Canada Board Of Directors

Meet Elimu’s Board Of Directors - CANADA


Jan Wood (Chairperson)

Currently resides in Calgary, Alberta where she is the Vice President of the Calgary Marketing Association and owns her own marketing company. 2011 to 2014 she lived in Denver Colorado where she worked with OpenWorld Learning, a non-profit organization that supported after school learning using computer programming. From 2009 to 2011, Jan travelled extensively teaching English at two private international schools in Thailand and volunteering for Elimu in Kenya, tutoring the children of Nyumbani Kwetu Home, as well as offering planning and development consulting for the establishment of Elimu as a charitable organization. Jan has over 20 years in the marketing profession with ten of those at Canada Post Corporation where she specialized in International Product Development and was in various management and leadership roles. She also worked as National Marketing Manager of Travel CUTS (Canadian Universities Travel Services). Jan is equally passionate about travel and education.

Maureen Monaghan (Secretary / Treasurer)

She is a native of Quebec City but has lived in Ottawa for over 45 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She spent her entire 33-year work career with the federal government as an economist and policy advisor in the Energy Sector of Natural Resources Canada, retiring in 2008. Maureen served for two years as treasurer of the Ottawa District Golf Association. She then became treasurer of the Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary, a position she held for 20 years. After retiring from the public service, she assumed the position of Managing Director for the Auxiliary. Maureen was also the treasurer of a small investment club for 15 years and has participated in a number of committees in her church, including 3 years on the finance committee.

Jennifer Lavoie (Board Member)

She brings 20+ years of public relations, fundraising and marketing skills to Elimu. She runs Lavoie Public Relations and is an international business advisor with non-profit clients in emerging economies such as Nigeria, Vietnam, Macedonia, Ethiopia and the Yukon. With Elimu, she assists with global communications and fundraising. Jennifer fully supports Elimu’s community-wide approach to learning, which empowers children, families and communities to build better livelihoods and realize their dreams. She holds a bachelor of public relations from Mt St. Vincent University, a masters in management from University of Ottawa, and a certificate in international community development. Jennifer teaches inner-city kids how to cook and coordinates a winter shelter in Nanaimo.

Nina Chung (Founder/President)

Nina divides her time between Kenya and Canada. She leads the Kenyan team in collaboration with the CEO and manages the liaison with the Canadian board of directors. She is responsible for Kenyan and international outreach for funding, resource and partnership development. She left a successful business to her partner in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 to volunteer in Kenya. During that time, she began assisting children with education and entrepreneurship training and established Elimu to make her projects sustainable. Nina has over 30 years’ experience in project management, partnership development, international marketing and business strategy planning. She worked over 14 years marketing international travel and cultural exchange programs and services to youth and student markets. In 1996, she started a successful marketing consulting firm in Ottawa. She has conducted market research and implemented communications programs for culturally diverse consumer markets. She has lived and worked in a variety of cultural environments. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.