Dr. Amy Franklin, MS, DVM, is Farms for Orphans’ founder and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Franklin founded FFO in 2015 after she and her husband brought two of their children home from the DRC. She saw firsthand the conditions that orphaned and street children exist under and how poor their nutritional status is in the DRC. This experience motivated her to dedicate her career to improving nutrition and education for orphaned and disadvantaged children in the DRC and beyond.READ MORE
On the FFO BOD. Dr. Franklin holds a PhD in Wildlife Biology with a minor in statistics, MS in Natural Resources, BS in Wildlife Science. Currently Dr. Franklin is project leader for the USDA National Wildlife Research Center. His research focuses on studying the effects of wildlife-borne pathogens affecting agricultural and human health, concentrating on pathogenic and antimicrobial resistant bacteria affecting food safety at the wildlife-agricultural interface.READ MORE
Jeanne has served on the FFO board of directors since FFO’s inception. She is a mother of three grown children and a grandmother of three, including two from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jeanne, now retired, served as the office manager for the Ligonier Valley Learning Center for 17 years. Jeanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, quilting and gardening.READ MORE
James has served on the FFO board of directors since FFO’s inception. He is a retired pilot and father of three grown children and a grandfather of three, including two from the Democratic Republic of Congo. James has served as a Freemason since 1980 and previously served on the Ligonier Valley School Board (2008-2012).READ MORE
Sara Gallegos holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Ripon College and an M.Ed. from Regis University. Before deciding to stay home with her young children, Sara taught 3rd grade. Currently, Sara sits on the board of Farms for Orphans, Inc. and Congo Relief Mission, Inc. She is also heavily involved in refugee resettlement in the Denver area. Sara and her husband Dustin have two daughters.READ MORE
Fr. Gaston Muyombo has served on the Farms for Orphans, Inc. board of directors since FFO’s inception. Father Gaston lived in Denver for eight years while working at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, Colorado and St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood, Colorado. He returned to the Congo in 1997 and founded two organizations, the Denver based NGO Congo Relief Mission (CRM) and the Congolese NGO Action Genèse Buloba (AGB).READ MORE
Improving the quality of life for young people is Sarah’s focus as a Professional School Counselor. Over the course of her career, Sarah worked with children from preschool through college age. While attending to the academic, social/emotional, and career exploration needs of all students she serves, Sarah has a passion for working with disadvantaged populations including students experiencing homelessness and students with special needs.READ MORE
Nicole Ureda, MA brings experience and expertise in global health leadership to FFO’s Board of Directors. A public health professional by day, Nicole has helped shape FFO’s research program, cultivated and refined the organization’s publications and media outputs, and developed fundraising operations and materials to advance FFO in the fulfillment of its mission.READ MORE
Arnold van Huis is emeritus professor of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He worked from 1974 to 1979 in Nicaragua for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on integrated pest management (IPM) in food grains. From 1982 to 1985 he coordinated a regional crop protection training project in Niger for eight Sahelian countries.READ MORE
Dr. Donna Curtis obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Curtis is currently an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where she specializes in pediatric infectious diseases.
Dr. Curtis provides FFO with expertise in methods in evaluating child nutritional status.
Rochelle is an avid traveler with a very special place in her heart for Africa especially the DRC. Since her first travels in Asia in the late 90’s she has been passionate about Entomophagy after eating her first grasshopper in Bangkok. She has been hooked ever since.READ MORE
Wendy Lu McGill is CEO/Founder of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, Colorado's first and only edible insect farm. With a background in sociological research in international development and intercultural communication, Wendy Lu brings a global perspective and deep understanding of the why and how of farming insects for food.READ MORE
Robin Vega is the Founder of Brand + Bash, a full-service creative studio headquartered in Buena Vista, Colorado. Robin started her career in special events and fundraising for an adoption agency in Dallas, Texas. She currently helps entrepreneurs and business owners tell their story through thoughtful brand development, content marketing, and web design.READ MORE
Pierre provides legal services to FFO in the DRC. Pierre has been practicing law since 2013 and is currently registered with the Bar of Kinshasa / Matete and the Bar of Mbuji-Mayi,
Pierre is the senior Partner of the Law firm NGOTO & Associés created in 2003. His areas of practice include criminal law, contract law...
Fabrice has been farming insects since 2013 when he was trained by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Kinshasa. He provides training and on-going support to our orphanage and youth insect farmers.READ MORE
Dr. Kristy Pabilonia received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Colorado State University. She is head of three sections in the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory - Avian Diagnostics, BSL3 Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases and Sample Receiving, and is coordinator of the Colorado Avian Surveillance Program and the Colorado Poultry Health Board.READ MORE
Farms for Orphans in partnership with Congo Relief Mission, UN FAO in Kinshasa and the University of Kinshasa is implementing small-scale palm weevil larvae farms to bring sustainable nutrition and economic empowerment to our orphanage partners.Read More
There are anywhere between 25,000 – 50,000 youth living on the streets of Kinshasa. According to UNICEF, girls comprised 44 percent of the population of street children. As young as 3 years old, these children end up on the street for various reasons including abandonment, the loss of one or both parents, accusations of sorcery or witchcraft by family members and children who are offspring of young street adults.Read More