Kim Rosen - Founder, Executive Director
Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words as well as the founder and director of the S.H.E. College Fund. She has inspired listeners worldwide with the power of poetry as a transformative agent for individuals and communities. A culminating moment of her life mission to melt defenses, transcend definitions, and foster connection with self and others through poetry came in 2007 when she recited a poem to a group of Maasai girls at the Tasaru Rescue Center. In that moment of cross-cultural, trans-generational communion, a deep bond was formed that eventually inspired her to create the S.H.E. Fund to serve the girls who had won her heart. Now she travels the world not only to give workshops and trainings on self revelation through poetry and soul-inquiry, but also in the service of the courageous students of the S.H.E. team. Kim spends time in Kenya each year to develop personal relationships with students, oversee the work of the Fund, and get to know the girls at the Rescue Center who will need funds for college in future years.
Maya Brown - Program and Development Manager
Maya Brown is passionate about social justice work, working with diverse populations around the world to support empowerment, equity and wellness. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology: Drama Therapy, and works as a theater artist and consultant for creating relationships and communities that are safe, supported and connected. She specializes in issues surrounding sexual violence, mental wellness, gender and sexuality, feminism, racial justice and transformation. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, studying Drama and Peace and Justice Studies. Maya is proud to work with the S.H.E. Fund, as she believes that supporting these young women is a direct way to change the world; when young people are empowered and have resources, there is hope for deep, lasting positive change.
Annie Kaup - Student Liaison
Bio coming soon.
Anjli Tantod - Bookkeeper
Bio coming soon.
Donna LaPerle - Financial Manager Emeritus
Donna LaPerle spent 32 years as an Administrative Assistant and Accounting Specialist with the National Guard. In 2008 she left the Army, having fallen in love with poetry. Since then she has chosen to carry poems rather than guns in her travels around the world. Donna was the first team member to join Kim in supporting the S.H.E. students, taking over the finances and communicating with the students in Kenya about their budgets. She brings great heart to the S.H.E. community and has inspired fundraising projects in the United States. Donna lives in Vermont when she’s not traveling the world sharing poetry or supporting the students of the S.H.E. Fund.
Jacinta Silantoi - Director of Kenya Operations
Jacinta Silantoi Meteur earned her BS in Business and is the Kenya Coordinator for the S.H.E. College Fund. The eldest of 10 children, Jacinta was the first female in her village to achieve an education beyond primary school, and the first person to go to college. Even as a child, Jacinta was passionate about education. As a young girl she fled to the Tasaru Rescue Center in order to avoid FGM and go to school instead. Her passion to attend college compelled her to reach out to Kim Rosen for help in 2010, and their collaboration in her college education was the seed that became the S.H.E Fund. Jacinta is responsible for the myriad tasks that go into supporting S.H.E. students day to day in Kenya - finding them colleges, teaching them about budgeting and communication, taking them to school, bookkeeping of expenses, responding to student requests, and maintaining frequent contact with all students and team members. In her spare time, Jacinta is studying to be a CPA, and loves to design clothing and visit her mother and younger siblings in their village, a journey of several hours by motorbike through the bush.
S.H.E. Team Spotlight: Jecinta, Kenya Coordinator
Emily Ketter - S.H.E. Kenya Consultant
Emily Ketter is the head secretary/manager of the Tasaru Rescue Center. She supervises the girls' schooling through secondary school, counsels the girls, and manages public events such as the annual Alternative Right of Passage for young Maasi women. She is a valued consultant and friend to the S.H.E. Fund.
Linah Naisho - Support Staff
Linah Naisho, a S.H.E. student studying for her degree in Business, helps the Kenya Operations Director with daily tasks and with taking girls to school when they start college. Linah fled FGM in 2007 and arrived at the Safe House when Kim was visiting. At the time, she had never been to school and spoke only Maa, the indigenous language of the Maasai. Today she is a successful degree student at Maasai Mara University.
Board of Directors
Karin Carrington has served over the last 55 years as a teacher, contemplative psychologist, photographer, author, and, more recently, an ordained Buddhist chaplain. Her work in depth psychology, spirituality, women’s empowerment and social justice prepared her for an immediate resonance with the mission and heart of the S.H.E. Fund. She joined the team in 2013 and articulated its vision of fostering rich cross-cultural relationships between the students, funders and team. She co-produces fundraising events and newsletters, keeps donors informed and spreads the inspiration of the S.H.E. Fund wherever and whenever she can. In 2016, Karin traveled to Kenya where she fell in love with the girls at the Safe House, the S.H.E. students and the Great Rift Vally that is their home. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is passionate about kayaking, yoga, poetry, writing, photography and her community of family, friends and students.
Caro Hart has worked in the non-profit and consulting sectors, with focus on team facilitation, workshop design, culture change, and communication strategies for over 20 years. Caro has a passion for helping mission-driven teams have meaningful conversations and reach actionable decisions so they can bring the best of themselves to the world. In 2015, Caro funded a S.H.E. student and then traveled to Kenya in 2016, where her love for the S.H.E. Fund’s work blossomed. Caro enjoys traveling, a good Iyengar yoga class, and walking her dog on a sunny morning.
Elya Braden enjoyed a fourteen-year career as a corporate securities lawyer, serving as General Counsel of two public companies. Following her legal career, she launched and led a networking group for experienced women lawyers, served on boards of both nonprofit and for-profit businesses, and was a significant fundraiser for local and national charitable organizations and political campaigns. For the last decade, Elya has focused on writing poetry and creating mixed-media art. Her poetry has been widely published in the United States and internationally. She has led workshops for other writers on writing and publication and has led workshops merging art and poetry for children and teens on behalf of Free Arts in Los Angeles. Elya discovered the S.H.E. Fund through her poetry explorations with Kim Rosen. After hosting fundraisers for the S.H.E. Fund in 2015, she traveled to Kenya in 2016, where she fell in love with the girls of the Tasaru Rescue Center and the young women of the S.H.E. Fund. She began funding a student in 2017 and was delighted to join the Board to further support the Fund’s mission.
Kim, who is the Founder and Executive Director, also serves on the Board of Directors.
Advisory Council of Elders
Agnes Pareyio - Founder, Tasaru Rescue Center
Agnes Pareyio is the founder of the Tasaru Rescue Center and an inspirational leader in activism and politics in Narok county. is the head of Kenya’s Anti-FGM board and the founder of the Safe House, as well as the Tasaru Ntonomok Initiative, the organization which oversees the Safe House. She also produces educational events and Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) for the Maasai community. She is a highly respected leader and politician known throughout the world.Agnes is a friend, wise advisor and active source of support for the S.H.E. Fund.
Helen Moses is the head teacher in the largest secondary school in the Great Rift Valley. She is a founding member of Tasaru Ntomomok Initiative and the main teacher at the tri-annual ARP, which is given by Tasaru three times a year for young girls throughout Maasailand as an alternative to FGM. The girls are taught about the hazards of FGM, sexual education and their rights. Helen, too, has been a presence in the life of every S.H.E. student.
Christopher Murray is the CFO of the Tasaru Ntonomok Initiative. He also holds a government position in charge of the evaluation of primary and secondary school teachers in Narok County. Chris teaches in the ARP, has led many of the reconciliation ceremonies for the Tasaru girls with their families and been on rescue missions for girls endangered by EFCM.