Board of Directors.
Christine Mwangi, Founder & President
Christine is a British-trained pharmacist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her greatest passion is global health. She was born in Kenya, and migrated with her family to the United States in 1997.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Towson University and her Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She completed her Pharmacist Pre-Registration training in London at the height of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Upon her registration as a General Pharmaceutical Council Pharmacist in December 2014, Christine launched BE A ROSE to address hygiene and global health issues.
She plans to use her clinical and leadership skills to build capacity and achieve positive health outcomes in underserved communities in Grand Rapids and Kenya.
Charles Kungu, Treasurer
Charles Kungu has an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Williams Baptist College. He has received numerous honors for academic and athletic performance in soccer.
In 2003 he joined MuniCap, Inc., a real estate finance and consulting firm based in Columbia, Maryland. MuniCap has helped its clients successfully close over 135 public funding programs, and generated $2.8 billion of investment in over 30 states.
Charles’ expertise is in multiple areas of public finance, administration, and information systems technology. For MuniCap, he is currently the Vice President IT Manager. Prior to joining MuniCap, he worked in banking and the private sector. He is an active member of the Baptist Church both in Maryland and in his native Kenya.
Hilda Mwangi, Secretary
Hilda Mwangi is a business development professional currently based in Los Angeles, California. Hilda graduated from American University with her JD and MBA, where she focused on International Business Law and Global Emerging Markets.
Previously, Hilda worked in the Maryland General Assembly as a Legislative Aide, and the Political Department at the U.S. Embassy in London. In her present role as a Business Development Associate for UK Trade & Investment, she has helped facilitate more than £6 Million ($8.68M) exchange between life science companies in the U.S. and UK. She is also a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland.
Rachel Bonaparte is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Montgomery College. She received her B.A. from Temple University in Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media, her M.A in Mass Communication from Miami University, and a Masters of Education from Widener University.
Rachel recently received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Delaware State University, where she researched self-leadership strategies and student self-efficacy. She is also a producer and camera operator at First Baptist Church of Glenardern, a church of 9,000+ members.
Prior to joining Montgomery College as a full-time instructor, Rachel taught at Prince George’s Community College, Miami University, and Howard Community College, where she developed courses on the increasing cognizance of media messages. Rachel is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.
James Theuri joined University of Illinois in 2005 to teach agriculture courses to commercial and home food growers. He is a leading voice on fresh produce food safety. James previously worked as a plant pathologist and molecular biologist at Missouri University.
Before coming to the U.S., he worked for fifteen years in Kenya, his home country, with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). He trained at the University of Nairobi (BS, Biology), at the University of Reading, UK (MS, Crop Protection) and at the University of Missouri, (PhD, Plant Pathology).
James was a founding member of Kenya Development Network Consortium, a forum for diasporan Kenyans to discuss and implement development projects.