Pictured above: some of the board members being introduced
to the guests and parents during Thanksgiving day.
Board of Directors
Mercy Center Lare
Sister Rose Wangui, VHM - Founder
Sister Rose, VHM was born and raised in the impoverished district of Lare, Kenya. She joined the Sisters of Visitation of Holy Mary and came to the United States from Kenya in 1994 to join the community at the Georgetown Visitation Monastery in Washington DC. She began her quest for donations for her home village of Lare during the drought of the late 1990's. In 2001, she and three other local Kenyans founded Mercy Project Lare and registered the organization as a 'self-help' organization under the Kenyan Ministry of Social Services which is equivalent to a US non-profit organization. Her vision is that one day, Mercy Center would become a center for community development, organization and empowerment so that the people of Lare can emerge from the burden of poverty and disease and become self-reliant.
John Njoroge, Chairman
John is a building contractor in Nakuru and has supervised construction work for schools, medical facilities and private residences in both Nakuru and Nairobi. John serves as a Board member but is also compensated by MCL for is services as the Facilities and Site Manager for the project. John has coordinated the purchase of land, secured architectural drawings and competitive bids for construction, supervised all construction on site and oversees the disbursement of the payroll each month. John also assists in the procurement of needed medical supplies and equipment. John is one of the founding partners of MCL working closely with Sr. Rose from the beginning. John Njoroge was elected Chairman of the MCL Board in April, 2010.
David Methu, Member-at-Large
David is Head Master of Nakuru Hills Special School one of two public residential schools in Kenya that serves mentally and physically disabled children and young adults. David has been instrumental in strategic planning and implementation for Mercy Center Lare.
Sr. Esther Wairimu, LSOSF
Sr. Esther is a nun of the religious order of Little Sisters of St. Francis, a registered nurse midwife, and the Medical Director of St. Anthony's Health Centre in Nakuru. St. Anthony's is a 10 bed maternity hospital which also provides basic health care and VCT to the community. Sr. Esther works one day a week at Mercy Center Lare as our paid Medical Director supervising staff, overseeing the maternal and child health programs and acting as the liaison to the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru Health and Human Services Departments.
Ms. Njoki is a graduate of the Egerton University in Nakuru County where she earned her B.A. degree in Sociology. She also holds a certificate in Business Management from the Nakuru Business Management Institute. She serves as the Project Coordinator for the Mercy Center Lare, coordinating and supervising all of the programs implemented under the medical, healthcare, micro-enterprise and education initiatives. She was a teacher at the Mercy Girls Secondary School for three years teaching history and religion. She communicates regularly on the programs through monitoring and evaluation reports and through written reports to the Mercy Center, USA.
Mercy Center Foundation, USA
Brian J. Doherty
Brian serves on the Development Committee where he is the special liaison to Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. Brian has worked for the President of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). He was a consultant and auditor for the AFL-CIO from 1995-1996, an organizer with the Masters, Mates and Pilots from 1993-1995, and a Vice President and pension fund Trustee for the Seafarers International Union from 1983-1993. He has been a Labor Commissioner on the Labor Advisory Board for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor. He is currently the Marketing Director for the Union Labor Life Insurance Co. which provides insurance to unionized workers in the U.S.A. He is a graduate of George Mason University and holds an MA from the University of Massachusetts.
Julie Waddell, J.D.
Julie Waddell is an attorney with three decades of experience in complex litigation, strategic counseling, and regulatory proceedings. Before joining Harkins Cunningham LLP in 1999, Ms. Waddell served as counsel at two national trade organizations and was an associate at major law firms in Washington (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton) and Philadelphia (Schnader Harrison). Ms. Waddell is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Aidan Montessori School and has been active for many years in various youth ministry and community service programs. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981) and Michigan Law School (J.D. 1984). Her daughter graduated from Visitation in 2013.
Adrianne V. Doherty
Adrianne has an extensive background in international development and democracy programs. Serving the Committee for Free Trade Unionism, AFL-CIO for two years on assisting Cuban dissidents and exiled trade union leaders struggling to build democratic unions in Cuba. She also has seventeen years at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO, where her work centered on program development and strategy, supporting, developing and implementing programs with trade unions and ngo's in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Asia. Her work includes campaigns for women and labor rights and programs to support worker rights, democratic transitions, international labor standards, human rights, inter-ethnic cooperation and dialogue, international exchange programs and women’s leadership. She is currently working to build and support girls secondary education in rural Kenya with the Mercy Center Foundation. Ms. Doherty also worked in Latin America for Freedom House and the Center for Free Cuba. Ms. Doherty holds a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. from the American University in Washington, D.C.
F. Brett Berlin
F. Brett Berlin, is a computer scientist and innovation strategist; with over 37 years experience as a consultant, technologist, technology executive and policy entrepreneur, and HPC industry executive. He currently serves as an S&T Strategy Consultant with High Performance Technologies, Inc. He is a founding member and on the Executive Committee of the DCISOC, the DC Regional chapter of the Internet Society. A recognized leader in high performance computing innovation and strategy, he also serves as Adjunct Faculty (Computational and Computer Sciences, & Cyberspace) at the George Mason University and Associate Faculty of the GMU Center for Climate and Society.
His current research and innovation interests include national competitiveness in simulation based engineering and science, next-generation collaborative and transformative partnership initiatives, cloud information enterprise, scale-free information and social networks, trusted information exchange, and the grand challenges of cyberspace in societal and national security context.
Tony DeCarlo, owner of DeCarlo Studios an online marketing firm is an accomplished, web expert, SEO specialist, illustrator and college instructor with over 25 years of experience providing marketing services to Metro D.C. clients. Tony started DeCarlo Studios in August, 1991 with a promise to deliver more than expected and to consistently WOW the client. Tony's main focus is on developing leads for client's through marketing strategies, visual and written content creation Tony is honored to help the Mercy Center USA tell it's story and gain a larger reach by creating and maintaining the website and printed materials.