Portas Odula Olwande, MSc, PhD

Portas Odula Olwande, MSc, PhD

Board Chair

Dr. Olwande holds a MSC and a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Olwande is currently is a senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Maseno University. He has worked in the Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Worked in various regions in Kenya as Divisional and District Veterinary Officer in charge Veterinary activities

Valleria Ndege BSc, Nursing

Valleria Ndege BSc, Nursing

Technical Advisor and Resources Mobilization

Valeria is a Public Health Specialist with more than 13 years experience in clinical and community development programming, that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, PMTCT/RMNCAH and OVC interventions. Before joining Pamoja in 2018, Valeria was a Program Manager for mothers2mother (m2m) in the Plan led Nilinde OVC Project, overseeing implementation of Community HIV case management and providing liaison with the County Ministry of Health. Previously, Valerie worked for m2m as a Partner Associate (2013-2015), where she acted as the liaison between HIV implementing partners as well as the Kenya Ministry of health, on the integration and roll out of the Mentor Mother Model into the National health system. In this role, she influenced Integration of the Model in 32 out of 47 County Strategic Plans, and increased access to the Mentor Mother services at more than 500 health facilities across the country. Valeria also worked with CRS as Project Manager (2012-2013) leading the PMTCT/RH components of a CDC funded project and with KEMRI/FACES (2007-2012) as Prevention (PMTCT, HTS & PHDP) Technical Advisor. In her current position as Volunteer Technical Advisor for Pamoja CBO, her responsibilities will include providing technical advice to all Pamoja CBO intervention areas and research projects, more specifically, focusing on planning and organizing; resource mobilization; human resources management, administrative work as well as strategic communication and information management