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IPI-Kenya Board of Directors

Dr. Karambu Ringera - Founder and President, International Peace Initiatives. Born and raised in Kenya, she earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication in 2008 from the University of Denver. She earned a Masters Degree in Media from Natal University, South Africa, as well as a Master of Theological Studies (with a peace and justice emphasis) from the Iliff School of Theology in Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Education degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Ringera is a 2016 Cordes Social Entrepreneurs Fellow; a 2015/16 Next Generation Leader Fellow of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, USA; the 2015 Life Achievement Award and 2015 Master Scholar Award winner, University of Denver, USA; and the 2012 African Achievers Award, UK - for her cutting edge work in innovative and sustainable models of development & peacebuilding, women’s human rights and global leadership programs around the world. Dr. Ringera is a visionary, an activist, a compassionate, committed, formidable force for change, and an inspiration to all who meet her. Read more about Karambu here.

Mrs. Eva Muriungi

Mrs. Janet Kimathi

Mrs. Susan Mukiri

Mrs. Elizabeth Martin

Mr. Dickson Mugendi - Executive Director for Kenya & East Africa at International Council for Education and President of the Rotary Club of Meru

Mr. Dennis Kanampiu

Mrs. Faith Manyara

IPI-U.S. Board of Directors

Nancy Ross - Board Chair

Nancy Martin Ross visited Kenya in 2005 and had the opportunity to meet and to stay with local families impacted by HIV/AIDS and poverty. She assisted with the International Women's Grass Roots Peace Conference, and was part of the ground dedicating ceremony for The Amani Children's Home. Nancy is an alum of Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Program through The School of Public Policy. She has a degree in economics from The University of Colorado and a past career with IBM in marketing. She is involved in her hometown of St. Louis with various organizations, she is married with three children, two of whom went to IPI-Kenya with Students Shoulder to Shoulder. She has sponsored a Kenyan child from the Masai tribe for twenty years and has visited Rawanda, Congo. Before becoming the current IPI-US Board Chair, she has been an IPI board member.

Anne Fitzgerald - Board Vice Chair

Anne Fitzgerald, founder of ~Spirit at Work Globally~ is an executive leadership coach, facilitator and organizational consultant. A champion of women’s empowerment Anne met the IPI Aids Widows through Mercy Ringera at a Grassroots Women’s Conference in Kenya in 2006. She agreed to sell their BEADS 4 PEACE jewelry in the US, and with her Ohio cousin Nancy Hodous, has sold over $60,000. Anne now serves on the Board of IPI-US. Anne also is a member of the leadership council of Women of Spirit and Faith, an organization committed to supporting women’s spiritual leadership in healing the earth and restoring humanity. She has been a presenter at the Parliament of World Religions in Spain, Australia, and Utah, an NGO delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and panelist at the Global Peace Initiative of Women in Jaipur, India. She lives in Waltham, MA but considers herself a global citizen.

Jim Cederberg - Board Secretary

Jim Cederberg is a trial attorney in private practice in Denver and is a graduate of Duke University and University of Colorado School of Law. Jim has been practicing law since 1978 and is married with three grown sons. He is Co-Founder and President of 42/22: Humanity Through Baseball Foundation, Inc. which introduces baseball to school children in Kenya and supports orphans there, and he is currently launching an effort to create a Children's Home near Kisumu, Kenya. He has been on eight humanitarian trips to Africa since 2010 and he has personally sponsored and mentored numerous Kenyan students in post-secondary education, including being a host family. His community involvement includes coaching youth baseball, being the Founder and President of Parents and Schools, a grass roots organization that promotes academic excellence in the Boulder public schools, Co-Founder of the International Baccalaureate Program at Fairview High School and Chair of Summit Middle School, a nationally-recognized Charter school in Boulder.

Eamon Aloyo

Eamon Aloyo is a political scientist interested in issues related to global political theory such as the responsibility to protect (R2P), just war theory, human rights, and global justice. He works as a senior researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was honored with The Thomas Jefferson Award. Articles of his have been or will be published in several academic journals, including Ethics & International Affairs, and International Theory. He is additionally a senior analyst in the global justice section at the Global Governance Institute, and a senior fellow at the Canadian Center for the Responsibility to Protect. He has taught or assisted teaching courses on human rights, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and environmental politics. Eamon is contributing to IPI by managing the International Collegiate Scholars Program (ICSP) program. He helps to identify the scholars for University education as well as to secure funding for the tuition of these Kenyan students. Eamon lived in Meru, Kenya in 2005 and has been a board member of IPI for several years.

Ralph Ogden

Ralph Ogden, Denver, Colorado, attorney with Wilcox & Ogden, P.C. since 1978. Practice includes general civil litigation and appeals in various state and federal courts. Emphasis on civil rights and constitutional litigation. Began work in Kenya in 2010, with Humanity Through Baseball Foundation near Ahero, teaching baseball at primary and secondary schools; board member, International Peace Initiatives, 2014 - present; president, Technology Partnership, Meru, Kenya (providing refurbished computers and technology training to teachers at Meru schools); primary sponsor of a Rotary International grant to build a rain catchment-water project in Tharaka- Nithi County, Kenya; travels to Meru twice yearly; sponsors two university students, Samuel (Kenya Wildlife Training Institute - to become park wrden) and Nora (Daystar University Athi River Campus, mass communications), as well as children at KACH orphanage.

Cat Wollrab

Bio coming soon.

Michael McClorey

Mike McClorey manages his family's farm in southeastern Missouri caring for horses, bees and a large garden. Additionally, he is working to restore the land after years of logging and mining by reclaiming glades, clearing meadows and replanting wildflowers. Mike spent his professional career in sales and target marketing with the Procter and Gamble Corporation, Catalina Marking and Health Resource. While with Health Resource he had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in Washington working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Members of Congress. He has done fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis and volunteered at St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

Angie Phetteplace

Angie, a Certified Public Account (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP), is a shareholder in N & A Professional Group, PC and the Compliance Officer for Noven Financial Group, Inc. She is currently involved in non-profits in her Denver community as well as abroad in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and now in Africa. Feeding children and empowering women are two main areas Angie likes to focus on and the IPI mission aligns directly with these goals. Angie looks forward to visiting KACH to see the amazing work done by IPI and to help contribute in the future.

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith has more than a decade of experience in human rights advocacy, pro-democracy and research work on Africa, including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, Freedom House, National Endowment for Democracy, Institute for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa, and UNESCO. Mr. Smith has planned and conducted human rights and civil society assessment missions to several African countries and has published extensively on US-Africa policy and human rights issues for major international publications. He frequently appears in media outlets as an expert commentator on CNN, NPR, MSNBC and the BBC.

Advisory Board

Barbara Bates - President, Technology Partnership, Denver

Barry Biegler - President, Resort Software, Vail, Colorado

Michele Hovey - M.Div., Founding Director of IPI

Colleen Newell - Senior Director of Design and Merchandising, ABC Home, New York

Fredah Rajab

Youth Ambassadors

Olivia Maritz - Student, Santa Clara University

Catherine Ross - Student, Vanderbilt University

Layne Vandenberg - Student, University of Michigan


Cara Hoevet - Programs & Finance Coordinator