Kelly Shaughnessy – Founder and President

Kelly has a B. S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and is pursing her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern 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 eighteen 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. 

Diana (far right) pictured with some of our WOVEN University Students

Diana Mays – Chief Operating Officer

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 since 2015 she has taken multiple trips 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 volunteer project managers who donate their time and skills every week to making Light Up Hope a success.

Moses Murage Ignatius – Executive Director

Moses possesses a masters and bachelor degree in education, a Bachelor of commerce (Finance), a Higher Diploma in Project planning and management and a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation. He has 13 years of professional experience in programs working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). He is an expert in program design and management, instructional development, Monitoring, evaluation, capacity building and fund raising. A true lover of sports, Moses enjoys playing and watching football alongside supporting youths in advancing their interests in the sport.

Kenyan Staff

  • Victoria Krop – High School Director (not pictured)
  • Jecinta Ndanu – Mental Health Counselor
  • Ellis Liyala – WOVEN Mentorship
  • Rebecca Magire – Woven Mentorship
  • Brian Isalambo – Program Assisant
  • Eliud Kipkorir – Lead Social Worker and LIFT Program Coordinator
  • John Biboh – Driver


Seeds of Change  Since 2019 Seeds of Change has been working in collaboration with Light Up Hope to bring high school education to talented girls from impoverished backgrounds across Kenya.

Board of Directors

  • Kelly Shaughnessy – Founder and President Light Up Hope
  • Maureen Funkhouser
  • Kelsey Otim
  • Janessa Cole