• Pete Thorp

Imara Names U.S. Operations Director

Imara’s US Board of Directors looked at the growth of our mission and the needs unfolding in Kenya and decided to engage a US Director for Development and Operations. This role will help Imara grow and increase our reach in the US to best support Imara’s moms and babies. We are excited to share that Amy Rintamaki, a marketing team veteran, will serve in the Director role beginning May 1st, 2021. Amy will put her years of Imara design history to work, along with skills in project organization, event planning and volunteer management. This is a big step for our organization, and we are blessed to have a benefactor to assist in the costs associated with adding personnel to Imara in the US this year.

Imara would not be thriving without you. Your talents, support, and prayers are creating an opportunity for 19 moms and 23 babies to have a brighter future, today. We hope you will join us in welcoming Amy into this role and stay by our side as we continue the journey.

Amy comes to Imara with a background in event and volunteer management, and design, along with great organizational skills and passion to the position. She holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and will complete a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University, focusing on Project Management in 2022. Years of service with Girl Scouts River Valleys and Osseo Area Schools are a demonstration to her ability to activate volunteer and non-profit teams creatively and efficiently.

“All of us at Imara International see an opportunity to expand our support for Kenyan teenage moms, and are thrilled to have Amy lead us in this exciting stage,” said Pete Thorp, Imara US Board Chair. “I’m really excited about this next step for Imara.”

Her hiring comes as Imara begins a phase of strategic growth in Kenyan operations, and U.S. development and outreach, building on the successes of the first ten years. The Christian-based mission, provides housing, education, skill development, spiritual foundations and medical care to pregnant teenage mothers in Kenya. In Swahili, Imara means strong or resolute; Imara International aims to create life-changing, positive outcomes for teenage moms and their babies.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve and lead Imara International here in the U.S. Imara is poised to step into a new phase of its vision, building on the amazing momentum of the past ten years. I look forward to being a part of bringing the organization to the next level, making an impactful difference for even more Kenyan teens facing pregnancy and an uncertain future,” said Amy.

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