Board

Ms. Jill I. Weller, Director, CEO/Chairperson, President – jillweller@walindwa.org

Born and raised in San Diego, Jill currently works as a Grants Manager at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for the past 14 years. She went on her first mission trip to Kenya in November 2006 and discovered her true passion in life, the children of Kenya. She quit her job and moved to Kenya in April 2008 to pursue her calling as a missionary and to work at Elma Barnett Children’s Centre. She returned to UCSD in 2009 and now makes frequent visits to Kenya, maintaining residences on two continents.


Ms. Teresa Norwood, Vice President

Terry was born near Austin, Texas, where she lived until her stepfather was stationed to Italy. Thus began her travels as a military family member which has taken her from Alaska to Africa and many places in between. Her husband John is retired from the Navy and together they have two children. Terry has an Associates degree from Palomar College. Throughout her life, she has advocated for military families on their rights and benefits and organized groups to fundraise for community services. She received a Bachelors Degree from BIOLA University in Organizational Leadership which has allowed her to enhance her knowledge by using her skills to help others help themselves.


Ms. Carole Ericson, Director, Secretary

Carole is a member at Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church who visited Kenya in 2011 and fell in love with the children at EBCCK. She has become an asset to our organization as our wonderfully organized Secretary.


Ms. Martha E. Nidzieko, Director, Treasurer

Beth Nidzieko grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Biochemistry. She retired in 2007 after a 34 year career with Hewlett-Packard and is now the owner of Sierra Stars Quilting Vacations. In addition to serving on the Walindwa board, she is a past-chairperson of the Missions Committee of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church and a past-President of the Board of Directors of the Hewlett Packard Retirees Club of Southern California. She has been on mission trips to Bolivia, in 2009, and Kenya, in October 2012.


Dr. Keith C. Edwards, Director

Born in Pasadena, California, Keith attended UCLA receiving BA and MD degrees, followed by specialty training at UC Irvine in Radiology.  He sub-specialized in Interventional Radiology, working in La Mesa, California, for 20 years, and is currently employed as Associate Professor at UCSD School of Medicine.  Keith has been married for over 20 years to Lori and they are parents to three children (Griffin, Graham, and Avery). Keith has been involved in mission work in various locations throughout the world from Costa Rica to Mexico to San Diego.  His interest in Africa began in 1997 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but when civil war made working in Congo impossible, his focus changed to Kenya. The Village Church and Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church mission connection to the Elma Barnett Children’s Centre grew out of a deep friendship with David Richmond MD, a former colleague, who was a MK (Missionary Kid) in Kenya and knew the Barnett Family growing up.  Richmond is Godfather to the Edwards children and currently lives in Idaho.


Ms. Lori B. Edwards, Director
Lori’s passion to serve women and children has led to her involvement over the years in Women’s Bible Study leadership at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, California, where she currently serves on the Contemporary Worship Commission. She is deeply involved at Santa Fe Christian School, where her children have attended for the past 5 years, including serving on the Spiritual Life Committee and leading Women of Santa Fe Christian, a group designed to connect and encourage the women of the school. Her involvement with Walindwa in helping establish the child sponsorship program which grew out of life changing visits to EBCCK with her family in 2009 and 2013.  She has a BS in Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Lori has been blessed to be a stay at home mom for the last 19 years while raising her three children with Keith.


Ms. Virginia JacksonDirector

Ginny Jackson grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from the University of Rhode Island where she majored in Education and History. After college she worked at a State Street Bank in Boston in the Money Market Center, buying and selling short-term financial instruments. She moved to Minneapolis with her husband, where her daughter and son were born. Her family moved to San Diego in 1978, where she got her teaching credential in mathematics and taught middle and high school. She received a Master’s in Science, Math, and Technology Education and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics. She has been a volunteer for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church camps and other youth groups as her children grew up. In her retirement she continues to volunteer as a Stephen Minister, Walk to Emmaus and Walindwa. Ginny and her husband, Gary, went to Kenya in April 2012 to Elma Barnett Children’s Centre and the Maasai Mara and plan to go again.


Kevin-KellerMr. Kevin Keller, Director

Kevin has successfully built a broad array of successful marketing communications programs for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. For the last eight years, Kevin served as a marketing communications and fundraising development consultant for the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology.  From 1987 to 2001, Kevin served as the founding partner and CEO of Goss Keller Martinez (GKM), a San Diego firm specializing in corporate communications and publication design.  Kevin has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including Freedom Is Not Free, he currently serves on the advisory board of United Through Reading.

Kevin is part of the initial group of people who visited Kenya in 2008, for the purpose of determining whether EBCCK was a viable and suitable mission that could be sponsored by The Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Kevin’s leadership role at Walindwa encourages us to expand our services while maintaining our focus on the children of Kenya.

Kevin earned his B.A. from San Jose State University, and he studied at the University of South Carolina.


Dr. Carol Saunders, Director

Dr. Carol was born in Newton, Iowa, and is a retired pediatrician with 14 years experience as a developmental specialist running evaluation clinics. After serving as a professor at medical schools, she worked for 24 years in the private practice of general pediatrics.  She traveled to El Salvador for week-long medical missions for eight years and has visited the Elma Barnett Children’s Centre twice. She has two sons.