Meet The Team

Chuck Slaughter : Founder and President

Chuck Slaughter

Founder and President

Chuck is a serial entrepreneur in both the business and social sectors. After earning a BA in Architecture and a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale, he founded TravelSmith and built it into the top brand in travel wear with over two million customers and $100 million in sales. In affiliation with private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, he participated in the acquisition and turnaround of several major apparel brands with combined sales over $2 billion, including Spiegel, Newport News, Norm Thompson and Express. Chuck also used his turnaround skills to help the HealthStore/CFW Shops, a struggling system of franchised drug shops serving the poor in Kenya. He founded Living Goods in 2007 to harness the power of micro-entrepreneurs to deliver life-changing products to the doorsteps of the poor. He lives in California with his wife Molly and three rowdy boys – Cooper, Riley and Jackson.

Shaun Church : Chief Operating Officer

Shaun Church

Chief Operating Officer

Shaun’s first career was in finance. He worked for Goldman Sachs in London and later managed his own hedge fund in San Francisco. Like many at Living Goods, he then made the leap from the private to the non-profit sector, and has focused on serving women and children in the developing world. He spent three years in India teaching street children and creating vocational training projects. Shaun then joined mothers2mothers in South Africa. At m2m, Shaun led the launch and scaling-up across Southern and East Africa of a peer counseling program preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Following this, he returned to the US where he worked for the Fistula Foundation, a leading funder of treatment for African women suffering from this devastating childbirth injury. Shaun earned a B.A. in Economics from Cambridge University.

Molly Christiansen : Director of Impact and Advocacy

Molly Christiansen

Director of Impact and Advocacy

Molly brings over ten years of experience in public health, international development, and social enterprise to her work at Living Goods. She developed social impact assessments for Vision Spring and Hindustan Lever Limited’s Project Shakti while living in India, and conducted diligence on Acumen Fund’s health and water investments. Before graduate school, she directed community development programs for ProWorld in Peru and managed a rural sanitation program in Mexico. Molly earned an MBA and MPH from the University of Michigan, where she focused on market-based solutions for poverty alleviation and global health. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a BA in Community Health.

Liz Jarman : Director of Product Development

Liz Jarman

Director of Product Development

Liz has over 20 years experience working in British manufacturing and the retail industry leading the sourcing, quality management and performance of a wide range of products. During her time at Sainsbury’s, a UK retailer, she was responsible for the development and performance of over 6000 private label products and delivering a sourcing with integrity strategy that ensured Sainsbury’s was the largest retailer in the world for Fairtrade products. In addition she served on the board of Fairtrade International as a trader representative, a global organisation working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. Two years ago she made the transition from the private sector to work for Fairtrade Africa in Kenya. Liz helped to lead this organisation, implementing a major change program as well as establishing a marketing organisation to promote Fairtrade products in Kenya. Working in Africa is a return to her roots as she was born in Zambia. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and the UK where she gained a BSC in Agriculture and Food Science from Nottingham University.

Brad Presner : Director of Analytics

Brad Presner

Director of Analytics

Brad leads the building of Living Goods’ capacity to gather, analyze and utilize information that will drives improvement to our business. Brad joined Living Goods in April, 2013, having previously worked at Acumen Fund, where he managed their metrics and impact work across a global portfolio of impact investments. Prior to Acumen, Brad was with Google.org, where he led M&E efforts that built a culture of rigorous, thoughtful, analytical impact assessment. He joined Google.org from Google Inc., where he began, and later helped manage, the Business Analytics team in Google's Online Sales and Operations department. Brad holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Matia Mandela : Director of Technology Innovation

Matia Mandela

Director of Technology Innovation

Matia has wide expertise in business strategy of over 10 years with a focus on emergent technologies and innovations for the growth of entrepreneurship in Africa. He is passionate about deployment of innovative design in the development and growth of social enterprise. A graduate of computer engineering, Matia is excited about new technology and its application. He has most recently been deeply engaged in the East –African tech space through Infodev and GrowVC international .He has served in various  functions  of innovation and enterprise in several organizations including the largest retail bank in East Africa.

Rebecca Peel : Director of Talent

Rebecca Peel

Director of Talent

Rebecca leads talent attraction and engagement across Living Goods’ global offices. She has a mixed background of nonprofit and for profit experience in talent having worked with organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, BDS Africa, lululemon athletica, and the Lindmand Group. In 2011 Rebecca spent a year in Ghana consulting to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. While there, she collaborated on a number of ICT for development initiatives including the creation of the mFriday tech hub and mobile content provider Farmerline. Rebecca is passionate about the role of digital technology in social innovation having worked as lead strategist for We Canada, the United Nations 2012 Earth Summit, The Projecting Change Film Festival, Education Generation and multiple Fairtrade actors. Rebecca has a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a GDP in Education from the University of Deakin Australia.

Bernadette Ssebadduka : Director of Health and Social Impact

Bernadette Ssebadduka

Director of Health and Social Impact

Bernadette has postgraduate training in Global Health Policy; maternal and child health; and project planning and management. She has worked for International Organization for Migration, Concern Worldwide, Ministry of Health Uganda, Pathfinder International, Population Services International and Reproductive Health Uganda. For the last 15 years, Bernadette has worked full time in Uganda and Sierra Leone, and undertaken short-time assignments in South Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya. Bernie is adept at program development and management in the fields of health and HIV; and an excellent Trainer.  Beyond her professional assignments, Bernadette engages in women health training, psychosocial support for young mothers, youth mentoring and women rights education.

Alfred Wise : Uganda Country Director

Alfred Wise

Uganda Country Director

Alfred joins Living Goods with 14 years of social enterprise experience and more than 20 years in senior management positions. Prior to joining LG, Alfred gained East Africa experience as Country Director – Tanzania for KickStart International, a social enterprise, which manufactures and sells small-scale irrigation equipment for rural farmers. He led an 80-person team to significantly improve sales, increase operational performance and achieve targets. Prior to that, Alfred was President of a leading social enterprise consulting firm, Community Wealth Partners, where he had the opportunity to develop strategies and business plans with many entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders and donors across the U.S. Before the career change to social enterprise, as SVP/General Manager at NYSE-listed Snyder Communications, Alfred spent 10 years developing and implementing target marketing programs for large consumer goods and pharmaceutical clients in the U.S. Alfred holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Rashmi Pillai : Director of Strategic Partnerships

Rashmi Pillai

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Rashmi brings over eight years of experience in social enterprise and international development. Prior to Living Goods, Rashmi worked for six years at Intellecap as the Associate Vice President of the initiatives group where she co-founded the very successful Sankalp Forum - an impact investment platform for social enterprises including 400 MSMEs and 250 investors, and successfully positioned Sankalp as a leading national and global brand. Previously, she headed the research and documentation team working on maternal and child health for MARAG-CRY in India. Rashmi graduated recently with a masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Additionally she also holds an MSc and BSc in Physics.

Lisa McCandless : Director of Development

Lisa McCandless

Director of Development

Lisa brings more than eight years of experience with a variety of organizations ranging from a start-up social enterprise to a for-profit consulting firm. Before joining Living Goods, Lisa spent five years at Chemonics International Inc., leading strategy and design for large-scale development projects in Africa across all technical areas including global health, agricultural development, and economic growth. As director of business development in East Africa, she oversaw all business development for the region, managing relationships with donors, implementation partners, foreign governments, and the private sector. She secured numerous USAID funding opportunities up to $50 million in value. Prior to Chemonics, Lisa coordinated programs for PlayPumps International and Save the Children. Lisa holds a B.A. in international development studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joe Muturi : Head of Finance

Joe Muturi

Head of Finance

A graduate of The University of Nairobi’s School of Business, Joe started his career at Deloitte & Touche East Africa. At Deloitte he was involved in audit assignments cutting across various industries. After working as an auditor for three years he moved to Wananchi Group (Kenya) Limited as Head of Treasury and later served as a Senior Business Analyst in the same organization. Wananchi Group is a triple play company offering cable TV and Internet services in East Africa and is the only cable company in sub-Saharan Africa. As Senior Business Analyst, Joe developed the budget model for Wananchi Group as well as reporting and business analysis dashboards. He brings with him a great deal of experience in auditing, business planning, budgeting, financial modeling and reporting, accounting and analysis.

Sylvain Romieu : Director for Sales Innovation

Sylvain Romieu

Director for Sales Innovation

As Director for Sales Innovation, Sylvain heads sales, marketing and distribution operations and the development execution of transformative innovations in these areas. Sylvain comes with experience in sales, marketing and management, having developed sales and marketing for nutritious products for the Grameen Danone social business project in Bangladesh, managed the healthy nutrition social business project for Danone in Poland, and has set up the UpEnergy Uganda social enterprise and led its marketing, sales, and technology innovation efforts. Sylvain holds post-graduate degrees in International Business from Universite Paris Est and in Sustainable Development Management from HEC Paris Business School.

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Eric Otieno : Kenya Procurement Manager

Eric Otieno

Kenya Procurement Manager

Eric has extensive experience in logistics, purchasing and supply chain management. For over ten years, he’s worked in Humanitarian Organization Management and was the Supply Manager for ADRA International (Somalia, Sudan and Kenya), Logistics Coordinator for Medecins sans Frontiere and most recently the Program Logistics Manager for East African Countries at Handicap International. He continues to build a strong contact network through international and local memberships in the chartered institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and the Kenya Institute of Suppliers Management (KISM). Eric has degree from Eastern African Baraton University Logistics management and Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Supply Management.

Mike Kedi : Uganda Procurement Manager

Mike Kedi

Uganda Procurement Manager

Mike brings ten years experience in procurement, logistics, inventory management and distribution to Living Goods. Before joining Living Goods, Mike worked with DHL, Norbrook Pharmaceuticals Worldwide, and Joint Medical Store – the largest private medical store in Uganda. As Head of Dispatch and Distribution for Joint Medical Store, Mike managed logistics for procuring, storing and selling over 2000 products, including pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical sundries, equipment and instruments, and laboratory supplies. Mike holds a diploma in Stores Management from Makerere University Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Ronald Musana : Uganda Partnerships Manager

Ronald Musana

Uganda Partnerships Manager

Ronald comes to Living Goods from MTN Uganda where he was a field team leader for a Grameen Foundation funded project of Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) in eastern Uganda. Ronald managed 65 CKWs who used mobile phones to empower communities to get health, business and agricultural information. Ronald began his career with local government as an intern with Lira district fisheries department educating fishermen on modern fishing methods and helping to form fish landing management units. Upon finishing university, Ronald served as Project Officer for KOKA on a UNICEF/Belgium Survival Fund funded project. Ronald earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Studies, and a Diploma in Education. He is currently pursing a Masters in Management Studies.

Grace Mueni Kikosi : Business Development Officer

Grace Mueni Kikosi

Business Development Officer

Grace joins Living Goods as the Kenyan Business Development Officer. Grace’ background is mainly in the microfinance sector, having worked for Molyn Credit Ltd and Century Deposit Taking Microfinance in similar roles. Grace is credited with building a portfolio of more than 500 borrowers in a period of one year while at Century DTM. She was also involved in developing a loan product that assisted borrowers own household assets. She holds a Higher Diploma in Banking and Financial Services from the Kenya Institute of Bankers and is in the process of enrolling for a Bachelors of Commerce Degree course.

Kennedy Alwala : Kenya Training and Monitoring Officer

Kennedy Alwala

Kenya Training and Monitoring Officer

Ken has a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship training and business development support. He’s worked for the last six years with youth and women in Kenya with both TechnoServe and Mercy Corps. Apart from training he has a keen interest in monitoring, evaluation and research and works with an ‘impact mindset’ – striving to ensure that decisions are data driven, progress is constantly measured and results can be proven. He holds a B.ED Arts degree in Economics and Business studies from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.

Michael Rusoke : Uganda Health Training Officer

Michael Rusoke

Uganda Health Training Officer

Michael joined Living Goods in February 2009 from the UK founded organization Mildmay International – an NGO that deals with the care, training and education of HIV infected and affected people. At Mildmay, Michael was a Health Training Officer focused on training staff and caregivers on how to effectively communicate with HIV infected and affected people with special attention given to disclosing HIV status to children and adolescents. Before Mildmay, Michael was a Child Development Officer with Compassion International, an organization helping orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with the Gaba Community Church.

Betty Kyazike : Regional Field Manager

Betty Kyazike

Regional Field Manager

As the Business Field Officer, Betty manages three major branches in Uganda. Betty is a midwife by profession and before Living Goods volunteered at Uganda’s government hospitals and owned a small drug shop of her own. She joined Living Goods as a Community Health Promoter in 2009. After exceling in sales and health at an individual level, she was promoted to take charge of the Tula branch as its Branch Manager, managing and training over 50 Community Health Promoters. To everyone’s delight the branch excelled month to month, so she was promoted once again to manage not just one branch but three. Best moment so far with Living Goods: this mother of three had the privilege to represent the organization at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in 2011.

Naomi Nyanchama : Sales Innovation Manager

Naomi Nyanchama

Sales Innovation Manager

An operations expert, Naomi has over ten years of experience in operations and business development. Her background is in microfinance, having worked for Kenya Women Finance Trust, the largest microfinance institution in Kenya with a focus on uplifting the livelihoods of women. As a branch manager at KWFT, she was credited with running a branch of ten staff with over 5,000 borrowers, and managing a loan portfolio of KSH 70M with a recovery rate of 98%. Naomi also worked as manager at Namanga Forex Bureau, where she was charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bureau. The multitalented Naomi also has skills in financial management, credit, sales, and marketing, and has a long-term goal and passion to influence people positively and change lives. This mother of four holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Kenyatta University.

Faith Kinuthia : Branch Manager

Faith Kinuthia

Branch Manager

Faith’s background is in mobile technology, having worked with M-Pesa and M-Kopa as a regional sales team leader. She brings a wealth of experience in sales and marketing to Living Goods, and is credited with managing a team of twelve staff with an agent network of over 250 clients while at M-Kopa. A holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship, Faith hopes to use her knowledge and skills to build a network of successful entrepreneurs within Living Goods.

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Kat Nasteva : Associate

Kat Nasteva

Associate

Kathrine brings a depth of international development experience to her role as Associate at Living Goods. Prior to joining the Living Goods team, Kathrine worked with leading non-profits in Washington DC, and India to plan, manage, and implement impactful programs for women entrepreneurs. At Vital Voices Global Partnership, she developed and supervised programs in the organization’s SME development portfolio, including two U.S. State Department-led initiatives supporting the growth of high-potential women owned businesses in Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean. Previously, Kathrine initiated a market research project in rural Gujarat, India, to increase access to clean, reliable, and distributed energy to the members of the Self Employed Women’s Association. Kathrine earned an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. from Marquette University.

Jack Castle : Partnerships Manager

Jack Castle

Partnerships Manager

Jack comes to the Living Goods Partnerships team with a wide range of experience in the private and non-profit sectors working on issues related to finance, policy, advisory and public health. Jack started his career in investment banking at Citigroup in New York, where he advised auto and student loan companies on their capital raising strategies. Jack then began working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Zambia, where he provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health on their national strategic planning processes, implementation of a national public health insurance scheme, and efforts to achieve value for money in the health sector. Most recently, Jack worked with CHAI as a program manager on their Global Health Financing team, where he provided policy advice and financial analysis supporting governments across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Jack has a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where he specialized in finance and international development.

Carey Carpenter : Partnership Associate

Carey Carpenter

Partnership Associate

Carey brings management consulting experience in strategy and operations to her Partnerships role at Living Goods. She began her career with Deloitte Consulting, where her projects included improving product visibility through the last mile at the United States Postal Service, supporting major corporate reform initiatives at World Bank Headquarters, and helping to design and implement an end-to-end supply chain transformation strategy for the Central Medical Stores in Mozambique. Before Deloitte, Carey led multiple research projects on social and economic issues in Brazil and gained firsthand knowledge of public policy while interning for the United States Senate. Carey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University.

Dan Mugula : Mobile Platform Analyst

Dan Mugula

Mobile Platform Analyst

Daniel supports the implementation of mobile apps, SMS analysis and field deployment. Before joining Living Goods, he spent three years as systems consultant at RBM Systems Ltd., a financial, management and software development company. He has experience in ERP solutions, especially POS, with a focus on the planning and deployment of optimum IT systems. Daniel holds a BS in Information Technology from Makerere University.

James Makumbi : Uganda Tech & Data Lead

James Makumbi

Uganda Tech & Data Lead

With degrees in statistical computing and computer science, James has worked for both Citibank Uganda Limited and Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited managing eBusiness platforms, banking platforms and entire departments. During his time with Baroda, he managed and supported several large-scale systems such as electronic banking and funds remittance systems including a large ATM network. James has also worked in software development for iT Solutions, LumJo Consultants and for his own company, Billable Ltd, providing small-scale customer relationship management solutions.

Victor Chelule : Android Programmer

Victor Chelule

Android Programmer

With a lifelong goal of using the best of his technical talents and skills to help the advancement of humanity, Victor is in the right spot at Living Goods as an Android programmer. Before joining Living Goods, Victor worked at Swahitech, Codemart IT solutions and Interned with Transparency International Rwanda and the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research Unit. He has a Bachelors of Computer Science and a Masters in Software Engineering.

Kennedy Kang’ethe : Android Programmer

Kennedy Kang’ethe

Android Programmer

Kennedy is a fresh graduate with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. A top-notch programmer, he specializes in backend web development (PHP, MySql) and mobile apps development (Android). As a technology enthusiast, Kennedy has extensive knowledge of latest technologies in mobile and web.

Anne Wangeci Wairegi : Kenya Finance Assistant

Anne Wangeci Wairegi

Kenya Finance Assistant

Before joining Living Goods, Anne Wangechi worked in Finance with one of the top brands in the Kenyan printing industry, Ramco Printing Works, for two years. Known for her liveliness and adaptabiity, Anne has a promising career ahead. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance Option) from Jomo Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing her final papers in CPA.

Maria Stella Namyalo : Uganda Finance Assistant

Maria Stella Namyalo

Uganda Finance Assistant

Maria has years of experience in community mobilization and development as well as financial management. Before joining Living Goods she worked with Arcadia University at the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research in Tanzania as an Administrative and Finance Assistant. Prior to that, she pursued a course in African studies with emphasis on peace and conflict management from Arcadia University at the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research. She is a graduate of Business Administration and Management with a specialization in Accounting and Finance. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration and Management from Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI).

Julius Odeke : Uganda Finance Assistant

Julius Odeke

Uganda Finance Assistant

Julius started his finance career at Pagerr Consulting, a management and finance consulting firm. There he took part in strategic planning, financial management and resource mobilization in various social enterprises and farmer groups under the NAADs programme in eastern Uganda. Prior to Pagerr Julius worked as an intern in the internal audit department of Kumi District local government. He also worked in the accounts back office at Finca Bank. He brings with him experience in business planning, budgeting, accounting, auditing and financial management. Julius has a keen interest in forensic audit and analysis. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a CPA.

Megan Kearns : Uganda Fellow

Megan Kearns

Uganda Fellow

Megan brings diverse experience managing international research teams and start-up operations to her role as a Fellow at Living Goods.  Megan began her career at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Uganda, where she spent over two years managing randomized controlled trials for development economists at Yale and the World Bank.  Her projects ranged from testing a new environmental preservation intervention with the Ugandan government and UNEP, to designing livelihood interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS.  After IPA, Megan spent a year at Exec, an early stage start-up in San Francisco, where she was an Operations Manager.  Most recently, she worked with J-PAL in Nigeria, consulting on a large maternal and infant health project.  Megan has a degree in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

Meagan Sutton : Kenya Fellow

Meagan Sutton

Kenya Fellow

Before joining Living Goods, Meagan worked in various capacities in the social impact space over the last 10 years. Most recently, she was a Fellow at Kiva.org, where she helped Kiva identify new partnership opportunities and worked with an existing partner in the South Pacific to develop new products and improve operational efficiency. Prior to that Meagan worked for Gyapa Enterprises, a Ghana-based improved cookstove business, where she advised on strategic expansion into new markets. She also has operational and compliance experience, having worked for a humanitarian NGO where she established and ran the compliance department which monitored over 25 country offices. Meagan is completing her MBA at Oxford Saïd Business School, and also has an MA in International Studies.