Our Team

The Mwebaza Foundation’s Board of Directors and Officers are made up of an all-volunteer group of local educators and professionals.


Board of Directors

Dale Peterson, President and Founder

Dale Peterson - Board of DirectorsDale Peterson started the Mwebaza Foundation after a school-wide garage sale held in a snowstorm. Despite terrible weather conditions, people of the community attended the garage sale to help support Dale’s first grade class at Niwot Elementary in raising money for their pen pals at Mwebaza School in Uganda. The students raised over $4000 at that garage sale. Dale realized that schoolchildren and their families could collectively make a significant difference in the lives of others. The Mwebaza Foundation was created to foster cultural exchange between Colorado and African partner schools, encourage student involvement in helping African schoolchildren, and as a means to channel funds and provide oversight for development projects at the African partner schools. Dale is delighted that three Colorado and three African schools are now participating in the Mwebaza Foundation, as are hundreds of caring and generous community members. Dale continues to teach at Niwot Elementary, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Mwebaza Foundation.

Nicole Tembrock, Vice President

Nicole Tembrock - Board of DirectorsNicole Tembrock has worked in the fields of education, positive youth development and community building for various nonprofit organizations. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Tembrock earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and psychology from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She is an affiliate faculty member for this graduate program. Nicole currently enjoys working as an independent consultant and volunteering for several organizations.

 

Connie Brodt, Secretary

ConnieConnie Brodt is a retired educator. Over the past 30 years she taught art and photography to middle schoolers in Boulder Valley SchoolDistrict, and was an elementary  school principal in St. Vrain Valley School District. Connie has been involved with the MwebazaFoundation as a benefactor since its inception. She is thrilled to be a part of the Board and to begin working closely on projects tobenefit the children and families in Uganda.

 

Amanda Woodward, Board Member

DSC_0100Amanda Woodward worked as an engineer earlier in her career and has a PhD in Design and Planning with a focus on sustainable design. She and her husband designed and built their own straw bale home that is both solar powered and solar heated. She has been delighted to apply what she has learned toward the design of the two school buildings currently being constructed in Uganda.

 

 

Lindsey Tucker, Board Member

LindseyLindsey Tucker is in her second year of teaching Kindergarten. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as Early Childhood Education. She has traveled to East Africa four times, two of which involved visiting the Mwebaza school in Uganda. As a product of the St. Vrain Valley School District, and with diverse travel experiences, she is honored and eager to be part of the Mwebaza Foundation. She appreciates the cultural connection and learning opportunities that are provided to both the schools in East Africa and the schools in Colorado and looks forward to continuing to strengthen the partnership.

 

Courtney Tucker, Board Member

CourtneyCourtney Tucker is a first grade teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Courtney was blessed to have Dale Peterson as a teacher at Niwot Elementary in both Kindergarten and second grade. Since then Courtney has stayed in touch with Dale and is honored to be a part of the Mwebaza Foundation. Courtney loves working with children both here in Colorado and abroad. After visiting Kenya with her sister when they were 18, Courtney felt she had a passion for Africa and has been back three times since then. Two of the four visits have been to Mwebaza Primary School in Uganda. Courtney is excited to help continue the incredible work the Mwebaza Foundation is doing, impacting children here and in East Africa.

KayLyn Giles, Board Member

KayLynKayLyn Giles became connected with the Mwebaza Foundation through the Coyote Ridge Elementary School pen pal program. After a school assembly introduced the kids to the Mwebaza School’s principal, Ms. Namatovu, it was the excitement and motivation of KayLyn’s children to get involved that spearheaded a family effort to do a little something more.

KayLyn obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University. She worked for several years as a paralegal and office manager. A few years, and a total of four daughters later, KayLyn is eager to serve on the board of directors.

Sarah Reynolds, Board Member

DSCN1591Sarah Reynolds has worked in the nonprofit world for more than 15 years. She started her career with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, directing the fundraising efforts throughout her seven years at MDA in Denver, Kansas, and Missouri. Most recently, she served as Managing Director with People to People International (PTPI), a NGO dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship. In her role, she had the opportunity to travel and work with young people all over the world, organizing cultural, educational and humanitarian programs which encouraged these youth to be agents of positive change in the world.

 It was through PTPI that Sarah was first introduced to Dale Peterson and the Mwebaza Foundation. In 2011, PTPI gave Dale the School and Classroom Program Community Service Award for his outstanding work and accomplishments. Sarah is grateful to be appointed as a member of the Board of Directors and is honored and excited to make a difference as part of this important team.

 Sarah is a University of Kansas graduate (Journalism major) and Lawrence, Kansas native.  She lives in Denver with her husband, Paul; their son, Jack; and their mystery mix of a dog, Tyson.

 


Officers

Jon and Jennifer Novick, Co-Treasurers

Jon and Jennifer Novick - OfficersJennifer Novick is the Kinder Enrichment Director with Niwot Community Schools in Niwot, CO, and Jon Novick is an environmental scientist with the City and County of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health. Mrs. Novick has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Prior to joining the Niwot Community Schools, she worked for Head Start in both Boulder, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Novick has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Tennessee. Their daughter Mia, who was in Mr. Peterson’s first grade class, has a pen pal at the Mwebaza School in Kyengera, Uganda. The Novicks became involved with the Mwebaza Foundation because they believe that children everywhere deserve a chance at a better life.

 


Staff

Devaki Douillard, Executive Manager

Profile PicDevaki Douillard has been working for the Mwebaza Foundation since 2013.  She was first introduced to the Mwebaza Foundation through her two younger siblings who both participated in the Niwot Elementary pen pal program. Devaki graduated from Guilford College, with a BA in International Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution. She completed her college internship through the Mwebaza Foundation when she traveled to Uganda for the first time in 2012. Since then she has returned to Africa annually on behalf of the Mwebaza Foundation to implement projects and further our friendship. When she’s not in Africa she is assisting the Foundation’s growth through social media, fundraisers, education, research, and project development.