International Agricultural Development Specialist
Steve is an international agricultural development specialist with more than forty years of experience in designing and delivering technical services and training, as well as managing smallholder farmer projects, especially in Africa.
Trained as an agronomist, Steve has special expertise in postharvest processing technologies, grain storage, certified seed production, and crop quality standards. He served several international organizations in various capacities including the Peace Corps in Benin, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Senegal and Mali, and a cooperative effort between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) in Rwanda and Morocco.
More recently, Steve worked for seven years as a senior technical adviser for Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on a major Morocco ag project. Steve has been actively involved with The Mama Ada Foundation since 2015 and helped design and provides technical support and oversight for the 2019 Ag Pilot Project in western Kenya.
Lewis K. Kamiri, Ph.D.
Retired R&D Executive, Syngenta Corporation
Dr. Kamiri grew up on a small mixed farm in Kenya, which raised food, ornamentals, various cash crops, fruit trees, livestock and poultry. He graduated from Western Illinois University with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biological Sciences and from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology.
He has been a technical advisor volunteer at MAF since 2014 leveraging over 35 years of work experience in the private sector working on diverse technologies, crops, and agricultural farming systems across three continents; Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge, experience, and skills with smallholder farmers across the globe.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School
Communications and Presentation Design
Linda Stinnett has served as the bookkeeper at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School since 2012. She provides accounts payable and business support functions for the school. In past years, she also served as the church treasurer in a volunteer role. Linda’s nonprofit experience gives her a strong understanding for her accounting role for the past four years with The Mama Ada Foundation.
Linda was first introduced to The Mama Ada Foundation when she was working at St. Mark’s. She learned that many children cannot receive a higher level education because of the financial hardship that Kenyan families face. At this time, Linda was the primary caregiver for her granddaughter and understood the challenges. Her gratitude for the financial aid that she received for Bethany to attend school inspired her to give back to The Mama Ada Foundation.
Prior to joining St. Mark’s, Linda worked as the bookkeeper and treasurer for Paradise Villas Condominium Association as well as the bookkeeper assistant to the comptroller at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She also has accounting experience with several insurance agencies.
Linda has served extensively in youth ministry and assisted with the ministry bookkeeping functions. She has also served as a Eucharistic Visitor, Sunday school teacher, and superintendent. Linda served as the church coordinator for St. Mark’s Boy Scout Troop 150, where she led many events and assisted with fundraising initiatives.
Linda resides in North Palm Beach, FL.
Spotnik Creative Editing
Video Editor and Website Design
Pat is a professional video editor and enjoys learning website design. His work includes commercial and corporate clients ranging from broadcast television advertising to corporate branding videos. Pat has also worked on pro bono projects for The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN and The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.
Pat became involved with The Mama Ada Foundation as a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He's provided editing and production services for The Mama Ada Foundation fundraisers and website content since 2008.