The Team

Dusty Feet has been fighting human trafficking in East Africa since 2006. We have four US based staff and seven Kenya based staff. Our organization is advised by a Board of Directors, which includes members from Kenya and the United States. Having bi-cultural leadership drives our passion to fight human trafficking while maintaining the highest standards of accountability.


Nate Kaunley – Director
Nate graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. He is responsible for leading Dusty Feet’s executive committee and directing the logistical aspects of the organization. Having lived and worked in East Africa, he believes that working alongside empowered Kenyans strengthens grassroots initiatives in impoverished areas.

Patrick Maina – East Africa Director
Patrick was born in one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums, Huruma, in Mathare Valley. He overcame incredible circumstances and graduated from high school in 2005. Patrick brings a personal understanding of culture, the daily struggles of the vulnerable and realistic solutions to area problems. He is now earning a degree in Theology and Biblical Studies.

Freddie Ouma – East Africa Director
Freddie was born and raised in the slums of Nairobi. He completed high school in 2002 and graduated from college in 2007 with a degree in computer engineering. His vision is to open a home where street kids can have a place to eat, learn how to read, and write and obtain life skills that will lead to employment.

Abigael P. W. Njoroge (Wambui) – Kenya Programs Director
Wambui was born in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from Nairobi University and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Tel Aviv. Wambui manages all safe house affairs and conducts trainings on human trafficking awareness.

Jess Heugel – Communications Director
Jess lived in Kenya from 1996 – 2000, developing a love for photography. Upon returning to the US, he pursued a degree in journalism. After university, Jess worked as a newspaper photojournalist and freelance reporter in over 30 countries. Now he applies his storytelling passion to Dusty Feet.

Pauline Matiko – Echo Alliance Director
Pauline completed high school in 1998 and graduated from college in 2002 with a diploma in business management. As the Echo Alliance Director, Pauline works to provide jobs that emphasize the development of personal dignity and economic stability. Her passion is to see vulnerable people become empowered and self-reliant.

Celia Plumb – Director of Social Change
Celia believes every person possesses great value and many of the world’s most vulnerable do not experience this truth. In light of this passion, Celia earned a Bachelor’s in International Multicultural Studies from Evangel University. She now lives to encourage, empower and advocate.

Grant Heugel – Echo Alliance Director
Grant moved to Kenya in 1996 and spent his high school years playing sports and traveling with his family around Africa. His background is in media production and project coordination. Grant served in Iraq as a Civil Affairs Specialist on a provincial reconstruction team. He partners with Pauline to develop businesses that operate both in Kenya and the United States to support the work of Dusty Feet.

John Mwema – Safe House Manager
John is responsible for guarding and caring for those who are staying at the Dusty Feet Safe House. He maintains the facilities and assists Jackyis in any way necessary. He acts, more or less, as a father to those who are on their own. John would like to see more orphans in our area assisted.

Mary Njeri – Safe House Manager
Mary is responsible for preparing meals for those staying in the safe house. She also monitors the safe house and teaches hygiene and basic life skills. In a mothering role, Mary does anything she can to improve the welfare of those staying with us.

Jackson Maluki (Jackyis) – Safe House Director
Jackyis manages the daily operations of the safe house. Having grown up on the streets of Nairobi, Jackyis is able to mentor and empathize with others in a similar situation. Jackyis manages the safe house staff, transports food and other goods to the safe house and acts as a ‘big brother’ for those who are staying with us.

every day, we strive to protect, advocate and educate.