Leadership Team

Gitau Picture
Peter Gitau, President pgngatia@gmail.com


Ted Grace, Secretary



Lenore Kiine Pic
Lenore Kinne, Treasurer


Mary Gitau, Board Member

Dr. Mary Gitau is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in American Universities. She is a recipient of 2017 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship that provides funding for African-born academics in USA to work with host institutions on capacity building education projects. Mary’s educational preparation encompasses Education and Social Work. Born and raised in Kenya, Mary is passionate about advancing equity in education in Kenya from an ecological and holistic approach.

Amber Manning-Ouellette  (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)
Amber Manning-Ouellette, Board Member

Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette is an Assistant Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University. In 2018, she was indicated into Phi Beta Delta, an international scholars honor society for her global-focused work and scholarship. Her research foci include socially just leadership education, student learning outcomes & cognitive development, intercultural development, and first-year student transition.

Martha Mwangi, Board Member (photo and bio coming soon)

LaDawn Richey, Board Member (photo and bio coming soon)

Karen Thomas, Board Member

Karen Thomas’s passion for education and helping others is what ultimately led her to serve on the AIFEE Board.  Karen has her BA in education and spent 9 years teaching third grade. Currently, Karen is a Campus Director at High Jump where she is supporting students and families have a voice in their education and future.


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