BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steve has been a part of the UWP Board of Directors ever since he visited Uganda as a part of UWP Team #1 in 2008. His first-hand experience with the critical need for clean water and the solutions that UWP provides continues to motivate his involvement. He is passionate about the transformation people experience when working with UWP and seeing its solutions in action. Steve is the President of Pervasive Solutions in Victor, NY.
James started laying the foundation for the Ugandan Water Project in 2007 after crashing a barbecue and meeting a man from Uganda. The first water projects were installed in 2008 and the organization now works in over 300 communities across Uganda. A contagious communicator, he speaks on topics surrounding international development, non-profit leadership and values-driven poverty alleviation across diverse demographics. He loves helping people see their own potential to change the world. James is passionate about helping to identify sustainable solutions for communities in crisis by leveraging the power of relationships. James and his wife, Christy, are raising 3 beautiful daughters in Bloomfield, NY where they are active in their church and committed as a family to connecting with people to produce change in the world around them.
As co-founder of the Ugandan Water Project, Derek has been intimately connected to the work of UWP. He is invested in the success and health of the organization and its team on both sides of the ocean. With his world-wide travel experience Derek has seen how clean water opens the doors to expanding influence and greater potential. Derek is the Lead Pastor of GraceLife Church in Avon, NY.
As a networker in her community, Jessica enjoys the community engagement that partnering with UWP provides. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the struggle for clean water in Uganda and helping other organizations and individuals connect to something greater than the bottom line. Jessica is the Director of Business Development at Finger Lakes Technology Group, Inc. and the President of the Victor Chamber of Commerce.
Doug’s enthusiasm lies in meeting real needs for the global community. Alongside his own connections to the people of Uganda after a short-term missions trip, Doug believes in the mission of UWP and its goals. His own focus on reaching people and changing lives for future generations partners well with UWP’s work in providing safe drinking water and changing the lives of Ugandans immediately for a sustainable future. Doug is the Executive Pastor at Elim Gospel Church and a leadership coach for Church Health Solutions.
Trish’s interests rest in partnering with and supporting sustainable models of business throughout the world. She appreciates the vision and focus that UWP offers within international development while also being flexible and realistic. She is passionate about the way that clean water at schools can significantly improve the education for Ugandan children in multiple ways. Trish works as a realtor for Keller Williams in the Canandaigua area.
For Dave, finding ways to invest in social impact with a tangible outcome is motivating. Dave is inspired by UWP’s commitment to impacting a nation through the foundation of providing clean water. He is most excited by the analytics and data-tracking that UWP is using to help UWP make data-driven decisions. He and his wife Trish have several business ventures in the Dominican Republic and other international locations as well as working locally as property managers in the Canandaigua, NY area.