Eliud Imbuye Board Member

Marlene Anderson
President and Afrika Liaison

Marlene Anderson, MA, MSW is a co-founder of the Imani Project. She is Executive Director and President of the Board. Along with Francis Kahindi and the African Volunteers she has worked for the past 14 years developing the Imani Project into a highly successful, creative, and innovative model for the caring and support of HIV/AIDS orphans, and HIV/AIDS survivors, and HIV/AIDS education, awareness and prevention in the rural villages on the coast of Kenya. Marlene has a Masters Degree in Biology from Indiana University, and an Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan. She is in private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Eliud Imbuye Board Member

Eliud Imbuye

Born and raised in Kenya, Eliud Imbuye has a master’s degree in Economics from Portland State University. He has almost 20 years’ experience creating efficiencies in the areas of systems development and analytics for a variety of companies. He is a Business Systems Analyst at Bonneville Power Administration and previously worked for Visa and IBM.

Jason Rison
Jason joined Imani Project in 2020 at the suggestion of fellow Board member, Stephanie. Though he hasn’t yet been to Kenya, he has a B.A. in International Political Economy and spent a few consecutive summers working on research projects in Botswana.

Jason works in technical support and sells vintage housewares in his free time. He currently serves as the Board’s Secretary.

Dana Hawkins, Imani Project Board Member

Dana Hawkins

Dana’s interest in the Imani Project began in 2008. That summer, she has the wonderful experience to going to Kenya with Marlene to help teach classes on HIV/AIDS awareness. Dana has a Masters degree in education and taught in public schools in Oregon for 34 years. In retirement she volunteers with the Portland Food Project, Make-A-Wish Oregon and her church.

Stephanie Harlow Stephanie is a retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her training and Masters in Maternal Child Nursing at the University of Washington and her undergraduate nursing degree at OHSU. She has worked in public health and health education in addition to outpatient primary care.
In the October 2018 she traveled to Kenya with Marlene and Beth and two other volunteers and taught HIV/AIDS classes to village women, assisted Marlene with the midwives class and taught the diarrhea treatment class. One highlight of the trip was meeting James, the boy she sponsors.
Stephanie recently moved to Washington state.

Beth Rice
Beth spent a part of her formative years living in a small village in Kenya where her father was a secondary school teacher. She attended Nairobi Primary School for 3 years. After settling in Oregon where she completed high school Elizabeth completed a degree in Chemistry from Pacific University. She spent several years as an analytical chemist before  moving into research and development for a major semiconductor company. She retired in 2014 after 31 years with the company.

Beth has traveled extensively over the years and returned to Kenya with The Imani Project to volunteer with medical clinics. She has been to all 7 continents. Elizabeth is an avid photographer, volunteers with Hospice, and loves to cycle.

Kimberly Lewis

Kimberly has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1960.
She has worked at Oregon Health Sciences University since 1995. Her current position there is the Executive Assistant with the OHSU, Partnership Project which provides an array of comprehensive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and those at-risk.

As an Imani Project board member, Kimberly’s role is the nonprofit’s treasurer. She has been an
Imani orphan sponsor since 2009.