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Kenyan Board of Directors

ZABLON KURIA

ZABLON KURIA

Founder and Executive Director, Kenyan Board of Directors

Mr. Kuria was a successful insurance salesman until 1999 when he left his job to pursue a degree in Biblical Education and Leadership in the United States.  After graduation in 2006, Mr. Kuria was commissioned by Roswell Presbyterian Church in Georgia to return to Kenya as a missionary.  It was after coming back to his country that he started R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries, Inc.  His main calling is to act as a bridge which connects churches, foundations, and corporations abroad to those in Kenya who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ.  This way, Mr. Kuria says he is able to mobilize the Kenyan church in the mission of a holistic gospel; preaching the good news to all while uplifting the lives and spirits of the needy. To this end, he works tirelessly and joyfully.

JOSEPH BORO NG’ERA

JOSEPH BORO NG’ERA

Board Chair

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Nakuru

Mr. Ng’era is a longtime dairy farmer and businessman in Nakuru. He started by working in several organizations as a salesman before venturing into business. Mr. Ng’era is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Mission Hospital, the property of which he donated. He is also a member at the hospital’s Management Board. He is the chairman of the Dairy Division of the Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers, a life governor at the Agricultural Society of Kenya, and a committee member at the Village of Mary.  He believes in sharing with the less fortunate and counts his wealth not by how much money he earns, but how many lives he upraises.

JANE MUTHONI MACHARIA

JANE MUTHONI MACHARIA

Treasurer

Nakuru, Kenya

A teacher by profession, Mrs. Macharia quit her career to join her husband in business shortly after they married. After he passed, she carried his legacy forward as a charitable business person with a heart for employee empowerment. However, with a passion for teaching music, she has continued instructing at her church, where she plays the keyboard as the music advisor.  Mrs. Macharia actively participates in development projects and mercy ministries within her church.  Despite her busy schedule, Mrs. Macharia always makes ample time to serve the needy, as this is one of her basic callings which she yearns to fulfill.

PRISCA TUITOWEK

PRISCA TUITOWEK

Kenyan Board of Directors, Member at Large

Africa Gospel Church: Ngata, Nakuru
Professor Tuitowek is a lecturer in Human Nutrition at Egerton University where she has been working for over 20 years, where she is also director of Quality Assurance. At her church, Professor Tuitowek serves as an elder in charge of the Protocol section.  She is a board member in several institutions, including the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, and Moi High School in Kabarak. Professor Tuitowek passionately sponsors bright students from poor backgrounds, especially those who come from marginalized communities such as Pokot, Turkana, Ilchamus and Samburu.  She is also a private health and nutrition consultant.

MARY KARIUKI

MARY KARIUKI

Kenyan Board of Directors, Member at Large

-Nakuru Pentecostal Church
Dr. Kariuki is a psychology lecturer at Egerton University in Njoro and is a part- time business lady.  She is the President of the Nakuru Business and Professional Women Organization and the Vice Chair of the Nakuru County Peace Committee.  She is a member of the Nakuru Business Association’s governing council and the Kenya Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Kariuki has an interest in serving social groups with a bias towards women’s empowerment.  She would like to see all women treated with respect and dignity at all social levels and for children to receive their right to good shelter and education.

DAVID MBUGUA MBAI

DAVID MBUGUA MBAI

Kenyan Board of Directors, Member at Large

P.C.E.A. Emmanuel Congregation, Crater Parish, Nakuru
Mr. Mbugua is a retired teacher who is now venturing into commercial dairy farming and money transfer business.  He has interacted with children through out his teaching career and has come to understand the challenges that come with being orphaned.  For this reason, he enjoys involvement with organizations that support children in a bid to give them hope and a better life.  Besides being a board member at R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries, Mr. Mbugua also preaches and is involved with guidance counseling, especially among children and teenagers.

BONIFACE KAMANGA MUHIA

BONIFACE KAMANGA MUHIA

Kenyan Board of Directors, Member at Large

Deliverance Church, Nakuru
Mr. Muhia is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Egerton University, Kenya. He is the Managing Director at Fortress Insurance Brokers Ltd., director at Seas Motors, and holds senior positions in other businesses.  At his church, Mr. Muhia chairs the Projects Committee and the church’s SACCO, an internal savings and loans cooperative. He is also a member of Rotary Club and an appointed member of the Nakuru District Peace Committee. Mr. Muhia chairs the National Prayer Breakfast: Nakuru Chapter and the Nakuru Business Association.  He has interest in activities that enhance social good and contribute towards the cause of mankind. Muhia also loves working with communities to foster peace and reconciliation.

VICTORIA MURAYA

VICTORIA MURAYA

Kenyan Board of Directors, Member at Large

P.C.E.A. Nakuru West
After working as a secretary in a transport company for 14 years, Mrs. Muraya quit her job to venture into business. While in business, she found it easier balancing between her self-employment and taking care of her family.  She later stopped managing her business and now serves on the board of R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries.  A gentle and generous spirit, Mrs. Muraya finds her joy in full time service to the needy; a calling she says gives her satisfaction in day-to-day life.  She dreams of a day when all children in Africa will no longer suffer; when they will have access to a good education and life’s basic needs. For this to be achieved, Mrs. Muraya believes there is need for Christians to give full-time service to the needy.

American Board of Directors

DICK MULLOY

DICK MULLOY

American Board of Directors, Board Chair

Dick Mulloy began serving in Nakuru Kenya with R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries in 2011 and has been blessed to make numerous trips since time. Dick’s love of the Kenyan people has continued to grow stronger with each visit and refers to Nakuru as his “Fields of Grace”. Dick joined the R.O.C.K. Ministries board in 2014. Dick has spent his life in the Food Service Industry and today is the owner of ServFoodSafely, a company that offers food safety classes to the food service industry.

LARRY FELDMAN

LARRY FELDMAN

American Board of Directors, Member at Large

First Baptist Church of Roswell,

Roswell, GA

Larry spent 38 year in the pharmaceutical industry calling on doctors, nurses, pharmacists, clinics and hospitals. After retiring from GlaxoSmithKline in 2010 he went on his first medical mission trip to Nakuru, Kenya with First Baptist Roswell, Jeff Beech, and R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries. He joined R.O.C.K. Bridge Ministries as a board member in 2011 and he completed his fifth medical mission trip to Nakuru in January 2016. Larry grew up in Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and he attended graduate school at the University of Notre Dame. He is an active member of First Baptist Roswell in Roswell, GA. He is a deacon and served as Deacon Chairman in 2015. He is also a member of the Missions Committee and Marketing Committee. He is married and has 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family. He jogs in the Peachtree Road Race each year, is an avid college football fan, and loves 60’s muscle cars.

KEVIN KRAUS

KEVIN KRAUS

American Board of Directors, Treasurer

Woodstock, GA
Church of the Apostles in Atlanta

Mr. Kraus has been a member of the R.O.C.K Bridge Ministries board since 2014 but has been actively involved in the work being done in Nakuru, Kenya since the inception of the ministry. Over the past ten years Kevin has travelled to Kenya to experience the work going on in Nakuru and he and his family have a deep passion for the people of Kenya. As a wealth manager with Compass Financial Consulting, Kevin works with clients to help them enlarge their vision for the Kingdom in the use of their time and resources. Kevin lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife Sue and their three children.

ROGER WOLFF

ROGER WOLFF

American Board of Directors, Member at Large

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake Geneva Lutheran Church

Roger Wolff and his family started a foundation, Christian Partners Foundation in 2005, for the purpose of supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. We have been partnering with Rock Bridge Ministries since that time. Roger’s profession is primarily focused in the real estate investment industry. He is also involved in several other boards in the U.S. that provide services to people with special needs.

JEFF BEECH

JEFF BEECH

American Board of Directors, Board Chair

Director, The Beech Foundation

New Covenant Fellowship: Conyers, GA

Jeff has served God through Christian Community Development Ministries around the world on a full time basis since 2001. Prior to this, he was a Global Managing Partner at Accenture. He and his family have been actively serving in Nakuru, Kenya since 2004.

ELLEN LUCCIOLA

ELLEN LUCCIOLA

American Board of Directors, Secretary

Ellen Lucciola was first introduced to Kenya and ROCK Bridge Ministries when Zablon Kuria became a member of Roswell Presbyterian Church over 10 years ago.  Passionate about serving others, Ellen has been actively involved with several local organizations primarily focused on homeless families.  She recently fulfilled a dream by going to Kenya to see first hand all the work God has done through ROCK Bridge Ministries.  Ellen feels blessed to be called to this ministry to continue the call and work of God through ROCK Bridge Ministries.

Ellen and her husband of 22 years live in Roswell with their three teenage children, Emma, Wesley and Jake.  Ellen works as a Tax Manager with Ronald Blue & Co. CPAs and Consultants, LLC in their Atlanta office where she has over 10 years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations, high net worth individuals, and small businesses.  Ellen specializes in tax planning, tax compliance, board governance, and internal controls consulting.  She has performed audits of not-for profits, performed internal control reviews, consulted on policies and procedures and prepared required tax filings. Prior to joining Ronald Blue & Co. CPAs and Consultants, Ellen worked with both KPMG and Ernst & Young as a consultant focused on operational improvement and internal controls.

HANNAH COX

HANNAH COX

American Board of Directors, Member at Large

Hannah Cox joined ROCK Bridge Ministries’ board in 2015. She currently works as writer/editor for the Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General in Washington, DC. Hannah has a background in cultural anthropology and qualitative research. She has worked on two USAID-funded projects regarding WASH monitoring and climate change response and for the Pathways Program to Empowerment for women in rural agriculture at CARE. Hannah served as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Tanzania from 2011-2013 (and speaks Swahili!). Hannah holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, and Master’s in Development Practice with a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from Emory University.

MATT NELSON

MATT NELSON

American Board of Directors, Member at Large

Anniston, AL
Church of the Highlands

Married for 23 year to his wife Millie, Matt has 3 kids Kelly – 19, Reaves-17 and Will- 15. Matt lives in Anniston, AL. and is Vice President of BR Williams in Oxford, AL. Matt and his family attend Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL where he and his Millie are small group leaders. While in Nakuru in the summer of 2015 with his daughter Kelly, he met Pastor Antony and Humphrey (Church Elder) with Upendo Church. While there, God birthed a passion and burden in his heart for the school, kids and community of Kaptembwa. Matt is asking God to use him to advance his mission in this area in whatever way He chooses.

CHRIS CONNER

CHRIS CONNER

American Board of Directors, Member at Large

Conyers Georgia
Milstead Baptist Church

Chris went to Kenya in 2009 with his family for the first time. He and his wife Angela have truly developed a heart for Kenya. They have returned at least once every year since that first visit. Both Chris and Angela have developed a passion for the church, medical facility and school at Upendo. They also have a love for the kids at Tumaini and Upendo and have sponsored children in the Tumaini orphan program. Chris is the owner of Sign Solutions in Conyers, GA.

SALLY MULLOY

SALLY MULLOY

American Staff, Tumaini Orphan Sponsorship Coordinator

Covington , Ga
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church

Sally Mulloy began going to Kenya in 2012 so that she could meet the five children that she and her husband Dick decided to sponsor at the Tumaini Children’s Home. After two more trips to Nakuru to visit her children, Sally’s love for these children grew to include all the orphans at Tumaini. In in 2014 Sally accepted the position of Tumaini Orphan Sponsorship Program Coordinator. Sally is also a successful independent business woman as the owner of Fantana Farm and Kennel. Sally’s love of the children at Tumaini is matched only by her love of the dogs that God has placed in her care.

Field Staff

JACOB WAINAINA

JACOB WAINAINA

Field Staff, NaxNet Youth Discipleship Network Coordinator

Pastor Jacob recently relocated from P.C.E.A. Loresho in Nairobi to join the RBM team in Nakuru, where he serves as the coordinator of a number of youth ministries as well as the liaison to local churches and secondary schools. Together with his wife Mwihaki, and their daughters Jebichi and Wambui, Pastor Jacob has come to call Nakuru home. He has a passion for life-on-life discipleship and exudes confidence in Christ. Compassionate and relatable, Pastor Jacob is quickly becoming a critical instrument of God’s transformative ministry to young people in the region.

BENSON KAHURA

BENSON KAHURA

Workplace Ministry Coordinator

Evangelist, P.C.E.A. Nakuru West