Our Staff and Volunteers

OUR U.S. STAFF

Racquel Turner – Founder MFFO

Racquel Turner, known as Rocky for most of her life, is the founder of MFFO.  Born and raised in Southern California, her first job is to protect, love and care for her six children and her amazing husband. Today, her days are filled with cooking, cleaning, raising money for school fees and running costs for Saint Monica Children’s Home.

When she grows up, she wants to travel the world, live in Kenya with her husband Jeff,  and spend the rest of her life protecting, loving, and caring for orphans. You can read more about Rocky.

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Ashley Saunders – Inspire The Child

Since grade school, Ashley Saunders has always had a dream to open orphanages around the world. The daughter of two Air Force parents, she is not unfamiliar with traveling. In 2008, her journeys led her to Kenya for the first time. While there, she volunteered at an orphanage called Saint Monica’s Children’s Home and realized first hand the great need the world has for people committed to helping children in need. She returned to Kenya once again in 2009 to begin the Inspire the Child Project.

Before teaming with Rocky to start Inspire the Child, Ashley invested time in various educational programs including student teaching in high school and college in subjects from Philosophy to self-defense classes. She has also spent time as a peer counselor to others struggling with suicidal ideology, eating disorders, and various post-traumatic issues. Ashley attended Full Sail University where she studied Film and Video Production.

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Jen Wall – Inspire The Child

In early 2008, Jen traveled to Kenya for the first time and volunteered at Saint Monica Childrens Home. Since that first visit, she has continued to support the education of the girls and the operating costs of the home.

Jen has a Bachelors Degree in Child Development from Florida State University. Over the past 17 years, she has worked in Commercial and Film Production in Los Angeles, Ca.

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Audrey Forshey – Gift Of Education

Audrey is dedicated to helping and protecting her family and others.  This has led to her successful career as a REALTOR ® in Maryland since 1988.  She takes pride in her ability to help both first-time homebuyers and returning clients find the home of their dreams.  Audrey’s attention turned to helping orphan girls in Kenya after meeting Rocky in 2008 and personally donating to MFFO.  She and her husband, Mike, host an annual fundraiser for The Gift of Education Program. In 2009, they raised enough to allow all the girls at Saint Monica’s to attend High School.

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Gloria Monks – Accounting

Gloria Monks is the mother of five, ages 22-15. She owned her own accounting practice from 1989-2003.  She sold her practice to join the #1 Individual Real Estate Company in NJ, RE/MAX Tri County, as their Accounting Comptroller. She has since earned her Sales license and Brokers license and is now the General Manager. We call her “The Rock Star” because she has volunteered her time to run the books here at MFFO.org

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Juli Salvante – Volunteer Photographer

Juli has been the Director of Customer Satisfaction for Real Estate Shows since 2004. She has always had a passion for photography and is currently a freelance photographer on the side. She’s traveled to Kenya in 2007, 2009, 2011 and has donated her time and artistic eye to MFFO and the girls at Saint Monica Children’s Home.

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Tonja Greenfield- Volunteer Videographer

Tonja is currently working in the movie industry as a Camera Loader. She volunteered her time and talent in 2009 and helped MFFO gather hundreds of hours of film. She has not only given her time but also her heart, she is sponsoring one of our amazing high school girls as well.

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Our Kenyan Partners and Staff @ Saint Monica Children’s Home

 

Perpetua Wanjiru Gatome – Director Saint Monica Children’s Home

Mrs Gatome has been a supporter of St. Monica’s Children’s home since its inception and is currently the Director in charge of management of the home. She is also the founder of Sisters Arise Project which toke over management of the home in 2010. Mrs. Gatome is a teacher by profession with over 18 years experience. On retiring from teaching, she ventured into business and is the Managing Director of Luckysellers Enterprise. Mrs. Gatome has always supported various Children’s home and served as Chairlady of the management board for Bethlehem community home 1984-2002

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Beatrice Mathoni – Office Manager and Secretary

Beatrice has been with Saint Monica Children’s Home for over six years now. She is an amazing Mother to her own three children and loves and cares for the girls at Saint Monica’s like her own. She serves as head Administrator of the home.

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Assumptah Piah – Teacher


Her career is teaching and social work. She assists the girls with their studies and homework. Assumptah has a gift for interacting with children. Our girls look up to her as they would an older sister.
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VOLUNTEER LETTERS

Maria Macnamara