United States

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Tracey Pyles, President
  • Meitamei Ole Dapash, Director, International Coordinator, Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition
  • Charlene Ryon Goss, Director, Human Resources Manager, Retired
  • Jon Griffin, Director and Treasurer, Engineer, Retired
  • Jennifer Jopling, Director and Event Committee Co-Chair
  • Donald W. Kaniaru, Director, Advocate, former Senior Legal Adviser and Director, UN Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Terese J. Lilly, Director and Board Chair, Education Consultant
  • Kathryn Nelson-Indre, Director, Training Administrator, International Monetary Fund
  • Cassidy Paradis, Director, Granddaughter of MGEF Founder, Barbara Lee Shaw, Living in LA working in film and television.
  • Hannah Pyles, Director, Student, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Granddaughter of MGEF Founder, Barbara Lee Shaw
  • Sarah Foster Wetstone, Director and Secretary, Consultant, CPF Associates, Inc.
  • Durwood Zaelke, Director, President and Founder, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)


  • Heather McKay, Executive Director

Maasai Girls Education Fund – Kajiado, Kenya

Board of Directors

  • Emily Sempeyo Aziz, Director, Central Division
  • Agnes Resiato Kitesho, Director, Loitokitok Division, Teacher, MGEF Alumna
  • Nancy Naserian Koinet, Director, Isinya Divison
  • Gloria Mumeita Kotente, Director, Mashuru Division, Doctor, MGEF Alumna
  • Nancy Sopilal Lekuka, Director, Ngong Division, Lawyer, MGEF Alumna
  • Esther Lemanyi, Director, Magadi Division, Accountant, MGEF Alumna
  • Susan Masek, Director, Ngong Division, Teacher
  • Sophie Meeli, Director and Board Chair, Namanga Division, Teacher
  • Evelyn Naserian Oltinki, Director, Isinya Division, Teacher, MGEF Alumna
  • Rebecca Parteli, Director, Magadi Division, Teacher
  • Janet Saigiulu, Director, Loitokitok Division, Teacher
  • Veronica Shangutit Sampeke, Director, Namanga Division, Teacher, MGEF Alumna
  • Christine Saruni, Director, Mashuru Division, Teacher
  • Faith Sialala, Treasurer
  • Lilian Timanyio, Director, Central Division, Teacher, MGEF Alumna
  • Division Committees consisting of 49 members, and including 14 Maasai chiefs


  • Lucy Ntayia, Managing Director
  • Pacifica Ombwera, Office Assistant