Rachel Robinson, Interim Director
M.A. Community Art, Maryland Institute College of Art 2006
B.A. Visual Art, Gordon College 2003
Much of Rachel’s life has been spent in East Africa; she was born and grew up in Kenya and now lives and works in Uganda. While studying for her BA in Visual Arts from Gordon College, she studied abroad on BestSemester's Middle East Studies Program. MESP affirmed a deep belief in the transformative value of cross-cultural living and learning as part of a college education. Rachel earned her masters in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art--a program that incorporates art and the creative process to bring about community development, empowerment and social justice. She then directed community art programs at Baltimore Clayworks, a ceramic arts non-profit organization, before returning to East Africa to work with USP as the Program Coordinator. In her four years with USP, Rachel has coordinated students’ homestay experiences and has developed and taught the cross-cultural practicum course, which helps students process their experiences living and working in Uganda. In her new role as USP Director, Rachel is looking forward to connecting Americans to Uganda and to Uganda Christian University. Engaging students in their journeys as they navigate and process their semester in Uganda is what she loves most about her role as program director.
Lisa Tokpa, Social Work Coordinator
M.S.W. Washington University 2002
B.A. Psychology, Business Administration, William Jewell College 2000
After studying abroad her last semester of college at Daystar University in Kenya, Lisa pursued her MSW, specializing in children, youth and families. She has since been a caseworker at a Christian child placement agency in Denver, the Director of Aftercare at International Justice Mission, Kenya and the coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program at Samaritan’s Purse, Liberia. Upon returning to the US she worked at The Adoption Exchange as the Director of the Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center. Lisa now uses her experience in both domestic and international social work within her role as the Social Work Coordinator with the Uganda Studies Program.
Eddie Tokpa, Assistant Program Coordinator
M.A. Missions Studies, African International University (AIU), Nairobi, Kenya 2005 (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology)
B.A. Biblical Studies, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya 2002
Eddie’s previous professional experience includes serving as a pastor at Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, a program manager with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Monrovia, Liberia, and a youth coordinator at both a multi-housing ministry and church youth group in Denver, Colorado. He is currently pursuing another masters degree in International Development at Eastern University.
Julia Yoder, Assistant Program Coordinator
M.P.A. Nonprofit Management, Indiana Univeristy (IUPUI) 2013
B.A. International Studies & Ministry, Hope College 2011
While completing her BA in International Studies and Ministry from Hope College, Julia studied abroad with the Uganda Studies Program, in the spring of 2011. After spending the semester in Uganda she spent some time traveling around East Africa before returning to the U.S. to complete her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Julia returned to Uganda in 2014 where she worked as a grant writer for an international nonprofit prior to joining the USP team for the Fall 2014 semester.
Lydia Wankuma, Administrator
M.A. Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary 2011
B.A. Social Work and Social Administration, Uganda Christian University 2006
Upon attaining her BA from Uganda Christian University, She worked as a research assistant with International Potato Centre - a private organization that seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security. She later joined the staff at Uganda Christian University as a teaching assistant. As part of her MA Program, she interned with Bethany Christian Services in Pennsylvania with the Post Adoptions department. Upon returning to Uganda, she joined the faculty at Uganda Christian University to teach in the Social Work department and the Counseling Program. Lydia loves helping other people reach their dreams and her work with Uganda Studies Program enables her to do that.
Uganda Christian University Staff
Innocent Martha Atimango, Administrative Assistant
B.S.W. Social Work and Administration, Uganda Christian University 2012
Andi Haskins, Program Assistant (American Intern)
B.A. Religious Studies, Messiah College 2014
USP Alumna Spring 2012
Katie Green, Program Assistant (American Intern)
B.S.W. Social Work, Spring Arbor University 2013
USP Alumna Spring 2013
Jean Kukunda, Program Assistant (Ugandan Intern)
B.A. Project Planning and Entrepreneurship, Uganda Christian University 2013
Vincent Mujuni, Driver
Cert. Defensive Driving, Uganda Driving School (UCU) 2011
License, Chazio Driving School 1996
Cert. Agricultural Engineering and Mechanics, Kabira Technical Institute 1993
Lydia Koma, Office Attendant
Cert. Catering, Jimmy Sekaisi School of Catering 2000