Nyumbani USA provides much-needed program funding
Operating as the nonprofit Children of God Relief Fund (COGRF), Nyumbani USA’s critical fundraising efforts support Nyumbani in providing a loving home, medicine, education, community outreach, and village-based care to orphans and elderly survivors of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Kenya.
Nyumbani USA is based in Washington, D.C.
The organization and board of directors were created in 1991 by American friends of Nyumbani Founder Father Angelo D’Agostino after he asked them for support. Since its first event in 1992, Nyumbani USA has hosted a large fundraising gala every September that raises funds needed by the U.S. board to fund Nyumbani’s work in Kenya.
COGRF is supported entirely by voluntary private contributions and receives no government funding. It is recognized as a tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Nyumbani USA Board of Directors
Members of the U.S. board of directors serve four-year terms. Officers serve two-year terms.
Board Officers for 2017
Charles E. DeSantis, President
Chief Benefits Officer, Georgetown University
Martin J. Schreiber, Ed.D., Executive Vice-President
Vice President of Mission, Mercy Health
Janice E. Conway, Vice-President
Executive Project Manager, Investigative Operations Division, U.S. Marshals Service
Marilyn C. Jerome, MD, Treasurer
Foxhall OB-GYN Associates, George Washington University Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Catherine “Tina” Cleland, Secretary
Principal, Catherine Cleland Consulting
John Brew, Esq.
Crowell & Moring, LLP
Ryan N. Burnette, Ph.D.
Director, International Biosecurity & Biosafety Programs, AT-RISK International
Senior Advisor (retired), U.S. Department of State; Assistant General Counsel (retired), U.S. Information Agency
Gail A. Dalferes Condrey
Technical Project Manager, SRA International, Inc./National Institutes of Health
Jack L. Dausman
Sr. Manager, CSRA, Inc.
Denise DeConcini, MD
Lawrence Duncan, III
Vice President, Congressional Relations, Lockheed Martin Corp.
C. Sage Givens
Founder and CEO, Gambol Life, Inc.
Edna Massay Kallon
Agriculture, World Bank Group
Minneh M. Kane
Lead Counsel, The World Bank (retired)
Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University
Executive Director, AmericaShare/Huru International
Benjamin L. Palumbo
President, Palumbo and Cerrell, Inc.
Karen A. Robb
Office of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Owner, Steele Consulting
Michael von Fricken, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Global and Community Health, George Mason University
Former Majority Counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Board Associate Members
Professor Dominic Makawiti
Board Chair, Nyumbani, Kenya
Sister Mary Owens, I.B.V.M.
Executive Director, Nyumbani
Board Emeritus Members
Jeffrey T. Browne
Owner, RWB Communications
Larry E. Byrne
President, Byrne & Associates
Joseph S. D’Agostino, Ph.D.
Science Education Consultant, U.S. Department of Education (retired)
Dino J. DeConcini
James M. Desmond
Vice President, Legislation, Lockheed Martin
Patrick J. Donnelly, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, American Oil Chemists’ Society
Assistant Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State (retired)
Rev. William George, S.J.
External & Government Relations Officer, Office of Institutional Advancement, Wheeling Jesuit University
Lt. Col. Michael F. Litzelman, Ph.D.
U.S. Army (retired)
Marian E. Ord
Official, U.S. Department of Defense (retired)
Legislative Assistant, U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (retired) and Congressional Liaison, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (retired)
Michael D. Sherwin
President, The Sherwin Group
Townsend A. Van Fleet
President, Van Fleet-Meredith Group
Erin J. Banda