Little Ripples Make Big Waves
Nia Z. Sherar
Simon is proud of his Maasai culture. He was raised in a manyatta (traditional mud and cow dung hut of the Maasai), had two mothers and 14 siblings. Since Simon is a male, his father sent him to school. Simon worked and saved money so he could attend teacher's college. Simon taught at Talek Primary located on the Maasai Mara. He was also Headmaster for several years before joining Friends of Conservation (FOC) as programs director, later worked for a tree conservancy organization and as Executive Director of Koiyaki Guiding School, a European Union funded NGO that trains Maasai to be tourist guides. Simon currently works at Ol Kinyei Conservancy as the Manager, Employed by Porini Safari Camps which is sister to GameWatchers Safaris. OFDC's founder has worked with Simon for over 25 years.
Throughout Dalton's entire life, service to others has been a high priority. He's constantly on the lookout for everyday opportunities to help someone in need. Dalton served many leadership roles while attending college for various clubs. These include External Vice President and Chair of New Member Education, Philanthropy, and Community Service. Dalton is a native to Utah and enjoys being in the mountains either snowboarding, hiking, or biking. He has a BS in Management Information Systems from USU. He lived in Bradford, England while fulfilling an internship at the Bradford Teaching Hospital in their IT department and is currently working in the Research Informatics department at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City as a Software Design Engineer. "The work that OFDC has done has impacted so many lives and there was no way I could let it dissolve and stop its mission. The amount of time and effort Nia has put in is nothing short of incredible."
Barbara Richards, MS
Barbara is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Utah where she retired as an adjunct professor of photography. She remains active as a freelance photographer. Barbara has had numerous exhibits and been published in various publications. She joined OFDC's board because, "I prefer a smaller organization like OFDC where funds are not lost on administrative expenses and overhead. The projects of OFDC are selective and doable. We can't help everyone who is in need, but those supported by OFDC are a step in that direction."
Matthew was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Growing up he enjoyed football, baseball, basketball and golf. At an early age he got involved with the Boy Scouts of America, which fueled his passion to be outside enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. In 2010 Matthew completed his Eagle Scout project, a group service project that is planned, organized, and supervised by the scout himself. With his love for the outdoors, Matthew choose to cleanup and re-landscape five canoe landings along the Minnehaha Creek that flows through his hometown, making them more accessible for the public and visually appealing for the cities patrons. At the age of sixteen Matthew acquired his Eagle Scout Award.
In the spring of 2016 Matthew graduated from Utah State University (USU) with a BS in Business Administration. While at USU he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as their Community Service Chair. Matt organized over 20 different service opportunities for his fraternity members achieving over 800 hours of community service during his yearlong term. Matt now resides in Salt Lake City and is excited to have the opportunity to use his skills to give back and volunteer as OFDC’s book keeper and enjoy the gorgeous Wasatch mountain range.
Lillian Thando Naluyima moved from Uganda to the USA after she received a scholarship from Africa’s Tomorrow. She is earning her associates degree in Pre-Health sciences at Salt Lake Community College. She was on the board of the student’s government at SLCC for 1 year and a member of Phi Theta kappa honors society. In her free time, Lillian watches movies, listens to music and helps with NGOs like Sabu Help International (based in Ghana), Inter-Ethnic Heath alliance (based in Uganda) and also at the homeless shelter.
Kim Koeven has a bachelor's degree in geology and currently teaches 8th grade science. She served in the Peace Corps from 2012-2014. During her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer she taught high school chemistry, biology, and computers. For her secondary project she wrote grants and secured $30,000 in funding from USAID to build a library and computer lab at her school. She spends her free time teaching after school science programs, volunteering with Inter-ethnic health Alliance, coaching basketball, and doing yoga.
While in college, Nick enjoyed getting involved in the community and participating in opportunities to continue learning outside the classroom. His involvement with volunteer activities at Utah State helped him realize that partnering with others to make a difference was one of his many passions. Nick currently lives in Salt Lake City and is working at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Analyst.
Tammy Wilson volunteers on the Board of Trustees and fulfills the position of Secretary for OFDC. She was a manager at JetBlue for 16 years and loves using her managerial expertise and passion for assisting others to further our mission. Throughout her life she was apart of many humanitarian projects with members of her family as well as JetBlue. She loves being apart of lasting change in people’s lives. Tammy is a Utah native and has called this place home since she was a child. She enjoys the outdoors and can be frequently be found at outdoor live music events or under her favorite tree with a glass of wine reading a good book.
Taylor attended Utah State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. During his time at USU he became involved in service based clubs. He found helping his community to be extremely rewarding. He is currently a photojournalist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Telling the stories of the community he is a part of and informing the public of issues impacting their day to day lives is his passion. When approached with the opportunity to volunteer on the board of trustees for OFDC, he couldn’t turn down the offer. Having the chance to tell the stories of OFDC’s successes is a dream come true. His background in video and graphic design has enabled OFDC to reach audiences wide and far.