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Charles DeSantis serves as Associate Vice President for Benefits, Payroll and Wellness and Chief Benefits Officer for Georgetown University. His connection to Kenya is through his distinguished history of service to charitable organizations. He developed an arts education program for high school-age AIDS orphans in Nairobi‚Äôs Kibera slum; serves on the board of Nyumbani, a Kenyan orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS; and also served as an advisory board member for the Children of Kibera Foundation. His passion for art and the beautiful children of Kibera was the inspiration to start the Kibera Art Institute that has just entered its second year promoting visual arts creation in the community.  Charles is also the Chairman of the Board of the United States Association for UNHCR that serves refugees world-wide.  In 2010 he published the book, Smart, Beautiful and Important: Teaching art to AIDS-affected orphans in Africa's largest slum.