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 USin 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 looks forward to helping Salma and the Clover Foundation develop and maintain a thriving set of services to 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 of 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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April Stone
Director and New Initiatives Committee Chair/Co-Founder Clover U.S.

April has worked in nonprofit management, business development, and education for more than 20 years. She holds an M.Ed from Lesley University and a BA from the University of Michigan. Most recently she lead the marketing and communications at Concord Center for the Visual Arts, a museum and gallery founded in the early twentieth century to support and promote contemporary art and artists. Prior, she served as Director of Marketing and External Affairs for Summer Stages Dance, an internationally recognized contemporary dance workshop and presentation series in Concord, Massachusetts. She is active in her community and has volunteered for many years at Open Table, a community supper and food pantry in Concord. April worked closely with founder Salma Semakula to establish the Clover Foundation as a nonprofit in the U.S and an NGO in Uganda, and served as Board Chair and Managing Director or the organization during its formative years from 2012-2014.

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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, a catering company 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.

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Dr. Jeffrey Fisher
Director
Dr. Jeffrey Fisher is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut and the founding Director of its Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention. He has published extensively on factors associated with HIV risk behavior and has done conceptual and empirical work in the area of increasing HIV preventive behavior. Dr. Fisher has been awarded 9 major HIV risk behavior change intervention grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1989. He has lectured and consulted internationally in the areas of HIV preventive behavior and adherence to medications.  Dr. Fisher is a fellow of the American Psychological Society. He received his PhD and MS from Purdue University and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

Laurel A. Royer, PhD
Director
Dr. Royer is a senior scientist in environment science with Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm. She has expertise in the area of organic chemistry and soil microbiology. A graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Royer also has expertise in communicating complex scientific concepts to non-scientific audiences in remote, rural, and urban communities. Committed to a caring community, Dr. Royer is a volunteer with Open Table in Maynard and Concord, a food pantry and community supper, and is also on the board of a nonprofit in her home country of Dominca, an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.

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. 

Joan Wesolowski
Director

Joan is a results oriented Business Development professional with over 25 years of industry experience most recently developing, growing and maintaining strategic business partnerships.  With experience in both local and international development, she brings to the Clover Foundation a keen sense of team development, leadership and management skill that transcends time and location through effective use of technology.  She holds a BS in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MEd from Smith College, and Masters Certificate in Program Management from George Washington University.  In addition to careers in education and business, she is currently building a real estate practice in Concord, MA where she has raised a family and lived for over 20 years.  In addition to her work at Clover, she sits on the board of the Nashoba Valley Chorale and is a member of the Concord Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee.

UGANDA Team

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Ivan Makumbi
Board Chair, Board of Directors (Uganda)

Ivan is Operations Manager in charge of Ware Housing and Distribution on a grant 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 has passion to help the many disadvantaged young children in his country.

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Consolate Mukadisi (Uganda) 
Former Board Chair
Consolate is a dynamic, self-motivated, confident and resourceful person with expertise in management. She specializes in Human Resource Management and has excellent planning, communication, and leadership skills. Consolate holds a Masters Degree in Management Studies, as well as an Honours Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.  She has worked in many large and reputable organizaton in Uganda, as a human resource manager. Consolate joined the board of the Clover Foundation because she empathizes with the suffering of young children in her country. She wishes to be a part of an organization she believes will bring a ray of hope to the lives and the suffering children of Uganda.

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Jamillah Kamulegeya
Executive Director (Uganda)
Jamillah holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Higher Eduction Management from Makerere University. She taught in secondary school for 14 years before working for 8 years as an Assistant Secretary, Appointments Board at Makerere. She is currently, since 1999, a Member of the Public Service Commission. Jamillah has a passion for helping disadvantaged children and has supported several children with their school fees. It is through her desire to give back to society that Jamillah in integrally involved in the Clover Foundation to help the orphans and needy children of the community by showing them love and compassion.

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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.

Baker Isabirye 
Counselor Psychologist /Social Worker (Uganda)
Baker is a police officer in Kampala. She obtained a (trainer) at Kibuli Police Training School. She was trained as a Specialist in handling crimes of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence by officials from Metropolitan Police USA. Baker gained confidence in advocating for the rights of the vulnerable groups especially children and women. She introduced a Child and Family Protection Unit at Kabalagala Police Station and Mukono District. She worked as an officer in-charge Child and Family Protection Desk for a period of 15 years in various Districts. She is a Professional Counselor who connected several children to other stake holders for social support. She founded a CBO in Iganga District called Busoga Counseling Centre for Victims of Child Abuse and Juvenile Delinquency currently managed by community volunteers.  Baker is pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Bugema University Uganda and pending a Diploma in Child Psychology in USA.

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Pius Kato (Uganda)
Pius a Ugandan by Nationality who 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 first hand through during 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.

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Salma Semakula
Co-Founder / President Emeritus

Salma is a community activist. She received a Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science from Makerere Universiity, Kampala, Uganda. While working as an Assistant Librarian with the National Agricultural Research Organization, she became interested in children's affairs, and further pursued Counseling and child Psychotherapy at the Institute of Advanced Education in Kampala. After moving to the U.S., she and her family continued thinking about the disadvantages children in her home country, leading her establish the Clover Foundation.