Board of Directors
Heidi graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Ecology. She had planned to become a Marine Biologist but the job market was sparse and she couldn’t bear to sit at a desk from nine to five, five days a week. Heidi spent the next three years of her life traveling the world and soul searching, looking for her life’s purpose. It was in Uganda that she finally found it-in the form of a 9 year old Karamojong street child named Paul. Heidi and Paul formed an immediate bond, and one that would change her life in ways that she couldn’t imagine. Paul taught Heidi all about the challenges that the Karamojong people face and Heidi began working with the street children in Jinja. After four short months in Africa, Heidi felt that she had finally found her calling, to serve the impoverished children of Uganda and help to change the stigma attached to the Karamojong people. She returned home with a vision and a dream to create a future for these children. With lots of hard work and the help of many others, that dream has come true and the organization Peace for Paul continues to grow.
Tomasz graduated from Washington State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He is currently working for a northwest general contracting firm as a field engineer. Tomasz began volunteering his time with Peace for Paul in early 2009 and has played the lead role in managing the design of Hope Home and Mirembe Cottages and will act as the Construction Project Manager.
Lisa graduated 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications. After working in the communications field as a newspaper reporter, communications consultant and public relations specialist, Lisa went on to a successful career in real estate. She has served in various fund raising capacities for a number of organizations in the past including Big Brothers and Sisters, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Hope Chapel Furnace youth group. Lisa has a special place in her heart for the children of Africa after visiting on two occasions. In addition to her duties as Director of Development, Lisa sponsors three of the Peace for Paul children.
Susan made her first venture into the world of volunteerism as an elementary student, and has since spent time with organizations such as the YMCA, Big Brothers and Sisters, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Her educational and professional background is technically rooted in design and residential construction. That along with her volunteer experience has fostered the tools necessary to endorse the Canadian Chapter of Peace for Paul. Susan has been a supporter of the PFP organization as well as many diverse groups globally. She enjoys seeing new parts of our world, and believes that human kind is responsible for making our planet a better place in whatever way they can. Her family carries a strong tradition of contributing to their communities, and in keeping with that philosophy Susan looks forward to learning and growing with Peace for Paul as their invaluable work for the children continues.
Brandi graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2007 with a degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. She moved to Portland in 2007 and met Heidi who had recently returned from Uganda and started Peace for Paul. After hearing about the organization, she knew this was what she had been looking for and joined the cause. Brandi visited Uganda in 2009 and fell in love with the country, the people, and especially the wonderful Peace For Paul children. She felt that the kids helped her more than they could ever imagine. This experience was completely life changing and she has now found her purpose in life- To help these kids have the best possible childhood and future because they deserve it just as much as every child around the world.
Ellie went on her first humanitarian trip as a delegation member of The TOUCH Project in 2002. She was only 15 years old at the time, but the trip helped her to realize that her purpose in life is to serve others. Soon after Ellie traveled to Ensenada, Mexico to volunteer with Genesis Diez, A.C. on their orphanage project. She repeated that trip a few years later and gladly admits that at this point she was hooked to humanitarian work abroad. While in college Ellie volunteered with Unite for Sight in Ghana, Africa assisting the vision impaired and traveled with Westminster College to Thailand to study public health. In Ghana Ellie fell in love with the African people and culture and in 2008 she linked up with Heidi to found The Peace for Paul Foundation. Ellie attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health.
Monika is the youngest addition to the Peace for Paul team; she will be graduating from Portland State University in the spring of 2013, going for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Monika met Heidi in 2009, she was amazed and interested as she began to learn more about what Peace for Paul does. Monika wanted to help raise awareness about such an amazing cause. In result, the first annual Peace for Paul Valentine’s Day fundraiser, Benefit for the Children Dinner was created. For many years to come, Monika plans to give her love and dedication to the children of Peace for Paul.
Amphy graduated from the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and has been practicing in the medical field for the past 17 years. She is a Registered Massage and Laser Therapist and runs her own clinic in Canada. Amphy is well known for her healing hands and empathetic nature. She brings quick resolution to her patients’ injuries with her in depth knowledge of both massage and laser. Amphy became involved with PFP in February 2010 as a child sponsor and quickly fell in love with the program and the children. Amphy is committed to “healing the world and making it a better place to live” and feels she can play her part in the process by changing the lives of the children of PFP.
Ian has lived in Calgary, Alberta since 1990. After graduation Ian worked in the service industry, until he moved into a successful career in real estate, in 2003, which he still continues today. Ian leads an active lifestyle, which includes endurance sports. He is going to make his debut on the Iron Man circuit the summer of 2012, with a half Iron Man race in Calgary. Through his training and races Ian looks to raise money and awareness for the Peace for Paul Foundation. Over the past 15 years Ian has traveled extensively around the world, and through his travels he has found admiration towards humanitarian causes. When the opportunity was presented for Ian to join the PFP crew in the Fall of 2011, he knew this was the perfect fit for him.
Dr. Mufumba is the director of Mufumba Medical Center and is the International Trainer of the Reason to Hope Family Training Program. He has 17 years of work experience and coordinates all community mental health activities in Uganda’s Jinja District. Dr. Mufumba has trained in Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and Italy. The Doctor treats all of our children and advises PFP on proper health practices. Additionally, he has taken our smallest child, Longoli, into his own home and cares for her as if she were his own. Dr. Mufumba is also extremely helpful in helping PFP with administrative and legal issues in Uganda.
Becky graduated in January 2012 with a bachelors Degree in Information Technology from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
“Just as every fresh graduate has from one of the best Universities in East and Central Africa, I had so many dreams, aspirations and visions for my life and future career. Little did I know that from the negative responses I received when looking for jobs in my chosen field, that God had something totally different in stock for me. It is not until I joined The Peace for Paul foundation in November of 2012 that I realized my purpose for living was not in the office, was not with the career I pursued at Makerere University, rather it was in touching the lives of these little ones. To mentor them, inspire them, and to help steer them to greater heights and above all in playing a mother role in their lives.
This has given me a satisfaction that no other job would have given
me, regardless of how much they would have paid me. At peace for Paul, I can proudly say that am living a God intended and purpose driven life and I have no regrets so far! Prov.19:20″
I graduated with a Diploma in Business Studies from the National College of Business Studies, Kampala in 1988. In 1989, I started teaching Accounts at Kampala Grammar School, a post I held up to 1995. Later in 1995, I was contracted by the Electoral Commission to work as a Data Editor, a post I held to 1998. In 2001, I returned to my home village and started teaching in a nearby secondary school, but the economic condition here was rough, so in 2007, Dr Mufumba encouraged me to join him and assist him with book-keeping records at his clinic. It is from this point in 2010 that an opportunity came in to serve The Peace for Paul Foundation, and currently I am the Projects Manager and I am proud to be serving this organization . As a team, we are registering a number of achievements. We are recognized as registered CBOs, NGO, water tower is a success , funds are flowing appropriately, and therefore I am proud to be part of the team.