Leadership

Board Members

Bud and Sue Ozar

Bud Ozar

Co-founder, Director Emeritus

Bud is the co-founder of Friends of Kenyan Orphans along with his wife, Sue.

Sue Horrigan Ozar with Bus at the Equator

Sue Horrigan Ozar

Co-founder, Director Emeritus

Sue Ozar co-founded Friends of Kenyan Orphans with her husband Bud in 2009.

John McManus

John McManus

President, Board Member

John McManus joined the Board of Friends of Kenyan Orphans in 2013 and currently serves as Board President.

Richard Horrigan

Richard Horrigan

Treasurer, Board Member

Rich Horrigan joined the Board of Friends of Kenyan Orphans in 2013 and is the current Board Treasurer.

Betsy Horrigan Rathz

Secretary, Board Member

Betsy Horrigan Rathz joined the Board of Friends of Kenyan Orphans in 2011 and currently serves as Board Secretary.

Susan Montgomery

Susan Montgomery

Board Member

Susan has been an active supporter of and volunteer with Friends of Kenyan Orphans since its inception and has been a Board member since 2013.

Lalena Kennedy

Lalena Kennedy

Board Member

Lena Kennedy joined the Board of Friends of Kenyan Orphans in 2015 and currently leads the organization's appeal campaigns, website, and social media presence.

Kevin Ozar

Kevin Ozar

Board Member

Kevin has been an educator for over twenty-two years, teaching every grade from sixth through senior year in subjects ranging from reading and writing, history, and leadership to drama and Shakespeare.

Sara Bingham Herriman

Sara Bingham Herriman

Board Member

Sara has spent the majority of her professional career in the world of nonprofit philanthropy including time in higher education, healthcare and children's services.

Christopher Horrigan

Board Member

Michelle Shaker

Board Member

Michelle joined the Friends of Kenyan Orphans Board in 2020. She is a licensed social worker in the neuromuscular division at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 

Mercy Thuranira

Mercy Thuranira

Board Member

Mercy has witnessed the first-hand impact that FOKO has on so many marginalized young people in Kenya. She believes being on the FOKO board gives her an opportunity to give back.

Andy Wiegand

Andy Wiegand

Board Member

Andy is a Partner at Peninsula Capital Partners, an investment company that specializes in providing junior capital, either as a minority or control investor, to superior middle-market companies.

Meg Starcevic

Meg Starcevic

Board Member

Meg joined the board of Friends of Kenyan Orphans in January 2020 with a passion to enrich the lives of young children and to provide basic life necessities to those that have so little.

Staff

Heather Wiegand

Heather Wiegand

Operations Manager

Since 2015, Heather has served as Friends of Kenyan Orphans Operations Manager and supports all of the operating activities of the organization.

Nicole Fonger

Nicole Fonger

Sponsorship Coordinator

Nicole joined Friends of Kenyan Orphans in 2017; she coordinates the Sponsorship Program.

Erin Walters

Erin Walters

Data Manager

Erin joined Friends of Kenyan Orphans staff in April of 2019 as operations support.

Julie Krupp

Administrative Support

Julie joined Friends of Kenyan Orphans team in 2021 as an independent contractor working as an operations associate helping to process donations and assisting the operations team as needed.