The Bulamu Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and sets strategy, provides governance, administers finances, secures funding, and manages program activities in Uganda. Directors serve without compensation.
Richard Chandler, MBA
Dick Chandler currently operates his own management consulting firm, R. H. Chandler Co., working with a variety of companies and industries. Since 2003, he has also been adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Montana teaching MBA courses in entrepreneurship, negotiations, and CEO leadership. In Dick’s management career, he was CEO of three companies in the healthcare field: Abbey Medical (1977-1982), which operated a nationwide chain of home medical equipment stores; Sunrise Medical (1983-1999), a NYSE-listed global manufacturer of wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, and other medical devices; and Freedom Scientific (2000-2002), a market leader in technology products for the blind. Earlier, he held management positions with Bell & Howell Co. and Sara Lee Corporation. Chandler graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history, earned his MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and was awarded a License (Masters) in International Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Gerald Atwine, RN
Co-founder, President and Director
Gerald Atwine, 39, was born and raised in Uganda, the youngest of ten children in a middle-class family in the industrial town of Jinja. His father, a high school teacher turned businessman, was shot and killed during the brutal regime of the infamous Idi Amin when Gerald was only 8 months old. His mother, widowed and illiterate, managed to raise her ten children single handedly amidst unspeakable social, economic and political hardships. Through a lot of struggle and help from relatives, Gerald graduated with honors from Makerere University, Uganda. While his degree was in mass communications, he had known since he was a child that he wanted a career as a medical professional. Through diligent efforts, he gained acceptance at the University of Michigan, entered the U.S. on a student visa in 2006, and earned his BS with a specialty in nursing, becoming licensed as a Registered Nurse. He later moved to the San Francisco area, where he still works as a contract registered nurse in the Kaiser healthcare system. His flexible work schedule allowed him to travel to Uganda on volunteer medical missions and ultimately launch Bulamu. Gerald became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2013, but he has never lost his childhood desire to use his education to benefit his native Uganda.
Christine Russell, MBA
Christine Russell has been a financial executive in technology businesses in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years, while also serving as a director of public and private venture-backed tech companies. She was CFO of UniPixel, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNXL) until its recent merger. Previously, she served as CFO of Vendavo, Inc., EAG, Inc., Virage Logic, OuterBay Technologies, Ceva, Inc., Persistence Software, and Cygnus Solutions, most of which merged with larger companies or were sold to private equity. She is a current or former director of three public companies: eGain Corporation, Quick Logic Inc., and Peak International, Ltd. Earlier in her career, she held senior financial positions at Xerox and Measurex (Honeywell.) Christine was an early friend and supporter of Bulamu Healthcare and shares a passion for our mission. She holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
John Schniedwind, MBA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer and Director
John Schniedwind is a seasoned investment professional with over 25 years of experience managing a variety of investment strategies for institutional and retail clients. Since joining the Bulamu board in 2015, he has handled all of the organization’s legal, financial and administrative matters. For 15 years he served as Senior Vice President of American Century Investments in Mountain View, CA with oversight of a $7 billion equities portfolio. Prior to that, he was Senior VP for Research at Benham Management Company, also in Mountain View. John began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and Company. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley after BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He also holds key volunteer positions with several other non-profit organizations, including serving as board and finance committee member of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and board member of the Channing House Retirement Community in Palo Alto, CA.
For the rest of our leadership team, go to: Advisory Council.