Leadership

Malinda Wheeler, Executive Director

Since July 2002, Malinda has been responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of the HWWK programs in Kenya and providing mentorship to the volunteer and upstart programs in East Africa. She is credited with exponential growth of HWWK from an organization of 3 volunteers to an employer with over 110 full time staff implementing multiple programs across the country.
Before joining HWWK, Malinda directed the medical work with HOPE worldwide in Hargeisa, Somaliland where she helped to set up and manage an outpatient clinic and short-term overnight infirmary serving children and youth. She participated in the development of the first Somaliland Nursing Curriculum working with former first lady, Edna Adan, at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. Malinda has been a member of several technical working groups and committees including the Partnership for an HIV Free Generation Steering Committee in Kenya, the OVC Technical Working group on quality improvement where she was nominated by the National OVC Steering Committee in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, among others.
Malinda is a qualified Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University in New York. She has an MSc in Administration and Public Health from Hunter College, New York, and a BSc in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Nicasius Kamani, Operations Director 

He brings to HWWK a vast experience gained in managing CDC, and also USAID funded programs at HWWK with an average annual turnover of US $ 3.5 Million. He is among the founders of HWWK and provides leadership in programs’ development and resource mobilization to sustain the organization.

He has over 10 years experience working with youth, children, and adults in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health programs. He has undertaken comprehensive training in Behavior Change Communication, Sexual and Reproductive Health and a host of other health-related issues.

A former PricewaterhouseCoopers top student nominee, he benefited from training in accounting, auditing and grants management at the firm. Having trained as an architect, he brings to the team a creative approach to program design and implementation. His broad experience in financial, programmatic and project design, combined with a keen analytical eye helps in providing general oversight to programming and financial bearings of the organization. Kamani holds a Masters in Business Administration from Mancosa—South Africa and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nairobi.

 

Jimmy Kinyanjui, Finance and Administration Director

He has over 20 years in the field of accounting, auditing and consultancy having started his professional career in 1984 with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years and Ernest & Young for 2 1/2 years. He is currently serving as the Financial Controller of HWWK where he over-sees the financial function of the organization.

For 10 years prior to this, he served as Managing Director of his own consultancy firm, Accotax Ltd. He has extensive experience in Financial Accounting for non- governmental organizations and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Jimmy, a CPA (K), received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi, and has a host of other relevant qualifications.
Dr. Julius Nguku, Programs Director

He has over 15 years’ experience in Public health. He currently provides overall leadership and strategic management of Programs at HWWK which includes effective design and implementation responsive to target clients and ensuring provision of quality services.  He applies this expertise in disseminating HIV/AIDS work. He has been instrumental in the startup of the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) division at HOPE worldwide Kenya including design of data collection tools for programs. He was appointed by the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health as an OSH Advisor in early 2009. Julius was involved in development of KNASP III as a member of Pillar 4 (Governance and Strategic Information). 

Julius holds a Phd in Public Health from Technical University of Kenya. His research topic “Predictors of Sustaining HIV/STI Protective Behaviors among Young Women in Mukuru Slums, Nairobi”—a retrospective cohort study comparing beneficiaries of three different Behavior Change Communication (BCC)  programs run by HOPE worldwide Kenya between October 2013 to September 2014 and he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Moi University in Eldoret.

Margaret Thuo, Human Resource Manager

Margaret has 19 years working experience, 9 of which have been in Human Resource Management. Before joining HWWK, she worked as a Clerical Officer in the Personnel Department at Egerton University for many years where she worked in recruitment, leave, disciplinary, final dues and personnel registry sections. As Administration Assistant at Kenyatta University, she worked for just over a year in recruitment (non-academic) section.

She was awarded a Certificate in Training Needs Assessment by the Ministry of State for Public Service. Margaret has a BA in Sociology and History from Egerton University, and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management.

Catherine Njoki Mukundi, Program Manager

Catherine has over 10 years experience in HIV counseling and testing work. She is currently the program manager of a project that supports the scale up of combination HIV/AIDS Prevention Services for key populations using Evidence-based, Cost Effective Approaches. She directs the CT services at HWWK, a position that enables her to collaborate with funding partners and Government agencies to facilitate provision of CT services using the different strategies including Stand alone sites, Mobile and Moonlight CT. She offers technical support to the counseling and testing team in the organization.

As a certified Counselor Supervisor, she has offered counseling supervision to CT counselors since 2006. Catherine holds a Bachelors Degree in development studies, project management from Management University of Africa and is certified in General counseling, VCT, Couple HIV counseling and Trauma counseling in Post Rape care, all from Liver-pool VCT Center. She also holds a Diploma in Institutional Management from Kenya Poly-technic, as well as a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling from Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling.

Roselyn Nyakundi, Continuous Quality Improvement/Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Roselyn oversees the implementation of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Monitoring and Evaluation component of HWWK’s projects. She works closely with the Program Technical Team Lead, and other senior staff members to develop and foster a culture of CQI by leading improvement activities involving employees from all levels of the organization.  She also leads the Monitoring and Evaluation team to strengthen systems and capacity among HWWK staff and sub-grantees to collect, manage, and use quality data to inform programs and policy in the national response to HIV Prevention. 

Roselyn has over nineteen years of combined experience in the NGO and corporate sectors in Kenya.  Areas of expertise include: program monitoring & evaluation, quality improvement, project management, training and capacity-building, organizational capacity development and service delivery.  She has a passion for children and has spearheaded and participated in the implementation various children and adolescent projects since 2006 in Nairobi, Makueni, Kiambu and Siaya Counties.  She has also championed the implementation of the HWWK Child Protection Policy and other key procedures and structures.

Roselyn holds an MBA in Marketing from United States International University and is an MA (Monitoring & Evaluation) final year student at Maseno University.

Board of Directors

William Mwasi - Board Chairman

William Mwasi has over 15 years of solid and proven work experience in Operations and Human Resources Management specifically with donor funded programs including US government, DFID and SIDA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management specialization and a Diploma in Business Management.

He has extensive experience when it comes to setting up internal control systems and environments, a highly organized individual with excellent co-ordination, teamwork and people management skills with a demonstrated ability to build good relations with both internal and external stakeholders. He has since 2014 served as the Chairman, Board of Management of Nairobi Christian Academy, our church based school.

Malinda Wheeler, Secretary

Since July 2002, Malinda has been responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of the HWWK programs in Kenya and providing mentorship to the volunteer and upstart programs in East Africa. She is credited with exponential growth of HWWK from an organization of 3 volunteers to an employer with over 110 full time staff implementing multiple programs across the country.
Before joining HWWK, Malinda directed the medical work with HOPE worldwide in Hargeisa, Somaliland where she helped to set up and manage an outpatient clinic and short-term overnight infirmary serving children and youth. She participated in the development of the first Somaliland Nursing Curriculum working with former first lady, Edna Adan, at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. Malinda has been a member of several technical working groups and committees including the Partnership for an HIV Free Generation Steering Committee in Kenya, the OVC Technical Working group on quality improvement where she was nominated by the National OVC Steering Committee in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, among others.
Malinda is a qualified Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University in New York. She has an MSc in Administration and Public Health from Hunter College, New York, and a BSc in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
William Auki ,Board Treasurer

Auki is an accomplished architect and co-founded Oak Architects, an architectural firm started in 2005. He has been a partner in Oak Architects for 13 years. He has also worked as NSSF Supervisory Committee Director for 3 years.

Auki has served as International Church of Christ Regional Family Chairman, East Africa for the last one year, having been an Evangelist in the Nairobi Christian church for 12 years and Nairobi Christian Church ministry staff for19 years.  

Through extensive International travels and as an evangelist in the Nairobi Christian Church he has worked with people from all walks of life in his capacity as a mentor, teacher, preacher, counselor and trainer and is passionate about changing lives.
Prof. Eng. Alex Munyasya Muumbo
Prof. Eng. Alex Munyasya Muumbo, Board Member

Prof. Eng. Muumbo holds a Doctorate degree in Materials Engineering from Nagoya University (Japan), MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management from the University of Bradford (U K) and B. TECH (Hons.) in Production Technology from Moi University (Eldoret – Kenya). 
He is a mechanical engineer by profession, a Professor of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Kenya and a mentor with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).
Prof. Eng. Muumbo is an accomplished educator with over 30 years’ experience in academics and research, mainly centered on Materials, Energy, Design, Additive/Subtractive manufacturing and Foundry engineering.  He has trained industry professionals on; continuous improvement, failure mode and effect analysis, lean manufacturing/administration, change management and total quality management among other short courses. 
He has severally participated in initiatives that promoted collaboration between Academia and Industry, particularly on the implementation of Competency Based Education and Training (CBET), as key towards unlocking the third industrial revolution and a green future. He has severally championed community-based engagements as a path to enhancing economic independence, and learning and skills development. Such activities have included; work-based learning, leisure/recreation, community awareness, and income generation.
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