Board of Directors

Our US Board of Directors has guided The African SOUP through years of exponential growth. They are strong advocates for the SOUP and provide powerful leadership and governance for the organization, raising funds to support the vision of their Ugandan partners and advising on matters of financial health. We are proud to have such a dedicated and esteemed group of people working for the betterment of Nabikabala Village and Uganda at large.

US Board of Directors

Laura J. Johns, Ph.D.

Chair

Propulsion Squared

Laura J. Johns, Ph.D., is a managing partner of Propulsion2 (Propulsion Squared) a private consulting company focused on education system reform. Her current domestic and international work addresses access to quality education programs, holistic child development, cultural competency, family engagement, equity and intentional teaching practices to support child outcomes at three interactional levels -- families (microsystem), schools, (mesosystem) and community (exosystem). In addition to her vast education systems experience, Laura is currently an adjunct instructor at Georgia State University and has also worked as Director of Education for an early care and education franchise system, a multi-site operations director, and a center director and teacher. She has supported a number of community organizations including Special Olympics, Odyssey of the Mind and The United Way and is currently working internationally with The African SOUP School and CARE International Cambodia.

 

Dr. Johns earned her Undergraduate degrees from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate degree from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brin Enterkin

Co-Founder The African SOUP

Watson Institute

In 2009, college student Brin Enterkin traveled to Kampala, Uganda to spend her summer teaching microfinance. Humbled by paper ledgers and contracting malaria two weeks into her stay, she began to wonder about her future in Africa. Her host, Michael Kaidhiwa, told her that what she was experiencing wasn’t the “real” Africa. He took her to the village where he grew up – Nabikabala, Namutumba District, Eastern Uganda. Upon their arrival, she saw hundreds of malnourished children sitting under the mango trees, thirsting for knowledge while attending informal “school.” Their teachers were community members and village elders with no formal teacher training. Propelled by her experience and passion for social change Brin partnered with Michael to found the African SOUP that year. After receiving foundational funding for the organization, she traveled to three continents to study methods and achievements of social entrepreneurship. The African SOUP and its programs were built on the best practices she observed. Seven years later, The SOUP is a holistic, dynamic, and sustainable community development organization leading the nation of Uganda in a variety of important initiatives.  Brin currently lives in Uganda and supports the leadership team to dream big and inform strategic thinking, builds and develops local capacity, and connects with key partners to expand the SOUP’s mission and impact. She loves the SOUP kiddos full time, while also working in a bio-energy group and on her new venture, Lion’s Thread. Overall, Brin loves orange soda and inspiring people to change the world! 

Rudi Dollenberg

Microsoft

Rudi Dollenberg was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, but lived in Malawi for the first three years of his life, which started his love of the continent. He spent much of his early life visiting southern African countries with his father.

 

He started working at Microsoft nine years ago, traveling around Africa training IT staff and helping build email systems all over the continent. As a result, he fell even more in love with the continent as he traveled around and met more of its inhabitants. To him, there is nothing more beautiful than an African sunset.

 

He moved to Atlanta four years ago to further his career and pursue the opportunity that was given to him at Microsoft, but there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn't miss the continent that captured my heart. He currently works with the Microsoft team at Coca-Cola helping them to provide a more dynamic and efficient email messaging service. He believes that we should all use our gifts to leave the world in a better state than we found it, and help people to help themselves. He is a big believer in Africa solving Africa’s problems, but also believes Africans should be open to letting people help when they can. He believes his beloved continent is full of beautiful people and culture that can enrich the rest of the world.

Susan Bertonaschi

United Way

Carrie Conway

Vice Chair

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

Carrie Conway is a Senior Program Officer serving the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, located in Atlanta, GA.  Her grant making focus includes higher education, independent school education, arts and culture, and refugees. She worked previously as Executive Director of the Southeast Region for CARE USA, a global poverty-fighting organization, where she led regional fundraising and had the opportunity to see CARE’s work first-hand in Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Ecuador and Bosnia.  Prior to CARE, she directed major and planned giving at Salem Academy and College, the oldest institution in the country continuously dedicated to the education of women. She spent her early career teaching history and anthropology at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. 

 

Carrie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a B.A. degree in history and received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. She volunteers with refugees in Atlanta and enjoys travel, the arts, reading, and the great outdoors.

Corregan Brown

Project Locker

Corregan Brown has a passion for applying software and technology to solving real-world problems. He has spent the past twenty years working with customers in the United States and internationally, having worked as a consultant, technical lead, and project manager for Cambridge Technology Partners, pcOrder (a division of Trilogy), and Blue Martini Software. After years of seeing the effects of project development infrastructure on project schedules and delivery quality, he co-founded ProjectLocker, a suite of Web-based tools to make it easier to manage software development projects, in 2003. ProjectLocker has since grown to serve over 100,000 users in over 100 countries. Corregan continues to advise and assist organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to small businesses in their development of comprehensive technology solutions.

 

Corregan holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Marti Morton

Board Treasurer

Marti Morton retired as the Controller of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation and the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Fund. She previously worked as the accountant for the Junior League of Atlanta and was involved with the Atlanta Children's Shelter and the Junior League's Atlanta Literacy Project whose focus was pre-schoolers and their parents. She has been involved with the public schools and Northside Methodist's Metro Atlanta Project (MAP). MAP's focus is on youth serving the community by providing roofing and home repairs to low-income Seniors and playgrounds for daycare centers. Marti embraces MAP's motto of "Rebuilding a City...One Life at a Time" and believes we should further apply it to the world. She feels our best chance for success is by helping children.

Marti graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and did graduate work in International  business at Georgia State University. She enjoys travel and looks forward to visiting  the African Soup school in Uganda.

Susan Bertonaschi is the Director of Early Childhood Health Promotion at the United Way of Greater Atlanta where she oversees a health platform, using a 2 Generation approach integrating early learning with health navigation for young children and their families. The goal is to support healthy development to create successful learners. Susan is skilled in, and passionate about using systems integration to improve the welfare of children and families, especially those living in low-income and under-resourced communities. Her philanthropic experience is managing investments related to early childhood, social and emotional development, language development, and child health, both at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. As a public health administrator for the State of Georgia, Susan led efforts to integrate child development supports to strengthen performance for maternal and child health programs.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science Degree in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Susan visited the African SOUP School, including the new library and nursery school and accompanied staff on home health visits in Nabikabala Village. She returned with a deeper commitment to, and advocate for the SOUP.

Christopher Sleeme

Propulsion Squared

Michael Kaidhiwa

Uganda Country Director

Ex-officio Member

Jill Kuhn

US Executive Director

Ex-officio Member

Uganda Board of Directors

Haril Isabirye

Musana Community Development Organization

Reverend Wilson Kaidhigha

Nsoola Parish Namutumba

Esau Kyankone

Compassion International Kiringa Child Development Center

Sarah Olumbe

Rural-Agro Processors and Trainers Association (RAPTA)

Moses Wambi

Bishop Willis Core Primary Teachers College

Brin Enterkin (Ex-officio Member)

The African SOUP

Michael Kaidhiwa (Ex-officio Member)

The African SOUP

Jill Kuhn (Ex-officio Member)

The African SOUP

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