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Executive Members

Laura Andes
Board Chair

Laura Andes is an evaluation professional with 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, she is the Chief Program Officer  at Charity Navigator where she oversees development of the Encompass Rating System.  Prior to joining Charity Navigator,  she was  Senior Vice President of National Resident Services Mercy Housing, responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of Mercy Housing’s resident services program and strategic planning.

Vincent Basajja
Board Chair

Vincent joined RWA’s Uganda Board of Directors in 2015. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and master’s degree in Development Studies, Vincent has a keen interest in promoting and improving communities through education and has been heavily involved in community development work since 1996, specializing in creating HIV/AIDS prevention awareness .

Liz Lotz
Secretary

Liz Lotz has over 20 years of experience leading public relations programs for various industries, including technology, venture capital, and hospitality. She is an expert in guiding high-performing teams and leveraging both traditional and digital channels to drive brand visibility, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement. 

Liz was drawn to RWA because she believes in the “teach a man to fish” proverb and is globally minded. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, David, and my daughters, Elena, Sophia, and Nina. Her family is very involved in animal welfare organizations, and her home is shared with three dogs and three cats. Liz also loves to travel with her family. She returned last summer from five years in Panama, where she taught kindergarten. 

Laura Andes is an evaluation professional with 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, she is the Chief Program Officer at Charity Navigator where she oversees development of the Encompass Rating System. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, she was Senior Vice President of National Resident Services Mercy Housing, responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of Mercy Housing’s resident services program and strategic planning.

Vincent joined RWA’s Uganda Board of Directors in 2015. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and master’s degree in Development Studies, Vincent has a keen interest in promoting and improving communities through education and has been heavily involved in community development work since 1996, specializing in creating HIV/AIDS prevention awareness.

Liz Lotz has over 20 years of experience leading public relations programs for various industries, including technology, venture capital, and hospitality. She is an expert in guiding high-performing teams and leveraging both traditional and digital channels to drive brand visibility, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement.  Liz was drawn to RWA because she believes in the “teach a man to fish” proverb and is globally minded. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, David, and my daughters, Elena, Sophia, and Nina. Her family is very involved in animal welfare organizations, and her home is shared with three dogs and three cats. Liz also loves to travel with her family. She returned last summer from five years in Panama, where she taught kindergarten. 
Denis Kasule
Secretary

Denis comes to RWA with a Degree in Development Studies, a certificate in Administrative Law, and a decade of experience in Community Development as well as local government. Dennis began his career working with programs supporting Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children.

Kelly Witte
Treasurer

Kelly Witte joined the board of Rooted Wisdom Africa in early 2019. Kelly is an Assurance Manager and CPA at RubinBrown LLP. She began her career in August 2015 and specializes in audits in the construction industry, colleges & universities, and with special governmental districts. She is also a member of, and Ambassador for, the Construction Financial Management Association, Denver Chapter. Prior to working with RubinBrown, Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Her non-profit experience started at the University, where she was philanthropy chair for Alpha Delta Pi, working directly with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in St. Louis. When she’s not crunching numbers, Kelly enjoys skiing, hiking, baking, and spending time with her husband and pup.

Denis comes to RWA with a Degree in Development Studies, a certificate in Administrative Law, and a decade of experience in Community Development as well as local government. Dennis began his career working with programs supporting Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children.

Kelly Witte joined the board of Rooted Wisdom Africa in early 2019. Kelly is an Assurance Manager and CPA at RubinBrown LLP. She began her career in August 2015 and specializes in audits in the construction industry, colleges & universities, and with special governmental districts. She is also a member of, and Ambassador for, the Construction Financial Management Association, Denver Chapter. Prior to working with RubinBrown, Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Her non-profit experience started at the University, where she was philanthropy chair for Alpha Delta Pi, working directly with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in St. Louis. When she’s not crunching numbers, Kelly enjoys skiing, hiking, baking, and spending time with her husband and pup.

Members at Large

Catherine (Cate), a respected local leader in Kisekka sub-county, is pivotal in advancing community development. Engaging with Rooted Wisdom Africa, she initially benefited from the Women’s Enterprise Training Program and has since encouraged countless community members to join the organization’s programs. Now serving as a board member, her expertise in banana plantation farming contributes significantly to rural livelihoods.

Christopher Moore is the President of Quiet Light, a middle-market M&A firm that helps digital entrepreneurs sell their businesses. He’s also the founder of Gadabout Media, which creates rich digital media for nonprofits, travel sites, and more.  Christopher is also an award-winning director, experienced travel coordinator and guide, and sought-after speaker. When he’s not out globetrotting to some far-flung corner of the world, he resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Deon MacMillan is a Strategic Human Resources Leader with a values-based leadership style who drives global business results through partnerships with executive leadership teams and boards. She brings industry experience in academia and research, oil and gas, technology, healthcare, and agriculture, and has the proven ability to establish trusting partnerships at all levels of the organization. Deon is also commercially focused and energetic, with experience leading organizational change across various industries and diverse organizational cultures.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the President of Quiet Light, a middle-market M&A firm that helps digital entrepreneurs sell their businesses. He’s also the founder of Gadabout Media, which creates rich digital media for nonprofits, travel sites, and more.  Christopher is also an award-winning director, experienced travel coordinator and guide, and sought-after speaker. When he’s not out globetrotting to some far-flung corner of the world, he resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Deon MacMillan

Deon MacMillan is a Strategic Human Resources Leader with a values-based leadership style who drives global business results through partnerships with executive leadership teams and boards. She brings industry experience in academia and research, oil and gas, technology, healthcare, and agriculture, and has the proven ability to establish trusting partnerships at all levels of the organization. Deon is also commercially focused and energetic, with experience leading organizational change across various industries and diverse organizational cultures.

Geraldine Majera

Geraldine’s journey with Rooted Wisdom Africa began in 2021 as a beneficiary of the Women’s Enterprise Training Program, followed by participation in the Farmer Field School Program. Recognized for her dedication, she ascended to the board in 2022. Alongside her farming pursuits, Geraldine serves as a revered religious teacher at the sub parish level, embodying a holistic approach to community empowerment.

Christopher Moore is the President of Quiet Light, a middle-market M&A firm that helps digital entrepreneurs sell their businesses. He’s also the founder of Gadabout Media, which creates rich digital media for nonprofits, travel sites, and more.  Christopher is also an award-winning director, experienced travel coordinator and guide, and sought-after speaker. When he’s not out globetrotting to some far-flung corner of the world, he resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Deon MacMillan is a Strategic Human Resources Leader with a values-based leadership style who drives global business results through partnerships with executive leadership teams and boards. She brings industry experience in academia and research, oil and gas, technology, healthcare, and agriculture, and has the proven ability to establish trusting partnerships at all levels of the organization. Deon is also commercially focused and energetic, with experience leading organizational change across various industries and diverse organizational cultures.

Geraldine’s journey with Rooted Wisdom Africa began in 2021 as a beneficiary of the Women’s Enterprise Training Program, followed by participation in the Farmer Field School Program. Recognized for her dedication, she ascended to the board in 2022. Alongside her farming pursuits, Geraldine serves as a revered religious teacher at the sub parish level, embodying a holistic approach to community empowerment.

Kajjubi Nurudini

A certified veterinarian of 22 years, Nurudini joined RWA as our veterinarian and livestock trainer in 2015 and is part of the team that oversees all RWA-related livestock projects throughout the sub-county where we operate. Additionally, Nurudini has also been elected by his community as a village leader and has consequently served on the Local Council for the last 15 years.

Nabakka Bena

Bena is a farmer and certified midwife with a certificate in nursing, who first joined the RWA community in 2017 as a participant in the Women’s Enterprise Training Program
(WETP). Having trained in bookmaking in that program, Nabakka now heads the Women of Kikinene Bookmakers group.

Sarah Herzog

Sarah Herzog is the Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Collaboration at Ardent Mills, a grain-based solutions company. She began her career at Cargill, Inc. in 1999 and specializes in strategically leveraging technology to enhance business capabilities. Sarah has experience in building strategies, managing large budgets (27M+), and leading large teams of people, including globally dispersed teams. She also leads the Women’s employee resource group at Ardent Mills and is excited to contribute her passion and expertise to the Rooted Wisdom Africa team.

A certified veterinarian of 22 years, Nurudini joined RWA as our veterinarian and livestock trainer in 2015 and is part of the team that oversees all RWA-related livestock projects throughout the sub-county where we operate. Additionally, Nurudini has also been elected by his community as a village leader and has consequently served on the Local Council for the last 15 years.

Bena is a farmer and certified midwife with a certificate in nursing, who first joined the RWA community in 2017 as a participant in the Women’s Enterprise Training Program
(WETP). Having trained in bookmaking in that program, Nabakka now heads the Women of Kikinene Bookmakers group.

Sarah Herzog is the Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Collaboration at Ardent Mills, a grain-based solutions company. She began her career at Cargill, Inc. in 1999 and specializes in strategically leveraging technology to enhance business capabilities. Sarah has experience in building strategies, managing large budgets (27M+), and leading large teams of people, including globally dispersed teams. She also leads the Women’s employee resource group at Ardent Mills and is excited to contribute her passion and expertise to the Rooted Wisdom Africa team.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors uplifts and empowers RWA’s mission, programs, policies and activities. Learn more about these amazing men and women who are pushing us toward a bigger, brighter future.

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Dan McComb
Board Chair

Dan McComb is the President and a Principal at dcb Construction Company, Inc. He has a 25-year track record successfully guiding companies in the construction, design and manufacturing industries. Mr. McComb brings invaluable experience in residential, commercial and retail construction management, and he has overseen projects with budgets as large as in the tens of millions of dollars.

Christopher Moore
Board Vice-Chair

Christopher Moore is the Chief Marketing Officer of Quiet Light, a middle market M&A firm that helps digital entrepreneurs sell their businesses. He’s also the founder of Gadabout Media, which creates rich digital media for nonprofits, travel sites, and more. He is excited to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Into Your Hands Africa, and build on his nonprofit experience. 

 

 

Laura Andes
Secretary

Laura Andes is an evaluation professional with 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, she is the Chief Program Officer  at Charity Navigator where she oversees development of the Encompass Rating System.  Prior to joining Charity Navigator,  she was  Senior Vice President of National Resident Services Mercy Housing, responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of Mercy Housing’s resident services program and strategic planning.

Kelly Witte
Treasurer

Kelly Witte joined the board of Into Your Hands Africa in early 2019.Kelly is an Assurance Manager and CPA at RubinBrown LLP. She began her career in August 2015 and specializes in audits in the construction industry, colleges & universities, and with special governmental districts. She is also a member of, and Ambassador for, the Construction Financial Management Association, Denver Chapter.

Rooted Wisdom Africa's Ugandan Board of Directors

Rooted Wisdom Africa’s Ugandan Board of Directors, comprises 10 members with a diverse blend of program graduates, community leaders, and dedicated advocates driving impactful change in Uganda. Their passion and expertise form the bedrock of our organization’s mission to uplift and empower communities across the region

Vincent Basajja

Vincent joined RWA’s Uganda Board of Directors in 2015. Holding a bachelor’s degree in
Sociology and master’s degree in Development Studies, Vincent has a keen interest in
promoting and improving communities through education and has been heavily involved in community development work since 1996, specializing in creating HIV/AIDS
prevention awareness .

Nabakka Bena

Bena is a farmer and certified midwife with a certificate in nursing, who first joined the
RWA community in 2017 as a participant in the Women’s Enterprise Training Program
(WETP). Having trained in bookmaking in that program, Nabakka now heads the Women of Kikinene Bookmakers group.

Kajjubi Nurudini

A certified veterinarian of 22 years, Nurudini joined RWA as our veterinarian and livestock trainer in 2015 and is part of the team that oversees all RWA-related livestock
projects throughout the sub-county where we operate. Additionally, Nurudini has also been elected by his community as a village leader and has consequently served on the Local Council for the last 15 years.

Denis Kasule

Denis comes to RWA with a Degree in Development Studies, a certificate in
Administrative Law, and a decade of experience in Community Development as well as local government. Dennis began his career working with programs supporting Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children

Ssimbwa Joseph

Joseph comes to RWA with a portfolio of diverse skills and experience. With a Bachelor
of Science Degree, Joseph served as an Agriculture Advisory service provider for the local government for five years, and with a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable agriculture, livestock and crop husbandry, and agribusiness for another five years. In 2017.