Founder / Executive Director
Back in 2000, Zane was introduced to Maai Mahiu, where he experienced a level of poverty and desperation he had never known. Since his first visit, Zane has been returning to Kenya, listening to stories from the community, addressing problems, and promoting fundamental human rights. With the help of a lot of amazing people, CTC was born and has been creating sustainable change in Maai Mahiu for the last 11 years.
Jeremiah is responsible for introducing Zane to the community of Maai Mahiu, and their friendship and collaboration resulted in the creation of CTC International. After earning his master's degree in the U.S., Jeremiah returned to Kenya to serve as our Kenya Director, where he now oversees all initiatives, programs, and personnel working on the ground in Maai Mahiu.
Native Austinite Shannon Owen studied at the University of Texas going onto Acton Business School. She has a passion for International Relations, which she has implemented in her work abroad, as well as within the Austin community. Before joining in February 2013, Shannon connected with CTC though her involvement with the Whole Planet Foundation. As U.S. Director, Shannon is working as "The Coach" for the Stateside office.
Charles started working as a volunteer for CTC over 5 years ago. He worked as the liaison between CTC and its volunteers, while going to school and completing his Master's in Development Studies. He then graduated to Program Director for our rapidly growing HIV/AIDS program, overseeing our clinic, outreach programs, support groups, and income-generating activities. Currently, Charles serves as Assistant Director where he focuses on program development, partnerships, and monitoring and evaluating our programs in Kenya.
From the moment you meet Rocky, his overwhelming desire to care for our earth is undeniable. Rocky began working with CTC as a volunteer and served as the spokesperson for the community's environmental needs. He currently manages several demonstration gardens, a tree nursery, and he educates the community, young and old, on sustainable agriculture.
Joining the team in January 2010, Cali helped with the rebrand of CTC International. She led a team of artists in 2011 to work with Maai Mahiu youth on income generating art projects and most recently traveled to Kenya for L.I.F.E. Line product development. As creative director, Cali manages CTC's brands and leads the marketing and product development efforts.
Malaika Mums Coordinator
After graduating from Maai Mahiu Polytechnic School, Liz joined CTC in 2008 to teach the Malaika Mums how to sew. She now coordinates LIFE Line production in Kenya by overseeing training, production, and quality control of all LIFE Line products.
Susan, Josephine, Esther, Esther, Esther, Zipporah, Grace, Florence, Jihan, Mercy, Susan, Alice, Margaret, Joyce, Jane, Beatrice, Jane, Teresiah, Peninah, Margaret, Hannah, Miriam, Teresiah, Zipporah, Monica, Anne, Emily
Our Malaika Mums are the amazing group of women that produce CTC's L.I.F.E. Line of handmade and environmentally conscious products. The L.I.F.E. Line provides an income for the Mums and their families and supports the education of special needs children in our Malaika Kids program. There are 27 Mum's in the program, most of them pictured here.
Mama Peter, Cucu Jane, Jane, Margaret & Miriam
Malaika Kids Caretakers
Our Malaika Kids, a group of special needs children in the community, are taken care of by this wonderful group of women. They have been trained to oversee physical therapy, education fundamentals, and childhood development.
Kenya Office Manager
Originally from Nairobi, Faith joined our Kenya staff in the summer of 2010, assisting with finances. In Fall 2012, Faith graduated from the Kenya School of Management with a degree in Human Resource Management, which she now uses to manage the CTC Kenya office, and doing whatever it takes to make sure all of our programs are running smoothly.
After interning with such distinguished non-profits as Livestrong, Nobelity Project, and Greenlights, Damon brought his non-profit expertise to CTC to assist with fundraising, event production, and general office operations. In 2012 Damon will oversee our Donor Relations, L.I.F.E Line & CTC Garden venue as the Development Coordinator.
Martin, a Western Kenya native, joined CTC International Kenya staff at the start of the second quarter in 2012. From Nairobi, Martin worked with the Autism Society of Kenya for 2 years. He is working closely with the Malaika Kids, the students of our special needs school, teaching new skills and techniques to improve their performance. Next time you visit Maai Mahiu, be sure to meet Martin as he's engaged as an Occupational Therapist in the Malaika Kids program.
Owino joined CTC 5 years ago as a volunteer, and he committed himself to bringing positive activities to the youth of Maai Mahiu. He officially became an employee in 2010 to assist with the launch of our HIV/AIDS program, then transitioned to Youth Coordinator in 2011. He now oversees our Waste Management program (fully staffed by CTC youth) and facilitates trainings, extracurricular activities, and career preparation for youth in the community.
US Teams Coordinator
Brittany moved from Brooklyn to Austin in June 2013 and joined the CTC Team the very next day. She first visited Africa in 2007 and has had a heart for the people of Kenya ever since. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a music business degree she worked at a major music publisher in New York City - all the while traveling to Kenya at every opportunity. At CTC, Brittany happily oversees teams travelling to Maai Mahui as the US Teams Coordinator.
Teams Host/ Education Coordinator
Ruth a.k.a Ruby Ruth is CTC's team host and also our resident education and technology expert. Ruth provides tech support for the Kenya office as well as Adult Literacy training in the local community. She also keeps the CTC family up to date with goings-on in Maai Mahiu through her prolific photos and updates on Facebook.
Originally from Nairobi, Emily is a St. Paul's University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Procurement. Before joining CTC Kenya, she worked at St. Paul's as the Procurement Assistant and currently works as the Procurement Officer in the Kenya office ensuring that all L.I.F.E. Line orders are properly handled and goods are supplied accordingly. Apart from being a jovial cute lady, Emily believes that "hard work pays".
Head of Security Operations
The towering 6'1" inch native of Busia County in Western Kenya, Felix spent the beginning of this career at Sairene Travel and Tour Operations College in Mombasa. While in Mombasa, he worked at Moi International Airport and received onsite training with ground handling and safety. Soon there after, Felix decided to change his career path due to his overwhelming interest in security, and relocated to Naivasha to broaden his experiences. He is very result-oriented and loves anything that causes adrenaline rush. At CTC, Felix is in charge of all security operations and personnel managing the organization.
Adult Literacy Tutor - Post Literacy Class
Before Stephen joined the CTC Kenya office in June 2012, Stephen worked for the East African Youth Parliament, Three Hands Worldwide Services and the National Rainbow Coalition, a Kenyan political party. He also has a Community Development & Adult Education undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi. He is currently volunteering as a tutor within the Education Program, for Adult Literacy and Study Buddy classes (an after school program for high school students).
Adult Literacy Tutor - Basic Literacy Class
Teresiah is from Central Kenya and has a certification for Early Childhood Development Education. Teresiah has been volunteering for the Education Program since June 2012 as an Adult Literacy tutor, having worked for 3 years in the same field with the Kenyan government. Additionally, she also assists in teaching the Shooting Stars (Malaika Kids) as well as GAPA members. She empowers adults and out-of-school youth to enable themselves to become self-reliant, improve their livelihood and informed decision making.
Emily is the HTC counselor at CTC's HIV Voluntary Counseling & Testing Center. She is in charge of community moblization and human rights education as well as the Grandparents Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) Project.
Elvis is a Jomo Kenyatta University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce Finance as his trained profession. He joined CTC in September 2012 as an intern in the finance department. Elvis is now Financial Manager and working on the internal control system and computerization of CTC's financial book-keeping system.
Livestock Co-op Coordinator
Born in the Great Rift, Eliud is a graduate of Makerere University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He currently heads the Livestock Co-op Project as we partner with Brown's Cheese Company. Eliud strongly believes that the greatest room in the world is the room for improvement.