While projects originally focused on Ethiopia, the mission of Fayye Foundation has expanded to include global projects that address maternal mortality and encourage family preservation.

Fayye Foundation is a community of like-minded volunteers who are passionate about global community and approach philanthropy from this perspective. Our board of directors come from varying backgrounds with special areas of expertise that will help us address maternal mortality and family preservation.

Jamie Lynne Grumet – Founder

Jamie Lynne Grumet is a wife as well as the mother of two sons. Jamie developed HELLP Syndrome during her pregnancy in 2008. If it were not for the life saving measures available to her, she and her son would have died. Jamie and her husband adopted their oldest child in 2010 from Sidama, Ethiopia. Upon learning about the lack of maternal healthcare and importance of family preservation in the fight against the orphan crisis, Jamie brought together a passionate group of people to start the Fayye Foundation.

Whitney McCollum – Chairperson of the Board

Whitney McCollum practices intellectual property law at a large law firm in San Francisco. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law and has a Bachelors of Science in Genetics from U.C. Davis.

Dr. Jay Gordon

Dr. Jay Gordon is a Wisconsin native and has been practicing pediatrics in Santa Monica, California for over thirty years. He did his residency training in SoCal, was the Senior Fellow in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute and continues to have a special interest in pediatric and family nutrition. He was the first male physician to receive IBCLC certification and is proud to continue working with lactation consultants every single day to ensure that all babies get breastfed. He sees newborn babies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and St. John’s Medical Center and works in his office with two excellent partners. His healthcare expertise is especially pertinent to our childbirth education and maternal mortality reduction projects. He has been with his wife for thirty-five years and has a wonderful 25 year old daughter. He has written a few books and monthly magazine columns. He stays as active in social media as time allows. When he’s not at work or with his family, he’s either taking a hike with his dogs or playing soccer.

Richard Grumet

Richard Grumet was Vice President of the Global Services Division at Polycom Inc. Prior to that, he spent 25 years in high level positions with IBM, Digital Equipment Corp and Bellcore. Richard holds a BA degree from the University of Arizona. Richard is married to Kristen, who is Director of Medical Devices for Quintiles Inc. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Richard currently has his own sales consulting business. He provides support and evaluation for projects involving microloans.

Thomas P. Morjig

Tom Morjig graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with his BS and MS Degrees in Nutritional Sciences. His focus of study was in the field of pre-natal and post-natal human nutrtion, and he was Valadictorian of his graduating class.

Tom Morjig graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with his BS and MS Degrees in Nutritional Sciences. His focus of study was in the field of pre-natal and post-natal human nutrition, and he was Valedictorian of his graduating class. Tom’s work experience includes the President of a 500 employee aircraft engine company and President of a scientific instrument company. He has served on several managing Boards during his career, including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Industrial Advisory Board. Tom’s extensive business experience coupled with his strong nutritional background is helpful for our health promotion and education programs. Best of all, he is Jamie Grumet’s Dad, and loves working with her.

Grace Showalter

Grace Showalter is a mother to a son and three daughters, one of whom hails from the Sidama region of Ethiopia. Grace received her BSN from Penn State University and practiced as a critical care nurse for several years before leaving the profession to focus on her family. As a nurse, Grace saw first-hand the critical importance of preventative maternal-child healthcare and its effect on maternal mortality and success in breastfeeding. After completing the adoption process in 2008, she became passionate about the need for family preservation services, especially those bringing vital mother-centered care to rural areas.

Bryan Ellis

Bryan started his career in the music industry working for Capital Records recording large, well known musical acts and has since moved on to owning several technology companies. When founding these companies he made a concise effort to incorporate eco friendly practices in his businesses as well as donating to non-profit organizations. He is passionate about Fayye Foundation’s clean water projects.