Team Bios

The Mays and Mercyline

The Mays and Mercyline




Ian and Anne May, and their small children, lived in Kenya starting and managing all aspects of a comprehensive humanitarian project, Karibu Centre.  By living and working in an isolated location surrounded by slums, they gained a unique understanding of the great obstacles and powerful potential of working in impoverished communities in Kenya. Anne is employed as a School Psychologist, working with school teams and families to identify and serve children with special education needs. Ian works for Multnomah County mental health department as the Wraparound Program Supervisor.  He supervises the work of multidisciplinary treatment teams for the most acute children and families.  



Shari Altree

Shari Altree



Shari Altree has owned and operated an advertising agency for over 20 years.  She creates and produces marketing materials for a variety of businesses in markets across the U.S. As a business owner, she understands key aspects to keeping budgets accurate and timelines feasible.  She has volunteered for many years, helping with capital campaigns and charitable giving. Shari went to Kenya for the first time in 2009 and was forever changed by what she witnessed.  


Jennifer Sanow



Jenn Sanow is native to the Northwest. She has spent over 37 years living inPortland,Oregon. She was a collegiate basketball player for Rice University in Houston,Texas. She received her BA in Exercise Science and Sports Management. Jenn spent time in management for The Gap, Inc. and almost ten years with Nike primarily in US Retail Store Operations. Currently she is pursuing her MBA and supports a variety of volunteer activities that include Girl Scouts of America, Diabetes Training Camp and her daughter’s school.  She has a passion for serving and helping others with her gifts of communication, organization and planning. She enjoys being active by training for triathlons and keeping up with her family.


Tia Over


Tia Over is a wife, mother of two and a communications professional. Her career includes public affairs experience in state and national political campaigns and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC and analyst and public relations for Microsoft at the global PR agency Waggener Edstrom. For the past four years Tia has worked with The Mathews Group, delivering communications strategy and execution for top engineering and energy companies. Tia and The Mathews Group also provide pro-bono public relations support to Ameena Project activities. She is moved by the ”acting on the love we were built for” ethos of the Ameena Project team and feels called to serve the children and families of Kiang’ombe.


Megan Steele

Megan Steele 2012 – 2013


Megan Steele spent 13 months in Kenya as the Volunteer Coordinator for Karibu Centre, Thika,Kenya. She organized countless projects, counseled and aided young women, and coordinated numerous volunteer group visits. The impact of living in and among severe poverty was life changing.




Our collective experience, knowledge, and talents make us uniquely suited to leverage small amounts of funding into programs that create critical and dramatic difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

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