Asante Africa Foundation’s Program Team is currently dispersed across three geographic locations –
Kenya, Tanzania and the USA.
We work collaboratively to engage communities around educational needs and utilize best practices drawn from our diverse cultural contexts.
Global Program Leadership Team
Ashley Orton – Program Director
Ashley Orton has worked with organizations, activists, volunteers and youth in the fields of international development and human rights for over 12 years in the United States and overseas. Her experience includes nonprofit program and grants management, monitoring and evaluation, training and facilitation, proposal development, volunteer recruitment and teaching English Language Learners. Prior to joining Asante Africa Foundation she worked for United States Peace Corps headquarters, collaborating with counterparts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia to design and fill critical-need, volunteer assignments for Peace Corps Response. She has also held positions at Amnesty International USA and the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., worked in Hungary with the Democracy Network Program and taught English in China.
Ashley earned a Master’s of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College. She is passionate about improving educational access and outcomes for under-served children and youth and is honored to support Asante Africa Foundation in this mission.
Jennifer Wegbreit – Director of Research and Evaluation
Jennifer Wegbreit has more than a decade of experience managing and implementing research and evaluations for universities and nonprofit organizations. Jennifer has led and participated in numerous large scale quantitative and qualitative research projects. Her work includes writing strategic white papers for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing malaria research programs in based in Vietnam and HIV/AIDS programs based in Zimbabwe, and conducting nonprofit program evaluations. Jennifer has published papers on HIV/AIDS program effectiveness and vectorborne disease surveillance. She also has research expertise in malaria elimination, and reproductive health, environmental health and infectious disease issues. Prior to joining Asante Africa Foundation she worked for the University of California, San Francisco Global Health Group, the University of California Women’s Global Health Imperative, the Harvard University School of Public Health, the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, and the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California.
Jennifer earned a Doctorate of Science at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation addressed reproductive health issues among immigrant adolescents. Jennifer also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ewald Tesha – Program Manager, Tanzania
Ewald holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Open University of Tanzania, a Certificate on participatory method of teaching from Mwenge University College of Education, and a Certificate for working with Children, Families and Communities affected by HIV/AIDS, Conflict, Poverty and Displacement, from Kwazul Natal University, South Africa. He has worked at various schools as a Finance and Administration Officer, an Organizational Program Officer and Most Vulnerable Children, Coordinator. Ewald’s ambition is to use his professional skills to help develop prosperity in the community. He is passionate about empowering youth through education and leadership.
Albert Jumbe – Scholarship Coordinator, Tanzania
Albert Jumbe is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Asante Africa Foundation. As the Scholarship Coordinator, Albert works with local communities to build schools, provide textbooks and educational supplies. Albert has worked as a tour and safari guide for various companies in the past 7 years; as a result, he decided to start his own company, Discover TZ, with other local experienced safari guides. The idea behind Discover TZ is to create employment for the local people.
Theopista Seuya, Integrated Teacher’s Training Program Manager, Tanzania
Theo has a BS in Education with a specific focus on In Service Teacher’s training. She was a Secondary School Principal at Peace House Secondary School in Tanzania. She has participated for 5 years in the award winning student centered teachers training by MWUCE both as participants and later as an advisor ( sending her own teachers through the program). She is a community facilitator between the District Education Officers with stakeholders and program implementers. She has the tenacity and strength and insights to facilitate success within the MoE systems.
Glory Shayo – Finance and Accounting Intern, Tanzania
Glory Shayo was born in kilema village in mosh rural. She is the fifth child in her family. She studied business administration at IRINGA RETCO BUSINESS COLLEGE. She joined Asante Africa Foundation as part of her college’s practical training requirements
She’s enjoying her role as intern working with the local Asante Africa Foundation team. Her dream is to become an entrepreneur who will be in a position to manage her own business which will satisfy the needs of the local community.
Julita Kessy – Girls’ Advancement Program Coordinator, Tanzania
has B.A in Community Development major in Project Planning and Management, Certificate of good leadership by Depot Kenya. She has worked with Compassion International as a health worker and giving counselling guidance to the children on the child support program. She has also worked with White Orange Youth on HIV/AIDS awareness with youth and communities. Her desire is to touch peoples lives positively in every undertaking that she does. Her hobbies are singing and practicing karate.
Zakayo Kipuyo – Finance and Administration Manager , Tanzania
Zakayo Kipuyo came to Asante Africa Foundation-Tanzania in early 2013. Zakayo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Arusha Institute of Accountancy where he graduated with honors. Among his specialties are Accounting, Project Management, Strategic and Business Planning, Team Leadership and Team Building. He is currently pursuing a post graduate degree in Project Management at Jommo Kenyatta University. Zakayo is married and the father of 2 young children.
Mary Olusi Kwena – Girls’ Advancement Program Coordinator, Kenya
Mary’s background includes community-based capacity-building and workshop facilitation on child protection issues, work with the Kenya Human Rights Commission including gender mainsteaming and child rights, facilitation of life skills training for youth, counseling of HIV positive children, and data collection and research in family planning and HIV-related human rights issues. She holds a B.A. in social work and social sciences. She is passionate about her work and raising her son.
Peninah Atieno – Scholarship Coordinator, Kenya
Peninah Atieno is the first born in her family and has one sister and two brothers. She currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya with her mother. Peninah received a diploma in Guidance and Counseling from Christian Churches Educational Association. A year later, she attended Daystar University where she attained her degree in Community Development with a minor in Peace and Conflict Transformation. Her career dream is to enhance and utilize her skills to assist organizations and people within the community to realize their full potential and to help change lives through local tools and resources. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and meeting new people. She shares her passion in environmental conservation with her role model, Wangare Mathae.
George Mbugua – Accountant, Kenya
Has previously worked at Liverpool VCT a HIV / AIDs non –profit organization as the Accountant. He has a certificate in HIV management obtained at LVCT organization. George has worked at Terry children Home under USAID program on Children education support as the Finance Officer. He is married with 3 children and is a Certified Public Account (K) and has worked with different organizations as finance consultant. While at LVCT he doubled up as an acting manager for LVCT Savings and credit co-operative (SACCO) society. Also he was the coordinator of Hospital Welfare Association while he was working with Kikuyu Mission Hospital. He was also involved in door to door AIDS awareness campaign at Kiandutu slum in Thika organized by Liverpool VCT.
Carolyn Sunte – Girls’ Advancement Program Associate, Kenya
Carolyne is a young entrepreneur with a seemingly insatiable appetite for starting youth groups to help educate her largely Maasai community. She studied at St. Mary’s Girls’ Secondary School in Narok town and ambitious to one day become a renowned journalist. At school, she was an active member in debate club and computer projects.
Carolyne is sociable and passionate about working with young girls. She is currently working as an intern in our Girls Empowerment program as well as being a mentor to Girls Saving Club at St Mary Primary Boarding School in Narok. Her goal is to learn how she can combine journalism with advancing issues specific to marginalized girls.
Anderson Hussein-Scholarship Intern-Kenya
Anderson is an Asante Africa Foundation scholarship alumnus. In 2013, he graduated from Sr. Mary Stephen Nkoitoi Secondary School. Anderson is also a graduate of Asante Africa Foundation’s Leadership Entrepreneurship Incubator. He is skilled in conduction, public debate training, and leadership training, including dream mapping and exam preparation.
In his spare time, Anderson enjoys playing football and rugby.