Dr. Lucy Ndegwa McKenzie
Lucy Ndegwa McKenzie is a compliance healthcare professional with nursing and business directorship experience. She is a management professional with a proven leadership of achieving goals, motivating, and building and maintaining business loyalty, quality care and profit focus with significant experience in managing privacy, policies and compliance, and promotion of service quality.
She is the Founder and CEO of ICARE Operation a non–profit organization registered in the state of Texas, whose motto is “Building Life Together”.
Lucy is a member of the Dallas team I Change Nations Goodwill Ambassadors. These team members collaborate with each other and support the growth of each other’s area of calling. The team embraces the concept Women Add Value.
She is a graduate of Leadership Allen-Fairview Class XXVI. Lucy is the first Kenyan to graduate from this leadership program since its inception in 1989 Lucy is a board member of Kenya Diaspora Advisor Council (KDAC) in Texas that serves the Kenyan community in Dallas Fort Worth.
Lucy is one of the founders of the Kenya North America Diaspora Sacco (K-NADS). The SACCO will provide an avenue for the Kenyan diaspora woman in any of the 23 North American countries to pull their financial resources together for investment purposes and build wealth
Maryanne Wangeci Goetz
Maryanne Wangeci Goetz is the owner of a successful Health and Wellness business in North Carolina for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in facilitating grassroots community development projects in healthcare, education, water and sanitation and ecotourism.
Her biggest passion is in empowering women and rural communities towards economic self-sustenance and self-sufficiency both in different parts of Kenya and her community in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Maryanne has successfully, with others founded two investment groups in Kenya and one group in North Carolina. Maryanne serves as the Secretary to the Board of the North America Diaspora Sacco, K-NADS.
Purity Mugo Ateku
Purity Mugo-Ateku has been working as a financial coordinator in a private university in Dallas, Texas for the last 15 years. She brings in a wealth of financial,administrative, operational management as well as event planning and coordination.
Purity is a motivational speaker and a mentor to many young women and is a much sought out speaker and emcee. She is actively involved in the Kenyan community in Dallas, and serves as a board member for a nonprofit organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a double Masters in Global Studies & Organizational Dynamics. In addition to serving in the DFW community, Purity is passionate about giving back in Kenya, and has adopted seven kids, ensuring that they get an education.
Regina Opiyo has over 15 years of professional experience in both private and public sectors. She is actively involved in community service and leadership. Regina is Co-Founder of KCPA (Kenyan Community in Pennsylvania), a registered non-profit entity.
In addition, she serves as one of Board of Directors for Hope Within Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides free healthcare and counseling services for medically uninsured and financially needy residents. Regina holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, and was named Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, 1997. Regina serves as Executive Board member and director of marketing initiatives and outreach for Kenya North Diaspora Sacco (K-NADS).
With over 15 years of experience in customer service, Penny brings a considerable experience in working with people.
Notable is her leadership in various organizations in Kenyan community in Atlanta, GA and she is involved in planning various community events. She is also an active member of KACC church in Marietta Georgia where she has also been an active leader in various departments. Through her experience in working as a Kenyan bank agent in Kenya, Penny understands the banking needs of Kenyans in the Diaspora as well different issues affecting Kenyans in the Diaspora. Penny is a graduate St. Leo University and holds a degree in business Management and currently pursuing a degree in Human Resources Management at St Leo University.
As an active member of the Kenyan diaspora in the United States and in Europe Wacu Ndirangu brings a wealth of knowledge and experience especially with the Young Kenyan Diaspora. Youth empowerment and community cohesion are her top priorities as a diaspora leader, she will strive to ensure that the diaspora youth is included in important initiatives such as investment opportunities.
Wacu is a graduate of Cicely McDonell School of Nursing, Nairobi (Registered Nurse), University of Detroit Mercy (Bachelor of Science Nursing) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Masters in Public Health-Leadership). She has a strong passion in caring for others and has been in the nursing field for over 15 year. Wacu has served in education and preceptorship, leadership, quality improvement among other nursing roles both in Kenya and The United States. In addition to working as an acute care nurse she has a strong desire in giving back. As a philanthropist, she serves in different charitable organizations in advisory and committee member capacities. Wacu is a champion of preventive medicine, she works with the less fortunate community of Dandora slums, Kenya. She especially advocates for reduced HIV/AIDS and maternal child health mortalities.
A Native of kenya, Janet has an Associate Degree in applied sciences as a Food Technologist from The Mombasa Polytechnic University College-Kenya, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Delta College in Michigan-USA, and is currently pursuing an RN-BSN at the University of Arlington Texas.
Janet has been in the HealthCare profession for the last 13 years, and is currently a travel Nurse. When not traveling, she is an IT Consultant in implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) across hospitals across the USA. My passion is to see others succeed by knowing their worth not just as nurses, but as IT consultants, by mentoring, advising, and guiding both new and experienced nurses. Janet is a Board member and Co-founder of Kenya North America Diaspora SACCO (K-NADS), a for-profit Only Women’s Sacco, and serves as Chair of the Vetting Committee, and a member Loan/Credit Committee. She is a member of the Kenya USA Diaspora SACCO based in Atlanta Georgia. She is a member of the Kenya Women in the United States, (KWITU), an NGO that connects, supports, and empowers Kenyan women living in US, by providing community support services to help those in need, and represents the DFW-KWITU halter based in Dallas TX. She is a members of SISI KWA SISI (SKS), a KWITU benevolent fund.
A proud Army wife and a Navy mother of one, Janet currently lives in Big Sandy TX. In her free time, she loves to fish, hunt, and golf, and traveling.
Ruth Kinyua is a founder member and Operations Manager at K- NAD SACCO Ltd, she holds Bachelors of Science in Accounting from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is a member of Beta Alpha PSI. Ruth brings on board experience over ten years of Finance & Accounting and customer care service. Previously, she worked with The Body Shop, wake forest, NC as Customer service team leader, All-Phase Blinds, Shutters and Woodmaster Window Fashions, Raleigh, NC as Senior Accountant and Novozymes North America, Raleigh, NC as a Financial controller.