Meet The Family


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Samuel Kimani

Board Member

Samuel approaches life with a passion to serve. He is the founder of ELPIS Africa, a company focused on improving the health, safety, and economic conditions for miners in DR Congo.  With over 15 years of fundraising, business development, strategic planning, and project management experience, Samuel has served many for-profit and nonprofit organizations.


Elise Poindexter

Board Member

Elise is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She moved to the United States at a young age to live with her older siblings and pursue a better education.  Elise earned a degree in Information Systems and now works in the IT field as an Automation Engineer. 

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Sarah Ford

Board Secretary

Sarah is currently Assistant to the Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO Corporation and Liaison to its Board of Directors. She was project lead and a founding team member of Africa’s first-ever junior management agribusiness training program, the AGCO Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ), which launched at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2018.


Pete Giovale

Board President

By training, Pete Giovale is an engineer. His work includes serving as a Director for W.L. Gore & Associates, President of GeoFamily Foundation, Board member for a Waldorf-based charter school in Flagstaff, AZ, founding partner in a Hawaiian permaculture chocolate farm, filmmaker, and father.


Stany Nzabarinda

Board Member

Originally from Itombwe in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Stany served as SAFECO’s Director of Operations from 2014-2017. During his time in that position, Stany took part in short and long term planning for the organization, in project design, implementation, and monitoring, and in management of SAFECO’s staff.