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The school is led by a Board of Directors, which is made up of local Kenyan leaders from within the community. The board oversees the day-to-day operations of the school, as well as the admissions process.

The board is supported by an Advisory Board in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Advisory Board, which is made up of local Christian leaders, helps with fundraising efforts, encourages sponsorships, and offers support to the Board of Directors

Naphtaly Mattah


Naphtaly Mattah

1966–2020  |  Founder & Director

Naphtaly Mattah was more than a school administrator; he was “Daddy” and a father to all our students. When they needed help, he would go to them. When our first alumni got married, he stood in as the father for them and even hosted the wedding at GGCC. GGCC began when Naphtaly and his wife, Nerea, had taken in 12 orphaned children into their own home. They realized they needed a larger and sustainable structure to support orphaned children. Naphtaly and Nerea believed that if they trusted God and obeyed Him, God would provide whatever was needed to take care of the children. As director, Naphtaly saw the school continue to grow and thrive, becoming the blessing it is today. We will always remember Naphtaly as a father to the fatherless, just as Christ is to all of us!



Greg Lineberger

Executive Director

Greg has been involved in the ministry on Mfangano Island since 1996, going on the first mission trip to Mfangano Island from Calvary Church. Since then, he has participated in and led several trips. Greg, along with his wife, Autumn, and their 6 children, is excited to serve as executive director.


Nerea Mattah


As director of GGCC in Kenya, Nerea supervises all of the programs and services that the school offers. She oversees the academics at both the primary and secondary school, as well as the department managers in charge of finance, food services, campus maintenance, and more. Most importantly, Nerea is a spiritual leader for students and staff, serving as an eternal source of hope.


Pamela Baxter

Development Manager

As our new Development Manager, Pamela will be working on growing our relationships with foundations and churches, and providing valuable insight in many areas. Pamela has served a variety of organizations, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Gardner Webb University, and we are excited to welcome her to our GGCC USA team! Pamela brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and is excited about getting to know our organization, the orphans and vulnerable children we serve, and you - our amazing family of supporters!

Heather Kilcoin

Office Manager

Heather began at GGCC in 2015 and serves as our Office Manager, coordinating events, managing relationships with sponsors and donors, communicating vital information between the US and Kenya offices, and serving the children of GGCC. Along with her husband Michael and their 3 children, Heather enjoys spending time outside with family and friends, exercising, and helping coach her kids' sports teams.

Board of Directors

Ric Hinson, Chair
Matthews, NC  |  National Gypsum

Nancy Taylor, Vice Chair
Charlotte, NC  |  Community Volunteer

Chuck Estes, Secretary
Waxhaw, NC  |  Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Marc Oppenheimer, Treasurer
Waxhaw, NC  |  Retired

Mark Ladnier

Weddington, NC  |  South State Bank

Jim Bronsink
St. Augustine, FL  |  Retired

Chris Linke
Charlotte, NC  |  Retired

Teresa Hucko
Charlotte, NC  |  Retired

Lisa Smith
Charlotte, NC  |  Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Don Clayton
Matthews, NC  |  BASG

Len Firebaugh
Charlotte, NC  |  Retired

Michael Malone
Waxhaw, NC  |  Retired

Paul Myers
Fort Mill, SC  |  Retired

Chuck Trull
Charlotte, NC  |  Crumley Roberts

Mike Wilmot
Weddington, NC  |  Retired