Board of Director Spotlight: Mary Mungai

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Background:

Mary Mungai is a nurse who graduated from The Ohio State University. She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 1998 after high school. They first settled in Seattle, and then she came to Ohio to go to school. In time, she opened her business Divine Home Health Care, where she serves as the Director of Clinical Services.

Mary learned about Design Outreach through Scott Cubberly, who is the president of the Delaware Rotary Club. He and his wife, good friends of Mary and her husband, had the opportunity to travel to Kenya together. On that trip, Scott saw first-hand the needs of genuinely impoverished people and their lack of water. Later, when he learned about the LifePump through the Rotary connection, he immediately thought of Mary. He was excited to let her know about Design Outreach, the LifePump, and their work in Africa, particularly Kenya. Through that connection, Mary met Greg Bixler and started the conversation that led to Mary joining the Board.

We had a chance to sit down with Mary to learn more about her interest and connection to Design Outreach.

DO: Why did you decide to join the Board of Directors for Design Outreach?

Mary: “I have a connection to Africa…DO is taking the time, doing so many things for Africa, and doing God’s work. It was impressive – it was a no-brainer for me. If I could do anything to help and be part of an organization where I can do what we are called to do as Christians – to be the hands and feet of Jesus, that is what I want to do. DO is a truly amazing organization, and I want to be part of it.”

DO: How do you see yourself contributing to the work of DO?

Mary: “Because I have such a personal connection to what DO is doing – I grew up in search of water. I had that life. I know what it is like to get up early before school searching for water. I know what it is to drink dirty water and not even know it is dirty because you are used to drinking it that way. I know what it is to be in that part of the world, and I have that connection. I can relate, and it makes me want to contribute my time, talent, and resources, and help in any way or capacity that DO needs me to help.”

DO: How will serving on the DO Board help with your faith walk?

Mary: “I’m a strong believer in doing for others and seeing the other person and wanting to help. I believe that nobody chooses where they are born or chooses their circumstances. I feel I am called to be the hands and feet of Jesus by giving my time, talent, and resources. I feel that I am in the part of life where when ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’ and I need to help and impact wherever I can. I think it will strengthen my faith knowing that I am doing what I am called to do and that I am living that calling.”

DO: What would you tell your friends about DO?

Mary: “I tell them about the work, the why, and mostly tell them that it is not a band-aid solution that DO is offering. They are doing long-term, life-sustaining changes through the innovations like the LifePump. Most of my friends are from Africa, and mainly what we do is put a band-aid on problems and don’t necessarily know how to fix them because the problems are truly immense. Design Outreach is coming up with innovations that solve a problem that, for most people, will be very appealing to offer a life-changing technology even beyond the LifePump. I want to see what else will come out of Design Outreach that is life-sustaining and will impact hundreds if not thousands of people. Also, the fact that the love of Jesus is shared and that their circumstances don’t define who they are, God loves them all the same, were all created equal, and they are precious in God’s sight. I think that will resonate with them.”

Mary holds a B.S. in Nursing from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Currently, Mary works as a Director of Clinical Services for Divine Home Health Care, a company she and her husband founded in 2009. In her spare time, Mary enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Mary, her husband Gabriel, and their two children reside in Galena, Ohio.

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