Janie Leland, FOT’s current Ambassador, has been named Associate Director of Development. This role is responsible for coordinating FOT’s fundraising, marketing and communication activities. Janie returned to the U.S. earlier this year due to the global pandemic and has been working closely with Don Hoover, Director of Development. As the FOT Ambassador, Janie lived in Kenya for almost a year and made essential connections with U.S. physicians, welcoming visitors into the FOT family. While at Tenwek, she hosted visiting staff and families at the guesthouse and provided information and insights about ministry opportunities within the Tenwek community.
In her new role, Janie will continue to advance the mission of FOT through building donor relationships, managing strategic communications and coordinating fundraising efforts. She will also support the work of FOT Champions and be responsible for gift processing and database management.
Originally from Tarboro, North Carolina, Janie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She is not new to the Tenwek community; in 1990, Janie’s parents lived and worked at Tenwek Hospital as newlyweds, then returned with their children in 2002 for a short-term trip.
“In all my contacts with supporters of Tenwek, one thing I always find to be true – each person loves Tenwek Hospital and is thrilled to support its ministries,” Janie notes. “Thank you for your generous hearts and eagerness to connect to the work of the hospital and the Tenwek community. I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of this team and part of FOT’s important mission.”