H. Moka Lantum, MD, PhD, MS
Founder (USA & Kenya)
Dr. Moka Lantum is a social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in health service delivery and health care management. He held multiple management roles in a Fortune 500 health sector company before turning his efforts toward the improvement of health care in areas where the number of preventable deaths is unconscionably high. Dr. Lantum is the founder and managing partner of MicroClinic Technologies, an innovative e-health technology company, endorsed by the Kenya Ministry of Health. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine training from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; and a Masters in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lantum is an Ashoka Fellow.
Lynne J. Davidson, PhD, MPH
Executive Director (USA)
Dr. Lynne Davidson has over 25 years of experience in academic administration, political science, and international development. She joined 2020 MicroClinic Initiative in 2012 after consulting independently with several organizations on issues of poverty and microfinance. Dr. Davidson's academic career includes serving as deputy to the president, vice provost, and assistant professor of health services research at the University of Rochester. Prior to her career in academia, she held numerous positions with federal agencies focused primarily on equity and health policy. Dr. Davidson holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University, an MPA in Domestic Policy Analysis from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Chair of the Board of Directors (USA)
Mary Crean Charipar is a retired curriculum director who spent her career working in urban education. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study education in Lithuania and received a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship to study education in Japan. She has also studied the German educational system. She is leading the Operation Karibu initiative from its beginning as a local effort to one with a national presence. In August 2013 she spent time in Kisumu, Kenya teaching women sewing basics, so that over time the women will be able to set up a micro-business to make baby clothing to sustain Operation Karibu.
Volunteer Program Manager (USA & Kenya)
Mikey Jarrell created and runs the Volunteer Adventure program. He also produces 2020 MicroClinic Initiative's promotional videos through his media company, Average Content. Mikey loves to travel, which explains his certification as a safari guide, scuba instructor, and teacher of English as a second language. Although he studied Neuroscience and Romance Languages at Bowdoin College, Mikey wants to be a baseball player when he grows up.
Diana E. Wangari, MD
Chief Medical Officer (Kenya)
Dr. Diana Wangari, our Communications Manager in Kenya, is a medical doctor and journalist, whose main interest is to utilize health communications to bring about fundamental social and behavioral change. Dr. Wangari got her start as a columnist for The Standard Newspaper in Kenya before moving on to The Star Newspaper as a health columnist and features writer. She has served as a contributor to The Thomson Reuters Foundation and was the pilot journalist-in-residence at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp. Through her passion of applying medical knowledge to facilitate in-depth media coverage of medicine and public health, she has been the recipient of multiple international reporting grants and has served as a resource advisor for The Guardian’s “End FGM Global Media Campaign.” Dr. Wangari is the current Kenyan special correspondent for Citizen News Service India and a liaison for Health Programmes at Kenya Television Network (KTN), Kenya’s second leading TV station.
Lead Software Engineer (Kenya)
Mr. Peter Mbugua brings five years of experience in software engineering and a comprehensive knowledge of cloud-based platforms, database architecture, systems integration, information and system security and multi-platform computer programming in multiple languages. In his current capacity as Lead Software Engineer, Mr. Mbugua oversees development, deployment and support of the ZiDi e-health system that that supports Operation Karibu in Kenya. His team delivers world class products that continuously meet and exceed the ever changing needs and requirements of healthcare services. Mr. Mbugua also works closely with other team members to identify and execute research and development efforts to further strengthen and enhance the ZiDi ecosystem. Mr. Mbugua is fluent in both Kiswahili and English. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Computer Science from Kenyatta University.
Logistics Coordinator (Kenya)
Mr. Henry Kamau joined 2020 MicroClinic Initiative in February 2016 and now serves diligently as the organization’s driver. Among other trips, Mr. Kamau transports t-shirts to the production site at the Ng’enda Health Centre where he later picks them up once they have been made into baby clothes to deliver to clinics. He also enjoys driving US medical students to their assignments at Thika Hospital and the Ng'enda Health Centre. Having grown up in central Kenya, Mr. Kamau says that Operation Karibu has greatly benefited the women in his community: “More mothers are embracing the importance of child delivery in clinics and word is spreading through our incentive packages of baby clothes. The impact of the program is visible and growing.”