Rosemary Gathara

Executive Director

Rosemary Gathara

Rosemary is a health and development professional with extensive experience in the non-government sector leading national campaigns on policy development and implementation, social marketing (motivating low-income and highrisk communities to adopt healthy behavior, products and services) and project cycle management. She has participated in Malaria, HIV, WASH and NCD health campaigns at community and policy levels. Before her current role, Rosemary led the Kenya Association for People with Epilepsy. Rosemary is a graduate Nutritionist. She contributed to The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa and is an Epilepsy Foundation Shark Tank winner. 

Ndocha Mugoya

Finance and Administration Manager

Ndocha Mugoya

Ndocha Mugoya is a professional in the field of finance, accounting and administration with 10 years of experience in budgeting and forecasting, internal controls, financial reporting, procurement and logistics, audit, corporate governance, risk management and project management. He is currently entrusted with the responsibility of running the critical functions of finance, human resources, and information technology. Before joining Basic Needs Kenya, he served in various organizations in different capacities such as Projects & Administration Accountant at ADRA Kenya and Mozambique country offices, Treasurer to the Board of Amazing Minds Africa and as a Board member at Garden of Hope Foundation. Ndocha holds a Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree in Accounting from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and CPA from Strathmore University. During his free time, Ndocha loves participating in marathons, reading and collecting books, traveling, cycling and spending time in the countryside.

 

Paul Ochieng’

Finance Officer

Paul Ochieng’

Paul Ochieng’ is a finance practitioner with over 4-year experience in nonprofit accounting and finance practices. He has previously served as a finance assistant and finance intern at Basic Needs Kenya, and as an intern at the Credit Control Department of a major university institution and as a Call Center Agent (Outbound Market Research and Survey) for a market research company. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance Option from the Multimedia University of Kenya. Paul is passionate about Mental Health and is an advocate in denouncing stigma and discrimination against people with mental health conditions. His commitment and concern for the persons with, survivors of, and persons at increased risk of having mental disorders have seen him travel to Uganda and South Sudan to reach out and serve such persons.

Silas Odindo Mutsune

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Silas Odindo Mutsune

Silas has more than 10 years of experience in providing technical assistance to  public health programs in developing countries, particularly in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Advocacy, Nutrition and Reproductive Health. His major areas of expertise include strategic project planning; proposal writing; operational research; monitoring and evaluation; provision of capacity building; technical assistance and systems strengthening to organizations; as well as documentation and dissemination of program results. Over the last 10 years, Silas has worked with development partners including John Snow, Inc., Health Partners, AMREF Health Africa, FilmAid and most recently Centre for Behavioral change and Communications.

Eugene Wanekeya

Communications and Advocacy Officer

Eugene Wanekeya

Eugene has over 10 years of experience working in Communications, with five of them being in communications for development, which includes a significant level of advocacy communication. He brings in a wealth of experience in information dissemination and cross-cultural communication to different audiences having worked in a wide range of local and international organizations thus interacting with and learning how to package information for diverse audiences. Eugene holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Daystar University and is Currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Studies at the University of Nairobi.  

Khira Geoffrey

Project Officer, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Khira Geoffrey

An enthusiast in mental health advocacy with a professional background as a Medical Psychologist and Clinical Researcher. He is currently actively foreseeing the improvement of mental health service provision in institutions of higher learning and the community at large. He also sits in the Global Mental Health Action Network Advisory Board as a representative of the African continent. As one of the 7 applicants selected for 1 year support by Ember (MIHN and SHM collaboration) out of 159 submissions, he is benefiting from Ember mentorship, including development of the student mental health model.

Judy Kariuki

Project Officer

Judy Kariuki

Judy is a Registered Clinical Officer with over 8 years of experience in Program Management and implementation, she has a proven record of success in mental health and epilepsy programs including the coordination of the “Time to Change Global” mental health program in Kenya, as well as, initiation and supervision of the general management of over 21 epilepsy clinics in various parts of Kenya and epilepsy consultancy services for international health institutions. Further, she is well versed in the general practice of Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology. She contributed to the development of the National Epilepsy Guidelines as well as the Global mental health anti-stigma toolkit.

Dennis Mwiti

Project Officer

Dennis Mwiti

Dennis is a community development professional with vast experience in community Animation, group development for persons with mental illness, case finding, organizing the participation of the community and community-based workers in social care and home management, and leading vulnerable communities to equitably participate in social economic development. He participates in establishment of mental health outreach clinics and advocating for social inclusion of people with mental illness.  Dennis has trained on child rights for CBOs, FBOs and youth groups and participated in youth mentorship fellowship programmes. He has also previously worked as an intern with the Ministry of social services, rehabilitation of young street boys and with organizations in informal settlements to enhance people’s lives and livelihood.  Before his current role, he has served as the programme Assistant in various projects within the organization.

Eric Ochieng Owino

Project Officer

Eric Ochieng Owino

Eric Ochieng is a hands-on Community Development Officer enthusiastically working in collaboration with all players for the purpose of achieving a productive connection with the community. He has over five years of experience working with rural small holder farmers in socioeconomic empowerment programs with a focus on livelihoods and mental health. In addition, Eric has over ten years of experience in conducting participatory Intergraded Community Development trainings for various community populations, having worked extensively as a field officer with Western Kenya Community Driven and Flood Mitigation project. He is also versed in Behavior Change Communication programs with a focus on Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and WASH majorly working with youths and married adolescents. Prior to joining Basic Needs Kenya, Eric worked as SRHR advocacy officer with Center for the study of Adolescent (CSA) and as HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention program focal officer with Populations Services Kenya (PSK). As a community development worker, Eric is well experienced on the use of appropriate target population interaction approaches that factors the socio-economic and cultural status of the audience. Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Mt. Kenya University, and a diploma in Social Work and Community Development. His interests include performing, scripting and directing theatre art works.