Advisory Board

Hope is the Spark that Changes Lives

Kathryn K. (Kit) Goldfarb, President, KG Communications

Kit has more than 25 years experience helping organizations meet their goals through the effective use of communications, marketing, and fundraising. Kit brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence to all her efforts, working as a virtual extension of her clients’ organizations. Her services range from online communications programs and marketing strategies to operational and administrative support. Her successes include providing counsel to multinational companies including GE, MCI (now Verizon), AMS and Alcatel to dozens of start-ups and non-profits as well as founding and growing her own company.

In 1999, Kit founded KG Communications, which quickly grew to a full-service PR and communications consultancy that launched some of the most innovative and successful start-ups in telecommunications and other technology areas.

Today, Kit is leveraging her experience and expertise to use communications and technology to help not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the area of international development. She currently serves as a consultant to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS and Investors without Borders.


Valarie (Val) Tomey, Managing Partner, Pondera Vita Partners

Val has over 28 years of experience as a business executive in commercial real estate management, providing services to major corporate and institutional clients and investors. She has a comprehensive background in financial management, as well as significant experience in the leadership of large and diverse staffs. Her demonstrated skills in strategy development and process management have resulted in the successful implementation of numerous complicated and challenging projects. She has also been recognized for development and implementation of metrics-based and results-focused performance evaluation programs that have helped ensure quality results.

For the past several years, Val has applied her organizational and analytical skills to the humanitarian world by recruiting, preparing and leading volunteer teams around the globe. She is currently a highly-regarded team leader for Habitat for Humanity International. She also serves as an advisor and team leader to American Foundation for Children with AIDS.


Robert Maynard

Bob is one of the founders of AFCA, having seen a need to provide medicine and care for HIV+ children in Africa and acting on it.  Bob is also the Founder and Director of the World Housing Foundation, a Washington, D.C. based humanitarian organization created for the purpose of providing affordable housing to those in need on a global basis. He also sits on the Board of The Organ Donation & Transplant Association of America.

Bob is the President/CEO of Concept Venture Companies, Inc., and Performance Management Systems, LLC, both Lawrence, Kansas based development and management companies that provide services, solutions, and systems as well as management, advisory, market research and G & A functions to medical/dental and foodservice hospitality vertical markets/related businesses. He is knowledgeable in creating operational structures, taking them from conception, through growth and into on-going procedures.

A seasoned traveler, Bob is experienced in working with charitable foundations, consequently interlacing corporate business with humanitarian endeavors.


Mary Engelking

Mary EngelkingMary Engleking joined the American Foundation for Children with AIDS in 2004. Mary heads her own consulting group, Mary Engelking & Company, which provides management services and consulting to non-profit organizations in North America and Europe.

Mary has extensive experience and expertise in areas ranging from construction and affordable housing to training, organizational development, evaluation, fundraising and finance. Prior to establishing Mary Engelking & Company, Mary served as the Director of Programs for Europe and Central Asia for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Based in Budapest, she was responsible for programs in 16 countries. Prior, she spent three years as a volunteer with HFHI, doing work on community development projects in Kyrgyzstan, England, and Bulgaria. Mary also did a fellowship at the National Center for Nonprofit Boards in Washington, DC.

Mary spent 12 years in the Air Force in a variety of assignments in fields such as strategy, program and project management of aircraft acquisition, and logistics. She lived in several states in the U.S. as well as abroad in Germany, Belarus, and Russia.

Mary has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University.


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