Board of Directors
Wesley Korir (President and Cofounder)
Wesley Korir was born and raised in Kitale, Kenya. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Biology and was a member of the U of L track team for four years. He is currently running professionally for Nike. He is the 2012 Boston marathon champion as well as two time LA marathon champion and record holder. In 2013, Wesley became a Member of Parliament for Cherangany Constituency in Kenya where he grew up. Wesley has a passion for sponsoring high school students because he wants to pass on the gift once given to him when his own family had difficulty paying for his fees. Wesley also has a strong desire to improve rural healthcare after losing a brother from a snake bite because there was no medical care nearby. He feels called by God to use his blessings to help his fellow Kenyans.
Tarah Korir (Secretary and Cofounder)
Tarah Korir grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. She met Wesley Korir at the University of Louisville where she ran track for four years. She went to Kenya on a short term mission trip with Wesley her freshman year and has developed a love for the people of Kenya. In the summer of 2009 she spent six weeks in Kenya where she volunteered in an orphanage, stayed with Wesley’s family and learned how to communicate in basic Swahili. She and Wesley were married in 2010 and she has been back to Kenya almost every year since. She was blessed with a good education and feels compelled to help Kenyan children have similar opportunities.
Linda Stiles (Treasurer)
Linda Stiles is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the public accounting field and is currently a partner in the firm, Todvine and Stiles, PLLC. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Through many short term mission trips Linda has seen first hand the needs of Kenyan children and others. She has a heart for empowering the disadvantaged, serving others and reaching the lost through the love of Christ.
Ruth Schenk (Fundraising Chair)
Ruth Schenk is a journalist for the Southeast Outlook Newspaper for Southeast Christian Church. She has a servants heart. She has had the opportunity to travel to numerous parts of the world on short term mission trips including Kenya. She helped to provide funds for the first student to be supported by the Kenyan Kids Foundation.
Francesca Kingery is a medical student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where she is pursuing a dual MD/MA degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Francesca met Wesley and Tarah during a medical mission to Kenya in 2012. Since then she has been passionate about learning more about the needs of those served by the Kenyan Kids Foundation. In the summer of 2013 she spent 2 months in Kenya completing a Community Photovoice Project which utilized photography to demonstrate perceived barriers to health experienced by local women. After medical school Francesca hopes to continue to provide local health outreach in Kenya.
Alex Dadds is currently a Financial Analyst in the Airline Division of the United Parcel Service in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of George Washington University where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration in finance and international business. Alex was also a four year student-athlete as a member of the cross country team and became connected to Wesley and Tarah through running. He has a passion for international development through business, and will continue to seek ways to expand the foundation’s outreach to the people of Kenya.
Ron Mann is a progressive leader in the sport of Track and Field and Cross Country. He has coached in the United States for more than 40 years at all levels. He was coach on the World Championship Team USA in 2005 and USA Olympic Team in 2008.Coach Mann graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1972, was a member of the cross country and track and field teams, and he is a three-time member of the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame– as an individual in 1999, and athlete and coach of two championship cross country teams. In 1988 and 1992. He was honored to be included in the Arizona State High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Mt. Sac Relays Hall of Fame. Mann coached at NAU for 25 years producing 59 conference championship teams, over 100 All American athletes, and several Olympic athletes for Canada, Israel, Sweden, Bahamas, Jamaica and Kenya. Coach Mann and his wife, Charlene, moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2004 where he continued his coaching career at the University of Louisville through 2013. At U of L, Mann claimed 8 Big East Team titles along with 6 National Champions and 3 top ten NCAA team finishes. He served on the NCAA Track and Field Committee, and was elected President of the Division I United States Track and Field Coaches Association for a two-year term from 2011-2013. Ron Mann continues his coaching and leadership through his affiliation with national and international athletes in marathon and distance training. He is also very active in Southeast Christian Church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Currently, he serves on the board for the Kenyan Kids Foundation.
“Kyle Lanoue was raised in Rensselaer, Indiana in Northern Indiana, U.S. In 1999 he received his Bachelors Degree in Technology Education and in 2005 a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. He has worked in all areas of education from Pre-Kindergarten to Graduate School. Currently he is a principal of an elementary school of more than 550 Kindergarten through 4th grade students as well as a professor of Educational Leadership at Indiana University Southeast. In addition to Indiana University Southeast, he has also taught at Indiana State University and Indiana University, Bloomington. Besides being a passionate educator, Kyle Lanoue is also a part time firefighter with training in emergency medicine and an avid outdoorsman and double graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School. He spends his free time serving his community as a firefighter as well as climbing and traveling through some of the most beautiful and wild country our world has to offer. Kyle’s deep love of children and passion for education brought him to the Kenya Kids Foundation.”.