Biographies for Board of Directors


Board of Directors for California Nonprofit


Larry L. Hines, President

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Larry Hines resides in Camarillo, California and is the founder of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya and serves as the President of both the California and Kenya nonprofits.  Born in 1939, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was admitted to practice law in the California in 1969 and is a member of the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Court of Claims, United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, each in Washington D.C.


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Kent Meads

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Kent Meads resides in Auburn, California. He was born in 1941. He has a certificate from Moody Bible Institute, 1963, a B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, and a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1970. He has taught Greek for Fuller Theological Seminary and taught various subjects at San Jose Bible College (now William Jessup University).

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Janet J. Ackerman

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Janet Ackerman resides in Camarillo, California with her husband, Dale. She is currently a member of the California Board of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya. She was born in 1932 and raised in Camas, Washington where she attended the public schools. She received her Bachelor of Education from Western Washington University, and a Masters of Early Childhood Education from California State University, Northridge. Janet has taught grades first through high school, with the majority in grades two to five over a span of 40 years. She has been a classroom teacher, a language arts mentor, a reading teacher and worked with beginning teachers. She has also been involved with accreditation teams over the last many years.


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Dale T. Ackerman

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Dale Ackerman resides in Camarillo, California with his wife Janet. He is currently serving on the California Board as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya. He was born in 1932 and was educated in the public schools of Camas, Washington.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from Willamette University, a Bachelor of Education from Western Washington University, a Master’s of Education from California State University, Northridge. During his educational career, he has been a teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, principal, superintendent and currently works with California Lutheran University supervising student teachers.

He has a long history of chairing accreditation teams for the schools of Southern California and has also chaired teams in Taiwan, South Korea, Pupae New Guinea, and Hawaii.


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Stan Smithro


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After 33 years as a sales manager in the pharmaceutical industry, Stan retired to pursue a variety of volunteer projects.  Currently he is serving as the Business Manager, Transportation Coordinator, and sometimes bus driver for Trinity Children’s Place, a full-time daycare ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Some of his other passions include the church choir, Men’s Fellowship, and local Community Emergency Response Team. Stan enjoys interacting with all age groups and proudly bears the title given to him by the preschoolers: “Mr. Stan, the Fix-It Man.”


Shirley Smithtro

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Shirley Smithtro’s career in education spans 40 years. In 1966 she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College. In 1993 she earned a Master of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific in Education: Administration. In the public school arena, she taught 26 years in second, third, sixth and seventh grades. Shirley continues to work with youth in various church programs. She and her husband of over forty years have two children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Camarillo, California.

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Ruth L. Fraser

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Ruth Fraser graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her thirty year career in education, she has taught all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 8 in California, Missouri, and New Jersey. She has taken leadership roles both within public education and  within her community and her church where she serves as Chair of Women’s Ministry. She also serves as a volunteer with St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and works with the emergency room staff and community.


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Robert D. Fraser

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Robert Fraser graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences. He has served in the United States Army. During his thirty-five years as a professional educator, he has taught grades three through eight, serves as an administrator at the school level, and a district office administrator and assistant superintendent in local school districts. He received a Master of Arts in Vocational Education from California State University Long Beach and a Doctorate in Education Management from the University of La Verne. He currently serves as the Director of Student Teaching at California Lutheran University and teaches Law for Administrators and Counselors.


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Board of Directors for Kenya Nonprofit


Larry L. Hines, President

larryhinesmediation@gmail.com
Larry Hines resides in Camarillo, California and is the founder of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya and serves as the President of both the California and Kenya nonprofits. Born in 1939, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was admitted to practice law in the California in 1969 and is a member of the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Court of Claims, United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, each in Washington D.C.


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Bernard Njau

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Bernard Njau is the current Chief Executive Officer and member of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya Advisory Board. He was born in 1968 and resides in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is a construction and civil engineering contractor and has years of experience in both commercial buildings and residential housing developments.


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Suzzianne Mutua

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Suzzianne Mutua resides in Nairobi, Kenya and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nadine Griffey Academy of Kenya registered as a Kenya nonprofit. She was born in 1975 and is a graduate of the private school system in Kenya. She currently serves as a Vice President and safari guide for Eden International Safaris and Treks.


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Agnes Wairimu Bisaule

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Agnes Wairimu Bisaule was born in 1966 and lives in Nairobi, Kenya with her family.  She has a Bachelor of Education majoring in English from Moi University and currently serves as the Academic Co-coordinator at the Consolata School in Westland, Nairobi.  Agnes also has special training and experience working with teachers and students living in the Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho and Kariobangi slums including the complex psychological, social and emotional issues inherent in working with children living in those impoverished areas.


Naomi Mutua

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Naomi Mutua was born and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.  She is currently a Business Process Manager and magazine editor, and has an educational background in Information Technology Management.  She has worked for several different organizations as a volunteer over the years.