Meet Our Team

Co-Founder Melissa

Melissa Menke

Founder and CEO

Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Influenced by her time in Kenya working in sustainable economic development in 2007, Melissa had felt both a need for, and seen a market for, better care. Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework to make sure that Access Afya creates products and services that will delight patients and be sustainable. As CEO, Melissa leads strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising strategy at Access Afya.

Melissa holds dual Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies and an MPA New York University in Public Service. Her work has been recognized by the Cartier Foundation, the Mentor Capital Network, and she has spoke globally about the Access Afya model.

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Dr. Daphne Ngunjiri

Managing Director

Dr Daphne Ngunjiri has broad experience in the healthcare industry working with diverse teams in clinical practice as a Senior medical officer in Baringo, Kenya. She has been involved in clinical quality development processes. She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA in Healthcare Management and Health policy from Strathmore Business School. Her interests are in combining her clinical and business background in helping health institutions realize value by adopting innovative solutions, adapting an implementing best practice.

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Maggie Kiplagat

Human Resources and Talent Development

Maggie is responsible for assisting staff with their personal and professional development at Access Afya. With a Bachelor degree in Management focused on healthcare, Maggie brings ten years of experience working in healthcare management at a multi-hospital operation in Kansas City, USA. At Access Afya, Maggie enjoys working with the clinics in the informal settlements to bring quality care to patients. She is happy to make a difference and to be a part of the change happening in the community. A very fulfilling part of Maggie’s job in human resources is helping staff reach their personal and professional growth goals. Healthcare is Maggie’s passion. She loves working with professionals in the field as they have a special position in society to provide care. She feels honoured to support Access Afya’s staff in their mission to provide quality healthcare.

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Arpana Philip

Operations Director

Arpana joined Access Afya in 2016 and is still learning the ropes. With a background in business and having worked with social enterprises and social projects, Arpana is passionate about applying business principles to drive impact. She is also a big believer in building financial sustainability into programs to ensure continuity, efficiency and client centeredness.
In addition to an MBA from Melbourne Business School, Arpana has a broad range of experience – from developing business plans, setting up supply chain and distribution networks, streamlining internal processes, developing models to manage efficiency and staff performance to conducting market research, develop marketing and branding strategies and identifying new product innovations. In her role as Operations Director, Arpana is leading the drive for building and streamlining operational systems in preparation for expansion and long term growth. As a first step, she is currently working to ensure Access Afya’s data is captured and reported accurately.

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Jaclyn Boland

Healthy Schools Program Manager

Jaclyn is responsible for managing the Healthy Schools Program at Access Afya. With a Masters Degree in International Development and dual Bachelors in Journalism and Spanish, Jaclyn brings project management and community service experience from her prior experience in the U.S. with Florida Literacy Coalition, Families Learning Together and Florida First Start. She also has experience teaching English as a Second Language in the United States, Spain, and China. In her free time, Jaclyn loves exploring new countries, cultures, and languages. 

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Evelyne Ambala

Finance and accounting administrator.

With a degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and working towards a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovations Management, Evelyn is in charge of maintaining the Access Afya finances. Evelyne brings seven years of experience working in finance, administration, and procurement. Evelyne is happy to join the Access Afya team to make quality health care affordable and accessible.

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Fred Njoroge

Business Expansion Project Manager

Fred is responsible for managing the expansion program for the clinics at Access Afya. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development and Business Administration and Management, Fred brings over 12 years of experience in sales, marketing, branding, and business administration. His interest is to combine community development and marketing experience to help increase uptake of primary healthcare in clinics located in informal settlements. Fred loves interacting with people to understand them better so as to influence positive behaviour change and will be pursuing his Masters in Strategic Management in the near future. Fred is happy to be part of the team that is positively contributing to the healthcare system by providing affordable and quality healthcare to the low income class.

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Ruth Kimana

Quality Assurance Project Manager

Ruth helps ensure quality and consistency across Access Afya sites, and also leads outreach and community engagement around the clinics. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and brings six years of experience in finance, human resources, research, and sales functions. Ruth feels rewarded as an Access Afya team member, as she is now able to give back to the community she grew up in. Her long term goal is to be an entrepreneur.

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Domianah Mwikali

Community Outreach Coordinator

Domianah works on outreach, going door-to-door and meeting with community groups to create awareness about Access Afya. She also assist the Healthy Schools Program to improve children’s nutrition, hygiene, and well-being. With certificates and trainings in Peer Education, Community Health Work, HIV Education, and Entrepreneurship, Domianah brings extensive experience in community health and outreach. Domianah has seven years experience working as a Community Health Worker; five years experience working as a peer educator to teach sex workers about safe sex practices; five years experience working with HIV/AIDS positive women to start small businesses; and two years marketing experience at Carmax Motor Vehicles. At Access Afya, Domianah feelsshe has learned so much about medicines and now she doesn’t fear blood. Domianah describes herself as a social, open, and friendly person.

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Beatrice Wanjiru Maina

Healthy Schools Program Coordinator

Beatrice (“Beaty”) is our Healthy Schools Program Coordinator. She collaborates with teachers and parents in our Healthy Schools and liaises with Healthy Schools team members and other Access Afya staff. With a certificate in community health, Beaty brings three years experience as a Community Health Worker in Sinai Village. Since coming to Access Afya, Beaty has learned a lot about drugs. She is also a proud mother of three children.

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Georginah Ndanu

Customer Care Representative.

Georginah, as our lead customer care intern, ensures that Access Afya patients are satisfied with the care and services they receive by making customer care calls and conducting focus group meetings, among her many other customer-facing activities. She comes to the organization with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and Public Relations and experience as an intern in the Community Liaison Department of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and a volunteer for the Women’s Health Program of the Mradi Health Care Foundation. Georginah’s motivation to work with Access Afya comes from her deep interest to work closely with community members living in informal settlements by assisting in ways that improve their health and well-being.

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Anne Amwata

Lab Technologist

Anne Amwata,  is a Lab Technologist at Access Afya. Anne holds a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the Maseno University. Prior to Access Afya, Anne worked at Aga Khan as Lab Technologist and with the Walter Reed Project on the malaria vaccine study as the Lab Technologist.Anne has a passion for quality and lab service because it helps manage patients and their recovery through correct treatment. In her free time, she loves traveling and gospel music.

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Osob Osman

M&E Fellow

Osob Osman, is Access Afya’s M&E Fellow. As an M&E Fellow, Osob provides support in capturing data and evaluating ongoing programs and all clinics (Kisii Clinic, Sinai Clinic, Kiambiu Clinic) to aid effective decision-making. Osob is also responsible for the overall M&E and learning needs of the organization and will come up with findings based on real data to show performance of the projects. Before joining Access Afya, Osob is completing an MSc in Development Management at University of Birmingham in the UK.

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Evans Amisi Nyandagwa

Clinical Officer


Amisi is a Clinician at Access Afya’s Sinai Clinic, where diagnoses and treats patients. Amisi holds a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from KMTC. Prior to Access Afya, Amisi worked with the Chukka District Hospital. Amisi enjoys working at Access Afya, because of the services provided and management offered. In his free time, Amisi enjoys playing football, traveling and reading spiritual books

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Victor Obondo

Filing and digitization intern

Victor holds a BSc. in Health Information Management from Kenyatta University and is responsible for digitization and data cleaning at Access Afya. Victor has been involved in health information management, research, monitoring and evaluation, counselling and integrated outreaches, working with healthcare institutions and nongovernmental organizations. His interest is promoting and improving health through information, education and communication and maintaining real-time information for service delivery and decision-making. Victor feels that his role in the institution will help enhance and maintain medical information and reporting, key to informing strategic directions, driving service delivery and empowering communities.

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Patrick Kiragu

Healthy Schools Program Nurse

Patrick provides medical care and health check-ups to all Healthy Schools program participants. He also supports Kisii and Sinai Clinics by providing mother-child health services there. Patrick has a diploma in Community Health Nursing from KMTC, Thika Campus, and a certificate in Information Technology from St. John’s Computer College. He brings a wealth of experience to Access Afya, having worked in Kajiado County as a Community Health Nurse and Nairobi Women’s Hospital as an ER and theatre nurse. Patrick has a passion for preventive medicine, especially in the pediatric field, and he knows the importance and value of prevention and health education.

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Evelyne Ndambuki

Community Health Worker

Evelyn comes Access Afya with three years of experience as a Community Health Worker (CHW), as well as formal training in water and sanitation (through “KWAO” and the Nairobi Water Department), HIV counseling and testing (through Liverpool), family planning services (through “Tubange” and Marie Stopes). Additionally, she has been trained in Community Strategy, in the departments of disease severance, nutrition, family matters, and managing teen behaviors. As an active member of the Community Health Volunteer Unit of Mukuru through which she performs home visits and collects population data, she enjoys serving the community and always looks for opportunities to advance her knowledge in health so she can best support her community in Mukuru, Kisii Village. Evelyn enjoys working with Access Afya for its environment of learning and personal development and the chance for her to share her health knowledge with the community.

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Lucy Wairimu

Community Health Worker

With 10 years of experience as a Community Health Worker (CHW), extensive training in supporting community programs, and training in family planning services, nutrition education, and HIV testing and counselling, Lucy brings a wealth of experience to Access Afya. Lucy is passionate about supporting pregnant mothers and children in her community. She wants to see pregnant mothers deliver safely, fewer maternal deaths, and all children having access to vaccines. Lucy also seeks to lower the number of bedridden patients in the community by educating her community and improving health-seeking behaviors. She continues to volunteer as a CHW and refers pregnant mothers to health care facilities for antenatal clinic services and collects data on household data on family planning.

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Millicent Akinyi

Community Health Worker

Millicent joins Access Afya with four years of experience as a Community Health Volunteer (CHV). Her focus has been working with bedridden members of the community and supporting referrals to hospitals for patients that have ignored seeking health care. She has been a facilitator in the community, supporting families with issues that affect children and educating on child protection and conflict management. Millicent has received training in data collection and referrals management. Her dream is to see a community with better health-seeking behaviors and improve the overall health status of the “kijiji.”

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Duncan Goldie-Scot

Co-founder and Seed Investor

Duncan brings experience growing multiple ventures including Musoni, the first 100% cashless microfinance institution. Duncan is also Director of Mission Markets, a New York-based marketplace for impact investing and sits of on the board of the Microfinance Club of New York.