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.

MEET OUR BOARD 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.

JIMMY GLENOS – Vice President/Treasurer
Jimmy has over 25 years of Learning & Development experience, designing, directing, and delivering Talent Management programs, Leadership Development programs, and Strategic Planning programs. He served as Director of Education at a large senior healthcare organization and Executive Director of their luxury Independent Living facility. Jimmy seeks to inspire and empower young professionals and business executives to SEE their better selves so they can BE their better selves. He is thrilled to share his experience and enthusiasm with AOEF’s youth leaders and support them as they forge new ground in leadership ideas, thought, and action.

CHRIS ADAIR – Secretary
Chris Adair is a high-touch South Florida real estate agent known for his extensive market knowledge, salesmanship, and unmatched devotion to clients. Chris’ longstanding success has been developed primarily through referrals as an outcome of authentic leadership and enthusiasm for helping and connecting with others. An intent listener, consummate professional and fierce ally, Chris is a valued asset to every partnership he aligns himself with. Prior to real estate, Chris spent 25 years as a business owner in the fitness industry. The trusted relationships with contractors built over decades in that industry provide competitive advantages and favored status for his clients. Chris is a proud father and grandfather; both of his adult children raised and educated in Palm Beach County. In addition to family and career, Chris enjoys coaching youth sports, is active in his church, and other philanthropic organizations. He is proud to support the educational needs of orphans and vulnerable youth populations in Africa through AOEF. 

MICHAEL ATHMER – Director at Large
At the center of South Florida leadership circles for 20+ years, Michael Athmer and his team at Leadership Business Council secure high caliber professionals in all sectors of the economy to enlighten and inform leaders in the Palm Beach County business community. As a managing partner with United Tech Employee Management, Michael is also well versed in streamlining administrative functions that serve as the backbone of any business operation. Michael has served on numerous boards in the Palm Beach County community. His affinity for excellence and servant leadership drew him to African Orphan Educational Foundation where youth from the humblest backgrounds in Africa are educated and presented with mentoring, personal development, and leadership opportunities. 

CHRISLENE TERILUS – Director at Large
A one-time event coordinator and now corporate event planner with 15 years’ experience, Chrislene derives tremendous satisfaction from arranging and delivering joyful occasions to others. Her ability to oversee and manage the many details and responsibilities of event planning stems from strong faith, parenting, and the persistence and resilience developed through daily struggles with a near-crippling health condition. With deep compassion for the hurting and a heart for Africa, Chrislene was drawn to African Orphan Educational Foundation and serving the orphans and vulnerable children we champion.  

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.

MICHELE ADLER – Director at Large
Michele has been a Holistic Practitioner for over 25 years. Starting out in the legal field in 1987, Michele was able to infuse her legal background with her love for helping others when she started her own massage therapy, health and wellness business in 1997. As an empath, energy healer, and holistic coach, she easily connects with those in need. Given her diverse background and expertise in this field, Michele offers added layers of positive mindset education for the African children AOEF serves. She passionately believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to become and achieve what they want in life.

 

Advisory Council Members:
Hank Kreh
Sandra Stella
Nancy Ferraro
Wayne Philp

 

Young Friends of AOEF/
Youth Advisory Council:

Eno Okpo [Chair]
Patrick Karekezi
Kakaire Collines
Abigail Oppong
Margret Nalumansi
Alvin Cranmer
Brian Ouma Ochieng
Mariam Muthoni
Ian Cliff Wende
Kyakulaga John Bosco
Selestine Akinyi
Lennox Mugumira