Meet Our Team

Luena’s Foundation’s Commitment to Giving 100%

At Luena Foundation, every single affiliated individual works on a voluntary basis, wholeheartedly committing their time and expertise without financial compensation. This approach allows us to allocate all public donations we receive directly to our field projects, ensuring that every dollar donated makes a meaningful impact in our mission to create positive change for children, all over the world. Our team’s selfless commitment exemplifies our core values of putting the cause before personal gain, maximizing our ability to support those in need and make a tangible difference in the world.

Our Founders


Co-founder & Co-Executive Director, Luena Foundation

Ryan worked as a Medical Device & Diagnostics Research Analyst for 12 years for such firms as Jefferies LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Adams Harkness & Hill, CIBC World Markets and Roth Capital LLC. Read More


Co-founder & Co-Executive Director, Luena Foundation

Emily previously worked as a Medical Technology Equity Research Analyst and Corporate Finance Analyst for various investment banks, including Jefferies LLC, WR Hambrecht + Co and Lehman Brothers. Read More

Honorary Founders


Honorary Founder

Estrella is a lifelong resident of El Gastor and is Luena’s mother. After suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury, she began working for the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE), an organization that generates more than 80,000 jobs for the disabled. Read More


Honorary Founder

Elias, a resident of El Gastor, is Luena’s father. He originally hails from Luanda, Angola and immigrated to Lisbon, Portugal 1992 in order to continue his studies. In Spain, he currently works in construction and is pursuing a certification in Renewable Energy Solutions. Elias is an honorary board member of the Luena Foundation.

Board of Directors


Executive Vice President of Strategy at Penumbra, Inc.

Jason Mills is the Executive Vice President of Strategy at Penumbra, Inc., an Alameda, California-based medical device company, which is a global leader in the development of innovative therapies in neurological, vascular and virtual reality. Read More


Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services, OhioHealth

Dr. Gregory Lam is a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, and serves as the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services for OhioHealth Berger Hospital. Read More


Founding Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Atlas Merchant Capital LLC

David Schamis is Founding Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, an investment firm, and is based in New York. Previously, David worked at J.C. Flowers from 2000 to 2014, most recently as Managing Director and member of the Management Committee. Read More


Founder and Chief Executive Officer at UbiDX

Kate is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UbiDX, a startup company developing a novel home diagnostic and disease monitoring platform for infectious and chronic diseases. Read More


Chief Financial Officer at Gopuff

Ted Stedem is the CFO of Gopuff, a market leader in instant commerce, with a national network of fulfillment centers that focus on rapid delivery. Prior to his current role, Ted served as Chief Financial Officer at Panera Brands from 2019 to 2022, where he led all aspects of the finance function as well as International Development. Read More

Our Team


Field Coordinator, Luena Foundation

Lindsey is a field coordinator for Luena Foundation with a passion for connecting and empowering communities all over the world. For the past ten years she has spent months at a time living in South America, Central America, Asia, and Africa Read More


West Africa Regional Director, Luena Foundation; Founder and Executive Director, Action For Change (AFC)

Mr. Adie is a high school teacher in Economics and the Coordinator/co-founder of Action for Change (AFC) in Cameroon. Adie holds a master’s degree in development economics and a diploma in project writing, monitoring, and evaluation. Read More


Country Coordinator: Kenya, Luena Foundation; Director and co-founder of Christ’s Victory Center

Mr. Kabandilwa Omar is a Congolese national who was born in small village called Munene in the eastern part of the Democratic of Congo. He was forced to flee his country due to political violence and has been residing in Kenya as a refugee since 1999 with his four girls and wife. Read More


Country Coordinator: Tanzania, Luena Foundation; Founder and Director of the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization (SASCO)

Mr., a lawyer by profession, is the Founder and Director of the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization, an organization that has empowered more than 200 vulnerable children through education. He is currently one of the charter members and Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilimanjaro. Read More


Country Coordinator: Malawi, Luena Foundation; Founder and Executive Director, Nancholi Youth Organization

Mr. Nedi’s educational background includes an advanced diploma in nutrition and food security, a diploma in public health, a bachelor’s degree in Community Development, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Read More


Country Coordinator: South Sudan, Luena Foundation; Founder and CEO of Dit-Ni-Tek General Trading and Investment Co

Mr. Pam, who is South Sudanese, hails from Akobo County. In 2021, he founded Dit-Ni-Tek General Trading and Investment Co, and is the current CEO. Prior to that, he held various posts at 734 Water Company Read More


Country Co-Coordinator: Western Uganda, Luena Foundation; Coordinator / Founder of PARC-Uganda

Mr. Ndungo was born and raised in a remote community in the Rwenzori Mountains, Kasese District in Western Uganda, where conflict and violence have re-occurred for a long period of time largely because of historic injustices, tribalism, and cultures seeking recognition. Read More


Country Co-Coordinator: Eastern Uganda, Luena Foundation; Coordinator / Founder of See Them Grow Foundation

From a young age, Mr. Kisitu faced the challenges of growing up without parental guidance, instilling in him a deep empathy and drive to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children. His journey towards philanthropy and entrepreneurship has been profoundly influenced by his early life experiences as an orphan. Read More


Volunteer with Luena Foundation

We run on a 100% volunteer staff. If you have any special skills (social media, web design, grant writing, etc), get in touch with us and we’ll let you know if we’re looking for volunteers! Read about our commitment to incur zero administrative costs, the volunteers who empower our organization, and our annual impact reports here.