United States of America

Andrea Sedlock

President and Founder

Ms. Sedlock went on her first mission trip to Kabale, Uganda in 2009 and found her life’s passion. She has returned to Kabale each year since, and has diligently dedicated her time to finding ways to help improve the lives of the people in Uganda, as well as in the U.S.

She served as treasurer for another Kabale-based non-profit from 2011-2013, where she coordinated trips to Uganda, served as team leader, and provided educational support and medical care to the local communities. She also served as lead coordinator for all U.S.-based fundraisers.

In the U.S., Ms. Sedlock serves as a small-group leader at her church, Journey’s Crossing, since 2007, coordinates countless outreach events, and also leads U.S.-based mission trips.

She holds a BS in Animal & Veterinary Sciences and a MS in Genetics and Developmental Biology from West Virginia University. She is currently employed as a Biologist at the National Institutes of Health, resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband and daughter.

Tia Panuelo

Vice President

Tia is a graduate of Canisius College, where she received a Master of International Business degree. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies, with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Communications, from West Virginia University. She is currently employed as a government contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Panuelo enjoys traveling, and has lived and attended school in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. She has participated in study abroad programs in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, where she studied Spanish and Caribbean culture, and in the European Union. She also serves as the RI Trip Coordinator, for service trips to Uganda. Ms. Panuelo lives in northern Virginia with her son.

Sharon Landesberg

Treasurer

Grant Milne

Board Member

From early 2003 to present, Grant Milne has been Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist in the South Asia Agriculture, Irrigation and Natural Resources sector, World Bank Group. He has been leading regional lending and analytical work in natural resources management and policy, covering watershed management, forestry, and fisheries sectors. He also carries out substantial cross-support to other regions, particularly Africa. Grant co-chairs the Bank’s Water Resources and Watershed Management Thematic Group, under the global Water Anchor. From 1992 to 2003, Grant lived and worked throughout Africa, first as a Chief Technical Advisor in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and later as a private consultant in environmental economics, policy and natural resources management for a range of international clients. He also served on the boards of a private financial institution and a regional NGO while living in Harare. Prior to this period, Grant was a Chief Economist and Research Manager with the Canadian Forestry Service, where he worked for 12 years. He holds a BSc in Forestry and an MSc in Natural Resource Economics from University of Alberta, and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Edinburgh University.

Haley Johnson

Youth Outreach Coordinator

Haley is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying to receive a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a B.A. in Government and Politics, and a minor in Russian Studies.  Miss Johnson is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. At Poolesville High School, Miss Johnson founded The Poolesville Water Project.  During her three year term as President, the group raised enough funds to construct three clean water wells in Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso.  The club remains active, and now donates their funds to Rukundo International (RI) to assist with clean water projects.  Haley has a passion for photography and the arts. Her photographs taken from her RI-sponsored trips to Uganda have been displayed in the Capitol, on the National Portrait Gallery’s website, and at an exhibition at the Honfleur Gallery.  Miss Johnson splits her time between College Park, MD and Poolesville, MD, when she’s not pursuing her passion of traveling. As our Youth Outreach Coordinator, Haley is in charge of coordinating RI high school and college clubs.

U.S. Steering Committee Members

  • Rita Kamya-Estiphanos
  • David & Kathy Garner
  • Anne Giampietro
  • Karen Pennington
  • Jeff & Rose Quintilian
  • Mia Schwerin
  • Valentino Andy Williams
  • Nathan Youell

Uganda

Isaac Twinamasiko

Programs Coordinator

As the in-country Coordinator of all RI programs, Isaac is responsible for developing and maintaining community and government partnerships in Uganda. He has broad experience in the nonprofit sector, including previous work with Compassion International, Foundation Uganda, as well as other NGO’s. He worked in the Kabale local government Office of Probation and Social Welfare as a Child Rights Advocate, where he gained extensive experience dealing with orphans and other vulnerable children. Isaac also served as a Youth Leader in the Kabale District Youth Council for four years. His vision is helping Ugandan children grow to reach their full potential, watching their dreams become reality, and assisting them to become champions for change. He is committed to seeing RI grow to create sustainable impact in Ugandan communities. Isaac is a graduate of Uganda Christian University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration. He also holds certificates in Leadership and Child Management.

Joseline Korugyendo

Board Member

Joseline is the Director of both Women for Rights and Democracy in Ugandaand Future Generation Nursery and Primary School. She is a trained paralegal, and experienced women and children’s activist, who has worked with different organizations and communities since 2008. Joseline is a graduate teacher, with a Bachelor’s degree and diploma in secondary education.  Through her many years of work fighting for women’s and children’s rights, she has attended and attained various trainings, and is active in a number of different forums.  She serves as a Board Member of the Kabale Civil Society Forum, and as a Citizen Journalist News Reporter with Voice of Kigezi and Uganda Radio Network. She is a member of the Kabale Municipality Development Forum, the District Coordination Committee, Kigezi Inter-Religious Forum, and a management-level committee member for Kabuli Police Barracks Health Center II. Her work experience and involvement with the community makes her a valued member of the RI board.

George Kwarigaba

Board Treasurer

Tom Muhumuza

Board Member