PROJECT COORDINATOR - PHOTOGRAPHIC DIRECTOR
Kristen began her work on the Rwanda project in 2001 when she helped
David Jiranek teach photography during the second annual workshop. Since
that time, she has continues to volunteer teach during each annual workshop
and runs the NY office of the charity. Kristen is a documentary photographer
based in New York City. Her photographs and stories from events in the
Middle East, Europe and Africa have appeared in publications including
Time, The New Yorker, US News and World Report, Life, Mother
Jones, Rolling Stones and The Telegraph Sunday Magazine
among others. She has received numerous awards including first place
in NNPA Best of Photojournalism, and first and third place in World
Press Photo, and the Marty Forscher Fellowship, the Cannon- AFJ Grant
and the Getty Grant. She is represented by Contact Press Images.
PROJECT COORDINATOR - DIRECTOR
Joanne McKinney began her association with The Rwanda Project in 2001
working as the film editor for the video elements of the project. She
participated in the development of the organizations creative materials
and functioned in a support role for David Jiranek, the project founder.
With David's death, Joanne stepped in to direct the project and has
traveled to Rwanda to work with the children annually. Joanne’s
“day job” is in the world of advertising and youth marketing.
Joanne lives in Bruxelles, Belgium, with her husband and two young sons
but prefers to be dragging the whole family to various destinations
around the globe.
PROJECT COORDINATOR - PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jenifer Howard was first exposed to The Rwanda Project in 2001 when
David Jiranek returned from Rwanda after the Project had its first exhibit
at the US Embassy in Kigali. Moved tremendously by the stunning images,
Jenifer became personally involved in 2003 when the exhibit was shown
at The Lincoln Center in New York and has assisted in generating publicity
on the the Project, securing segments on ABC World News Tonight, CNN
and many other stories with the media. Jenifer is a public relations
consultant and specializes in consumer product promotion and lives in
PROJECT COORDINATOR - FINE ARTIST
Kesra is a fine art landscape painter living in Middletown, Maryland.
As well as showing and selling her work throughout the U.S., Kesra teaches
private art lessons to children and adults. She is Art Director at ThorpeWood,
an environmental education center near Thurmont, MD, doing graphic design
and web management. Kesra has traveled to Rwanda to work with the children
twice, teaching photography and many basic art concepts of drawing and
PROJECT COORDINATOR - TRANSLATOR
Zachary lives and works at the Imbabazi Orphanage. He is the children’s'
pre-school English teacher, as well as an accomplished artist and musician.
Through the Eyes of Children would not have been possible without Zachary's
hard work and commitment to the children of Rwanda and project.
R. TODD HOFFMAN
PROJECT COORDINATOR - PHOTOGRAPHY
Todd is a self-taught photographer (both older and younger brothers
have claimed to have taught him all he knows) started making and selling
documentary photographs in the mid 1970's as a freelance journalist.
By the mid 1980's he was the Photo Editor of The Christian Science
Monitor. Then in the early 1990's, he taught in the School of Journalism
at Boston University for three years. In 1990, he developed a graduate
level documentary photography program at Salt Institute for Documentary
Studies in Portland, Maine. Since his departure from Salt in 1999, he
had a three-year stint as First Reader of his church in Dover, New Hampshire,
and is Chair of the North Berwick Planning Board in Maine, Vice President
of the Great Works Regional Land Trust, and is a driving instructor
for his oldest child.
His documentary photography has appeared in many books, magazines, and
in large circulation publications such as The London Times, The
New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and was circulated
by The Los Angeles Times Syndication Service. A long time ago,
he earned a B.A. from Principia College in U.S. history, and a M.S.
in instructional media from The University of Southern California. Between
earning those degrees, he was drafted into the US Army and came out
a First Lieutenant two and a half years later.
He now lives on an old farm in North Berwick, Maine with his smart wife,
two beautiful boys, five friendly horses, a bunch of barn cats and the
second greatest dog in the world.
TARA LUMPKIN, PHD
PROJECT COORDINATOR - CONSULTANT
Tara is an anthropologist and writer. Over the past twenty-five years,
she has worked in Africa, Latin America, Canada and the United States
in the areas of ethno medicine, community-based natural resource management,
women-in-development, and ethno justice for a variety of organizations,
including the United Nations, United States Agency for International
Development, and Conservation International. She is the president and
co-founder of Perception.
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