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.

ROGER BROWN

M.D.
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Roger is a board certified general psychiatrist and is board-eligible in child & adolescent psychiatry.  Roger provides psychiatric care and evaluations for a variety of mental health issues. He has special interests in working with children, teens, and adults with ADHD;  trauma care; and play therapy.  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 Nairobi

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, specialized trauma therapy, general counseling, as well as member care workshops.

MARK PHIPPEN

MBACP (Senior Accred.)
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.  Mark is a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.  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.

SOOHYUN KIM

MD
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi.  Currently on Home Assignment

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.  From June 2017 Soohyun is on Home Assignment for at least a year.

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 works with individuals, couples and families. In addition, she does psycho educational and psychological assessment.

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.

JAMES COVEY

LPC
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

James received his M.A. Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is trained as a Master Clinician in Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Children and certified in CISM crisis debriefing.  His experience includes counseling; children and  adolescents, addiction/relapse prevention, stress management, anxiety and depression.

JUDITH FINKBEINER

Chr. Psychology, Psychotherapy (HPG)
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Kampala

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 returned in October 2015 to lead a new AIM Care centre in Kampala, Uganda.

AARON HOWLEY

LMHC
Volunteer Staff – Tumaini Kampala

Before joining Tumaini, Aaron worked at a residential home for teen-aged boys, ran a missionary guest house, and volunteered as a counselor at an intensive retreat center for missionaries in crisis. Aaron has a master’s degree in counseling from Huntington University with a minor in Spiritual Formation and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Aaron is passionate about integration of faith and the counseling process. His experience includes working with teens and adults with a special interest in couples’ counseling.

DOUG GHRIST

M.D.
Volunteer Staff  – working in the US

Doug grew up in Kenya as an MK (missionary kid).  After training and board-certification in general psychiatry, he returned to Kenya in 2001 to work at Tumaini. Currently, Doug and Kathy are back in the U.S. and assist with recruiting new staff members for AIM Care and shepherding them through the application process.

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.

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.

CAROLINE NYAMBURA

Support Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Caroline is our Office Administrative Assistant. Carol supervises the compound staff, purchases stationery and handles other office expenses, and is our Librarian.

MARY KEROSI

Support Staff – Tumaini Nairobi

Mary is our Clinical Administrative Assistant. Mary handles client reception, intake, follow up and record keeping, preparing evaluation materials including for RVA clinics, 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.