who we are

AFRICAN ORPHAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION offers orphans and disadvantaged children in Africa hope and empowerment through education. Our concentration on education delivers greater learning outcomes for more students while providing needed support to hard-working U.S. mission and aid agencies administering ground operations in the villages we serve.

African Orphan Educational Foundation identifies children of greatest need in the African villages we support and finds willing educational sponsors like you to pay it forward or leave a legacy. 

The need is great. The reward is greater.


A few of our founding members

KATHIE KREH – Founder/President
Kathie developed an affinity for Africa as a child, mesmerized by tribal customs shared by her father who studied tribal relations at the University of Cape Town, S.A. A sales professional in the broadcast industry, Kathie dedicated over 10 years to mission work in Africa, including sponsor, board member, orphan education chair and repeat missionary traveler to Uganda.  Witnessing the transformational nature of education in sub-Saharan Africa, Kathie relishes the opportunity to educate, advocate for and improve the lives of knowledge-hungry youth in this region.

JOSH BROWN – Vice President
Josh joins the AOEF team with over 20 years of digital and television marketing experience.  He has developed successful advertising campaigns in the nonprofit, healthcare, legal, retail, recruitment and B2B sectors.  Josh is passionate about helping organizations communicate clearly.  He currently works as a digital marketing consultant for small businesses in Florida’s Treasure Coast region.

KATY DICKINSON – Secretary/Treasurer
Katy is an independent local business owner drawn to the cause by the unfettered enthusiasm displayed by those aligned with the organization.  She wanted to experience the joy of meeting the needs of education-deprived kids in African villages half a world away.  Katy feels honored to work alongside and be among the impassioned group of individuals who breathe life and sustainability into the organization every day. 

BONNIE SIEGFRIED – Director at Large

Bonnie has been a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant for almost 40 years, most at the director level.  An accomplished professional, Bonnie is adept at building and nurturing relationships while encouraging the highest standards in others.  Bonnie embraced her board duties as a way to personally contribute to the educational and leadership achievements of the African children we serve.

MPH, MBA, PhD (UK), DTM&H, PhD (France) – Director at Large
Prof. Dr. Ariel R. King is the Founder/President of Ariel Consulting International, and founder of The Ariel Foundation International and Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation International. A recognized leader in international public-private partnerships in health, policy and management with a focus on developing nations, Dr. Ariel also promotes youth leadership, entrepreneurship and community service, and advocates for children’s human rights worldwide. A professor, author, diplomat, and world-renowned expert on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Ariel King is a permanent representative for various NGOs at the United Nations in Geneva, Vienna and New York, a Trustee for Children’s Rights Alliance of England (CRAE) and the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI).

Serving 2 years in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa immersed Sophie in African culture and the challenges facing developing nations.  Sophie has an extensive philanthropic background and speaks conversational French which aids communication with the Francophone African countries AOEF operates in.

WAYNE PHILP – Director at Large
Born in South Africa and schooled in London, Wayne is an experienced high-performance coach of athletes and entrepreneurs. By helping performance-minded individuals connect with a personal mission statement and become liberated from fear, Wayne unlocks their ability to perform beyond perceived limitations. The realignment of focus enabled his athletes to perform at national and international levels (European, World and pursuing Olympics dreams). These techniques transferred to the university campus where he served as coach, FYE program director and professor of business and entrepreneurship. By engaging individuals in deep, thought-provoking processes that align focus with desired outcomes, Mr. Philp delivers improved performance metrics in athletics, academics and life. Mr. Philp is thrilled to be applying his coaching and mentoring skills to benefit AOEF’s U.S. and African students and youth leaders.

BALLAION CADET-JORAM – Director at Large
Ballaion is a youth leader and humanitarian who aspires to advance her career in international policy and nonprofit management. As she awaits her departure to Africa to serve in the Peace Corps, she serves as AOEF’s Youth Advisory Council Chair and oversees the advancement and volunteer activities of Young Friends of AOEF. An athletic competitor and ESOL mentor who took the stage as a student government leader in college, Ballaion volunteers her time coaching and serving AOEF while awaiting her international assignment. Ballaion is inspired by the milestones and ambitions her AOEF youth colleagues are achieving on the global stage.

Advisory Council Members:
Dr. Ariella [Ariel] Rosita King,
MPH, MBA, PhD (UK), DTM&H, PhD (France) [Council Chair]
Hank Kreh
Sandra Stella
Nancy Ferraro
Mike Burrell


Young Friends of AOEF/
Youth Advisory Council:

Ballaion Cadet-Joram [Chair]
Kate Halickman
Emily Winters
Patrick Karekezi
Eno Okpo
Kakaire Collines
Abigail Oppong
Margret Nalumansi
Alvin Cranmer


Founding Board Members:
Kathie Kreh
Lauren Dean
Josh Brown
Cate Pracey
Hank Kreh
Katy Dickinson
Bonnie Siegfried
Sophie Schneeberger
Sandra Stella