Barbara began with Educate! in 2008 as a Mentor and the office administrator. During this experience, she takes pride in the fact that she has learned from the best team imaginable. She is now in charge of accounting and office management. She is glad to be part of a movement that transforms communities and empowers youth to better their lives and those around them.Barbara graduated from Kyambogo University with a B.A in Guidance and Counseling.
Director of U.S. Operations & Communications
Maya helps spread the word about Educate! through media, social media, and community events. She also manages the U.S. interns, the U.S. fundraising and the Educate! Annual Report and mailings. Before joining Educate!, Maya worked as a journalist and then as a publicist. Feeling that something was missing from her career, Maya was excited when her father (U.S. Advisory Board Member, Jim Ellman) introduced her to Educate!. She immediately got involved- first as a volunteer- and then as an official part of the team. Educate! was the missing piece in her career. She now does what she loves AND empowers others.
Maya was born and raised in Boulder and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She resides in Denver where she also teaches yoga. She has traveled all over the world- including beautiful Uganda!
Co-Founder and Executive Director
A 2007 alumni of Amherst College, Boris has been working with Eric Glustrom on Educate! since the beginning of his sophomore year of college in October 2004. During the summer of 2007, he spearheaded the development of Educate!’s new leadership program and made connections with countless individuals in the government, non-governmental organizations, and schools. After spending the first two years post-college working on Educate! in his free time, Boris jumped back into the organization full time in 2009. In his role as Executive Director, Boris works on fundraising, board development, strategy, monitoring & evaluation, finance and things related to people.
Boris was born in Latvia, and lived there until the age of 7, when he moved to San Francisco. He is currently based in New York, but also spends time in Uganda and San Francisco. Before coming back to Educate!, he worked at start-up incubator Loeb Enterprises.
Charlotte graduated from Kyambogo University with a B.A in Education. She started with Educate! in 2008 as a Mentor for the Kawempe cluster of schools. Currently, Charlotte empowers four Mentors working 11 schools. She is also in charge of media (stories, blog, profiles) and photography. She believes in youth empowerment as the only way to eradicate poverty in Uganda. Before joining Educate!, she worked as a high school teacher for two years and she is glad to be part of a movement that seeks to create change in Africa.
Graduate Program Manager
Solomon, a social worker by profession, is a motivated and enthusiastic leader who is also a network weaver. After graduating from Makerere University he worked for Lutheran World Federation and the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda. After joining Educate! in 2008, Solomon worked for two years as a Mentor with Educate!’s Hoima schools. Today, Solomon trains 400 Educate! graduates from across Uganda and neighboring countries. He provides training and mentorship and leads a supportive peer network and access to capital to help these young leaders and entrepreneurs turn their ideas for positive change into a reality!
Costence graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A in Psychology. She started with Educate! in 2008 as a Mentor in the Busiro cluster of schools. Now she is the Procurement Manager, equipping everyone in Educate! with materials to empower the Scholars. The most interesting part of her job is creating powerful relationships with service providers.
Maggie Sheahan is the Program Director for Educate!, and has been working in Uganda since 2009. She is inspired most by Educate!’s proactive approach: “We all know about the problems that challenge our world, most especially Africa. I love Educate! because it empowers young people to think about solutions!” After graduating from Pomona College in 2008 with a degree in Religious Studies, she lived in Denver, Colorado working with homeless youth. There, she discovered the vibrancy and hopefulness that shines from youth.
Her work for Educate! has included writing Transform Uganda, a handbook for our scholars to become Changemakers, launching the Change Makers Association, and providing continued teaching support for our Mentors. She is currently facilitating the Educate! Teacher Training Course as well as implementing the Educate! program.
Co-Founder and Country Director
Angelica, who graduated from Middlebury College, brings a creativity and passion to Educate! that is expressed in the curriculum she has designed for the socially responsible leadership course. Her experience designing curricula in Jamaica and the US gave her a foundation. Now, by synthesizing resources and advice from our partner organizations and contacts in Uganda and elsewhere Angelica has put together an innovative, trend setting course that changes the face, and enhances the purpose, of the Ugandan education system. As Country Director, she enjoys leading the staff and Mentors in Uganda.
In her words: “I know firsthand what it means to be literally saved by nonprofit organizations that embody creative solutions to society’s opportunity gaps. At Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Benson Wereje, Bahati and I swapped stories of how we all received “sponsorship” or scholarships to attend university and how it changed our lives forever. I felt such a beautiful solidarity with our students and reaffirmation of the necessity of this work.”
Volunteers - U.S.
Linda Schutter - Event Planner
Andy Segoshi - Graphics Guru
Max Sheahan - Development
Ryan Smith - Event Planner
Laura Uhls - Event Planner
Ashley Turner - Photographer
Debby Farrington - Management training in Uganda
Janelle Farris - Organizational Development consulting
Jim Smith - Management training in Uganda
Karti Subramanian and Vera Solutions - Monitoring and Evaluation system support
…Not to mention, many volunteers, student club leaders, and student club members across the world without whom everything Educate! has done would not be possible.