United States of America
President and Founder
While participating in a volunteer service trip to Kabale, Uganda in 2009, Andrea found her life’s passion and purpose. She has diligently worked as a volunteer for the past nine years to improve the rural communities of Kabale, through sustainable partnerships and programs. In 2014, Andrea founded the charitable organization Rukundo International (RI), to empower Uganda’s most vulnerable through educational and economic opportunities.
Rukundo means ‘love’ in one of the local languages. RI currently serves over 1,000 community members, mostly young children, through scholarships, a girls’ empowerment program, and other community initiatives. The flagship program, RI Preparatory School and Community Center, opened in February 2018.
Andrea 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 (NIH) in addition to successfully running Rukundo International in Uganda and the U.S. She resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband and daughter.
Laura serves as the Director of Budget and Finance within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In this role, she is responsible for more than $21 billion in funding resources focused on policy strategies to address issues of national significance related to telecommunications, broadband, public safety communications, emerging technologies, and digital transformations.
Laura has more than 20 years of experience driving short-term and long-term strategic goals; achieving financial performance; and leading cross-functional teams within for-profit, non-profit, and local and federal government organizations. Laura received her M.B.A from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and B.A. in Economics with Honors from Kenyon College.
Jed Kreitman, founder of JEDForecasts, works with Government Contractors to win contracts, maximize financial performance, and manage growth.
Jed started JEDForecasts to help emerging Government Contractors and believes that the cornerstone of financial management is an annual budget and quarterly forecast system. This system establishes benchmarks for performance and models the impact of significant opportunities to understand our best price.
As Sr. Director of Finance for a small cyber security company, Jed worked with owners and executives at the Van Dyke Technology Group to secure multiple contract awards valuing in excess of $150M, grow the company from $11M to $58M in annual revenue, and close on a successful sale to Jacobs Engineering. In a short time at JEDForecasts Jed has supported proposal efforts resulting in contract awards to clients from the US Marine Corps, Department of Justice, and DARPA for a total value of over $18M.
Jed has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina College.
From early 2003 to present, Grant 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.
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Haley currently works for the government and resides in Howard County, Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a B.A. in Government and Politics, and a minor in Global Terrorism from the University of Maryland. She grew up in Poolesville, Maryland where she founded and ran 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.
Haley has been involved with Rukundo International since it was founded, her first trip to Uganda was during March and April of 2013. She has since joined the Board, gone on another mission trip in summer of 2016 on behalf of Rukundo International, met with the Ugandan Prime Minister regarding Rukundo International’s program, and volunteered in various fundraisers and operational roles.
Haley has a passion for photography and photographs taken during her Rukundo International trips to Uganda have been displayed in the Capitol, on the National Portrait Gallery’s website, and at exhibition at the Honfleur Gallery. Haley doubles as both our Board Secretary, and our Youth Outreach Coordinator, (she is in charge of coordinating RI high school and college clubs).
US Steering Committee Members
Valentino Andy Williams
George Kwarigaba is married with four children. He has a degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Business Studies. George’s experience spans 15 years of working with NGOs. He is the Director of Finance at Alongside Africa Uganda, an accountant at Kigezi Dairy Cooperative Society, and Chairman of the finance committee of Kasheregyenyi Primary School, as well as the Board Treasurer for Rukundo.
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.
Oscar Mwesigwa works as the inspector of schools, overseeing standards in more than 200 education institutions around Kabale. He is a lecturer at the university, as well as the board chairman for Bakiga Community Project (NGO), and the chaplain St Mary’s College Rushoroza.
Oscar is engaged in mentorships for young people and his passion for education and childcare has led him to pursue a Master of Education degree. He is a Priest in the Church of Uganda who believes children should be brought up in a godly, Christian way. He lives with his wife and children.
Hilary is a graduate of a Makerere University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He also graduated from Uganda Technology and Management University with a Post-Graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management.
In addition to his degrees, he holds various certificates of research. Those include certifications in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects, child protection, child development and management, and WASH. During his 11 years of experience, he has worked with NGO’s such as Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), Compassion International, Georgetown University Research Collaboration, and God’s Glory Schools.
Namanya Hilary is a value to his community. He is very active in child advocacy and community mobilization work, collaborating with community leaders, schools, and district teams. He is currently serving as a liaison to community members for behavioral change, protecting the vulnerable, and the delivery of social services. He is responsible for the coordination of all programs on the ground in Uganda.
Eunice is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU), with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration. Eunice also holds a diploma in Education, and has a wide variety of experience with various childhood developmental and social issues.
At the age of 23, Eunice began her work with children and has amassed many certificates in different areas of child development. Child protection, basic theory, and celebrating children are among the most important. She is also well versed and certified in child oral health, practical first aid, and pediatric HIV/AIDS. Due to her vast experience, she is often called upon to conduct assessments of children, as well as training and seminars to educate other professionals about health and nutrition.
Eunice is an astute business woman and professional who prides herself in her ability to thrive in leadership roles, project planning and management, and financial responsibility. She is a great resource to the Rukundo International Scholars program.