Meet the team

Upendo Women’s Foundation is a dynamic grassroots network of volunteers currently in two continents USA and Africa, empowering girls, women and communities to find sustainable health solutions as well as create income to help sustain some of their needs. Upendo Women’s Foundation is supported by an amazing team of capable people.

njeri5Njeri Thubei – Executive Director and Founder

Njeri has decades of experience in nonprofit organizational leadership, with a strong background in international relations and sustainable community development. She is known for her ability to build teams and empower collaborations.  She is passionate about sustainable global empowerment and grateful to be part of such a direct and effective key to change. She founded Upendo Women’s Foundation (UWF) in April 2013, due to her own personal journey and experience of what she had to go through while growing up.  She feels privileged to serve with the amazing supporters of Upendo Women’s Foundation.

angelaAngela SherwinDevelopment Officer

Angela came to Upendo Women’s Foundation with a strong background in Public Health issues, most recently working  as a Mental Health Counselor. With strong organizational, communication and networking abilities and a passion for women’s issues, she could not be a better fit for UWF. As professional as she is cheerful, she is a delight to work with and we are truly grateful to have her on the team.

deniseDenise Canon – Communication Director

Denise has a background in interior designing and sales. With her expertise in designing and communication she sees the incredible benefits of putting life skills into practice which leads to greater success. She has chosen to participate in Upendo as a liaison communicator to help find and recommend events to support our solutions.

Mumbi Muriuki – International Distribution Director

Mumbi is a talented woman who manages the details of distribution with fun and enthusiasm.  She is very meticulous due to her background in organizing and planning amazing Safaris.  She does all of this as a volunteer, while working as a Partner at Kisima The Safari Company.  We are so privileged to have her on our the team.

edna2Edna Simbi – Public Relations Officer

Edna Simbi brings her experience in communications, international global development, and public relations.  As PR, she oversees strategic interaction and integrated external institutional communications in addition to managing the public relations. She is responsible for increasing awareness for Upendo Women Foundation’s research, education, and awareness while developing a system-wide proactive communication plan and implementing crisis communication management.

Maryann Muthoni​Financial Operations Cordinator

Meet Maryann. She serves as a member of executive leadership team and participates in key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, operating model and operational execution. Maryann brings in her expertise in management and vision necessary to ensure that the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Lucy NdeithiInternational Chapter Liaison

Lucy is the woman who helps chapters meet their goals. She focuses on connecting, informing, answering questions and counseling to help the amazing teams and chapter directors of Upendo Women’s Foundation reach more girls and women around the globe. Hers is an important role and she is the strong, capable and kind woman who is equal to the task.

Marsha RugeneMaterial Resource Director

Marsha brings on her nursing experience in menstrual health management to the team. She is dedicated to helping develop solutions for women’s health for communities facing these issues. Her enthusiasm and passion is an enormous force that will be a tool that will help bring sustainable change. We are honored to have her on our team.