Meet Our Talented Team

Village Impact was founded by Amy & Stu McLaren in 2006.
Our staff and board include a variety of on-the-ground workers and advisors.

Amy co-founded Village Impact with her soon-to-be husband, Stu McClaren, in 2006. She is driven by a purpose of giving back, by the belief that success is contingent on the strength of the community partnerships we forged and foster, and by the vision of unlocking potential in every children and youth, empowering them through education and business to build resilient communities for the long term. 

Stu founded Village Impact with Amy in 2006. Stu is passionate about leaving a great impact through Village Impact and his businesses. Stu is a successful entrepreneur that helps experts turn their knowledge and influence into recurring revenue with membership sites through his signature course, TRIBE.

Irene is the founder of  Volunteer International Community Development Africa, our partner of choice in Kenya. With her compassionate heart and mighty influence in the communities in which we work, Irene helps organize all our school projects and acts as liaison with the Kenyan Government.

 

Amy McLaren

Co-Founder

Stu McLaren

Co-Founder

Irene Natia

VICDA, Kenya NGO Partner

Elidah joined the Village Impact in 2017. She is the School Counsellor for Shalom Primary & Springs High School.

Her role is to help our students through the stresses of school & life, so they can be successful in their education.

Philip James de Vries joined the Village Impact team in 2017 to help them manage their web and digital properties.

Philip helps Village Impact maximize their impact online to reach the largest number of people possible.

Philip is our newest member of the Village Impact team, joining in late 2017.

Philip has a contagious smile that helps build community within villages. Philip helps our Sr. Ground Rep, Sam in the day to day efforts in our school & villages.

Elidah Wakanyi

School Counselor

Philip James de Vries

Web Developer

Philip Muigah

Ground Rep

Sam has served on Village Impact’s team for 4 years. Sam leads our Ground Team to help build community within our school villages. In the last 4 years, Sam has built an amazing community within our villages, which helps us to be able to assess the needs and how we can continue to leave an impact.

Carey has served as the Operation Manager since 2015 and helps runs alongside of Amy the day to day needs for Village Impact.

Carey is your go-to person for all the details that make the day to day running of Village Impact happen.

Sam Wangunyu

Ground Rep

Carey Leader

Director of Possibilities/Operations Manager

Milkah Mwende

School Counselor

Sylvia Brade

Communications and Chief Happiness Officer

Meet Our Talented Team

Village Impact was founded by Amy & Stu McLaren in 2006. Our staff and board include a variety of on-the-ground workers and advisors.

Amy McLaren

Co-Founder

Amy co-founded Village Impact with her soon-to-be husband, Stu McClaren, in 2006. She is driven by a purpose of giving back, by the belief that success is contingent on the strength of the community partnerships we forged and foster, and by the vision of unlocking potential in every children and youth, empowering them through education and business to build resilient communities for the long term

Stu McLaren

Co-Founder

Stu founded Village Impact with Amy in 2006. Stu is passionate about leaving a great impact through Village Impact and his businesses.

Stu is a successful entrepreneur that helps experts turn their knowledge and influence into recurring revenue with membership sites through his signature course, TRIBE.

Irene Natia

VICDA, Kenya NGO Partner

Irene is the founder of  Volunteer International Community Development Africa, our partner of choice in Kenya. With her compassionate heart and mighty influence in the communities in which we work, Irene helps organize all our school projects and acts as liaison with the Kenyan Government.

 

Carey Leader

Director of Possibilities/Operations Manager

Carey has served as the Operation Manager since 2015 and helps runs alongside of Amy the day to day needs for Village Impact.

Carey is your go-to person for all the details that make the day to day running of Village Impact happen.

Elidah Wakanyi

School Counselor

Elidah joined the Village Impact in 2017. She is the School Counsellor for Shalom Primary & Springs High School.

Her role is to help our students through the stresses of school & life, so they can be successful in their education.

Philip James de Vries

Web Developer

Philip James de Vries joined the Village Impact team in 2017 to help them manage their web and digital properties.

Philip helps Village Impact maximize their impact online to reach the largest number of people possible.

Philip Muigah

Ground Rep

Philip joined the Village Impact teami in 2017.

Philip has a contagious smile that helps build community within villages. Philip helps our Sr. Ground Rep, Sam in the day to day efforts in our school & villages.

Sam Wangunyu

Ground Rep

Sam has served on Village Impact’s team for 4 years. Sam leads our Ground Team to help build community within our school villages.

In the last 4 years, Sam has built an amazing community within our villages, which helps us to be able to assess the needs and how we can continue to leave an impact.

Milkah Mwende

School Counselor

Sylvia Brade

Communications and Chief Happiness Officer

Meet Our Board of Directors

Milkah Mwende

School Counselor

Amy McLaren

Founder

Braden Douglas

Founding Partner, CREW Marketing Partners

Collette Brunson

Board Member

David Frey

Founder of FitHealthy

Ellyn Bader

Ph.D, Founder of The Couples Institute

Jeremy Laidlaw

CEO, Robin Hood Technology

Nancy McKen

Bookkeeper, Liquid Line Inc.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Amy McLaren

Founder

Carey has served as the Operation Manager since 2015 and helps runs alongside of Amy the day to day needs for Village Impact.

Carey is your go-to person for all the details that make the day to day running of Village Impact happen.

Braden Douglas

Founding Partner, CREW Marketing Partners

Elidah joined the Village Impact in 2017. She is the School Counsellor for Shalom Primary & Springs High School.

Her role is to help our students through the stresses of school & life, so they can be successful in their education.

Collette Brunson

Board Member

Some call Irene, the Mother Teresa of Kenya. Irene is the founder of VICDA and has a mighty influence in Kenya.

We have partnered with Irene since we started building in Kenya. She helps organize all our school projects and acts as liaison with the Kenyan Government.

David Frey

Founder of FitHealthy

Carey has served as the Operation Manager since 2015 and helps runs alongside of Amy the day to day needs for Village Impact.

Carey is your go-to person for all the details that make the day to day running of Village Impact happen.

Ellyn Bader

Ph.D, Founder of The Couples Institute

Elidah joined the Village Impact in 2017. She is the School Counsellor for Shalom Primary & Springs High School.

Her role is to help our students through the stresses of school & life, so they can be successful in their education.

Jeremy Laidlaw

CEO, Robin Hood Technology

Some call Irene, the Mother Teresa of Kenya. Irene is the founder of VICDA and has a mighty influence in Kenya.

We have partnered with Irene since we started building in Kenya. She helps organize all our school projects and acts as liaison with the Kenyan Government.

Nancy McKen

Bookkeeper, Liquid Line Inc.