A MINISTRY OF AFRICA INLAND MISSION INTERNATIONAL
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Staff

The clinical staff at Tumaini are all professionally qualified, and accredited or licensed by their professional bodies.  In addition they are all missionaries themselves, so they know the joys and challenges of mission life from first-hand experience.

MARK PHIPPEN

Volunteer Staff – based in the UK

Mark has worked as a Counsellor in the UK for over 30 years, including 17 years as Head of Counselling at Cambridge University.  He joined the staff of Tumaini in Nairobi at the start of 2014 and is the Clinical Team Leader for Tumaini.  Mark is married to Barbara.  They are based in the UK due to family circumstances, but Mark continues to oversee the administration and planning for Tumaini, with periodic visits to Africa.  Mark will be retiring at the end of 2019.

JUDITH FINKBEINER

Chr. Psychology, Psychotherapy (HPG)
Volunteer Staff – on Home Assignment until September 2019

Judith came to Kenya as an AIM counselor in 2008. She previously worked as a missionary nurse in Uganda and has a degree in Christian Psychology (IACP –Germany) and Psychotherapy (HPG). One of her passions is to support missionaries in stress management, cultural adjustment, mentoring short-term missionaries and working with teenagers. She is a board member of German Missionary Medical Team. Judith is now the Lead Clinician at our Tumaini Counselling Centre in Kampala, Uganda, which opened in 2016.

GUNILLA HARLIN

Clinical Social Worker
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Gunilla has worked as a family counselling social worker for 15 years in Sweden within a multi-culture setting. She has a degree in basic psychotherapy and works with individuals, couples and families with a holistic and collaborative perspective. Gunilla joined Tumaini in October 2016. Gunilla spent most of her 10 first years as a missionary kid in Tanzania and has lived in Zimbabwe and New York as an adult with her family. In late 2017 Gunilla took on the role of Lead Clinician for the Nairobi Centre.

ROGER BROWN

M.D.
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Roger is a board certified general psychiatrist and is board-eligible in child & adolescent psychiatry.  Roger has provided psychiatric care and evaluations for a variety of mental health issues, but has now stopped doing clinical work in preparation for returning to the US in August 2019; he will continue to offer administrative support for Tumaini from there.  Roger and Shirley arrived in Kenya to serve with AIM in 1991 and have been involved in Tumaini since the founding.

GISELA ROTH

M.D.
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Kampala

Gisela worked as a missionary doctor in Zimbabwe before training as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Germany, her home country.  Gisela joined AIM Care to work at Tumaini in 2005, where she offers support through psychiatric care, specialised trauma therapy, general counselling, as well as member care workshops. Gisela normally works at Tumaini Nairobi, but is working in Tumaini Kampala until August 2019.

SOOHYUN KIM

MD
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Soohyun is a General Psychiatrist who graduated from Yonsei University in South Korea.  She has also trained in missiological and cross-cultural work at All Nations Christian College in the UK, and has spent time in Tanzania.  Soohyun came with her family to join the Tumaini team in January 2014.

YIH JIA CHANG

PhD
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Yih Jia has been licensed as a psychologist in US for over 25 years.  She was born in Asia and went to America to pursue graduate school trainings, and then settled in a multi-cultural region, where there are over 100 languages/cultures represented. Yih Jia came to Tumaini in the beginning of 2015, and is returning to the US in April 2019 when she retires.

KAREN HART

MSc., MSW, LISW-S
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Karen has worked as a psychotherapist for over 10 years in the psychiatric hospital, community mental health, private practice and crisis center settings. She is a licensed independent social worker with supervision privileges. Karen is a biracial, multinational and multilingual third culture kid; born in Scotland and lived in England, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the United States. She most recently joined us from the USA where she lived for 22 years. Karen works with individuals, couples and families using an integrative approach, and is a trained EMDR specialist and has 7 years experience with individual and community trauma response.

JESSICA RINGSMUTH

LPC CPCS
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Since 2008, Jessica has been counselling families both in the US and also in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has worked with her sending organisation, Mission to the World (MTW), first in their home office in Atlanta and, from 2012-2018, with Ethiopia ACT and MTW/SIM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, coordinating the mental health programs for the impoverished families the project served. She also helped to train new Ethiopian counsellors. Jessica joined Tumaini in late 2018, and enjoys working with individuals and families with a variety of issues including cross-cultural adjustment, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction and abuse.

DRS BRYAN & MARY CAIRNS

M.D. ThD & M.D. respectively
Volunteer Staff – currently on Home Assignment

Bryan & Mary are both U.S. board-certified in both psychiatry and family medicine. Bryan was born & raised in Columbus, Ohio, he has worked since 2006 in a wide-variety of clinical settings.  Mary was born & raised on Portland, Oregon, she has done clinical work since 2008. They have both worked state-side and abroad, most recently serving as medical missionaries for several years in Cameroon, West Africa. They have served short-term intermittently with Tumaini in both Nairobi and Kampala since 2018.  Bryan & Mary both work primarily with adults and adolescents, both in person and through distance-services and tele-psychiatry; they also work with younger-children on a case-by-case basis.

SHIRLEY BROWN

Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Shirley is the personal assistant for the AIM psychiatrists and assists in various other support capacities.  She is a nurse and has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.  The Browns have two daughters in university in the US.  Shirley and Roger will be transitioning back to the US in August 2019, but will continue to support the work of Tumaini from a distance.

DOREEN KIRAI

Support Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Doreen is the AIM Care Office Supervisor. Doreen has oversight of all administration staff, maintains the financial records, and is the senior administrator liaising with the Clinical Team Leader and Lead Clinician for Nairobi.

LUCY KARANJA

Support Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Lucy is our Clinical Administrative Assistant. Lucy handles client reception, intake, follow up and record keeping, and assists the clinical team with administrative tasks like scanning, photocopying etc.

FAITH AHUMUZA

Support Staff  – Tumaini Kampala

Faith works at Tumaini Kampala as Office Administrator. She also helps out on reception.

IMELDA NAKANYIKE

Support Staff  – Tumaini Kampala

Imelda works at Tumaini Kampala as Housekeeper.