Patty Liston: President

Patty Liston is the president of Standing with Boys, an NGO working to alleviate the societal issues linked to the demographic of young, vulnerable, and neglected boys living in underserved countries.

Prior to becoming President of SwB in 2014, she served as Development Director for Grow.Learn.Give, helping to write and teach a maturation program for women and girls and as Director of Women’s Initiatives for Reach the Children, an organization working in Africa.

An international speaker, Patty has spoken at the international Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict summit in London, at the UN Conference on the Status of Women in New York, and at the Gender Equality conference at Kenyatta University in Kenya.

In May she will be speaking at the A.L.L. International conference in Goa, India.

Patty is a published author and the recipient of President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award.



Roger Liston: Director / communications

After a long career in computer sales and as an international corporate trainer for a Fortune 100 company, Roger “semi-retired” in 2000.

Since then he has started several cycle repair businesses, taking his knowledge to boys in Kenya and students at Kenyatta University.

He currently serves as Communications Director for Standing with Boys, and lived in Kenya along with his wife, Patty, to launch the program, in 2014.

He is currently working to transform the Standing with Boys curriculum into 13 entertaining television shows for children, to be aired in Kenya.



James Ouma : Standing With Boys In-Country Director, Kenya

James Ouma quit his job as a children’s TV producer in 2013 to devote 90 percent of his time to empowering boys in juvenile prison and informal schools. He has extensive experience and passion for using creative writing, music, film, reading, and coaching as tools to empower boys into discovering and finding their treasure for purposeful living.

James believes in the Standing with Boys premise: when boys learn to discover their own personal worth, they are enabled to become young men of Conscience, Character, and Courage. With this discovery, boys become more responsible and productive member of society; finding and providing their own solutions to the challenges they face in their learning environment and life. Partnering with Standing with Boys, James has become a powerful advocate for the program which teaches boys to become the best they can be.

James lives in Nairobi with his wife, Cynthia Wendo, a Chinese Language Expert and University Lecturer, and their three dogs. He is currently preparing to take part in half marathons and triathlons for purposes of raising funds for his work with boys

You may reach James at: james@standingwithboys.org and follow his blog on The Making of Jim Buttons.

Cheryl Forester: executive director

For the last 15 years Cheryl Forester has worked as a professional advertising executive and public relations consultant to a vast array of corporate and executive businesses.

Using her extensive network and people loving skills she is able to identify, understand, and qualify the intricate needs of Fortune 500 Executives in their search for top creative talent.

Her success has garnered the respect of her peers, fellow launchers and clientele.

Cheryl is the Director of Ladies who Launch and has assisted in the creation of many corporate and entrepreneurial businesses. An entrepreneur at heart, she launched a successful hand bag business that was featured in Vogue Magazine.

Cheryl is an active volunteer who has served on several boards holding offices with the Jung Society as Art and Public Relations Director, as well as Executive Director for Standing with Boys, a program she helped debut and continues to champion.

Cheryl attended university with a focus on Communications and Marketing. She is the mother of boy/girl twins.