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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 Member

Hilary Sienrukos

Hilary is an experienced international project management, compliance and contracting and grant professional. She has more than 15 years of experience in the international development field and has worked for a variety of international organizations including the US government, the United Nations and NGOs. She has worked in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe and spent her childhood in Germany and Japan.

She has a master’s degree in international law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School Tufts University, a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She holds certifications in international public procurement, project management and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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Board Member

Tanya Parker

Tanya Parker has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and oversight, both as an employee and as a board member. She has devoted much of her career to leading reproductive health care services delivery to diverse and vulnerable populations. Tanya currently serves as Director of Compliance and Strategic Projects for a Planned Parenthood affiliate and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Tanya holds both a Master’s degree in African History and a Master of Public Health from Boston University and spent her early career working in international development. Her time in East and West Africa solidified her lifelong dedication to supporting work in local communities.

Board Member

Stephanie Sweet

Stephanie is a senior fiscal policy advisor with the World Bank, bilateral development partners, and think tanks. She has worked with more than 20 foreign governments on taxation and public finance issues in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She is also a research associate with the Overseas Development Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of tax evasion, data analytics, informal economy, and development economics. She has previously worked with Deloitte and the US Treasury.

Stephanie holds a PhD and MA in international economics and development from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MS in taxation and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. She also has a CPA license in the District of Columbia.

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Board Advisor

Grant Milne

Since early 2003, Grant has worked as a Senior Specialist and Technical Advisor for a major international development organization, focusing on poverty alleviation, agriculture and water resources. He has managed major development projects and led analytical work in South Asia and Africa, and supported operations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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 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. He has lived in six countries with experience in 65 countries.

Uganda

Board Chair

Joseline Korugyendo

Joseline 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.

Board Member

Gerald Areebahona

Gerald has over 8 years experience as a Community Managed Microfinance Officer and 3 years as a Programs Coordinator at Drucilla – a Community Based Organization operated by the Diocese of Kigezi that implements integrated, holistic, donor-funded projects, which include community empowerment through women self-help groups, and skills development through female adolescents’ life and vocational skills training.

He has been part of Diocese of Kigezi Finance and Administration team for 12 years in various financial, human resource, and administrative roles. Since October 2020, he has been the Finance and Administration Manager & Specialist at Revival Radio, an extension of the Diocese of Kigezi projects.

Gerald is passionate about good corporate governance and has an engaging management style, which includes coaching and mentoring. He stands as a voice for the vulnerable, especially women and vulnerable adolescent girls.

He has a genuine passion for making a positive difference and lifting people out of poverty as an active member of the Lions Club International, Kabale branch.

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