Meet Our Leadership

Fr. Richard Kyankaaga

mccj, Ex Officio Board Member

Father Richard was born and raised in Kabingo.  He was ordained a Comboni Missionary Priest in1992.  He has served God through the poor in the Arab World since his ordination. He is currently the Provincial Superior of Comboni Missionaries working in Sudan, Egypt and Lebanon.

Steve Blatt

MD, President

Steve is the Medical Director for Infectious Diseases at TriHealth in Cincinnati. As a founding member, he chairs the Health and Wellness Committee.  He has made 4 trips to Kabingo, Uganda as part of the HFK medical mission team. He feels blessed to combine his mission spirit and expertise in infectious diseases in caring for the villagers

Melissa Auvil

LISW, Vice President of Education  

Melissa is a Social Worker at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.  One of the co-founders of Hope for Kabingo, she oversees the Education Sponsorship Program and the Women’s Center.  She has traveled to Kabingo every year since 2010 and has always been inspired by the villagers’ faith, love and hard work.  

Tony Potts


Tony is the Finance Director for the Comboni Missionaries – North American Province. Tony also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Africa Faith & Justice Network, and a member of the Finance Committee of St. John Fisher Parish in Cincinnati (Newtown), OH. Tony traveled to Kabingo in 2012, where he taught a business class, hung mosquito nets, mapped and tested boreholes, and assisted with the medical clinic. He is a founding member of Hope for Kabingo.

Brian Roos

Vice President of Infrastructure

Brian is President of Morris Bean & Company, an aluminum foundry in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  He has traveled internationally in service to the poor through various short-term construction and infrastructure efforts. He is actively involved in Hope for Kabingo’s largest infrastructure project to date – providing clean, sustainable water.

Holly Mouch


Holly worked in healthcare for 38 years. She retired from Tri Health in 2017. She is the past president of the Good Samaritan’s, an organization of community volunteers dedicated to assisting Good Samaritan Hospital in its mission within the community of Greater Cincinnati. Holly attended the 2018 mission trip in Kabingo.

Dallas “Buzz” Auvil

MD, Mission Trip Coordinator

Buzz is the Medical Director of Psychiatry at TriHealth in Cincinnati.  He is the co-founder of Hope for Kabingo and chairs the mission team program.  He has traveled to Kabingo regularly since 2007. He welcomes you to come to Kabingo, fall in love with the people and join us in serving them.

Rachel Broering

MSN, FNP, At Large Member

Rachel has been a nurse for over 30 years and a nurse practitioner for 22 years. She experienced her first ever mission trip in 2011 when she joined the Hope for Kabingo mission team. It was a remarkable experience for her, and she returned in 2014. Rachel feels truly privileged to be a part of this group who has helped a small village prosper in health, education, business and community.

Bob Sanker

At Large Member  

Bob is a partner at the law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, where he practices in the areas of business, finance and commercial law.  Bob has traveled several times to Nicaragua to visit the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte.  He is a founding member of Project Education for Batahola which has sponsored students for over a decade. He also serves on the Board of Healthy Moms and Babes, an outreach ministry in Cincinnati that aims to increase infant survival and family health. Bob joined the Hope for Kabingo Board in January 2018. (Pictured on the far-right)

Maria Mukasa

RPH, At Large Member

Maria, a pharmacist, is originally from Uganda. She has traveled to Kabingo twice with her two children Mathias and Mariah who share her mission spirit. She serves on the Hope for Kabingo Board as an at large member and cultural advisor.

Andrea Dee

At Large Member

Andrea Dee works as an Agriculture/Environmental Educator in Northern Kentucky. She was forever inspired by her 2013 visit to Kabingo—a community of hope, friendship and gratitude. Andrea enjoys helping with Kabingo basket co-op sales, assembling Kabingo newsletters, and is currently serving as an Agriculture Advisor to the board. 

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