Joram is a Rwandan currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Ginny Kimenyi. Joram was born in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and moved back to Rwanda with his parents, in 1999.
Joram moved to Knoxville in early 2010 to pursue higher education in the field of computer science. Growing up in post-Genocide Rwanda, Joram has always been in search for his role in helping his country grow into the next phases of development.
With the new friendships in Knoxville and old relationships in Rwanda, Joram hopes to engage subject matter experts and invested parties to find evidence-based/sustainable solutions to existing impediments to development in local farming communities.
Richard worked for over 44 years in nuclear industrial operations. That work encompassed nuclear safety regulatory management, facility operations, training development, for commercial power nuclear plants and, Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear Weapons and Research Facilities.
Vice President Al Gore awarded him a “Golden Hammer” for improving government based on his work to develop and implement DOE’s nation-wide Lessons Learned processes.He mentored the Russian government’s nuclear regulatory agency on capturing, processing, and utilizing nuclear facility operating experiences.
The Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators (INPO) awarded him a (national) “Good Practices” for power plant operational work controls (work planning and scheduling improvements) and another one for improvements in processing nuclear industry operating experience. He specialized in developing diverse teams to assess problems, perform disciplined analyses, and to develop proposed resolutions. For complex issues those processes included personnel at all levels of the affected organizations.
Richard is a member of Apostles Anglican Church in Knoxville Tennessee. He and Bonny have been married for 32 years. They have two adult children and three grand children. His hobbies include martial arts (8th Dan), ham radio (Extra Class – K4RLT), golfing (a high handicapper!), and boating.