United States

Andrea Sedlock - Founder and Executive Director
Founder & Executive Director

Andrea Sedlock

Andrea found her life’s passion and purpose while participating in a volunteer service trip to Kabale, Uganda, in 2009. After many trips to Africa, Andrea started, in 2014, the charitable organization Rukundo International (RI). Initially bringing clean water to the Kabale District of Southwestern Uganda, four years later, RI launched its Flagship Program, Rukundo Preparatory School. The school is located in the rural community of Kyanamira, with the goal to partner and impact the whole community: one child at a time. Currently, RI helps over 1,000 people via five community-based projects.

Andrea holds a B.S. in Animal & Veterinary Sciences and an M.S. in Genetics and Developmental Biology from West Virginia University. She is currently employed as a biologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and successfully runs RI in Uganda and the U.S. She resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her husband and daughter.

Board Chair

Laura Pettus

Laura serves as the Director of Budget and Finance within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. She is responsible for more than $21 billion in funding resources 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. 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.

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Jed Kreitman
Treasurer

Jed Kreitman

Jed, the founder of JEDForecasts, works as a consultant for government contractors to help them expand their business, maximize financial performance, and manage growth.

As Sr. Director of Finance for a small cybersecurity company, Jed worked with owners and executives at the Van Dyke Technology Group to secure multiple contract awards valuing more than $150M, grew the company from $11M to $58M in annual revenue, and closed on a successful sale to Jacobs Engineering.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina College.

Board Member

Grant Milne

Since 2003, Grant has worked as a Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist for the South Asia Agriculture, Irrigation, and Natural Resources sector of the World Bank Group. 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 holds a BSc in Forestry and an MSc in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Edinburgh University.

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Secretary

Haley Runaldue

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 in 2013. She has since joined the Board, gone on another mission trip in 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.

Uganda

Board Chair

Joseline Korugyendo

Joseling is a trained paralegal, and experienced women's 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.

Treasurer

George Kwarigaba

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.

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Board Member

Oscar Mwesigwa

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. He resides with his wife and children.

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