Matibabu Foundation Senior Staff
Daniel Ogola, Co-founder and Executive Director
Daniel Ogola, commonly known as Dan, is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Matibabu Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Management Science from Strathmore University. He also holds a degree in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management (K.I.M)
His personal life experience (poverty, untold suffering and preventable deaths within the family) inspired him to be the change that his community so desired. He believes that life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters and to him, that is health and education for his community members. Dan is predicting the future by creating it through Matibabu Foundation’s community outreach, training, research and medical programs. He is grateful to his family, his dedicated team, stakeholders, faithful development partners and all that has made and are continuing to make his world to spin.
Fred Okango, MD, MPH, Medical Officer
Dr. Fred Okango is a passionate medical doctor, leader and public health professional with vast experience in working in rural and marginalized areas of Kenya and abroad. He was instrumental in growing Matibabu Foundation from its humble beginnings as a Community based organization into an internationally recognized Non-governmental organization. He has been integral to the development, implementation, and evaluation of numerous projects worth over ten million dollars in the close to a decade that he has worked at Matibabu Foundation.
Currently, he is undertaking his PhD in Public Health, as he leads five projects ranging from HIV prevention and treatment to community based rehabilitation. He looks forward to growing Matibabu to a University Hospital.
Liza Onyango-Abuje, Head of Strategic Information
She joined Matibabu in July 2007 from the USA where she had completed her Master of Science (MS) degree in Marketing Communications from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart Graduate School of Business, Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communications (Major) and Community Development (Minor) from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya and a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) from the University of Nairobi.
Liza has contributed to the evolution of MFK’s program management through the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system that is able to influence evidence-based, community-centered programming. She is also passionate about using her expertise in communications to show-case health and developmental outcomes. She enjoys experiencing different cultures of the world through travel.
Tony Okola, Chief Financial Officer
Tony Okola began his career at Baker Tilly Meralis, a CPA firm in Nairobi, where he gained extensive experience working as an auditor across various industries including the not-for-profit sector. He is a CPA (K) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Kenyatta University and a MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.
Tony has been head of finance in Matibabu Foundation since 2008 where he has played a major role in strengthening the organization’s financial systems to the capacity of managing a wide range of large donor budgets. He derives a lot of satisfaction from the consistent growth that the organization has exhibited in the past decade, and its contribution to the expansion of access to basic health services in some of the most under-served regions in Kenya. Away from the numbers, he is a passionate husband and father of two
Mercy Wanjala, RN, BSN, Principal, Mary Ann Van Dam School of Nursing
Mercy joined Mary Ann Van Dam School of nursing at its inception in 2014. Since then, she has served as senior lecturer, assistant principal and now the Principal of the College. In her current role, she oversees implementation of curriculum for Diploma in Nursing program, coordination of nursing students’ clinical placements and academic program partnerships and collaborations. She is also passionate about mentoring student nurses and teaches Medical-Surgical nursing courses.
Mercy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Nairobi and is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing from University Of Dundee under Commonwealth Scholarship program. She has 6 years of experience in clinical nursing practice having worked as a Nursing officer with the Ministry of Health in Bungoma County. She began her career in nursing education as a clinical instructor at Nairobi Women’s Hospital before joining MAVDSON. Mercy also serves in Matibabu Foundation Hospital quality improvement team that works towards raising the standards of the hospital to a teaching facility and improving patient safety and outcomes. She is dedicated to the Profession of Nursing and committed to improving patient and community health outcomes through quality nursing education. Outside work, she is a nature lover and treasures spending time with her family.