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Our Board of Directors

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Kayleen Kusterer, Chairperson

Kayleen spent 30 years in the corporate world where achieving business success was her North Star.  During her career she dedicated time and energy to many non-profit organizations.  Traveling to Kenya several times opened her heart to the Maasai children and the challenges they face. Upon retiring from the corporate world, she is blessed with more time to pursue her passions. As chair of Jamii Moja, she manages the many programs and people associated with strengthening the infrastructure, bringing medical relief to, and fostering the education of Maasai communities. She believes a better world is possible.

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Kiki Hillman

Kiki has served on several boards in Portland over the last 30 years.  Her focus has been broad;  Animal rights, Women's rights and health, childhood health and education, and the performing arts.  For the past four years her focus has been on Jamii Moja and their mission supporting a Maasai village in Kenya.

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Anne Andersen

Anne has spent her life in the Pacific Northwest having attended high school locally at St. Mary’s Academy and college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and went on to have a career in commercial real estate development. This career path led her to her husband, Steve Andersen of Andersen Construction. They share three college aged children.

 

Jamii Moja also benefits from close partnerships with key individuals in Maji Moto, Kenya.

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Janet Moss

Janet brings 30 years experience in leadership, project management & product creation large multinational corporations. She has traveled all over the world, and has a passion for Kenya.  She has had the honor of sitting on several boards and has a passion for mentoring and teaching.  She is a busy mother of three and is proud that her children are carrying on the passion for supporting philanthropy.  She loves the work of Jamii Moja and the work of improving lives. 

 

 
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Maasai Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu

Born and raised in the heart of the African savanna, Salaton Ole Ntutu is a warrior, community chief, shaman, and visionary leader of the nomadic Maasai tribe in Kenya.

As has been practiced by the Maasai for centuries, Salaton left his family at age 14 to begin his “warriorship” where he survived in the wild African bush for more than 7 years. Living amongst the wild animals with nothing but his blanket and spear, Salaton developed the survival skills he was taught as a young boy, with a knowledge and attunement with nature that has become virtually forgotten in the modern western world.

Today, Salaton is recognized for his courage and wisdom in his village of Maji Moto, where he was chosen as the cultural chief and new elder. He is a key partner and advisor for international nonprofit organizations that support the Narok region. He has been the community leader and advisor for the construction of safe learning environments and scholarships for children who would not otherwise have had access to school. He also champions projects for a self sustaining community through self sustaining employment, water projects, education, and collaborating with international organizations. He also provides a home in the village of Maji Moto for girls rescued from circumcision and early marriage, widows, and women with AIDS.

Salaton’s passion in life is to preserve his culture and environment. During his visits to the U.S. and Europe, he actively fundraises for projects and initiatives, including water resource projects, the purchase of land to provide space for Maasai lifestyle to continue and to protect holy and healing plants and trees, building a self sustaining economy through tourism, and continued support of educational programs.

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Hellen Nkuraiya, Principal and Head Teacher of Enkiteng Lepa School

Hellen Nkuraiya’s life’s work is being an advocate for young girls and education in Kenya.

She was born into a traditional Maasai family and was married off for cows twice by her father, starting at age nine. Hellen ran away and later received sponsorship for her higher education.

In the face of family and community resistance, she has spoken publicly about her life and is a tireless advocate for girl’s education and giving girls access to school. She has traveled extensively and has taken her message to countless schools, churches, and civic organizations abroad.

“I have promised myself not to stop fighting for girls until my community stops exchanging girls for cows.”

Hellen has taught school for 13 years, helping many young girls along the way. In 2008, in partnership with the Polish government and The Asante Africa Foundation, she founded and now serves as the Director of Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto Kenya. In partnership with Jamii Moja, the school has grown to 97 students.

Hellen has been instrumental in building supportive villages for widows in both Maji Moto and the village in which she now resides, Tepesua, Kenya.

In 2009, Hellen was chosen and sponsored to attend the prestigious Women’s Leadership for the World (WLW) program at Santa Clara University.

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Sabore Ole Oyie, Village Elder

Born in Ewaso Nyrio Kenya, the oldest of 16 children and the only child in his family to receive an education. Sabore is fluent in three languages and has travelled extensively with the Kenya Tourism Board to Japan, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, South Africa, England and the United States. He has recently received  the “Distinction of Leadership” honor  and has been selected for warrior training from the elders in his community.

In 2010, Sabore was chosen to participate in the The Global Leaders for Justice workshop conducted at Santa Clara University, a high honor within his community.

Sabore has utilized his experiences, formal education, warrior training, and his knowledge of the world to teach his native community about the importance of attending school while also embracing the Maasai tradition and culture.. He is currently working in collaboration with Jamii Moja building a Vocational Training Center for people in his village.

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The Jamii Moja Story

Jane Tormey, founder of Jamii Moja, first visited Kenya in 2005 with her 5 children on a volunteer vacation. Working side by side with her children, she established a deep friendship with the Maasai.

In July 2006, Jane's friend Gail McCormick joined her and 12 youth as they lived and worked in Maji Moto, a Maasai community in Kenya. During this trip they established friendships with community leaders Salaton, Hellen, and Sabore.  It was through these relationships and their passion for the Maasai culture and people that Jamii Moja was founded in 2008.

After a yearlong battle with cancer Jane passed away on October 30, 2009. Jane  dedicated her life to her family and to the service of others. Her compassion, love and vision for her Kenyan ‘family’ are the very embodiment of Jamii Moja.

Jamii Moja continues to champion education, heath & well-being, and community while honoring and respecting the ancient Maasai culture.