The Panua Team

Rev. Paul Matheri, Co-Founder & Program Director,

Paul Matheri
Paul is a pastor and elder in the United Methodist Church, serving as Dean of Superintendents in Kenya. A leader in his community, he is renowned for advocating change. He also holds a degree in psychology and counseling, and he delights in helping his people move toward self- actualization. He has spent most of his time in the ministry serving and advocating for the needy and the less fortunate. An avid volunteer for most of his life, Paul has also served as chairman on many boards including government public schools, bursaries, interfaith groups, government relief programs, and peace and reconciliations. He has been a member of the probation department and other welfare programs for both government and community. Rev. Matheri was a key instrument in the foundation and formation of Panua Partners in Hope, where he serves as Director and counselor.

Ms. Florence Muriuki, Field Operations Manager,

After graduating from high school, Florence became a social/community worker, with her mother as her role model in that career. She attended the Kenya Institute of Management, attaining a certificate in Community Development Management; the Community Based Development Institute Kenya (COBADES), attaining a certificate in Community Development; and INADES Formation Kenya, attaining a certificate in Social Work and Home Economics Management. Florence worked for PLAN International Meru and Plan International Kismu as a Community Development Advisor. In 2002, she became Project Coordinator of Laikipia Women Advocacy Development Organization for The Netherland Development Organization External Program. In 2008, she joined the ZOE Ministry – Giving Hope Program in Maua Methodist Hospital, as a social worker. In September 2010, Florence became an important part of the team to begin, develop and implement Panua Partners in Hope. Florence has enjoyed witnessing the growth of the project, as well as the development of the orphans and vulnerable children in the areas of livelihood, food security, education, health, child’s rights and HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Patrick Ndonga, Business Program Manager,

Patrick NdongaPatrick is an MBA graduate from University of Nairobi with a specialty in Strategic Management. He holds a B.Ed (Arts) with specialty in Mathematics and Business studies. He has worked with Kenya Women Finance Trust as a Business Development Officer and was engaged in client recruitment, training, assessment of businesses and loan disbursement. He was a Senior Training Consultant with TechnoServe where his main role was to supervise trainers and business counselors, identify and work closely with partners and support all training activities. Patrick has also received entrepreneurship training facilitation. With so many gifts, we are blessed to have Patrick on the Panua team. He states that “given an opportunity and conducive environment any person can rise to the highest height possible.”

Mr. Ephantus Kariuki, Finance Manager,

Ephantus was raised in Naivasha. He has degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, and is a CPA.   Ephantus worked in various organizations prior to joining Panua including The National Treasury.  He hopes to pursue his MBA in the future.  Ephantus is married to Regina, who is a degreed teacher.  He is excited to be part of Panua Partners In Hope “because of the noble course and goals the organization aims at achieving (i.e. social economic empowerment of orphans and vulnerable children). I also have a nephew and nieces who are orphans being served in another program. and these two reasons always give me the desire to continue being part of the team.”

Ms. Eunice Mari, Social Worker,

EuniceEunice joined Panua in Summer, 2016, as a Social Worker.  With the growth of Panua, a second Social Worker was imperative to ensure each youth the individual attention they require.  Eunice is a born-again Christian and a single mom to Max.  She graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Community Psychology in 2009.  Eunice has worked as a teacher in Naomi’a Village, and as a social worker at Light of Hope Children’s Home, where she became a manager.  Eunice has a passion for orphaned children and feels obligated to seize any opportunity to serve and give hope to a hopeless soul.  She believes that in working with Panua, she will be able to reach and empower more souls.

Mrs. Jensie Gobel, U.S. Program Administrator,

jensieJensie holds a Masters of International Business Studies (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina and a BBA from the University of Georgia. She has worked in the fields of global trade, product management, marketing research, and international business consulting. In her current position as Global Mission Coordinator for First United Methodist Church Winter Park, she takes great joy in applying her business experience and passion for mission while collaborating in the growth and development of Panua Partners in Hope.

Board of Directors


Samuel Weru – Chairman – Environmental Specialist
Ann Muene – Community Health Volunteer/Farmer
Jimmy Njuguna – CPA/Businessman
George Shabaan – Accountant
Mary Gacheru – Community Health Nurse
James Waweru – Business Manager


Amy McKenna –Chairman – RN, Businesswoman
Mia Thomas – Vice Chair, CPA
Larry Brown – Architect
Jay Edwards – Retired Executive, General Motors
Jensie Gobel – Panua US Administrator
Michael Linn – Chairman Emeritus, Businessman/Entrepreneur
Erin O’Donnell – Marketing Consultant
Ivor Singer – Businessman/Entrepreneur
Carol Smith – FUMCWP Director of Lay Ministry
Loran Van Wormer – Educator