Julie founded HEED Uganda after a 2005 mission trip to Uganda and serves as president and executive director for the US organization and president of the Ugandan organization. Julie also serves on the board of World Concern, an international development and relief organization. Julie has also served on the Westgate Chapel Missions Board, Maplewood K-8 School Board, and Africa Village Ministries Board. Julie began her career in sales and management with Procter and Gamble. She transitioned to the non-profit world doing fundraising and development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More recently, Julie worked in residential real estate from 2003-2013 and then retired to volunteer her time with HEED Uganda full time.
Steve has served on the HEED Uganda board since the organization’s founding focusing on legal, management and compliance advice. 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 six years. Steve has also chaired the Global Missions Board and Global Missions Executive Group at Westgate Chapel.
Barbara has been serving with HEED since 2009 and joined the board in 2010. She serves as the Treasurer for HEED for both the Uganda and the US organizations where she has created and implemented best practice financial practices. In 2015, Barbara retired to volunteer full time with HEED Uganda. 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 transitioned to education where she taught business courses at the college and university level from 1988-2015. She was tenured at Shoreline Community College in 1992.
Cheri has been volunteering and traveling with HEED since 2010, and has been a board member since 2011. In her travels to Uganda, Cheri utilizes her medical skills to train school and medical staff to implement effective health initiatives in the area of sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, maternal health and malaria prevention at the schools and in the community. Cheri is a registered nurse who has worked at Children’s hospital since 1990 as a floor nurse, trainer and most recently in the neo-natal ICU.
Haley has volunteered with HEED Uganda since 2011 and has served as a board member since 2015. She focuses on strategic planning efforts and programmatic areas of disease prevention, adolescent health, gender equity, and food security. Professionally, she has partnered with Health Tanzania Foundation since 2017 to design and implement programs addressing substance abuse, gender-based violence, and sexually transmitted infections in low-income neighborhoods of Dar es Salaam. In the US, she has worked as a strategy and evaluation consultant for social impact organizations such as The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), The Rockefeller Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Development Council. Haley currently works as a Program Manager at Days for Girls International in Uganda, and serves in an advisory capacity to HEED’s in-country leadership team.
Stephanie began volunteering for HEED in 2013 and joined the board in 2018. Her volunteer focus is on marketing, communications and networking for HEED. She has three children, all of whom are involved and connected with HEED. Stephanie has worked in the marketing field for 25 years working at Safeco Financial Services, Starbucks and Habitat for Humanity. Stephanie is currently employed by Inviso Corporation as an online marketing consultant for Microsoft.