Jean Claude Luhere, MD, MS. Sr. Health Project Manager of Helping Hand for Survivors
Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Luhere holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical from the Evangelic University of Africa and a doctorate degree from the University of Lubumbashi, DRC (2002). He is a Certified Medical Doctor in DRC, Zambia and Malawi and has worked and lived there as a physician.Additionally, Dr. Luhere acquires a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC (2014). His thesis was based on the factors that lead to persistent malnutrition among children under five years old in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr. Jean Clause worked as Project Specialist and Community Educator Nutrition & Dietetics, at the Centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia after his graduation. He implemented nutritional supplementary education on feeding programs. He also worked as Health and Nutrition Project Manager for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Democratic Republic of Congo managing and coordinating all the health and nutrition projects in the country.
Kashoro Nyenyezi, MPA, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Helping Hand for Survivors
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kashoro holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the State University of New York at Oneonta, NY (2005), and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Strayer University at Washington, DC Campus (2011). As a result of her work with sexually abused women and their children in the DRC, she entered George Mason University in 2015, to pursue a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Gender Studies. Kashoro’s previous research (thesis) focused on a study of HIV epidemic among Congolese women in the eastern region of the DRC from 1996 to 2011. She witnessed and learned how gender-based violence used in conflict in the DRC destroyed lives of many Congolese women and girls. Therefore, she felt a strong conviction to give back to these women and their unwanted children through education and protection programs leading to promotion of self-confidence and survival skills.
Stani Bodenbender, MA, Executive Secretary
Born in Czechoslovakia, Stani is a graduate student at Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, majoring in Security and Intelligence. She holds a graduate degree in Diplomacy from the University of Economics, Prague and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of North Florida. Prior to moving back to the Czech Republic in 2009, she has worked as a refugee resettlement manager and human trafficking project coordinator in Jacksonville, FL. In the Czech Republic, she spent a few years in higher education before working for the US Embassy in Prague in military training and foreign military sales.
Jody Greenlee, HHS Senior Advisor
Jody Greenlee worked as a Pediatric nurse in Lexington, KY since 1978, and retired from hospital practice in 1998.
She joined Children of the Americas as board member in 2000, and has traveled with this nonprofit to rural Guatemala for the last twenty years. The primary focus of Children of the Americas is to medically serve women and children of Guatemala by providing donated medical and surgical care.
Jody served as Board President for Children of the Americas from 2001-2009 and stepped down as board Vice President in 2018.
Jody started a nonprofit in June of 2009 for purpose of identifying and assisting single mothers of rural Guatemala with critical needs and economic development. Finding Freedom Through Friendship, Inc. currently assists 42 single mothers with food, housing and education fees for their children. Jody and the board expanded the program into Egypt in the Spring of 2017.
Jody has a six year history of serving as Board Chair for Lexington Medical Alliance Scholarship Chair; past history of executive committee of local high school PTSA board. She currently serves on the Executive Board of her neighborhood association. She serves as board member for CenterCourt COA board since fall of 2012, and Board President since 2015.
Jody is primarily interested in networking with other NP’s in Guatemala and Egypt to better serve our clients.
Specialties: Delivery of humanitarian services to citizens of Guatemala and Egypt. Management of traveling medical teams going to rural Guatemala. Networking donated care to surgical patients within Guatemala. Administration of nonprofits, information management and networking of resources in Guatemala.
Sarah Kingsley, Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah has recently returned home to Lexington after being away studying and working in Florida and North Carolina for the past 18 years!
Sarah began her career as an Americorps VISTA working with a women’s group in a refugee resettlement program. Since then, she has worked in a variety of non profits in case management, job development and volunteer coordination.
She is glad to be back home in Kentucky and working locally to assist women and children in the Congo.
Sarah holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.