US Staff and Key Volunteers
Mrs. Charlesworth became the first staff member of Hands of Love USA in March 2012. She believes that God cherishes each person on this earth, whether rich or poor, and is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty in Uganda by sharing Christ’s redemptive love.
Before Hands of Love USA, Nora spent four years at High Tech Ministries, building significant portions of the ministry while developing an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a non-profit. During that time she volunteered faithfully with Hands of Love, leading the accounting, planning events, and even traveling to Uganda. Prior to working with non-profits, she spent several years in corporate finance after receiving degrees in both finance and marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Vera Dwyer joined Hands of Love USA in 2014. Prior to Hands of Love USA, Vera worked for 3.5 years as a Project Manager for a leading, global advertising firm. Before beginning her advertising career, Vera attended Colgate University where she received an athletic scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in educational studies.
Vera became involved with the Hands of Love in 2010, when she spent 10 weeks living in Pastor Elijah's house in Uganda. During that time she helped build the first Hands of Love child database and taught soccer to the children at the Hands of Love Kiteezi School. It was during this trip that Vera developed a strong passion for serving Uganda's orphaned and abandoned children. Upon her return she quickly became a child sponsor and has faithfully volunteered ever since. Vera currently lives in Buckhead with her husband, Sean, and enjoys walking in Chastain park, spending time with friends and trying new restaurants.
As one of Hands of Love USA’s first child sponsors, Laura was a long-time ministry partner well before joining Hands of Love USA’s staff in 2017.
Before working with Hands of Love USA, Laura spent 13 years in the private sector where she provided financial services to small organizations and businesses. After choosing to stay home with her young children, Laura volunteered to lead Dave Ramsey financial classes at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church for 9 years while handling the finances of several non-profit organizations.
Laura is a proud wife and mother, loves running, doing yard work, and spending time outside working on her urban farm. She has a huge heart for Uganda’s orphans and abandoned children and is thrilled to see how God will use her to further the mission of Hands of Love USA.
Allen Hope Kazibwe
Damalie Mbekeka Kato
Supervisor, Babies Home
Director of Security
Ludovic Musoke Kisirinya
Director of Studies, Namadhi
Solomy Joy Mwebaza
Board of Directors
Dwelling Place Atlanta
Anna Latshaw currently pastors Dwelling Place Atlanta, a church in Marietta, Georgia that she and her husband helped plant. She is also a full time mother of four beautiful girls.
Born and raised in England, Anna has had a heart for vulnerable children since she was a child. This passion has led her to actively serve the poor in Atlanta and South Africa and to participate in short term missions to orphanages in Romania, Russia, and Uganda. After being introduced to Pastor Elijah Sebuchu, Anna founded Hands of Love USA in May of 2008. Through her fundraising efforts, the second Hands of Love orphanage and school in Kiteezi, Uganda was begun.
Data In Science Technologies
Don Schrenk is Senior Partner of Data In Science Technologies, a high tech company focused on High Performance Computing for the Life Sciences. Since 1980 he’s built sales organizations and start-up companies to provide IT solutions. More importantly, Don has led a number of mission trips to the Hands of Love campuses teaching business success principles and building bible study structure. Don has been married to his high school sweetheart, Melissa, since 1982. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. They are active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA where he co-leads a Sunday school class for adults and also co-leads a High Tech ministries bible study class on Friday mornings.
Hands of Love Foundation
In 2004, Pastor Elijah Sebuchu founded Hands of Love Foundation in Uganda, where he currently serves as the President and CEO. Elijah is also the Founder and Senior Pastor of Kampala International Christian Centre, an evangelical church founded in 2003 that is closely associated with the Hands of Love Orphanages. Before this, Elijah planted churches and served as an Anglican minister.
Born and raised in abject poverty in rural Uganda, Elijah developed a deep compassion for his suffering nation at an early age. Empowered by his mother’s words of encouragement, Elijah attended school and eventually received scholarships to attend Bishop Tucker Theological College and Mbuya Bible College, where he earned a degree in Theology. He then attended Makerere University in Kampala where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.
Since becoming a born again Christian in 1991, Elijah has devoted his life to transforming Uganda for Christ. In addition to planting churches and preaching, he began the first Hands of Love orphanage and school in rural Namadhi, Uganda in 2004. He opened the second orphanage and school outside the capital city of Kampala in 2007. He firmly believes that by empowering the next generation of Uganda’s leadership through loving care and education, Uganda will be raised out of abject poverty. Elijah and his wife Ruth have five children and live in the outskirts of Kampala in Kiteezi, Uganda.
Blue Vista Ventures, LLC
Greg Smith serves as President of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, and is an advisor and consultant to early-stage technology companies. Smith has personally invested in 11 start-up companies and funds. He formerly served as vice president and general manager of Xerox Mortgage Services and prior to that co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Advectis, Inc. Greg holds a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.
Greg is currently a board member of Social Growth Technologies, Inc., serves as Chairman of the Board of Verdeeco Inc. and Pretty In My Pocket, Inc. and is also a board member and active investor with the Atlanta Technology Angels group. Greg and his wife Carol have three children, live in Alpharetta, GA, and are active members of NorthPoint Community Church.
Jeff is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He joined the Firm in 1988 in the Louisville, Kentucky office after graduating from The University of Louisville. Presently, he leads the Private Company Services practice for Greater Atlanta which includes Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. In this capacity, Jeff has the opportunity to serve some of the best and most well known private companies in the region. In addition, Jeff currently serves as the Chairman of the Church Council and a member of the Executive Committee at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Jeff and his wife Juli have supported Hands of Love since 2010 and have travelled to Uganda twice. Jeff and Juli have four children: Luke-16, Jake-14, Max-11 and Derrick-11. Derrick, the Able’s only adopted child, was born in Uganda and was rescued by Hands of Love when he was seven years old. He became part of the Able family and arrived in the United States in 2012.
Mike co-founded Broadgreen Solutions in 2015 after 15 years at North Highland. While at North Highland, he served as the Atlanta Office Leader and as a Group Vice President with responsibilities for Dallas, Nashville and Philadelphia. He has over 20 years of management consulting experience, having previously worked for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and CMSI / Computer Associates. His career has spanned both strategy execution and information technology consulting. Mike’s consulting practice allows him to work with CIOs on IT strategy, help business managers to improve their processes with Six Sigma, and drive successful execution of global interactive marketing projects. In recent years he has served as an account executive for Fortune-100 clients and mid-market clients. Mike is currently on the board of directors for Hands of Love USA and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). As an active leader in the Atlanta community, Mike was a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2012 and High Tech Ministry’s Ambassador Leadership program. Mike previously served as President of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Atlanta and on the advisory board for Career Spa. Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Mike and his wife Kendra live in Peachtree Corners with their three children. In his free time Mike enjoys cooking, travel and triathlons.
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Vision Commercial Advisors
Grand Strand Medical Center
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
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