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Governance

AIHWA has teams working in both the United States and Nigeria. The Nigerian associates know where the greatest needs are and can help navigate the American team so that donations can do the greatest good.

Kenny Udumka, NCC, LPC

Father Kenny Udumka CSSp, NCC, LPC, PhD

Father Kenny Udumka is the president of AIHWA and is responsible for general administration of the organization and coordination of fundraising for AIHWA missions. Originally from Nigeria but an American. Father Kenny is a Spiritan Catholic priest and is currently working at St Edwards and St Gregory the great Catholic parishes in Baltimore, MD. He was until 2020 the Board Chairman for Archuleta Housing Corporation. He is the board chairman of Santa Veronica Charity Foundation, Volunteer Sheriff Deputy for Archuleta County, Colorado, a Rotarian, and also belongs to several international organizations.

 

A believer in the power of education, Father Kenny has diplomas, undergraduate and graduate degrees in several diverse fields including Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology, Clinical Mental Health, and has a PhD in psychology. Father Kenny is a psychologist and mental health clinician as well as a National Certified Counselor, and State Licensed Professional Counselor. He is an integrated healthcare expert. With his educational expertise, wide-ranging background and experience growing up in Nigeria, Father Kenny is the ideal administrator for AIHWA.

 

Meet Our Team

Donald Valdez

Donald Valdez
 Director

Donald Valdez is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 62 since 2017.

 

Rep. Valdez has a background in farming and ranching and worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service before taking office. He has also served as Deputy Public Trustee and Deputy Sheriff in Conejos County. Valdez serves on the House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee and the House Local Government Committee. Donald Valdez provides important links between AIHWA and the state of Colorado

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Lori Unger, RN
Director

Lori Unger is a devoted Catholic who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska as the 8th child in a family of 14. She graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a degree in nursing before moving to Colorado and meeting her husband John.

Lori has independently worked for over 28 years in the real estate industry with her own company while also remaining active for the last 8 years with her church finance committee. She has been a loyal board member of aihwa since the beginning and now proudly holds the position of Secretary and Treasurer for aihwa.

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Valerie Halvorson
Director

Valerie Halvorson is an accomplished philanthropist and business strategist who exemplifies the qualities of a successful businesswoman, paying close attention to detail. She established a manufacturing company and has co-authored several books, focusing on mental health issues and alcohol addiction.

 

Currently, she serves as the administrative assistant to the Pastor of Pope John Paul II Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. With her extensive knowledge and expertise in business organization, she is a highly valued chief strategist for AIHWA.

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