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Rev. Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe is the founder and Executive Director of Juna Amagara Ministries. He is a citizen of Uganda, the first person from his village to ever earn a university degree. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, Masters degrees in Theology and Religion from Wheaton College and Trinity International University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity. Working with his management team in Uganda, and colleagues on the U.S. Board of Directors, Ben oversees the ministry from Kampala.

U.S. BOARD OF ADVISORS

Peggy Walding, Chairman

Peggy Walding, Co-Chairman

Deer Park, IL

Peggy has come to know Juna Amagara well since her college-aged son and daughter visited Uganda in 2013. She has held home gatherings for the ministry, and with her family sponsors seven orphans. She is an expert at finding and motivating volunteers having spent almost 20 years on local Parent Teacher Organizations, serving 8 years as vice-president and president at 2 different schools. Peggy is a long term member at Willow Creek Community Church and has taught women’s Bible studies there for over 12 years.

Pastor Keith Duff, Pastor Relations

Pastor Keith Duff, Past Chairman, Pastor Relations

Sugar Grove, IL

Keith is the Executive pastor at Village Bible Church, a four-campus church in the Chicago area. Keith’s church began supporting Juna Amagara in 2006 and sent their first team in 2010, at which time they sponsored one child. Today, families from Village Bible Church sponsor over 100 Juna Amagara children and they make trips to visit their children one to two times a year as teams who connect the sponsors back home with their “adopted” child in Uganda. Village has become a strong advocate for Juna Amagara, encouraging churches to care for orphans in concentrated areas rather than scattered around the world. Keith believes the focused approach yields great opportunities to make a difference by developing deep relationships with both the children and the ministry that is serving them.

Chet Lozowski, Board Issues

Chet Lozowski, Board Issues

Huntley, IL

Chet Lozowski is a retired actuary. He and his wife Renee are members of Willow Creek Community Church in Huntley, Illinois. He enjoys Board work and has served on and chaired insurance industry boards since 1990. Chet wants to advance God’s kingdom. The idea of equipping children to become leaders in their community resonates with him. Chet and Renee raised their own children to be ready to live in the real world. They have had foster children. Chet loves to mentor and the idea of empowering the children in Uganda. He has certain God given abilities – to understand and solve problems and to identify a path to the goal.

Lee Mulder, Communications

Lee Mulder, Communications

Glen Ellyn, IL

Lee is a founding board member of Juna Amagara Ministries and has traveled to Uganda regularly since 2003, often leading mission teams. In 2008, his daughter Emily went traveled with dad to open the first classroom at the Kishanje Learning Advancement Center.

Lee is a marketing consultant for non-profit and faith-based organizations. As a member and ordained elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, he has been actively involved with missions projects and organizations since 1992. He has helped establish partnerships between US churches and evangelical missions in Egypt, Mexico, Peru and Uganda. Lee holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison after which he became a professional journalist and news photographer. From the news business, he became a marketing consultant to high technology clients throughout the US and the UK.

Dave Siehoff, Finance

Dave Siehoff, Finance

Glen Ellyn, IL

Dave is a founding Board Member of Juna Amagara Ministries. As an active member and ordained elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. In 2003, he went to Uganda as part of a missions and evangelism team and was inspired to help found the ministry.

With over 25 years experience as a CPA, Dave is a partner with the accounting and financial services firm BKD, LLP. where he specializes in providing services for not-for-profit organizations and closely held businesses. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1978). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society, and Association Forum, and has served on the Illinois CPA Society’s Not-For-Profit, Auditing Procedures, and Accounting and Review Services Committees.

Paula Maxwell, Information Center

Paula Maxwell, Information Center

Shreveport, LA

Paula has been traveling to Uganda annually since 2002. As one of the people who originally inspired the ministry, Paula was one of the groundbreakers for the Kishanje Learning Advancement Center. She is actively involved with fundraising events and is a frequent speaker about orphan issues in Uganda. Paula directs the Juna Amagara Child Sponsorship program.

Paula relocated from Glen Ellyn, IL to Shreveport, LA with her husband Buddy in 2009. She retired from American Airlines where she was Director of VIP Relations in Chicago.

Tom Kehn, ABIDE Program Liaison

Tom Kehn, ABIDE Program Liaison

Phoenix, AZ

Tom and his wife Barb are the parents of Matthew Kehn, a fulltime missionary to Uganda and the Director / Founder of the Amagara Bible Institute for Discipleship and Evangelism (ABIDE). Active in missions for most of their adult lives, the Kehns are trained counselors who have taught professional counseling courses in Uganda.

Sandy Fugate, Child Sponsor Relations

Geneva, IL

Sandy has known Rev. Dr. Ben for more than 15 years and has been a booster of the ministry from the beginning. With husband John, Sandy hosted the annual Celebration Banquet and Fundraiser at her home in Winfield, IL for three years. Sandy has led teams to Uganda, is a child sponsor and is active in maintaining relationships with donors. Sandy and John have two grown sons and attend church at Community Fellowship Church of West Chicago, IL.

Tana Tatnall, Strategic Planning
Amy Klug, Advocate for MCPS

Amy became acquainted with Juna Amagara in 2008 when she and her husband were in Uganda adopting their oldest child. They decided to become sponsors, and encouraged family members to do the same. Amy and her family are deeply committed to Mary Cox Primary School, named in honor of her late mother. She is excited to participate in the important work that Juna Amagara is doing. While busy raising four children, she also serves on the Board of Spiritual Life at her church, Naperville Evangelical Covenant. Amy holds a PhD degree in U.S. History from the University of Southern California.

Steve Waggoner, HOLD Program Liaison

Steve Waggoner is lead pastor of Crosswalk Fellowship, a church planting church in Delavan, IL. Steve's life mission is to raise up and release pioneers and partnerships for the Kingdom. Having served in Kenya as a missionary kid and Tanzania as college student, Steve has been given a passion for the people of East Africa. In 2013, he led his first trip to Uganda. Three trips later, Crosswalk now sponsors nearly fifty children through Juna Amagara and has developed a strategic partnership with the HOLD ministry in Kampala.

UGANDA BOARD OF ADVISORS
  • Dr. Augustus Nuwagaba, Chairman
  • Dr. Phinehas Tukamuhaabwa
  • Betty Mutebire
  • Julius Twesigye
  • Jolly Babirukamu
  • Joseph Mugisha
  • Keturah Katunguka, Esq.
JUNA AMAGARA STAFF
  • Herbert Ainamani, Director of Operations
  • Aggrey Ahimbisibwe, Accounting & Internal Auditor
  • Godfrey, Dutki, Director of Evangelism and Mission Trip Coordinator
  • Deborah Kyasiimire, Administrator, Kampala Office
  • Monica Nsekuye, Location Administrator, Mbarara
  • Harriet Rukundo, Location Administrator, Kishanje
  • Moureen Kyokusiima, Location Administrator, Kamwenge
  • Brenda Ninsiima, Location Administrator, Rubanda
  • John Tumwikye, Groundskeeper, Cook and Security, Kishanje
  • Moses Mwesigye, Amagara Food Production