Sarah Samuel | Executive Director

Sarah Samuel joined Dignitas as Executive Director in January 2017. Prior to Dignitas, Sarah completed a prestigious year-long Education Pioneers fellowship in Washington, D.C. that provides exceptional professionals with pathways into education leadership. During her fellowship, she worked for a prominent education NGO, where she improved the organization’s external communication and participated in their strategic planning process. As Program Manager for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Sarah provided grants to clean energy projects in Africa, honing her skills in business development, budgeting, data analysis and grantwriting, as well as solidifying her desire to live and work in Kenya. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Loyola University Maryland and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively, Sarah has committed herself to a career serving children and families. For Sarah, becoming Executive Director of Dignitas is the culmination of years of working in classrooms, supporting non-profit programs, and experience in international development, and the realization of a long-held dream.

Program Quality and Operations

Rebecca Crook | Curriculum Design Manager

Rebecca is an educator and explorer committed to partnering with marginalized communities to broaden opportunities for youth across the globe.  After teaching bi-lingual primary school in California, Rebecca supported curriculum and teacher development at a network of low-fee private schools in South Africa.  She was the founding principal of the third school in the SPARK network. At Dignitas, Rebecca leads program design to develop education leaders within Nairobi’s informal settlements.  She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Gloria Omuya | Operations Officer

Gloria is the Operations Officer at Dignitas. She manages Dignitas logistics and implements programs like Infrastructure Support at Dignitas partner schools. She believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to receive quality education and is glad to be working at Dignitas to support this vision. Gloria holds a Diploma in Public Relations and is currently pursuing a B.A in Public Relations & Media Studies at the University of Nairobi.

Maurine Makena | Senior Learning and Evaluation Officer

Maurine is the Senior Learning and Evaluation Officer at Dignitas, supporting program quality through designing learning and evaluation frameworks to drive program efficacy and expansion. Before joining the Dignitas team, Maurine supported the Monitoring and Evaluation Department at Deaf Aid Kenya. She first developed an interest in creating equal opportunities for marginalized communities when volunteering at Ascent Leadership Training (Kenyatta University) and mentoring children at Ruiru Primary School. Maurine has a degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University and is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation Professional.

Meshack Otieno | Field Assistant

As a Field Assistant, Meshack Otieno is a key point of contact for partner schools and provides logistical support to the rest of the team. Before joining Dignitas, Meshack worked at Mabawa, an organization that engages stakeholders to improve learning environments. He believes that education is one of the most important issues to focus on in Kenya, as it enables children to have brighter futures. Meshack is currently pursuing a diploma in ICT management from the Institute of Advanced Technology.

Francis Njoroge | Program Assistant

Francis was born and raised in Mathare, where he continues to be active in youth empowerment movements like Maji Mazuri Youth Group. He believes in creating opportunities for others and that every child should have access to quality education. At Dignitas, Francis supports the planning and implementation of training and infrastructure support.

School Support

Carol Owala | Senior Instructional Coach

As an instructional coach, Carol has a particular interest in supporting pedagogically disadvantaged students, building on her previous roles as an assistant teacher at Makini School, as a special needs teacher at Little Rock Inclusive Centre- Kibera and as a special needs teacher leader at Dignitas. She believes that through her work, school leaders and teachers will be able to address the attitudes and experiences that lie behind social differences in education. As an Instructional Coach, Carol facilitates trainings and provides ongoing feedback and support to teachers at partner schools.

Samantha Nyabola | Leadership Coach

Samantha is a Leadership Coach at Dignitas. In her role, she facilitates training and provides ongoing support for teachers in partner schools.  Samantha is passionate about student success and believes that by supporting and coaching teachers, students will experience high quality learning. Before joining Dignitas, Samantha was the Dean of Students and physics and chemistry teacher at Nairobi Muslim Academy. She holds a Diploma in Science Education from Kenya Science Teachers College and is currently pursuing a B.A in Counseling Psychology at African Nazarene University.