Board of Directors - U.S.

Julie Secrist
Julie Secrist – Founder and President

Upon graduation, Julie worked for Procter and Gamble before transitioning to the non-profit world with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Westgate Chapel. Julie then worked in residential real estate from 2003-2013 before retiring to fully serve HEED Uganda. In addition to acting as president of HEED Uganda, Julie has served on the boards of Maplewood K-8 School, Africa Village Ministries and the Westgate Chapel Missions Board.

Steve Secrist
Steve Secrist - Vice President

Steve is Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Puget Sound Energy. He has been practicing law in Washington State since 1987. At PSE, Steve has chaired the Disclosure Practices Committee, was Secretary of the Corporate Ethics and Compliance Steering Committee, and served two terms on the Diversity Committee. He served as a deacon on the board of Westgate Chapel in Edmonds, WA for two consecutive 3 year terms. Steve has also chaired the Global Missions Board and Global Missions Executive Group at Westgate Chapel.

Barbara Snow
Barbara Snow - Treasurer

Barbara began her career in finance with a stint as a commercial lender. The world of accounting beckoned her, and she achieved her designation as CPA after a time with Kenneth Leventhal & Co in Los Angeles. She has transitioned to education, and taught business courses at the college and university level from 1988-2015. She was tenured at Shoreline Community College in 1992. In 2015, Barbara retired to volunteer her time full time with HEED Uganda. Barbara serves as the Treasurer for HEED for both Uganda and the US organizations.

Cheri Herzer
Cheri Herzer - Secretary and Director of Health Initiatives

Cheri, a registered nurse, has worked in the field of pediatric nursing for 21 years at Children’s Orthopedic hospital in Seattle. She has worked as a surgery nurse, a charge nurse, and currently works in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Cheri helps organize and coordinate health care initiatives for HEED.

Brenda Bratt
Brenda Bratt - Director of Human Resources

Brenda’s Human Resources career brought her to Ford Motor Company, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft over the course of the last 20 years. Currently, Brenda is working as Managing Director for The Team Effectiveness Project, an HR consulting organization. In addition, Brenda is pursuing a degree in Counseling Psychology with plans to offer private counseling support to local clients. Upon meeting Julie and learning about the mission of HEED, Brenda began to provide volunteer HR support, and joined the HEED Board in 2015.

Haley Millet
Haley Millet - Director of Community Development

Haley graduated from the University of Washington in December 2014 with degrees in Public Health and Medical Anthropology. She is currently employed as an assistant to Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, which pursues local development of the food system in the Pacific Northwest through research-based impact investment. Haley has been involved with HEED Uganda since 2011 and has traveled to the field in Uganda four times in the last five years. Her involvement has included grant-funded research projects, assisting at temporary medical clinics, leading community health workshops, researching local experiences with the health care system, working with locals on how to improve food security and nutrition, assisting with small business training, assisting with permaculture agriculture projects, and more.

Board of Directors - Uganda

Arthur Musoke - Chairman of the Board

I am currently the General Manager of CBS PEWOSA Cooperative Society, a microfinance organization and Business Manager for CBS, Ltd. I have bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. I am trained in Community Participatory Development, Farming as a Business, Community Health and Microenterprise Development. I have a passion to see individuals and communities benefit from Community Managed Micro Finance groups which use the participants own resources, with the objective of supporting income-generating activities eventually leading to better livelihoods.

Martin Ssepuya - Vice President

I am a businessman, and a trained entrepreneur running several businesses including a fast growing safari company called Asante Tours & Travel. I have a background in Project Planning and management with a post-graduate degree in Project Planning. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in the same. My undergraduate training was a BA in Social Sciences.  I currently work with WOMF and UCOM as the chief Liaison Officer between the NGO's and the government of Uganda. I love Christ Jesus and God's creation. One of my life values is; "to be the light whenever I go". I feel blessed to also serve with HEED.

Pastor Sarah Kaweesa - Treasurer

I have served in ministry for over twenty-five years as pastor’s wife and pioneer in the Uganda Christian Outreach Ministry which has planted over 120 churches. I am currently pastoring Wakiso Worship Center in Uganda close to Kampala City. I have a Diplomas in Business Administration and in Ministry Leadership. I am currently perusing my Bachelor’s degree in T-NET Training (Disciple Making).