Joel Ryman
Director of Development

Joel embodies the heart of Gates of Hope. He is all about building relationships and empowering individuals to reach their potential. At Gates of Hope, Joel is the point-man for all program develoment, networking, marketing, and fundraising endeavors. He is always looking for new ways to use Gates of Hope as a vehicle to empower and give hope to those in need!

Deborah manages all administration duties for Gates of Hope. She is in charge of finances, organizing projects, strategic planning, supervising interns, grant writing, and facilitating communication between all team members.  

Deborah Ryman
Director of Operations


Aubrey Stephan
Community Outreach Coordinator


Aubrey is a one of a kind human being that brings passion and energy to the work she does that it becomes contagious everywhere she goes! She manages our youth communities while building relationship and teaching skills! 

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Mary Muriithi

Before Gates of Hope existed, Mary first started bringing food to children on the streets of Kenya in 1985. Eventually, she invited children to come live with her and her family and raised the funds to send them to school. In 2001, Mary met Mike and thus began the official start of Gates of Hope as an organization. As a Pastor, Mary has had many children brought to her by various sources begging her to take them in and care for them. She currently runs the Gates of Hope Home in Kenya and has also started a General Goods Store that she uses to supplement income. 

Japheth Opondo
Director of Operations


Born and raised in one of the largest slums in the world (Kibera, Kenya), Japheth is a true story of hope and an amazing inspiration to both our kids and our team. By trade, Japheth is a graphic designer and puts his organizational skills to use by managing all operational aspects of our work in Kenya and reporting on the progress of business projects and the lives of our kids.