The Team

Executive Director, Kristen Brock

Founder, Karen Gleason

After over 13 years of operations Friends of Ruwenzori hired their first paid staff person in October of 2017.  The work could not be done without a volunteer advisory committee that meets monthly.  On occasion, members of the committee along with interested others travel to Uganda at their own expense to volunteer and visit KIDA.  

Advisory Committee 

  • Karen & Gil Gleason, founders/trustees
  • Bean Clark
  • Bryan Culp
  • Jan Doninelli
  • Steve Gensler
  • Michael and Jennifer Gleason
  • Jim and Flo Haedt
  • Tim Hart
  • Jim Hasler
  • Linda Manzi
  • Anne Meyer
  • Rev. David Ofumbi, advisor
  • Michelle Pollak
  • Herb Johnson (in memoriam)
  • Delia O'Hara (in memoriam) 

Other valuable volunteers

  • Stanley and Janet Maleski
  • Bonnie Siegner
  • Martha Baker
  • Susan Pierpoint
  • Suellen Ehnebuske, graphics
  • Suzanne Tindall
  • Julia Sloane, social media
  • Michelle Ziegmann, webmaster
  • Stefan Gleason, trustee
  • Michelle Nordin
  • Sandra Ahn
  • Sara Evinger
  • Donnie Heidary
  • Sara Evinger
  • Katherine Dean
  • Chris Clark
  • Mollianne Talamantes
  • Jim MacIlvaine
  • Debbie Cox
  • Rajan Dev
  • Sharon Leard
  • Mary Clare James


  • Rev. Bob Rybicki (in memoriam)
  • Christine Poremski Rodrigues



Kristen Brock, Executive Director