Board of Directors

 

U.S. Team

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Peter Hilton
President/Board Chair, Executive Committee

Peter is retired with a career that includes teaching at Lehigh University and consulting at Arthur D. Little as well as the Technology Strategies Group. He has a BS from Lehigh and MS and PhD degrees from Harvard University. As a social action leader, Peter has been President of Kerem Shalom (a synagogue in Concord, Massachusetts), Bridge to Biloxi and Gulf Coast Works (nonprofits bringing resources and volunteers to help on the gulf coast of the US in response to Hurricane Katrina), and currently President of Open Table (a community dinner and food pantry program with sites in Concord and Maynard, Massachusetts). Peter loves helping the Clover Foundation develop and maintain a thriving set of services for the less fortunate children of Uganda.

Sandy Folk
Treasurer, Executive Committee

Sandy Folk is an IRS Enrolled Agent with a private tax practice for over 25 years. Her volunteer experience includes past treasurer of Picnic in the Park, an annual Town of Concord town event, past board member of the Mass. Society of Enrolled Agents, and member of the Finance Committee at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord.  She graduated from Marietta College and Boston University in the Financial Planning program.

Hannah Polakoff
Secretary/Clerk, Sponsorship Committee Chair, Director, Executive Committee
Hannah is a 2010 graduate of Smith College with a degree in government and international relations. Always engaged in community service and volunteerism, Hannah served in the Smith College Student Government and was a liaison to political organizations on campus, advising on financial management. Most recently, she was a volunteer with Rustic Pathways in the highlands of Fiji and worked as a private child-care provider. As one of Clover's first volunteers, Hannah is assisting the teaching staff and working closely with our Program Director Esther Makumbi to improve systems and processes for enrollment and assessment.

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Nancy Davis DeAngelo
Director, Events Committee Chair

Nancy has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. As chef/owner of Short Order Gourmet, she provides catering services for Metro West corporate and family events. Nancy also managed the cafe at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington where she also worked to foster a community partnership. She is a member of the Culinary Guild of New England and is excited to be a part of the Clover board and to lead event planning and implementation.

 

Diane Mercer
Director, Development Committee Chair

During a 25-year career in higher education, Diane was senior associate director of major gifts and planned giving at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University and previously, Director of Alumnae Relations and Director of Development at Wheelock College. She also worked in publishing and early childhood education. Diane served on the Board of Trustees of the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY and currently in on the Development and Advisory Committee of The Children's Room in Arlington, MA. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and holds an M.Ed. from Wheelock College.

Lisa Sajedi
Director

Lisa joins the Clover team with substantial community engagement experience both professionally and as a volunteer. A resident of Acton, Massachusetts for the past 13 years, Lisa lives with her husband and two school-aged daughters. Originally from upstate New York, Lisa served as Executive Director of the Clinton County Youth Bureau for more than a decade. For 20 years, she has been a representative of the Fresh Air Fund for the Metro-west territory, developing a volunteer base, recruiting home families and acting as liaison to the Fund's main office. Lisa is an avid tennis player and synchronized swimming coach. She appreciates the local, grassroots effort of Clover to make this world we share a better a better place and is ready to work to realize Clover's mission.

Phyllis Strimling
Director, Executive Committee

Phyllis recently retired as Director of Academic Events Management at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Prior to that she had served as director of Educational Programs at the Institute and as director of Radcliffe Seminars, a graduate-level continuing education program of Radcliffe College.  For over twenty years Phyllis was active as a community volunteer with leadership roles in many organizations, including the PTO, the local and state League of Women Voters, and Common Cause in Massachusetts. In retirement she has focused her volunteer energy on programs that serve the educational needs of poor children, whether in Uganda through Clover Foundation or in Boston at the West End House. She brings to Clover excellent management skills and connections to many others who are able to be helpful to Clover. Phyllis holds a BA from Vassar College and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Wade Callison
Director

John Roberts
Director

Fugi Kalisa
Director


Uganda Team

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Ivan Makumbi
Board Chair, Board of Directors (Uganda)

Ivan is Operations Manager in charge of warehousing and distribution on a grant that Medical Access Uganda won from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention to manage logistics and supply chain for CDC support partners in Uganda.  Ivan enjoys watching soccer and cricket, and traveling. The father of a young son, Ivan is passionate to help the many disadvantaged young children in his country.

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Esther Makumbi
Program Manager
Esther is an entrepreneur. Alongside her duties as a mother of four children, she is also an active member of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) and Jua Kahli--both organization which aim at supporting women to attain better living standards for themselves and their children. Esther's compassionate nature has always driven her to share her resources and knowledge with those in need. She strongly embraces the Clover Foundation and its mission as she wishes to contribute positively to mentoring and uplifting the well-being of the disadvantaged children who are born and raised into poverty.

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Fatumah Ssengendo
Treasurer (Uganda)
Fatumah, who taught at Nabisunsa Girls School for the past two decades, has been deputy Headmistress at the school for 10 years. She obtained a post graduate Diploma in Education and Masters Degree in Cooperative Education. Fatuma is the mother of four children and is a grandmother of one.  With a passion for children, she did not hesitate to join the Clover Foundation when the opportunity arose. It is Fatumah's dream is to see happy children all over Uganda, beginning with Clover.

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Fatinah Nakafeero
Secretary/Clerk (Uganda)
Fatinah is a lawyer currently working with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions as a Senior State Attorney. She holds a LLB (Honors) from Makerere University, Kampala and Diploma in legal practice from Law Development Center. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.  A mother of three, Fatima has a strong love and desire to help vulnerable people, especially young children.

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Pius Kato (Uganda)
Pius, a Ugandan by nationality, holds a Bachelors of Education Degree (MUK 2009) and a Diploma in Education (ITEK 2000). He is in his final year of studies for the award of an MBA from IGNOU India. He holds several certificates in various fields including project planning and management, information technology,  business process outsourcing, social work and community development and police related trainings. Pius is particularly interested in uplifting the plight of vulnerable people. It is this that drove him to form a community-based organization called Schools and Students Action on Aids (SASA) that is operating in Kayunga District. He has seen misery of orphans and vulnerable children firsthand through his eleven years of dedicated service with the Uganda Police Force. In his course of work, he has protected the rights of these disadvantaged children by providing love, care, protection and as many of them do not have any protection at all. Pius is also board member of  CCSF and lives in Kampala with his family.

Former Board Members

Salma Semakula - Co-Founder / President Emeritus / Former Director

April Stone - Co-Founder / Former Director

Dr. Jeffrey Fisher - Former Director

Laurel A. Royer, PhD - Former Director

Joan Wesolowski - Former Director

Baker Isabirye  - Former Director (Uganda)

Jamillah Kamulegeya - Former Director (Uganda)

Consolate Mukadisi - Former Board Chair (Uganda)