Allen moved to London, the United Kingdom in pursuit of an education. Unfortunately, Allen suffered immense abuse at the hands of her sponsor, forcing her to flee to the streets of London. She was rehabilitated by Croydon Social services to get her life back on track. From 2006 Allen worked as a strong advocate for victims of torture and asylum seekers. She volunteered with nonprofit organizations Women for Refugee Women and the Testimony Project.
In 2008 Allen was a motivational speaker at a well-publicized London event “Motherland,” directed by British actress Juliet Stevenson and written by The Guardian Newspaper writer Natasha Walter. It was based on the experiences of immigrant women and children in immigration detention. Allen, her husband Denis and their three sons moved to Illinois to start a new life. Allen served as community mediator for the youth with Evanston Police Department’s Restorative Justice Program for two years from 2012. She attended the Evanston Police Citizens Academy to learn about her community. Allen is currently a member and a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Evanston.
Sally Ivaska has had a long-time connection with a love for Africa. She and her husband, Dave, lived and worked in Kenya for 7 years and their four sons grew up there. Sally lived for several years in Zimbabwe, traveled and did Bible study training with university students in 12 African countries.
Sally has lived in Evanston, IL since 1989, she holds church membership at First Presbyterian Church where she serves with the small groups’ ministry, the Moms R Us Bible study, prayer ministry, international students, and most recently refugees from Syria and the Congo.
Richard S. Bell is a native of Illinois. He earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and after service in the Marine Corps, Richard attended Yale University, earning degrees in law and philosophy. He was a full-time professor at law schools in New York, South Carolina, and Ohio. He has been in private practice for Business and Civil Rights law since 1988.
Richard is a founder, director, and officer of five not-for-profit corporations. He joined First Presbyterian Church of Evanston 25 years ago, in which time he has served terms as deacon and trustee.
Caryl Weinberg was born and raised in Evanston IL. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Nursing and later received her Master’s in Adult Education from National Louis University. In 1997 as a missionary, Caryl ran two remote clinics in rural Ethiopia focused on community health. After 3 years she returned to the United States to help develop an HIV/AIDS program with PC(USA) Louisville. From there she moved to Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Presbyterian Church Partners as the Regional AIDS Consultant for Central and West Africa.
In January 2005, Caryl moved to Accra, Ghana, to serve as Regional Liaison for PC(USA), in West Africa while continuing the AIDS work.
Jide Nzelibe is a Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He joined the law school faculty as an Assistant professor in 2004 and became a full professor in 2008. He was Associate Dean for Faculty at Northwestern from 2012 until 2014. He was also the Harry Horrow Professor of International Law at Northwestern from 2014-16. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools at Harvard, New York University, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Chicago. Jide is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Evanston.
Proscovia Nakate is a seasoned accountant with over 20 years working experience in the travel and hospitality industry. She graduated with a BA. in Business Studies from Makerere University. She applies qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for progress to strategic governance, policy reviews and resource utilization. She brings to the board her expertise in financial management, planning and execution strategies.
Madrin Nalunga holds a Diploma in Business Studies from Makerere University Business School. She’s heavily with Omega Healing Center in their hospital ministry. Her missionary work is centered around visiting the sick and giving comfort to those in grieving in hospitals and in her community. She’s the administrative secretary at Omega missions in their church planting department. She’s currently pursuing are Diploma in Pastoral Theology at New life Advanced bible college. She oversees “Father’s Heart Summit an international summit that hosts over one thousands pastors annually.
Diana J. Namiwanda is a Co-Founder of Community Network For Orphans Uganda and also overseas Program services and Donor Relations in Uganda. She holds a Degree in Human Resource Management from Ndejje University. Diana, has received Occupational Health and Safety Training from the same university. She’s served as a volunteer on the guardian angel team, relieving fatigued parents, procuring emergency care packages for abandoned and ill children as well as.
Godfrey Mugisha graduated from Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology with a Diploma in Electronic and Telecommunications. He’s a God fearing humanitarian at heart and loves training children and youth in soccer skills. He’s a volunteer sports services trainer for Community Network For Orphans since its establishment in 2017.
Dr. Sylvia T. Nanyonga is the Head of Department of Performing Arts and Film Makerere University the oldest university in Uganda. She holds a BA. in Education (Music and Economics) and M.A. Music both from Makerere University. She holds numerous accolades in the Music academia from Uganda, Norway and Pittsburgh, USA. She has contributed chapters to to various music books among which is “Girlhood Songs, Musical Tales, and Musical Games as Strategies for Socialization into Womanhood among the Baganda of Uganda.” In Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, Edited by Patricial Shehan Campbell and Trevor Wiggins, Oxford and New York published by Oxford University Press.
Flavia Nanyondo holds a in Diploma Hotel Management and Hospitality. She’s a seasoned foster mother with over ten years experience caring for vulnerable children informally. She’s served as a volunteer community Liaison for Community Network For Orphans Uganda since its establishment in 2017. She oversees the orphan rescue missions, processing foster child registrations, filing court paperwork, securing probation officer visits and follow up procedures for all foster children in our care.
Oversees Community Network For Orphan Uganda’s incoming donations, asset management, grants and financial reporting duties. Spear heads the development of financial policies and controls over in-country revenue, expenses, and gifts in kind.
Oversees program image, video and print communication. A strong support to our marketing efforts and ensures organizations presence at industry events. Promotes organization program activities.
Facilitates program activities and community level engagements. Mobilizes beneficiaries and identifies stakeholders during planning and development for program advancement.
Spear heads program work plans and budgeting. Oversees program implementation, caregiver training and facilities stakeholder supervision and monitoring of overall program activities.