Leadership 2017-12-02T18:06:13+00:00

Bulamu Leadership Team

Bulamu Healthcare is being led by a very active Board of Directors (BOD), an engaged Bulamu Advisory Council (BAC) with extensive international experience, and a small office staff. Three of our directors are functioning as part-time executive officers:

  • Board chair Dick Chandler is handling strategy, communications, and fundraising.
  • Co-founder and president Gerald Atwine oversees all program activities, personally leading each of the medical camps. Gerald has dual U.S. and Ugandan citizenship and plans to re-locate to Uganda in 2019 so he can better manage day-to-day operations there.
  • John Schniedwind, our Chief Financial Officer, handles all financial, administrative, and legal affairs and is located at our administrative headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.

Bulamu is slowly building its infrastructure in the U.S. We currently have part-time staff support in the areas of communications and administration, with plans to add dedicated fundraising staff in 2018 and beyond.

The advantage of our lean staff is that today 95% of contributions to Bulamu go toward program activities. That percentage will inevitably edge downward as we strengthen our U.S.-based staff in order to generate the funds required to achieve our ambitious growth plans. Nevertheless, we remain committed to making Bulamu the most cost-effective use of our contributors’ charitable dollars.

We now introduce you to our very dedicated Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

Board of Directors & Staff

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
Board Chair
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
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.

Advisory Council

The Bulamu Advisory Council meets several times a year and provides advice on Bulamu’s strategic direction, operational challenges, improving effectiveness, and moving toward sustainability. Members have had a depth of experience in Third World settings as doctors, nurses, Peace Corps Volunteers, NGO executives, consultants, and trainers. Most have been to Uganda multiples times and several have lived there. They serve without compensation.

Shreya Agrawal, MPH, MBA
Shreya currently is a program manager for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) working to reduce child-mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia in Uganda and four other developing countries. She understands the health system in Uganda very well, having traveled frequently throughout the country. Previously, she earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on non-profit management and global social enterprise. Prior to Yale, Shreya engaged in fellowship and research projects across a range of international development issues, such as water and sanitation in Ghana, orphan care in Kenya, and nutrition and diarrhea management in Nigeria. For example, she has published a study on risk factors for landslide and flood injuries in Uganda. After receiving her Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, she worked in the USAID Global Health Division’s program for orphans and vulnerable children. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years addressing educational inequity in the United States through Teach for America, where she taught seventh-grade math in an inner-city school in Miami.

Ronald Ariagno, MD
Dr. Ronald Ariagno is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. Ron has conducted extensive research, published numerous articles and is a recognized expert in neonatal and perinatal health issues and the causes of infant mortality. In 2009, he received the Neonatal Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, he is serving as neonatalogy consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics. His experience in third world healthcare issues includes visiting professorships at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, India, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Ariagno received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and pediatric training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. His neonatology fellowship was at the University of California San Francisco and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco.

Christopher A. Crane, MBA
Chris Crane is founder and Chairman of Edify.org, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has loaned $18 million to 1,600 schools since its first loan in 2010. Chris served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff, from 2002-2009. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew from $8 million to $51 million, a compound annual growth rate of 30%. Before entering the NGO world, Chris had a successful business career as president and CEO of COMPS InfoSystems, Inc., a digital publisher of real estate information that he acquired in 1991 and took public in 1999. Crane was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kay Daniels, MD
Dr. Kay Daniels is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She presently is the Director of the OB Simulation program for the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and a Fellow in the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medicine. Early in her career, she was a staff physician at a community clinic in Redwood City. She also has served as Medical Director of the Mobile Women’s Health Care Clinic (“Mommy Van.”) Her global work has including teaching obstetrical emergency care using simulation in low resources areas including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Eritrea and China. Kay completed her medical training at the University of Colorado, followed by an internship and residency at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California.

Genevieve Evenhouse, RN, NP
Genevieve is a certified Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner with extensive U.S. and international experience. She is currently a school nurse in the San Francisco Unified School District when not volunteering overseas. She served for many years with the Peace Corps in various overseas clinical and teaching roles, most recently as Volunteer Nurse Educator providing curriculum assistance and training at Muni University in Arua, Uganda. She worked as a Peace Corps Technical Advisor with Catholic-AIDSRelief in Guyana providing protocols for family education. In Talisayan, Philippines, she provided training on maternal and child healthcare delivery to the Peace Corps rural health units. In Zambia, she was a Peace Corps HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor to providers of home based and hospice care. In Guinea, West Africa, she supported the office of the prefectural health director in the quality assurance assessments of health services delivery of five district health centers. Prior to these experiences, she held positions as a staff nurse, school nurse, home healthcare nurse, research clinician and RN supervisor in a variety of settings both in the U.S. and Philippines.

Gavin Hartman, MD
Dr. Gavin Hartman is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, but is transitioning to a position in private practice in Reno, Nevada. Previously, he gained international experience in healthcare services and clinical research in Malawi, Uganda and Mexico. In Malawi, Gavin was a Peace Corps Volunteer working on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, child and maternal health, and with the under-five population along with the Malawian Ministry of Health. In Uganda, he worked at Mulago Hospital as a pediatrician in the Resuscitation Room and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. While a medical student, he led mobile free primary care health clinics in rural Mexico in the State of Veracruz. Gavin earned his MD degree at the University of Missouri, following laboratory and teaching positions in human physiology at Colorado State University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He helped organize and treated patients at Bulamu’s first medical camp in February 2016, served on the Bulamu Board of Directors in 2016-17, and remains as its Medical Director.

Marc Manashil, MSW, MPA
Marc Manashil has had 25 years of experience developing innovative programs in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena. Currently he is co-founder and principal of 11plus Philanthropy, a consultancy that assists nonprofits in addressing leadership challenges, while he also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Earlier, he was US Executive Director of MUSO, an African NGO that has developed an innovative, pro-active approach to end preventable child mortality in Mali. Marc spent ten years as co-founder and executive director of the The Clarence Foundation, which established giving circles and provided grants and assistance to NGOs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Marc began his career as a social worker, with a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, which he later followed up with a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Leslie Nielsen, RN
Leslie Nielsen has lived in Uganda for the last 18 years, working in the field of HIV prevention research, and is currently the Director of African Partnerships for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Leslie has been instrumental in securing major contracts with USAID, PEPFAR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships. At a regional level in East Africa, she established a consortium of organizations to address primary healthcare needs in marginalized and vulnerable Lake Victoria fishing communities and has worked extensively with the Uganda Ministry of Health on health systems strengthening initiatives. Earlier in her career, Leslie was a practicing RN for 15 years and managed a pediatric HIV clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger working on a maternal-child health and nutrition project in a rural village. She earned her nursing degree from Southern Vermont State College.