Neema is an indigenous work, led by local Kenyans partnering with a US based Executive Director and Board of Directors
US Based Staff & Volunteers
Faith is the Executive Director of Neema Project. Faith's heart for vulnerable young women was sparked, in 2007, while living in Kenya, completing her studies in International Development. Her passion is to see those who are overlooked, forgotten, cast aside and shamed, to have hope and be afforded dignity, opportunity, and experience the love of Christ. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in International Development from Eastern University. In addition to her studies, she carries 10 years of experience serving as Global Initiatives Director at Providence Church. She lives with her husband, Rick, and their children, Neave and Lochlann in Downingtown, PA.
Director of development
Passionate about creating life-sustaining opportunities and dignity for at-risk women, Melinda brings important organizational, creative and life skills to Neema. Over the past 6 years, she's guided teams to be more reflective, supportive and humble. While Melinda has lived all over the world, she currently resides with her husband and 2 dobies in West Chester. They are the proud parents of 4 amazing daughters.
Lindsay resides in Downingtown, PA with her husband and two sons. She uses her gifts to make real life stories tangible to audiences half a world away. Her passion is to dignify and empower both the subject of her work as well as the audiences engaging with Neema to help those in need. She is responsible for maintaining and shaping Neema's style, brand, and communications philosophy.
Kesh earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Oral Roberts University. Over the past decade she has served as a volunteer or been on staff with multiple churches and other 501(c)3 organizations including Victory Christian Center and The Little Light House in Tulsa, OK and Providence Church in West Chester, PA. Kesh finds great joy in using her gifts and time to serve with organizations that bring hope and empowerment to the marginalized. She currently resides in Downingtown, PA with her husband, Jim, and their four children.
Brenna Carnuccio is an artist, working for Providence Church as Artistic Director and one of the Young Adult Movement Leaders. She first connected with Neema on a visit in the summer of 2014, and again in 2015 and then in February 2017. Brenna has since begun a long-term investment by using narrative as a tool to share the stories of Neema.
Sue Kelley is a full time student at Temple University, working toward a PhD in Math Education and leads the Neema Prayer Gathering. Sue has visted Neema twice, and developed an ongoing connection with the girls through sponsorship. God has laid it on her heart to pray more consistently for Neema. She started a monthly prayer gathering which meets on the last Sunday of each month.
Rebecca Howell has served on the Neema Board since the fall of 2013. She currently serves as the Board President, with a previous role as Board Treasurer. She has traveled to Kenya multiple times to serve alongside the Neema team and has played a role in Strategic Planning, program monitoring, and evaluation and financial management. Rebecca comes with a background in Human Resource Management and Non-Profit Leadership.
Emanuele Madanat is currently the Executive Pastor of Providence Church in West Chester, PA. He also has served as a Director of Retail Delivery for a large financial institution in the region and in various capacities of management and Human Resources. Emanuele earned a bachelor's degree and a Master Degree in Business from Eastern University, and also a Master Degree of Ministry from Lancaster Bible College. Emanuele is blessed to be married to his wonderful bride, Wendy, and has four amazing and energetic children.
Brian is the Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at Think Company, one of the top digital design firms in Philadelphia. Brian leads Think Company’s team of 80 researchers, designers, and developers as they work with companies in a wide range of industries to create software products that are beautiful and easy to use. Brian has traveled to Neema and his company is a proud Neema corporate partner, providing ongoing support for Neema’s residential program.
David Snow is Chief Commercial Officer at the biotech firm, Radius Health. David brings decades of business experience in successfully leading organizations in both the US and abroad. His first real charitable experience took him to Manaus, Brazil as a senior in high school leaving a lasting impression. Over the years, he and his wife, Melinda have supported and engaged many charitable organizations including Neema. David earned a business degree from Auburn University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Seamstress and designer Rita Schaer is the owner of Maridadi Couture in Exton, PA. Rita had the privilege of living her childhood in Kenya and Switzerland, thus Maridadi Couture is the marriage of two languages. In Swahili, a Kenyan language, “maridadi” means anything beautiful, tasteful, or pleasing to the eye. Couture means high fashion in French, one of the languages of Switzerland. Rita had an immediate connection with Neema during her first visit in 2016. Rita is passionate about the partnership between the US team and the Kenyan staff team working together to impact the lives of the young women they serve. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the Kenyan culture as well as her technical skills of clothing design and business management.