Our Boards

Board of Directors

Jon Muller, Chairman
The Muller Company – Principal
A Commercial Real Estate, Investment, Development and Management Company
Owner and operator of 7 million square feet
Irvine, CA
University of Southern California – 1984
Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
Real Estate Broker, State of California – 1992
USC Marshall School of Business – Member of the Marshall Board of Leaders
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy – Professor Endowment
USC Luck Center for Real Estate – Board Member
Trojan Sig Foundation – Board Member
Mater Dei High School – Development Committee Member

Ralph Deppisch
Managing Director,
Cliffhaven Companies, Inc.
A Commercial Real Estate Development Services Company
Newport Beach, Ca.
Mentor Program, Chapman School of Business
Advisory Council and Founding Board Member, African Child Foundation
California Real Estate Broker
Building Committee and Parish Council Member—Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
Member and Mentor,Urban Land Institute

Sylvia Michler
Self-Employed, Interior Designer since 1992
Sales and Marketing Executive, Home Building Industry
Board of Director, Africa Child Foundation, 2007-2012
Executive Board Member, Trojan League of Orange County
Fundraising for Special Projects at USC and USC Undergraduate Scholarships
Affiliation with Charitable Organizations in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, 2002-2007.

Cece Tripi
Current General Counsel for Lovegard Management, LLC.
Former Assistant General Counsel for James Hardie Building Products,
and General Dynamic’s Shipbuilding Division, NASSCO.
Crowell & Moring, LLP, in its Construction Practice Group as a Litigator.
Admitted to Practice Law in California since 1985.
Current and Past OCBA Member, (including membership on its Professional Responsibility
And Ethics and Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committees)
and Current and Past Member of ACC – Association of Corporate Counsel

Christine Grogan, MBA MS/HSA 
President and Chief Marketing Officer
4 Elements Strategy
San Francisco, CA
AMREF Board member 2007- Present
Founder of Pink Ribbon Story Foundation
Founder of BraveCoalition.org
Board Member of RJW Foundation

Executive Director
Jene Meece
Founder and Executive Director, Agano with Kenya, 2010-2012
Board of Directors, African Child Foundation, 2005-2012
Twenty Years in Sales/Marketing: IBM, DEC, Silicon Graphics,’77-‘97
Institute for European Studies, Vienna, Austria, ‘77
BA Colgate University, ’77, International Relations/Economics

Kenyan Project Director
Fr. Henry Simaro
Founder of African Child Foundation, Kenya, 2005
BA, Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Masters, Public Policy, University of Southern California

Executive Committee


Bridgette Adams
C2C Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Planning
Future Leaders of Our Community, Orange County
M.A. Economics, Claremont Graduate University
B.S.B.A. Finance and Banking, University of Missouri

Roz Berry
C2C Executive Vice President, Operations
Senior Database Administrator
State Controller’s Office – State of California
Board of Directors African Child Foundation
BSC University of Natal, South Africa

Signe Dunn Trauthen
C2C Executive Vice President
Council Member and Altar Guild Chair,
Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA
Committee Chairs and Executive Board Member, Corona del Mar High School PTA
Twenty-Plus years in California as medical marketing professional
B.A., English, California State University at San Jose, 1982
B.A., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 1976

Jill Wallace
C2C Executive Vice President Strategic Planning
Retired City Executive/Community Volunteer
B.A. University of California Santa Barbara
Masters, University of Southern California, Senior Executive Program/Harvard


Advisory Board

Wayne Berry DVM
Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital, Irvine, California
Diplomat American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology), UCDavis 1999
Professor and Chief of Service, Department of Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1991-1996
Diplomat European College of Internal Medicine
MMedVet, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1991
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1987
DVM, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1983
Born in Durban, South Africa; educated at Westville Boys’ High School; served in the South African Air Force 1976-1978. Prior academic at three universities (Africa, USA); private practice on three continents (Africa, UK, USA). Since 2000 in specialty veterinary practice: Irvine, Orange County, California.

Viola Chisholm, CPA
Chisholm & Kline
Aliso Viejo, California
Chair, Audit Committee,
Board Member
Orange County Business Bank

Barbara March
Founder and President
March to the Top Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

Stacey Nicholas
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School-Board of Directors 2005-2011
Vice President, two years; Chair, Advancement Committee; Chair, Capital Campaign;
Chair, Trusteeship and Governance Committee
UCI Engineering Leadership Council
UCI Engineering Diversity Advisory Board
Pacific Symphony Orchestra (past)
South Coast Repertory Theater (past)

Advisory Board, Specific to Kenyan Issues

Victoria Bernal, PhD.
Associate Professor,
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
Member, Board of Directors,
African Studies Association

Nancy Langton, PhD.
Associate Professor
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Program Head,
Social Entrepreneurship 101: Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Sandra E. Loughlin, PhD.
Director of External Relations, Graduate Division, University of California, Irvine
Research Scientist and Teacher
University of California Irvine (1981-2011 )
University of Nairobi, Kenya (1991)
Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA (1979-1981)
Author of sixty papers and one book on
Neuroscience Research
Consultant to Berkeley Media Studies
VP, Strategic Planning, Families Forward (1995-2001 )
Irvine, CA

Edith Mukudi Omwami, PhD.
Associate Professor
UCLA – Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Faculty Associate, UCLA at:
Center for Intl Development Educaiton (CIDE)
The James S. Coleman African Studies Center
Center for the Study of Women (CSW)
UCLA Globalization Research Center Africa (GRCA)

Tekle M. Woldemilkael, PhD.
Professor and Chair,
Department of Sociology
Chapman University
Previously taught at
University of Gezira in the Sudan
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Research includes the study of
Immigrants and refugess in US and Africa,
Nationalism and ethnicity in Eritrea