JD, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

BS, The University of Texas at Austin

Clay Landry

Above both the entrance and exit to my school is a plaque that simply says “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve”, and I have tried my best to remember how fortunate I was to be educated in a place where all people are valued and respected.

Remembering from Luke’s gospel…”To whom much is given, much is expected”. It is my sincere desire to strive to give all young people the same opportunities I was given.

Charity Rugege is a native of Uganda and Rwanda but currently resident of Northern California.

Charity Rugege

Her professional back ground is both in software Engineering and Risk Assessment with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA.  She believes utilizing technology and empowering women, with a passion of volunteering with different organizations that support women and families to sustain themselves.

Charity is enthusiastic about being a Goodwill Ambassador for Top of The Hill Girls Secondary School as she is passionate about girls’ education and she believes that a THGSS education will make an impact in Africa.

I had a chance encounter with Dr. Mary Murimi in 2004. We now know Dr. Murimi as the founder and visionary behind THGSS. However, at that time, to me she was a Professor of Nutrition at Louisiana Tech University. She graciously allowed me to work with her as an undergraduate assistant.

Tiffany Hylton

Little did we know this would be the start of a something much greater. For the next 11 years, Dr. Murimi would mentor, push, and help me fulfill my potential.

After earning my PhD under the direction of Dr. Murimi, I am now living my dream as a registered and licensed dietitian and Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama. I am also the Assistant Chair for our department and the Director of our Human Nutrition Master’s Program.

Through my experiences, I understand firsthand how a single, divine appointment can alter a person’s life. I believe this is what THGSS will be for the next generation of Kenyan girls. Through this opportunity, I am confident they will be equipped with the tools necessary to better their lives and change their world.

Misti has an MS in nutrition and dietetics from Louisiana Tech University. She enjoys working in the community and is currently employed by a nonprofit organization that assists students with removing obstacles from achieving secondary education.
She is wife to Alan and mother to Ella and Logan and resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Misti Walker

Dr. Murimi was my major professor and undoubtedly the greatest influence on my education and professional career. She was my gateway into the field of education. She taught me what it means to question and discover, and that education is paramount to changing the world.

When I met Dr. M, I was a stumbling student trying to find my way.  After working with her and learning under her wing, I entered the field equipped, confident, and committed. And I know I am not an outlier, as the lives she’s changed are many. I know this school will be no different. Empowering young women is just one of Dr. Murimi’s many gifts. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of her vision for THGSS.

Diane is passionate about lifelong learning. This passion has led her to pursue a wide variety of personal and professional interests focused on the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.

Diane Rane Jones

After receiving a BS in Psychology and a BFA in Acting, she went on to work and volunteer with various non-profits. She currently works as an Education Specialist for Girls with Grit, an Austin-based organization working with teens to prevent sex trafficking through education. She also teaches Mindfulness Self-Compassion classes in the community.

Diane is thrilled to amplify the work and voice of Mary Murimi in any way she can. She is passionate about the mission of Top of the Hill Girls Secondary School, and the impact – both local and global – it will have.

Phrashiah Githinji is a Doctoral student at Texas Tech University.

Phrashiah Githinji

She was born and raised in Kenya and she previously worked as a lecturer before leaving Kenya to pursue her Doctoral studies in the United States.

Dr. Mary Murimi is my graduate advisor and mentor. She is my ‘academic mama’ and is walking with me to fulfill my PhD studies in Community Nutrition. I continue to learn from her that we have a higher calling to influence people and change lives for the better. She has a great vision for the Top of the Hill Girls and as a fellow Kenyan I am excited because I know the school is greatly needed. I am honored to be a Goodwill Ambassador for THGSS and to help fulfill her vision.