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 enjoys helping with Kabingo basket co-op sales, assembling Kabingo newsletters, and is currently serving as an Agriculture Advisor to the board.
VP of Development
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.
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 three 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
Kristen is the Founder and CEO of DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections, a boutique dessert brand based in New York City, 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
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.
Fr. Alex Biryomumeisho
Member at Large
Fr. Alex is a Parochial Vicar at St. John Fisher Parish and St. Veronica Parish. 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.
Edward’s ties with HFK go all the way back to 2010 when he served as the medical team’s first interpreter. Everyone on the team fell in love with this bright, outgoing young man, so it’s no surprise that he was one of the first students in the village to find a HFK sponsor who would support him all the way through veterinary school. For three years he has served as the HFK Agricultural Coordinator in Kabingo, developing an impressive demonstration garden at the Women’s Center, teaching agriculture classes to women, and starting a chicken project in the village.
President & 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.
Co-Chairman of VP of Communication, Marketing & Secretary, MBA; MS Marketing
Emily works at 84.51 as a Loyalty Strategy & Activation Senior Consultant for the Kroger lines of business. 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.
James is the founder of Equitta Advisors, a financial planning and wealth management firm. His background is in Finance and Economics. He was introduced to Hope for Kabingo by his aunt Melissa and Uncle ‘Buzz’ Auvil. James and his family live in Terrace Park, Ohio and look forward to traveling to Kabingo to see the amazing work that has been started there.
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 daughter, Claire, live in Cincinnati.
VP of Education
Suzette is a teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School in Cincinnati, OH. She has been an educator for 28 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
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.