Deborah Kimathi | Executive Director
Deborah Kimathi is leading Dignitas’ strategy and growth. Before joining us, Deborah was the CEO of Vision Africa. She has been working and living in Kenya for more than fifteen years and now considers it very much ‘home’. Deborah started her career as the Founder of Seed of Hope – a program that equips and empowers young people towards dignity, opportunity and hope. This laid the foundation for a series of senior management roles at Vision Africa which ensured that she honed skills such as organizational development, strategic planning for sustainability and growth, negotiating collaborative partnerships and resource management whilst, all the time, ensuring that the organization fulfilled its mission and objectives and maintained a strong value base. Deborah is excited about working with the Dignitas team to grow program impact and, as a result, transform the educational experience of children throughout Kenya and beyond. She has a Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) and an MA in Education and International Development.
Gloria Omuya | Communication & Operations Manager
Gloria joined Dignitas in 2011, drawn by her passion to make a positive difference in the community. She currently handles a versatile role where she leads communications, resource support programs for partner schools and office operations. She believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to receive quality education and is excited to be working with Dignitas to support this vision. Gloria is passionate about people and is always seeking for opportunities to build relationships and harness collaborative efforts with different stakeholders. Gloria holds a Certificate in Humanitarian Core Skills from RedR UK, a Diploma in Public Relations and a B.A. in Public Relations & Media Studies from the University of Nairobi.
Francis Njoroge | Program Officer
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. As a Program Officer, Francis works on program support with focus on planning and implementation of special projects like uniform distribution and the Dottie Scholarship Program. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from NIBS College and a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Mercy Naitore | Finance and Administration Officer
Mercy joined the Dignitas in January 2017. She provides financial support in internal and external requests for finance related questions. She continually works to improve financial systems and outcomes at Dignitas with a focus on developing sustainable systems and procedures that will improve performance and productivity. Her day to day activities include budget support, analysis, forecasts and working on procurement needs for Dignitas.
Alice Gocho | Office Assistant
Alice is an Office Assistant at Dignitas. She first joined Dignitas as an intern and worked her way through to a formal position. Her role involves supporting all the teams. She helps coordinate office logistics and offers administrative support for our trainings and ongoing programs. Prior to joining Dignitas, Alice volunteered at Imani Children’s Home where she developed the passion of helping less fortunate children in the society. She believes that every child deserves a chance to get access to education which is of value and that is why she enjoys working at Dignitas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from United States International University of Africa in International Relations.
Jane Wambui | Office Assistant
Jane is our Office Assistant and a true people’s person. When she is not welcoming and assisting visitors, she supports staff and organizational procedures. Jane enjoys cooking flavorful healthy meals for the team. A self-described “passionate”, Jane commits herself to giving back through working enthusiastically. She focuses on embracing opportunities that will make a difference. She offers valuable support to help the Dignitas team succeed. She takes pride in representing Dignitas and no one knows their way around the office like Jane!
Learning & Evaluation Team
Leah Anyanwu | Program and Evaluation Director
Leah Anyanwu is instrumental in supporting the program and evaluation teams. Before joining Dignitas, she served as an educational consultant. Leah began her career as an Early Childhood Educator in New Orleans, LA. She later served as the Team Lead and Instructional Coach at KIPP, one of the largest and most innovative school networks in the US. There, she supported teacher development throughout the school by sharing and modeling best practices and -ultimately- driving exceptional student achievement. Leah believes that education is a civil right and that all children deserve the chance to realize their dreams. At Dignitas, she will spearhead the development of the teacher training curriculum and catalyze long-term sustainable growth by tracking effectiveness and accountability. Leah holds a Master’s in Education from Binghamton University in New York and a Bachelor’s in Biology and Spanish Language from Fisk University.
Maurine Makena | Learning and Evaluation Manager
Maurine is the Learning and Evaluation Manager at Dignitas. She supports program quality through designing learning and evaluation frameworks to drive program efficacy and expansion. Maurine joined the Dignitas team in 2014 as the Learning and Evaluation Officer and has since taken up various roles in the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team. 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 completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) – International Development from the University of York and is awaiting graduation. She also has a degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University and is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation Professional.
Nancy Gikandi | Learning and Evaluation Officer
Nancy is the Learning & Evaluation Officer at Dignitas. Her roles involve supporting MEL Systems development and implementation, monitoring and tracking Dignitas program activities, tracking teachers’ progress, and most importantly capturing organizational learning to inform program design and overall decision-making. Before joining Dignitas, Nancy was a Research Executive at Strategic Public Relations & Research Ltd, where she was responsible for different research projects. Nancy strongly believes that Education is a pathway out of poverty and that every child deserves the right to access quality education. This and her love for data are the reasons she enjoys working at Dignitas. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nairobi in Mathematics and Statistics.
School Support Team
Roselynn Awili | Program Manager
Roselynn is a seasoned educational manager with over six years of knowledge and practical experience. She has specifically worked in the areas of curriculum development, personnel recruitment, teacher training and facilitation. Her experience includes serving as the Content Manager for Eneza Education Ltd – a leading Nairobi Edtech firm, where she recruited, built and managed the company’s content teams in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana. She also previously served as a Training and Recruiting Associate for Bridge International Academies, supporting school leaders in instructional leadership, modeling best practices and driving exceptional student achievement. At Dignitas, Roselynn leads the Programs team in strategic direction setting, quality assurance across different programs and policy engagement with the different government agencies. She believes that leadership involves pursuing excellence and making a difference. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education at Kenyatta University. Roselynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University and is a certified Strategic Management and Leadership professional.
Mercy Munialo | Leadership Coach
Mercy comes to Dignitas after seven years as a teacher and an Education Program Assistant at Elite Digital Youth Group. Mercy is passionate about quality education for every child, especially children with special needs. She believes that all children, irrespective of their financial or societal backgrounds, should have undeniable access to quality learning. She envisions that this goal will be achieved when teachers are empowered with necessary skills so that they can bring out holistic learners. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Maseno University and a Master’s degree from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University in Special Needs Education. Mercy is currently pursuing her P.h.D in Special Needs Education at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.
Justus Maina | Leadership Coach
Justus Maina is a Leadership Coach at Dignitas. Before Dignitas, he worked with VSO as a Pre-service Education Methodology Advisor in Rwanda where he was part of a team that developed the Teacher Training Competence Based Curriculum. He did a Consultancy with Nyeri County government to establish status of pre-schools in Nyeri County, and the report has been used to inform several improvements in the County. He has worked with RTI-international as an Education Program Assistant to support Nairobi County Curriculum support officers and Instructional coaches to implement the curriculum. His experience is in coaching, material development, education research and curriculum development. He strongly believes in creating supportive and sustainable learning environments where children take the lead in their education. And he would also like to see learning taking place in the broader community, outside the school physical environment. He holds Bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University in Early Childhood Education, and he is currently pursuing master’s degree in the same area in the same university
Faith Muisyo | Project Director
Faith is a passionate leader who is keen to contribute to positive impact. At Dignitas, Faith leads Ustadi, a program aimed at improving school leaders’ instructional leadership skills and student learning outcomes through professional development programs. Faith’s role encompasses developing the school leaders’ programs focusing on school leadership as a critical lever in transforming education systems. Other roles include, engaging government and key stakeholder in programming, crafting and implementing an advocacy strategy to influence policy in the areas of school leader selection, professional development training and assessment of head teachers. Faith brings on board over 15 years’ experience drawn from both humanitarian and development sector with experiences across multiple sectors in program management and organizational development. Previously, she worked with African Council for Accreditation and Accountability and World Vision (Swaziland and Somalia program). Faith is an alumni of Vital Voices Leadership (USA), holds an MSc in Leadership and Change Management from Leeds Becket (UK) and Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University (Kenya).
Samantha Nyabola | Senior 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.
Valary Oyugi | Leadership Coach
Valary is passionate about children and she seeks to see every child regardless of their background, access quality education and reach their full potential. She holds a strong belief that every child can learn. This is why she values working closely with schools and supporting children at different levels to achieve their dreams. She has six years’ experience working in education sector. She has worked with Bridge International Academies as an Area Manager where she coached school leaders to ensure quality in teaching and learning in 16 academies in different communities within Bungoma County. She has also worked with Lwala Community Alliance as an Education Project Officer involved in designing and implementing different health and education programs in public schools within North Kamagambo. She has a degree in Education from Kenyatta University and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi.
Victoria Adembesa | Leadership Coach
Victoria is a teacher by passion and believes that teachers are major transformation agents in the world. Her roles at Dignitas include facilitating trainings and supporting teachers to enhance their skills as well as become transformation agents in lives of children; one teacher at a time through coaching. She is currently working under the Nawiri program. Victoria has six years’ experience in the education sector, as a student trainer with Navigators Kenya and as a principal at Bunks and Biddles Schools. She has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Moi University and is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Kenyatta University. Victoria believes that if our education sector was the sky, each transformed teacher will represent a star, the more the stars the more the glow on our education system and the world at large.