OUR U.S. TEAM

Three passionate, powerful women getting together to empower women, in general, and single mothers in developing countries, in particular.

Rita Khayat
Rita KhayatFounder/President
Rita Khayat is an IT Executive with over 30 years of experience in strategic IT, digital business transformation, enterprise systems implementations, global technology operations and M&A integrations. Originally from Lebanon, Rita had the opportunity to travel to over 35 countries, and was privileged to live in 6 countries across 3 continents which led her to absorb and respect the cultural differences of the world. She has a passion to develop people who are underprivileged and underserved, in particular, the single moms in developing countries, which is the mission of Tabitha Reach. Rita holds a Masters in Business Administration and Computer Science from Polytech Montpellier, France and a B.S. degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Bordeaux, France.
Lily Olgiati
Lily OlgiatiSecretary
Lily Olgiati is a Psychotherapist and International Public Speaker who uses creative elements to bring her messages of hope and transformation to life. Originally from South Wales, United Kingdom, she relocated to the United States with her family in 2011 – where she currently serves as the Women’s Ministries Pastor at Family Community Church in San Jose, CA. Lily has a passion to empower, inspire and encourage women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities to come together and be all that they were created to be. Lily is convinced that every woman has a purpose, and loves nothing more than to stand in agreement with them as they walk out the journey that will allow them to fulfill their purpose. Lily holds an M.A. in Integrative Counselling and Psychology from the University of South Wales, Newport.
Carla Fenner
Carla FennerVice President/Treasurer
As a retired career banker, my experience in business has given me insight on successful implementation of teams. By expanding this experience to the non-profit group, Tabitha Reach and refine them to a different country and culture, I am able to provide solid direction to our non-profit. As a member of the board, I am passionate about the moms and children in Ethiopia. I enjoy being a part of something that REALLY makes a difference in the lives of others. Those who would not normally be able to see or experience their way out of poverty. Those who by attending our 6-month program are able to learn an income generating skill and who can learn how to build a business – gives me such a sense of pride watching them begin to provide for their families and give back to the communities they life in. Partnering with our teams allows us to see first-hand, how these women are experiencing life changes.

OUR ETHIOPIA TEAM

Semeret “Semri” Demeke
Semeret “Semri” DemekeProgram Director
Semeret “Semri” Demeke is the oldest of five children, born and raised in Addis Ababa. Semeret has a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Holistic Child Development. Prior to joining Tabitha Reach, she worked for 5 years as a Communication Officer for Children’s HopeChest Ethiopia. She has always been interested in her country’s development and growth. During her two years working at Compassion International, she was able to have the opportunity to meet with beneficiaries and saw that women/mothers and children were the biggest group that were affected by the large developmental gap. This is why she ended up studying Holistic Child Development – to help her learn more about creating a responsible and equipped citizen in the country. In creating a responsible citizen, parents play a big role and in Ethiopia’s context, women are the sole caregiver and nearer to their child than the father. When the door to join Tabitha Reach was opened, it didn’t take her long to grasp the opportunity because this organization is working for single mothers who are heroes but don’t have a means to better support their children and themselves. She has joined Tabitha Reach with a full heart and passion to help the organization achieve its goal to support the women/single mothers.
Tigist Takele
Tigist TakeleLife Skill Advancement and Vocational Trainer
Tigist is married and a mother of three children (two in this picture). She has a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Leadership and Management and an M.A. in Development Studies specializing in Gender and Health. She has a rich work history experienced in teaching, supporting small business owners, program organization, training various groups, program monitoring and evaluation. She is passionate about helping to improve the lives of the women of Tabitha Reach . We are excited to have Tigist join the Tabitha Reach team and look forward to seeing her positive impact on the team and the single mothers that will benefit from her passion and drive.

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