Winnie Barron – Founder and previous director of Makindu Children’s Centre (MCC). Winnie is a Physician’s Assistant and Paramedic, specializing in emergency medicine. She currently serves on the Executive Committee as Chair of the Board of Directors. She has a special role as a consultant to MCC, providing guidance and technical assistance. Winnie conducts field evaluations and monitoring several times annually. She has played a central role since the inception of MCC in 1998, and helped to establish Makindu Children’s Program (MCP) as a 501(c)(3) in 2001.
Michael Farley – Michael currently serves on the Executive Committee as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. Michael is Chief Executive Officer of a nonprofit advocating for mental and behavioral health for children and teens. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Makindu Kenya in the late 1970s, an experience that had a significant, positive impact on his life. He has served on the MCP Board since 2004 as is part of his on going efforts to give back to that community.
Steve Randolph – Joined the board in January of 2005. He currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. Steve’s financial expertise benefits both MCC & MCP. Steve previously served as board Co-Chair, and has been on Proper Walks in ’04, ’06 and ’12. Educated at Oregon State University and Cornell, he recently retired from Oregon Food Bank after 28 years in the field. Steve also served in the Peace Corps in Kenya (’77-80) with Michael Farley.
Lou Enge – worked as MCP Coordinator for eight years and has served as a board member since 2013. Lou has 20 years of experience as Director and Program Manager in the non-profit sector and uses her skills to raise funds and general awareness of MCP. Lou has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from UCLA, and she is a champion of advocacy for the children at MCC.
Marcia Moore – Marcia is a long time supporter of MCP. As a retired Dental Hygienist she volunteers in Africa and Asia in the field of dental health. Marcia has been a Proper Walk participant and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. She currently serves on the grant writing committee and promotes MCP by presenting information in many venues. Her vision is that all children deserve an opportunity for hope.
Dennis Wininger – Dennis joined the board in 2008 after participating in two Proper Walks (‘06 and ’08). He published a book, “Proper Walk- My Journey to Help the Children of Makindu,” which continues for raise funds for MCP. Dennis helped to develop the websites for MCP, MCC and the Proper Walk. He presents information about MCP to many service organizations and has organized additional fundraising events, including a domestic fundraiser called the “Golden Gate Bridge Proper Walk.”
Nancy Woolfson – Nancy has served as MCP Board member since 2011, and currently serves as Board Secretary. Nancy is a retired teacher with a PhD in Education, specializing in special education research. She has played a vital role in planning and organizing the MCP annual fundraiser and organizes smaller fundraising efforts throughout the year, by using her extraordinary cooking abilities to raise funds for MCP.
Deb Bean – Deb is new to the MCP Board, joining in May of 2015. Deb lives in Eugene, OR and has been a realtor for 23 years. She has been a volunteer with orphanages in Belarus, Guatemala and Mexico. Deb recently volunteered at our first ReJEWEL benefit and is excited to be part of more fundraising activities for MCP.