Board of Directors

U.S. Team


Diane Mercer
Co-Chair, Fund Raising 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 the Development and Advisory Committees of The Children’s Room in Arlington, MA.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and holds an M.Ed. from Wheelock College.


John Roberts
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Chair

John has spent the past 40 years working for firms in the economic consulting and finance area. For 15 years he was an international equities portfolio manager at Wellington Management where he also served on the Wellington Management Charitable Foundation, and currently he works with Axiom Valuation Solutions helping to value hedge funds, private equity funds, and small businesses.  His philanthropic work began in high school where he volunteered at Head Start in inner city Indianapolis and has continued through today with his work with Clover. He earned degrees in Psychology and German from Denison University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.


Peter Hilton
President Emeritus

Peter is retired with a career that includes teaching at Lehigh University and consulting at Arthur D. Little and the Technology Strategies Group. As a social action leader, Peter has been President of Temple Kerem Shalom in Concord, Bridge to Biloxi and Gulf Coast Works (nonprofits providing resources and volunteers in response to Hurricane Katrina), and Open Table (a community dinner and food pantry program in Concord and Maynard). Peter served for four years as Board Chair of Clover Foundation and is currently serving on the Executive Committee and supports the fundraising efforts for Clover Foundation. He has a BS from Lehigh and MS and PhD degrees from Harvard University. 


Hannah Polakoff
Board Secretary
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.



Phyllis Strimling
Governance Committee Chair
Prior to retiring in 2012, Phyllis served as Director of Academic Events Management at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and as director of the Radcliffe Seminars. For more than 25 years Phyllis has been active as a community volunteer, and she now serves on the Advisory Committee of New Repertory Theatre, as a trustee of Brookhaven at Lexington, and as the chair of her condominium association. She holds a BA from Vassar and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Sandy Folk

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.



Lisa Sajedi
Sponsorship Committee Chair

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.


Fugi Kalisa

Fugi joined Clover Foundation in 2017 after working with numerous East African Not-for-Profit organizations as a volunteer.  With 15+ years’ experience in business development, operations, organizational planning, financial reporting and project management, with a niche in financial inclusion of the low resourced communities and economies, Fugi worked at SmartMoney International; a secure mobile payment and savings solution for rural communities. Prior to co-founding SmartMoney, Fugi was a director at a US-based Tropix Technology and Bank of America in Boston, MA. Fugi worked for Uganda Revenue Authority as a Revenue officer for 8 years before moving to live in the USA. Fugi is a businessman and a resident of Concord, MA with his family. He holds a BA in Human Development and an MA from Boston College, Massachusetts.


Wade Callison

Wade joined the Clover board in 2017 having been involved with Ugandan charity work since 2005 when he traveled to Uganda to help build an orphanage in Mityana district.  Since that point, Wade and his family have an adopted son from Uganda and continue to sponsor children in Uganda.  Being involved with Clover Foundation has allowed Wade to use his experience and network in Uganda to help the Clover children. Wade, a resident of Acton, Massachusetts, has a B.S. in Computer Science and MBA from Texas A&M University.  

Ugandan Team


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Nancy Davis DeAngelo - Former Director

Baker Isabirye  - Former Director (Uganda)

Jamillah Kamulegeya - Former Director (Uganda)

Consolate Mukadisi - Former Board Chair (Uganda)