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GROWING COMMUNITY ROOTS OPERATES ON AN ALL-VOLUNTEER MODEL. YOUR GIFT GOES DIRECTLY TO DESIGN, BUILD, and INSTALL THE SCHOOL PROJECTS IN KENYA.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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PRESIDENT: ANITA S. DUCKOR 

Anita S. Duckor is a CSJ Consociate from Minneapolis, MN. Her ministry work includes being a Consociate and serving on the Consociate Leadership Collaborative, Consociate Council, Ministry Commission, and the Ministries Foundation Board. Anita is a business consultant who has helped transform a variety of business, nonprofit and government entities.

VICE PRESIDENT: SISTER ANGELA FAUSTINA

Sister Angela Faustina is a CSJ Sister from Los Angeles, CA. She has an MA in Philosophy and Systematic Theology and a minor is Music. A former member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet Leadership Team, Los Angeles Province, she is currently working with the Los Angeles Archdiocese Task Force on Anti-Racism.

SECRETARY: DOROTHY HATHWAY 

Dorothy Hathway is a CSJ Associate from Richford, New York. She has a B.S. in Cultural Studies, an M.A. in Social Sciences from Binghampton University and has 37 years of professional experiences in rural services, child and partner abuse prevention, military family support and service and Native American advocacy. She is retired from the Brofenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University.


TREASURER: ANN SHIELDS
Ann Shields is a CSJ Consociate from Bloomington, MN. She has a B.A. in Geology from St. Catherine University and has 38 years with different responsibilities in the Occupational Safety and Health area at Hennepin County. She is active in numerous ministries of the St. Paul Province and an active civic volunteer. 

BOARD MEMBER/CO FOUNDER: ANNE HANNAHAN

Anne Hannahan is a CSJ Consociate from Saint Paul, MN. She is a retired Nurse and Psychologist with a focus on Integrative Medicine. She has over thirty years of experience working with people affected by serious illness.

BOARD MEMBER: SISTER MAUREEN FREEMAN
Sister Maureen Freeman is a CSJ Sister from the St. Louis Province,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She spent 10 years in Peru and 3 years in
the outer banks of Alaska. She is a former member of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Carondelet Congregational Leadership Team and the St. Louis Province
Leadership Team.

BOARD MEMBER: SISTER LINDA NEIL

Linda Neil, is a CSJ Sister from the Albany Province. Linda holds a Masters Degree from the Earth Literacy Program at St. Mary of the Woods College, IN and a Masters in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. She is co-director of St. Joseph’s Place, a place for hospitality in the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood of Schenectady. Linda also gives presentations and retreats in her ministry of Encountering Earth. She is an avid hiker and naturalist.

BOARD MEMBER: SISTER THERESE SHERLOCK

CSJ Therese Sherlock is a Sisters from the St. Paul Province. She has an MA in Library Science and an MDiv from the St. Paul Seminary. She is co-publisher at Good Ground Press.

OUR VALUES GUIDE OUR BEHAVIOR

Uniting all in God's love without distinction we:

Act in the Spirit and are grounded in faith.

Act with courage and urgency.

Act with transparency and integrity.

Act out of the principle of subsidiarity.

Act with a clear purpose.

Act with respect for all people and creation.

Act to use our resources wisely.

 

 

OUR PRINCIPLES GUIDE OUR DECISION-MAKING AND OPERATIONS

 

Growing Community Roots will provide capital for projects that enable systemic change,

Benefit a larger community, and meet the following project criteria:

 

  • Projects that are approved by community-based leaders.
     

  • Water catchment/water wells and sanitation projects that are sponsored by a local
    NGO that has at least one 
    CSJ Consociate as a board member.
     

  • Provides water for a community of students, women, men and children.
     

  • Requires that a Community Garden and Tree Farm are planted and/or maintained.
     

  • Requires an implementation report and on-going annual reports including photos of
    project investments for the life of the project.

Our partner in West Kenya is IMBO Community Action Program (ICAP), a certified NGO. 

Their objective is: 

To empower the community in their efforts to alleviate poverty by initiating development programs such as water and sanitation, infrastructure, economic development, education, healthcare,

and other charitable works.

IMBO COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM (ICAP) BOARD OF DIRECTORS and CEO

 

CHAIRPERSON: FRANCIS RANDIGA OGOLA SUMBA
Francis Ogola is the coordinator of the Kamuga/Koyier A & B water projects. He is a retired primary school teacher who now assists Mary Lieta in monitoring water projects.  He is also very active in the Raruowa Catholic Mission Parish of St. Bernadette.

 

SECRETARY:  EVEREST OCHOLA DIERO
Everest Ochola Diero is the Head Master of Abundu Primary School. He is the Chair of Abundu Community Development Organization in Kanam B, which is developing a cultural center for Luo Peoples and researching geothermal energy harvesting. He also oversees the groups thriving chicken income generation project.

 

TREASURER & DIRECTOR OF WATER AND SANITATION

PROJECTS- KENYA: MARY OYIERA LIETA, CSJ Consociate

Mary Oyiera Lieta is a retired secondary school Head Mistress and English Teacher. She founded and chaired the Marit Women’s Group, an organization that buys and sells maize, operates a scholarship program, and supports a craft center. She also advised the St. Monica Women’s Group and teaches sewing and cooking to women and girls at the Kanam Legal Assistance Association (KALEEF).

TRUSTEE:  ANNE AKINYI CHONI

Anne Akinyi Choni is the Director and Community Health Worker for a health care outreach program in Kamuga and Koyier that tends to HIV+ infected orphans. She is also a church elder in Seventh Day Adventist Church.

TRUSTEE:  NICHOLAS OBUYA K’ORIKO

Nicholas Obuya K’Oriko is the Vice President of Micro/Consumer Banking at Ecobank HQ in Nairobi.  He currently sponsors projects for the Koliech Women Group and is the Coordinator of the Kokoth Kataa Water Project.

TRUSTEE: LEA MAUREEN LIETA, CSJ CONSOCIATE
Lea Lieta is head of the Human Resource department of the Homabay County Government. She mentors several orphans and houses them and is an active member of Marit Women Group. She is currently pursuing a PHD in Human Resources.

 

TRUSTEE:  SERPHINE ACHOLA MAMBE, CSJ Consociate

Serphine Achola Mambe is the Treasurer of the Marit and Monica Women Groups and is a sewing instructor at the Kanam Home Craft Center.  She is a representative for Catholic Relief Services and facilitates young men’s farming cooperative.  She is also a counselor for KALEEF.

 

TRUSTEE:  ANTONINA TABU ODHIAMBO
Antonina Tabu Odhiambo is a member of the St. Monica Women’s Group. She is also a representative for the HIV+ affected and elderly.

TRUSTEE: KENNEDY ODHIAMBO OLELA

Kennedy Odhiambo Olela is a young man who is highly respected in the village. Despite not having an education worth noting, many community groups consult with him, and he holds various positions in his church and youth groups.

TRUSTEE:  ZILPA ACHIANDO OGEMBO

Zilpa Achiando Ogembo is a Chairperson for both the Ohula Women Group in Oriang’ and the St. Monica Widows Women Group.  She is a church elder in Seventh Day Adventist Church and facilitates income generation for several women groups.

TRUSTEE: MAIMUNAR ALUOCH OMAR
Maimunar Aluoch Omar is a Records Manager at the Teachers Service Commission at the Head Quarters dealing with teachers records in Kenya. She is also a custodian of 30,000 digital and physical Teacher’s files.  She also a member of Beacon movement of teachers Kenya, dealing with Child Protection issues and gender -based violence.

 

TRUSTEE: GEORGE O. OWIDI
George O. Owidi is a former Primary School teacher and is currently actively involved in mentorship for youth and widows.

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: SAMUEL OKUTA LIETA, CSJ CONSOCIATE

Samual Lieta’s experience includes working in business as a business owner and a company, a political and community activist, and is highly respected as a leader in the Homa Bay area.  He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Management of the St. Alfred Alara Secondary School.

TRUSTEE:  ALOYS MAMBE OBONYO, CSJ Consociate

 

98% of all gifts goes directly to a school project that will benefit the students of West Kenya and Homa Bay. All donations are tax-deductible.

ICAP EXECUTIVE GROUP 

 

Francis Ogola Sumba

Everest Ochola Diero (Consociate Candidate)

Mary Oyiera Lieta (CSJ Consociate)

Serphine Achola Mamber (CSJ Consociate)

Lea Amoit Lieta (CSJ Consociate Candidate)

GROWING COMMUNITY ROOTS ADVISORY BOARD 

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER CONSULTANT

Sister Rosita Aranita, CSJ, HONOLULU, HI

 

LEGAL SERVICES 

John Gries, CSJ Consociate, EDINA, MN

Gries Lenhardt Michenfelder Allen, P.L.L.P.

 

DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALISTS
Alyssa Howells, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Kay Hannahan, MINNEAPOLIS, MN  

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