enablers faced by the Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Nairobi. He holds a fellowship of the German National Merit Foundation and looks back on several years of experience in the area of management consulting, among others working for Capgemini Consulting and Deutsche Telecom AG. As project leader and consultant for the Dutch Social enterprise consultant SECEUR, Johannes further worked for clients such as UNICEF and HOPE INDIA.

For Rona,  Johannes is currently involved in process optimization, formalization of structures and documentation as well as in several fundraising efforts.

 

Tracy Poulos,  Philanthropist & Advocate

photoTracy was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1981.   She spent the bulk of her career, for 25 years, in sales and is now retired.   She devotes her time now being a dedicated philanthropist, volunteer and advocate for Rona Foundation.  She believes that it’s important to make a difference in the lives of others, paying it forward and practicing random acts of kindness.  She is a mother of four and now lives in Phoenix & San Diego with her two beloved Shih Tzu’s, Bug and Baby.

 

Susie Crouch, Fundraiser & Rona Fellow, USA

Susie Photo

Wife, girlfriend, speaker, teacher, designer and creator of spectacular events for all life’s celebrations.  Susie’s passion is to connect people’s dreams with her talents and make events “something to talk about”.  Susie’s love for people and spiritual guidance is astounding. Her commitment to reach out and make a better world shines through her words and her work. She lives with her husband and a lovely dog-Ollie in Scottsdale, Arizona, and shares her talents, in her company -Everything Susie.   Her and her husband are dedicated in serving widows in her local community and committed her life to re-build Wagoma village.

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