MCC founder and former director, Winnie is a Physician's Assistant and Paramedic specializing in emergency medicine. Serving as Chair Emeritus on the Executive Committee, she consults for MCC, providing guidance and technical assistance. Instrumental in MCC's creation in 1998 and MCP's 501(c)(3) establishment in 2001, she conducts field evaluations and monitoring.
Serving on the board since 2006, Michael is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya with a lasting impact. Ex-CEO of Elk Hill for 21 years, he led 14 Proper Walk Safaris, raising over $1 million for MCP, demonstrating his dedication to the program and its mission. Michael is committed to fostering growth and success for Makindu's children.
Vice-Chair Cheri owns Pegasus Horse Wisdom Consulting, a Leadership and Life Coach business. She's the Director of Grant Services for the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County. With 20 years in executive nonprofit management, Cheri is passionate about helping Makindu Children's Center thrive and improve the lives of the children it serves.
Board member since 2005, Steve served in the Peace Corps in Kenya with Michael Farley. Now Treasurer, he's been on Proper Walks in '04, '06, '12, and '21. Educated at Oregon State and Cornell, he retired from Oregon Food Bank after 28 years. Steve remains devoted to making a difference in the lives of Makindu's children.
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.
Long-time MCP supporter, retired Dental Hygienist Marcia volunteers in Africa and Asia in dental health. Board member since 2014, she leads 2-3 Kenya safaris yearly, called Safaris & Moore, raising funds and awareness. Her vision: all children deserve an opportunity for hope. Marcia continues to engage in various projects to support MCP's mission.
Board member since 2017, Joshua is a school counselor at a private school with a Psychology degree. He leads the award-winning reggae band Mighty Joshua & The Zion #5. Committed to raising funds for MCP, he participated in Proper Walks 2010 and 2016 and contributes with his musical talent.
First experiencing Makindu on Proper Safari 2016, Taylor returned in 2018. A Pilates Instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition coach, she started her own business after working as a physical therapy assistant. Based in Seattle, she enjoys travel, cooking, reading, hiking, and supporting Makindu's kids.
Tom joined the board in 2021 after participating in Proper Safaris 2017-2019. A retired special education teacher and school counselor, he's passionate about photography and supporting Makindu's children. With extensive outdoor experience, Tom is committed to MCP's goals and its positive impact on kids.
Introduced to MCP while traveling with Marcia Moore, Niki is a long-time nonprofit advocate. Retired, she focuses on supporting international groups empowering women and children. With a history of developing housing for special needs populations, Niki contributes valuable expertise and is dedicated to MCP's mission.
After her first Africa trip in 2022 with Marcia Moore, Kelli fell in love with the region and now supports the Makindu Children's Center. With 30 years in disability services, she works at Fraser, aiding those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kelli is passionate about helping others and enjoys spending time at the lake, cooking, traveling, and crafting.
Laurel Thompson is the Director of Administration at Cornerstone Research, with extensive experience in administration and corporate real estate. An animal lover, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Paisley, and sharing good food and wine with friends. Deeply moved by her visit to Makindu Children's Center, Laurel is committed to advocating for the center's vital role in the children's and community's wellbeing.
Deborah joined MCC's board in January 2023, driven by her passion for the children. With a background in education, she now focuses on community outreach for children's wellness and safety. Inspired by John F. Kennedy, Deborah aims to make a transformative impact at the Makindu Children's Center.