The Arrive Board of Directors
Davide and I first met at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Two years younger then me, we started out as fraternity brothers and quickly elevated to amazing friends. His creative mind never ceases to amaze me; whether coming up with a way to increase the distribution of malaria medication to children under 5 years old who would otherwise die, or making a contraption to press a button and an ice cold beer comes makes its way from the fridge to his cup holder on the sofa. Davide studies History, Anthropology, and Philosophy but has a passion for reading about physics, biology, literature and many other things. He is a valuable asset to Arrive and we are lucky to have him as our brilliant yet goofy fundraising chair. Just as important, both of his parents are Italian and therefore he can whip up a world-class rizoto like its his job. davide@ArriveKenya.org
Lauren developed a deep passion for charitable work during a trip in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador in which she traveled down the Amazon River in a canoe, staying with indigenous tribes to learn about the impact oil companies had on their land.
Lauren started with Arrive in 2015 as a volunteer (she encourages everyone to read her travel blog. She instantly fell in love with everything Arrive had to offer, and rescued on of Kisii’s many street children, James, that is currently living at the home. Lauren left Kenya hungry to do more, and the rest was history!
Lauren currently lives in Newport Beach, California and loves the beach, traveling, & spending time with her family. Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, and is finishing up a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University. She works as an Executive Assistant at Carmack Insurance, and just received a CA Agent License. lauren@ArriveKenya.org
I am the Founder and President of Arrive, and the guy who wrote this page, the blogs, and the rest of the Arrive website. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics. In 2012 I climbed Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, towering over the Serengeti at an altitude of 19,341 feet. In 2008 I rode my bicycle from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California – 6 weeks, 3,080 miles, and countless unforgettable memories. Somewhere in between I found my passion in Kenya, founded Arrive, and don’t intend on changing my course. If I want something to be done, I won’t stop until it happens. I don’t like tomatoes and don’t think I will ever eat one. My best friend in the entire world is my dog Bakuu; I’m sure if you explore the blogs you’ll see quite a number of his photos. When the doubters told me that Arrive would last one month and was just a phase, I kept quiet. When will my work be over? When you can walk around the world and not see a single street child; a single homeless orphan digging through a dumpster trying to find a meal. Impossible you say? I’ll just keep quiet and get back to you a bit later. brian@ArriveKenya.org
The Arrive Advisory Board
Jake hails from Irvine, California and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. Not satisfied with just one, he is currently working on his second degree attending Advertising school in Germany. After visiting Arrive in 2013, Jake returned to the US and began giving presentations throughout California about his experiences in Kenya in order to raise both awareness and funds for the organization. As one of the most well-rounded young adults around, Jake uses his vast skill set and fiery passion to further the work of Arrive and answer questions which shape the kids’ future. He is excited to be a member of the Arrive team to continue to spread Arrive’s message.
Joanna is a native of upstate New York and despite her best efforts, graduated with honors from Cornell University this spring with dual majors in International Development and Biology. She volunteered with Arrive in Keumbu in the summer of 2014. Her research has brought her around the world, but as a lover of hammocks, sunshine, and street food she quickly fell in love with Kenya. She has remained an advocate, sponsor, and fundraiser for Arrive but maintains that her greatest contribution was the chance to be a sister to the kids and make sure they all felt loved and got picked on every once in a while. Joanna currently lives in Washington D.C., USA.
JK, John Karel, grew up in Chicago Il. He graduated from Wake Forest University and has had a career in medical sales, primarily medical imaging. He has held sales and leadership roles in several organizations including divisions of Daimler-Benz and GE where he held a global role as six sigma master blackbelt. JK is currently an account executive with Siemens Healthcare. JK is also a leadership coach for The Master’s Program in Colorado and a member of the founding advisory team for The Barnabas Group in Colorado. He resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with Dayna, his wife of almost 20 years and his children Maya and Chase. He enjoys family time, travel and skiing.
Natalia, or “Tali” as she is known by, was born and raised in The Philippines, exposed to poverty her entire life. She has not forgotten her roots and where she came from; instead harnessing her upbringing to fuel her desire to change the world. An avid traveler and photographer, she is currently studying in Santiago, Chile (she is of Spanish decent). Tali is the only member of the Arrive Advisory Board to have visited (and volunteered) at the site in rural Kenya, after moving to Spain in 2012 and meeting fellow Arrive advocates. While we are sure that the child on the right in the photo could one day be an avid advocate of Arrive as well, Tali is on the left in the picture. Always upbeat and with a new idea, Tali doesn’t just make everyone on the Arrive team smile – she makes the whole world smile.
Linda is a retired social worker and a semi-retired children’s librarian at a public library, where she’s worked for 30 years, 17 of those as Head of Children’s Services. She received her undergraduate degree from Long Island University in Sociology/Anthropology. She has done fieldwork with Native American children at the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on the eastern end of Long Island, worked with disadvantaged children at a Head Start Program, and was a volunteer tutor of a young Hispanic boy at the Grand Street Settlement House in NYC. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work at Adelphi University, while working as a Senior Caseworker at the Suffolk County Dept. of Social Services on Long Island for 10 years, in their Child Protective Services Division, investigating cases of reported child abuse and neglect. She also worked part-time at a counseling agency, mostly with teens in crisis. Linda also worked for 7 years as a Behavior Specialist at a group home for adults with mental/behavioral disabilities – her qualifications to help Arrive are undoubtedly incredible! Later on, Linda changed career paths and obtained a Masters in Library Science at C.W Post University, and have worked at three different libraries, always with children. Linda lives on Long Island, New York, where she loves the beaches in summer. Linda loves to travel, read, be with friends, go on day-trips, go to the movies and Broadway theater and museums, as well as helping children and animals. Her other loves are my two beautiful granddaughters. Lauren lives with her boyfriend Bill, their big black lab dog Andy, and their three spoiled cats – but all are hoping to relocate to California this year, to be closer to Linda’s family.
Gus is originally from Littleton, Colorado. He just graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Political Science in 2017. During his time at CU he became involved with Arrive through Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity that Brian and Dave (Board of Directors) were members of. Through this framework, Gus helped create and run the Paddy Murphy Philanthropy program that is a week long collaboration with local businesses, community leaders, and student organizations to raise money for Arrive in Kenya. Through this program, Gus spoke at various events to help educate the Boulder community about Arrive and its vision, organized all fundraising events, and forged crucial relationships with businesses and individuals. Since its inception in the spring of 2015, the program has brought in around $30,000 to Arrive and helped spread the word about the amazing work Arrive is doing. In his free time, Gus likes to camp, read, and play the banjo!
Nell is a New York native deriving from small town Pleasantville, NY. After primary school, Nell followed her heart to the mountains and spent 5 years living the Colorado mountain life, studying Photography at the University of Colorado in Boulder and working at a dude ranch as a horse wrangler. Nell has always been one to pursue things that push her out of her comfort zone. After graduating from CU Boulder in the spring of 2013, she decided to put her “wild child” spirit to the test and push herself to a new level. That is when she decided she was going to travel to Africa alone for 4 months. After meeting Brian, founder of Arrive, at a CU-Boulder party and coincidently running into him several times after, Nell was convinced Kenya was the place to go. 3 years later, now residing in Los Angeles, California, Nell is still constantly thinking about her time/buddies over in Kenya and is stoked to be apart of the Arrive team to help ensure the kids get what they deserve which is the very best.
Yazan is excited to bring his experience living and working internationally to the arrive advisory board. Yazan is currently a refugee youth counselor in Denver, Colorado USA and used to live and work with a Congolese-led peace-building organization in Uganda and the D.R. Congo. Yazan is passionate about supporting others as they pursue education and employment opportunities to better themselves and their communities. He’s spent a couple of weeks visiting Brian at Arrive Kenya while he was also living in the region and is thrilled to be a part of Arrive’s growing impact throughout Kenya now as an advisor. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him if you’re ever in the Denver area and looking to eat some good food, drink some good beer, listen to some good music or adventure off into the mountains!
Local Partner Organizations
Jackson Bambo – Founder/Director, Light Uriri, Kenya (www.lightschooluriri.org)
Jack (middle) hails from Uriri, Mirogi County, Kenya. He has a Bachelor of Education, Maths and Geography, and a Masters in Environmental Planning and Management. His father is a member of the Luo tribe, and his mother is a Luyha. Jack is a teacher by profession, and currently works for The East African Wildlife Society. His entrepreneurial spirit, generous heart, and passion for children convinced him found his own non-profit organization (Light Uriri) and to open a school for the most vulnerable children in Migori County. Light School has since become a top performing school in the area, and Light Uriri’s partnership with Arrive will open a new chapter for both organizations (Standard Media Kenya Article). As Arrive and Light Uriri expand to create the Light Home of Hope for orphans, former street children and other vulnerable kids in Kenya, our partnership is opening a new chapter of holistic aid for The African Child. Jack splits his time between his ancestral land Kanyamkago (Uriri) and Nairobi, where he lives with his wife and one-year-old son Joseph. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lightschooluriri.org