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.
VP of Agriculture
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 helps coordinate quarterly HFK e-newsletters and is currently serving as VP of Agriculture supporting the agriculture pillar leader with their programs in Kabingo.
VP 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.
VP of Health, MSN, RN, CPN
Jamie is a PICU nurse at Dayton Children's Hospital. She also serves as a volunteer Cardiac Transport Nurse for Samaritan's Purse. Jamie first learned of Hope for Kabingo as a nursing student at Good Samaritan College of Nursing. She has been fortunate to travel to Kabingo four times and been amazed and inspired by this community each time. She is excited to partner with the wonderful Clinic Staff in Kabingo to continue working to improve the villagers' health and wellness.
VP of Economic Empowerment, YP Committee
Kristen is the Founder of DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections, a boutique dessert brand based in New York City that was recently acquired, and a co-founder of CTRL+, a technology company for e-commerce entrepreneurs. As a former brand consultant, Kristen has spent the last 10 years of her career creating innovative business solutions for large and small businesses alike. Her passion for empowering women and love for giving back led her to Hope for Kabingo. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn and hopes to travel to Kabingo in the near future.
Member at Large, YP Committee
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, and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, an organization that educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. Bob joined the Hope for Kabingo Board in January 2018.
Fr. Alex Biryomumeisho
Member at Large
Fr. Alex is a Parochial Vicar for St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes (St. John Fisher, Guardian Angels and Immaculate Heart of Mary) in Cincinnati. He is a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He is originally from Uganda. He traveled to Kabingo once, in 2016. He serves on the Hope for Kabingo Board as an at large member and advisor.
Dr. Patrick Kayanja
Bakhita In Charge at Clinic, Health
Patrick recently joined the St. Josephine Bajita Clinic as the Medical Director of the clinic. Patrick got involved with Kabingo when he was invited by Fr.richard to join St.Josephine Bakhita school in 2012 for senior four, after which he joined masaka secondary school and later joined Kampala International University for a Bachelor's in clinical medicine. He came back to Kabingo to give back to his community, through promoting good health, prevention of disease and treating illnesses. He believes the people of Kabingo deserve good health.
Francis Jingo was born in Uganda and joined HFK in 2011, after attending St. Joseph Bakhita. Thereafter, he graduated from Mbuye Agriculture College with a certificate in General Agriculture (crops and animals). He also received his diploma in Animal Husbandry and Farm Management. Later he started to administer community services as a vet doctor in Kabingo and surrounding communities. In 2023, he was invited to work as the Agriculture Pillar Leader and Coordinator for HFK. He continues supporting the village's poultry project, farm supply co-op, demonstration gardens, and other ag programs.
Melissa Auvil, LISW – Retired hospital Social Worker. One of the co-founders of HFK. She has traveled to Kabingo almost every year since 2010 and is inspired by the villager’s faith, love and hard work. The Ugandan women have changed her life! Melissa served as VP of Education for many years and continue to serve as the lead of the sponsorship program. As president of the board now, she is now serving the transition of leadership back to the Ugandan leadership. She is optimistic that they will pick up the rein and continue to serve the villagers.
Co-Chairman of VP of Communication, Marketing & Secretary, MBA; MS Marketing
Emily works at P&G as a Lead Media Planner for Home Care. Emily first went to Kabingo in 2010 on the first mission trip led by her parents. She has supported the Hope for Kabingo communications team since then. She was fortunate to travel back to Kabingo in 2020 and was amazed at all of the progress that has been made in the village.
Tony Potts is the retired former Finance Director and Business Manager of the Comboni Missionaries – North American Province. He currently volunteers for
Comboni Missionaries, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, St. John Fisher Parish and Hope for Kabingo. His wife of 40+ years, Stacey Potts, is a former Hope for Kabingo board member. They traveled to Kabingo in 2012. Tony & Stacey have three sons and six grandchildren.
Co-Chairman of VP of Communication, Marketing & Secretary, BFA Design
Mary joined the Hope for Kabingo team in 2014, volunteering with the Marketing & Communications team to provide graphic design, web and marketing support. Mary is a creative designer and Art Director, with a background in leading teams in creative marketing, eCommerce website design and visual communication strategy. Mary, her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, Claire & Anna, live in Cincinnati.
VP of Education
Suzette is a teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School in Cincinnati, OH. She has been an educator for 30 years. Suzette initially traveled to Uganda in 2007. After meeting Fr. Richard and the students at the secondary school, she began sponsoring students. Involved with the Education Committee since 2014, she is now the chair. On her first trip, Suzette left a part of her heart in Uganda and is forever blessed to call the people of Kabingo her brothers and sisters in faith.
Dallas "Buzz" Auvil
Member at Large
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.
Member at Large - Empowerment, YP Committee
John is a retired R&D Chemical Engineer from Procter and Gamble. As a member of Engineers Without Borders he has been to Uganda four times and Kabingo twice. He was part of the team that designed and installed the first water sourcing and purification system in Kabingo.
Coordinator, Education & Economic Empowerment
Elizabeth has been with Hope for Kabingo since 2016 and has a crucial role in connecting all of the pillar leaders in Kabingo. She leads the charge for the Women’s Center, the Basket Co-op and Education. She thinks the sponsorship program is amazing for the students. She has seen the huge impact that the water project has made for the villagers and that the Bakhita Health Center is one of the biggest graces for the village as most people believe that “health is wealth”. She is a happily married mother of two girls and enjoys expanding her piggery project on the side!
Water & Infrastructure Project Manager
David got involved with HFK through his older sister, Ritah, who worked with the original 2010 medical team as a lab tech. Today, David is a shining star in Kabingo, serving in the key position of Water Coordinator and helps to support our infrastructure projects in Kabingo. He built the village’s first water filtration system which serves 3,000 villagers under the supervision of Engineers Without Borders.