Kelly has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Kelly has experience starting and running several small businesses and has been involved with orphan care since first visiting Kenya in 2009, through adoption of her daughter from an orphanage in Ethiopia in 2011 and through her eight trips to Kenya as Founder of Light Up Hope. Kelly is also a student of Kiswahili and lover of the beautiful and diverse culture of Kenya.
Augustine brings to Light Up Hope a background in leadership, teaching and mentorship having worked as the principal of a primary school in a slum area of Nairobi. His time as a principal gave him the compassion for the potential of every child, regardless of their background, as well as 14 years experience working cross culturally with the many international partners who would visit the school. Augustine’s skills with mentoring young adults, as well as his outstanding work ethic, impressed the Light Up Hope founders and board of advisors, and he was invited to join the Light Up Hope team in fall 2016. Additionally he is the pastor of Hope Discovery International Church in Nairobi.
Mike Little – Founder and Board Member
Mike holds a B.S in Information System and Human Resource Management from University of Colorado Boulder. Mike is passionate about orphan care in Kenya and is employed as Vice President of Management Reporting, Finance at Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, CO.
Robbin Brown – Director of Program Development
Robbin has a B. S. in Communications from Metro State University. Robbin has over 7 years of experience working with non profits specifically geared towards empowering individuals and breaking the cycle of poverty. Light Up Hope merges Robbin’s passions of international orphan care and empowerment and she was thrilled to join Light Up Hope’s staff in 2012.
Diana Mays – Director of Operation
Diana has a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Bowling Green State University. Diana has over 18 years of experience planning events and leading fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations. She joined Light Up Hope in 2013 and in 2015 she traveled to Kenya to see first hand all the amazing work that has been happening.
Additionally Light Up Hope would not be possible without the loving support and hard work of our team of three additional volunteer project managers who donate their time and skills every week to making Light Up Hope a success.
Discovery , A Christian Church. Discovery Church has partnered with Light Up Hope since its inception in 2011. Light Up Hope is a nonprofit global orphan initiative of Discovery, a Christian Church, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Discovery also provides encouragement and financial support through community awareness and monthly general and administrative donations.
Board of Advisors
Kristin Conklin. Kristin is a Founding Partner at HCM Strategists in Washington D.C. She is an expert in higher education policy and strategy development at the state and federal levels across the firm’s higher education clients. Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.
Steve Cuss. Steve is Lead Pastor at Discovery Christian Church and has served previously on boards for SafeNest Domestic Violence Shelter, America’s Promise Las Vegas and Interfaith Hospitality Network. Steve holds a masters degree in Divinity from Emmanuel Seminary.
Eric Kenealy. Eric founded the New West Capital Corporation and serves as Chairman. In his current position, he is involved in the creation and start-up of business ventures financed by New West. Eric has served on numerous boards, councils and task forces during his professional career. Eric holds a BS in Accounting from Elmhurst College and a MBA in Finance from DePaul University.
Renae Loring. Renae Loring is the Children’s Pastor at Discovery Christian Church and mother of 3 children. Her BA is in English from the University of Northern Colorado. She also has a certificate of Spiritual Direction from Denver Seminary.
Greg Loring. Greg holds both his BA and MS in Physics from Princeton and Univ. of Mass. Amherst. Greg has made a career in software development. He has been passionate about God’s work around the word and has traveled extensively seeing it first hand, including visiting the Light Up Hope children in the spring of 2012.
Irene Macharia. Irene is an Internal Medicine physician who works for a major HMO in Colorado and a mother of 2 children. Irene is proud to call Kenya her home and feels blessed and honored to work with this organization that has been a major blessing to so many children in her home country.
Cheryln Morin. Cheryln is a dedicated mother of two small children. She has a professional background in graphic design and marketing. Cheryln has a B.S. in Marketing from Colorado State University.