As Founder and Executive Director of The Pangea Network, Nicole believes women and motivated individuals can be a powerful force for change through entire families and communities. After working in consulting for companies around the world, Nicole returned to the United States and renewed her commitment to service. In 2005, Nicole began to design programs that are now the foundation of The Pangea Network. She enlisted a board of directors, filed for non-profit status and initiated the efforts which today benefit hundreds of women and youth in disadvantaged areas. Nicole resides in The Woodlands, Texas, where she established The Pangea Network’s headquarters.
Dorothy Ombajo is a human rights attorney. Her professional qualifications include a Masters of Arts in Project management and Planning, Degree in Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Political Science and Psychology, Bachelors of Laws, Postgraduate diploma from Kenya school of law, Diploma in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation. She was previously at the Attorney General Chambers then an Associate with Oduk and Company Advocates for two years before leaving to join Miller and Company Advocates where she rose to the position of Senior Associate for a period of five years. She is also a legal Consultant in Human Rights, Family Law, Gender issues, Labour Laws and Civic Education. She began working with Pangea in 2007 and has served as County Director since 2009. As head of the field office in Kenya, Dorothy’s primary role is to oversee and provide education, training and structural support to our cooperatives. With more than a decade of field experience, Dorothy is a gifted trainer and mentor who continues to spread joy alongside the women and children of The Pangea Network.
Ivana Situm currently serves as The Pangea Network’s first programs manager. In this role, she is responsible for growing the organization’s U.S.-based outreach program, which includes managing the coordination and implementation of one of Pangea’s signature annual events, the Young Women’s Leadership Conference (YWLC) in Houston, and with the goal of eventually expanding the conference to Dallas, and Austin in the summer of 2017.
Before joining Pangea, Situm served as the international education director for the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston for seven years. While in this position, she annually developed and managed 100+ programs for 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers in the Houston-area, including community colleges and universities. As a result of these programs, students and educators were given the opportunity to become globally competent and culturally sensitive world citizens through networking, workshops and international travel.
Situm’s other work experience has consisted of program development positions at the Asia Society in New York, New York and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) in Paris, France.
As an avid traveler and “global nomad,” Situm uses this experience to connect locally and globally and help others face their challenges through her nonprofit work. She obtained her master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France, a B.A. from the University of Houston and earned an international baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore.
Hyline Kachuodho is a skilled educator and finance specialist who joined Pangea in 2012. As Program Officer, she provides technical expertise and support to our project activities, along with strategy development and implementation. Hyline has been deeply involved with women and youth in the community since she began attending the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya in 2009.
Samson Aling has worked in the areas of finance and accounting for over 25 years in the commercial, NGO, insurance and banking sectors. He is currently a manager at one of the leading financial institutions in Kenya. His major work experience covers accounting, auditing and investigation, supervisory of banks and financial Institution’s operations, fund and investment management.
Denis Ochieng is from Siaya County in western Kenya. He is married with two children and along with his Pangea Field Officer duties works as a farmer and in building and construction. Denis graduated in 2002 from Ndere Youth Polytechnic and, after graduation, was asked to return as an instructor in 2003. In 2004 he was asked to take a position as an instructor at Sega Youth Polytechnic. He learned farming from his grandmother Jennifer who was his main caretaker for the 7 children in his family. Denis joined the Pangea Od Wadu Women’s Group, formed in 2006, and is currently the only male. Denis believes in the power of women and youth to transform his community and Kenya and, for these reasons, joined the group. Od Wadu began as a group of farmers hoping to better their businesses. Denis’ grandmother Jennifer, a member of the group, encouraged him to join and she is a large inspiration for him. When asked about what he hopes for in his country he says ‘I hope that every woman and child in Kenya will have their lives changed and will become uplifted. I hope they all have the opportunity to become leaders.’
Collins was born in Eldoret but grew up in Kindu Bay South Nyanza in western Kenya. He moved to Nairobi in 2009. He previously worked at Ken Afric Industries in Nairobi and Siginol Global Freight in Mombasa. Along with working with Pangea, Collins is currently studying at Nairobi Aviation, gaining an advanced diploma in Logistics. His work as a Field Officer is primarily in the Scholarship Program where he monitors, mentors and evaluates students. He is self-driven and enjoys working with the youth. Previously, he also worked with youth in his home village in western Kenya planting trees. He is passionate about working with kids because he sees them as the future and believes if they are given time and good mentorship they can change the world. His dream is to see one world where all children are given equal opportunity regardless of their background or financial status. Collins enjoys running and hopes to one day run a marathon for Pangea.
Ingrid is a skilled facilitator and trainer. Before joining the Pangea Network in 2016, she worked at Digital Opportunity Trust that mostly empowered the youth in rural areas of Kenya. She studied at the University of Nairobi in the areas of Mathematics and Finance. As Program Assistant at the Pangea Network, her roles include training, monitoring and evaluation the women under the Kenya Women’s Network as well as providing support roles in other programs. She is passionate about knowledge sharing and believes that through educating the womenfolk and the youth, leaders of tomorrow, the society will be a better place for all.
Sonia Apondi Odera is a skilled Office Administrator who joined Pangea in 2017. As an Office Administrator, she provides assistance in the day-to-day operations of the organization while supporting our programs and the team. Sonia was educated at St. Paul’s University and has a Bachelor of Business Administration. She holds certifications in Secondary Education, Computer Application, Management, and a diploma in Purchasing and Supplies. Sonia is passionate about mentoring our youth and believes that education is the key ingredient they need in order to achieve their goals and dreams.
Michelle Patterson is the CEO of ShakeWell Creative, a full-service marketing and advertising agency in Austin, Texas. She has over 15 years of experience in communication strategy and is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to The Pangea Network, she is active in a variety of professional and philanthropic organizations.
Sean Murphy is a Partner and Senior Financial Analyst at Enosis Investments, LLC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from The University of Pennsylvania–The Wharton School
Catherine Moseley is the Global People Development guru for Canyon Ranch’s corporate office. Her specialties include Leadership Coaching, Strategic Planning, Program and Training Facilitation, Alignment of Human Resources practices with culture and company goals, Increase Employee Engagement, Reduce Turnover, Improve Selling Capabilities, Instructional Design of company specific Training Programs, Certified in Situational Leadership (Ken Blanchard) Sales Recruitment, Publishing Recruitment, Behavioral and Personality Assessment, Career Coaching.
Greg Mar’s management career spans over 20 years, but since 2006, he has overseen business operations for Valenta Eating Disorder Clinic in California. Greg has lobbied all over the country for improved insurance coverage, patients’ rights and mental health equality.
Meet Our Goodwill Ambassador
You may know him as Phil Miller from “The Last Man on Earth” or even as SNL’s “McGruber,” but to us, Will Forte is a friend and The Pangea Network’s Goodwill Ambassador. Join him and become part our network.
Being asked to serve as an Ambassador to The Pangea Network is truly humbling for me. I spend the majority of my time writing make-believe scenarios and creating goofy fictional characters, so it is very gratifying to be a part an organization that is doing so much real good in the world.
Since becoming involved with The Pangea Network, I sometimes find myself wondering what it would be like if I could not express myself through creative writing and performance. What a dark world that would be! But thankfully, that’s not the case. Every day, I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a living doing what I love. And honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I wasn’t given the gift of an education, and the freedom to be creative. But I realize that many in this world are not as lucky.
The educational opportunities that Pangea provides to the individuals within its network are vast. Through a variety of educational programs, Kenyan women and children from the poorest communities and the largest slums are finding their voice, gaining independence and giving back to each other and their community every day. And young girls in the US are learning to be global citizens and gaining the skills and confidence they need to be the change-makers of the future.
Empowering individuals through education can change the world. I am so proud of everything Pangea has done over the last 10+ years, and very excited about what’s ahead. If you are reading this letter, then someone taught you to read – an amazing blessing we sometimes take for granted. So please give back, pay it forward and consider donating to The Pangea Network so that more of these letters can be written and read, and more lives can be empowered.
The Pangea Network is an international non-profit dedicated to empowering women and youth in Kenya and the United States.