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Just One Person...Educating African Girls Beyond Academics
1619 Diamond Avenue Chico, CA 95928
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Just One Person is an 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization FID #26-1779674
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Kim brings a wealth of talent, creativity and commitment to the Just One Person board. With 28 years of experience in accounting and financial management for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Kim’s expertise is invaluable to us in assuring our organization’s fiscal accountability. Her past clients include 
the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and its sister charitable organization, the Architectural Foundation of Northern California. 

An accomplished artist/illustrator, she has published several children’s book series, anthology portraiture, as well as illustrated line art for encyclopedias. As a wife and mother of three, Kim’s creativity and commitment to building community spirit is evidenced by her involvement in local neighborhood newspapers and holiday events. She is currently president of a visual and performing arts boosters organization to support arts education for all Chico Unified School District schools. She is now sharing her talents and enthusiasm with Just One Person and has been an integral part of the organization’s development. “I believe strongly that every individual is intrinsically equipped to bring about positive change,” says Kim, “One person’s actions can have very far reaching implications for the world community.”  

Just One Person
U.S. Board of Directors
Karen came to Chico in 1980 from Riverside to complete her undergraduate program in Sociology and to continue on with her Masters work in Sociology of Religion - Cults and Mind Control at CSUC.

Throughout her time in Chico, Karen has served on the American Cancer Society Advisory Board (1984-1988), help implement and ran the Jesus Center Saturday morning breakfast at Faith Lutheran Church (1991-1998), regularly prepares dinners at the Torres Shelter, and is actively working with a “sister congregation” in Rwanda supporting children to attend school in the Kagatumba Parish, Kigali.  She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Janet Turner Print Gallery at CSUC.

2008-current: Karen joined the Board of Directors for Just One Person, an NGO working in Kagamega, Kenya. This non-religious program is designed to empower high school aged women to further their education, giving them tools to mentor other women and make better life choices.

Karen is married to Jonathan Sylwester and they have one daughter, Katherine. Karen’s other passion is sailing and has coordinated and chartered trips from San Pedro to Catalina Island every summer for 40 years (with a one year break to sail the Sea of Cortez and the Mexican coastline) She enjoys organic gardening (for her catering business), jamming and singing with friends, camping and time away with her family.

Kimberly Kurnizki
Karen Avis