Executive Leadership Team (USA)
Board of Directors
Peter Kithene, CEO & Founder
A Kenyan native, Peter Kithene holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Peter chose to focus entirely on creating a sustainable, rural healthcare solution by refining the Mama Maria Clinic model he and his wife had founded in 2005. The end result was an innovative and sustainable approach to healthcare previously unseen in rural Africa. Peter combined his unique background and visionary perspective on how and why rural villages, like the one he was raised in, endure the problems they do, and used that to create a sustainable answer to the problem of healthcare. His solution changed the focus from giving to the needy to providing an opportunity for them to invest in their own future. In so doing, he altered the face of rural African healthcare.
Peter divides his time between Kenya, and his home in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Katrina, and sons, Mathó and Zakayo. In 2007, Peter was chosen one out of more than 7,000 applicants from 93 countries to be CNN’s Global Heroes “Medical Marvel” honoree for his work in developing rural healthcare in Africa. In 2008, he was named as one of University of Washington’s “Wondrous 100″ — one of 100 described as UW’s “extraordinary and influential living graduates.” As he continues to run MMC, Peter is completing his MPH in Global Health at the University of Washington.
Heather Henne, MD – Board Member
Bio to come.
Chris Beer – Board Member
Chris is the founding member of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, a firm providing legal services and counsel to companies, creatives, and lawyers in the fields of intellectual property and corporate law. Chris received a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University, a J.D. from the University of Washington and M.A.I.S. from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Chris also helped to set up and serves on the Board of Directors for Room to Read, a rapidly growing, successful nonprofit that has built 10,000 libraries in developing nations throughout the world.
Michael Kinoti – Board Member
Kinoti grew up in Kenya before moving to the US in 2002 for school. He is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a BS in Software Engineering. Prior relocating to the United States, Kinoti attended Starehe Boys Centre, Kenya’s top boys’ high school at the time, where he met and became friends with Peter Kithene. Michael has been a supporter of Mama Maria since 2006 after moving to Seattle, where he reconnected with his old high school friend, Peter. Currently Michael Kinoti is a Software Engineer at Microsoft working on Bing search. In addition to addressing the critical need of healthcare, Kinoti also feels education is vital to solving many of the problems in developing nations. He is also involved with other groups/organizations to further with this goal.
Harold Nyikal – Board Member
Harold Nyikal was born and raised in Kenya before moving to the United States in 2000 to attend college. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently a Software Engineer at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Having grown up in Kenya, Harold has a firsthand perspective on the devastation and hopelessness that inaccessibility to the basic human rights of food, shelter, education, and healthcare can bring to families. He has been a supporter of Mama Maria Kenya since 2006 when he moved to Seattle and first crossed paths with Peter Kithene. In addition to Mama Maria, Harold is also involved with various charities focused on education and healthcare in third world countries.
Katrina serves as Email Marketing Manager at Alaska Airlines, and is responsible for creating, deploying, and analyzing more than 25 million individual email each year. Leading the crusade of strategy, technology, and analytics, Katrina leverages her technical and strategic skills not only for her day job at Alaska, but after co-founding Mama Maria with her husband Peter in 2005, for her organization as well, aiding in Mama Maria’s planning, growth, marketing, and development efforts.
Erik is the Director of Clinical Research at Uptake Medical, a small medical device company that is developing novel non-invasive treatments for emphysema and other lung diseases. Theposition allows him to combine his strong interests in medicine and engineering. He has been with the company for over six years. While at Uptake Medical, in addition to device design and pre-clinical work, Erik has helped design and execute clinical trials and worked closely with physicians to ensure appropriate clinical use.