Our Team

Julie Poynter - Program Consultant

Julie first began her involvement with WOAN in 2018 as a donor. After listening to our vision, our goals, successes and our challenges; she would often offer her advice. Julie’s primary responsibility is ensuring that WOAN continues to aligned with our scope of work. She will also stay engaged with our family of donors and other leaders in Kenya.

Julie attended Indiana State University and attained her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. After twelve years in public education, she transitioned into Project Planning & Scheduling for a major energy company before her current role as Project Manager. She resides in Greenwood, Indiana with her husband, daughter and three stepchildren.

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Denis Juma - Volunteer Coordinator

Denis was born, raised and currently resides in Kibera-Nairobi. He is from a family of five children, as he is the third born. He begin his studies in 2003 at the primary level and cleared his secondary education in 2016. For the past four years, he has served as a Facilitator & Youth Mentor as well serving as a Tour Guide for the Seed Foundation that addresses vulnerable students within the Kibera Community.

He also volunteers as a voice and share stories that reflect his community to local leaders on the importance and significance of young children receiving a proper education. He has taken many courses in community leadership that has led to this opportunity with WOAN. Denis’s primarily responsibly is ensuring the success of WOAN sponsored events, speak to WOAN goals, collaborate with other Kenyan leaders and be the “boots on the ground” and WOANs presence in Kenya.

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Coming Soon - Operations Coordinator

This person will be selected and announced in 2022 and will serve as the first point of contact for all WOAN activities in Kenya. This role for WOAN will maintain and monitor all projects, initiatives and events. Primary responsibility will be to document and review prominent tasks to measure and report risks (i.e. positive, negative). Represent WOAN in local leadership conferences and at various leadership meetings. Make recommendations to Executive Director for scope or strategy changes.

As equally important will be bringing excitement, a positive attitude and passion everyday to create a relaxing atmosphere for progressive change. Candidate must be easy to collaborate with and have exceptional written, verbal and listening skills. Fluent in Swahili & English are also required as well as good character and judgement.

Field Officer

Travis L. Rudd - Founder and Executive Director

Travis has been guiding and leading initiatives for WOAN in Kenya since its inception in 2017. After his first visit to Kibera, he returned home with a commitment to launch an effort to address the needs of students but also to transform the lives of people in Kenya.

Over the past 20 years, Travis has gained extensive experience with process mapping, relationship building and project planning for one of the energy providers in the United States. His current role within process management uniquely positions him to foster this effort. Travis attended Saint Augustine’s University and holds a degree in Industrial Systems Technology. He resides in Stanley, North Carolina and enjoys reading, cooking and walking in his spare time.

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