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About: Headliner

Founder / Board Chair

Mary Murimi, Ph.D., RD, LDN 

Dr. Murimi is Professor of Nutrition in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, Past President for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Past Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and Past Chancellor of Daystar University in Kenya Africa. Dr. Murimi’s research focuses on understanding the effects of the community environment on the nutrition status of the residents, and identifying coping strategies for food insecurity and factors that influence dietary behavior, especially among low-income populations.


Recently, Dr. Murimi’s research has evolved to the study of usage of native vegetables in Africa to combat food insecurity and looking at ways of combating stunting in selected communities in Bangladesh. She has reported the findings of her research nationally and internationally with over 50 presentations in either oral, or publications at peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Murimi has received numerous recognitions for her achievements including the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior mid-career achievement award.

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Meet The Team


Ricardo Torres,
Vice Board Chair,
Creative Direction

Interested in architecture as the mediation of both the local and the global; through a commitment to site sensitivity, material culture, and social agency.  He has a multidisciplinary background and holds Master’s degrees in both Marketing and Architecture. 

Principal / Founder
Estudio Ricardo Torres


Heather Greenhalgh,

 Education/Curriculum Planning

An expert on curriculum development, digital pedagogy, and women’s/girls’ education. Heather currently works as Coordinator of Curriculum for C&I Department at Texas Tech University.

Coordinator of Curriculum for C&I Department, Texas Tech University


Kate Kabahuma,


Kate has a passion to bring high quality educational opportunities, and avenues for wealth and better health, to young women across all of East Africa.


Big Four Accounting


David Blake,

Governance & Overall Strategy

Global expert on skills, the future of work, and future-proofing companies and their employees; Co-founder and Executive Director of Degreed; Coauthor of The Expertise Economy.

Co-Founder &
Executive Chairman at Degreed

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Lydia Njoki,

Education / Curriculum


With a bachelor of Science in Education, and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Ms. Njoki  specializes in assessing the Quality of Education as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.  She is Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenya Ministry of Education

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Lisa Zhao,

Social Outreach

Lisa worked in Ogilvy advertising agency to serve international brands including Unilever and Philips. She also worked in LEGO Toy to lead the China digital strategy and innovation projects. She believes in the power of education and the right of equal opportunity.

Digital Marketing,
Make-a-Wish Foundation

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Eunice Migwi,


Eunice is trained and licenced by IRA as a financial advisor / marketer with more than 12 years of experience in BRITAM insurance company. Eunice is passionate about girls’ education in Kenya and understands the local market.

Britam Insurance


Mindy Hamilton

As a retired elementary and secondary teacher/administrator, Mindy brings twenty plus years of educational experience to the board.

She holds a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and is passionate about making learning experiential and engaging.


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Andrew Conachey,

Managing Director

Andrew is a tax and accounting professional at a Fortune 500 company and passionate about education and empowering those who desire to succeed.

 Amsterdam, Holland

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John Gwan,
Technology Advisor

John is a Senior Software Developer working at an Ivy League University.
He's also involved in an ambitious tech startup project in Cameroon.
Having been a high school instructor himself, he has a passion for quality elementary education- especially in STEM-related fields.

Senior Software Developer,


Our Mission

 The Top of the Hill School prepares young women from across the region and around the country for college, careers, and a Christian faith based life. Within a family school environment and a rigorous experiential curriculum, we challenge our young women to work hard; think and reason; be fulfilled; serve the common good; and be prepared to lead as citizens of the world, uniquely guided by our motto, “Always Aim Higher.”

Our Vision

Plant the seeds of Peace and Hope.

To develop a transformational 21st century secondary education model system that is relevant and sustainable.

Professor Mary Murimi, Ph.D.

A Vision for Top of the Hill

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