Duncan Hill, Founder and Executive director:
Duncan Hill grew up in Granville, Ohio and graduated from Western Reserve Academy. He went on to complete a college education at Ohio Wesleyan University and start a career in the financial industry. He married his wife, Susan, in 1978, and moved west in 1979. Together they raised three healthy kids and built a nice home. Duncan was thriving in business.
“I had it all … everything that movies, TV, society and Americans say you ought to have,” he says, recalling his 16 years as a successful financial consultant and stockbroker in Bozeman, Montana.
But it wasn’t enough. He felt empty inside and filled the void in his heart with alcohol and excess. The tipping point came after an affair was exposed. He quickly came to the end of himself, tired of living a lie. Completely broken, he gave his life to Jesus Christ.
Following much restoration, he began asking God about his own purpose and calling. “God, what did you make me to do?” After reading Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge, he knew he was made for adventure. In 2001, the Hills attended a conference in British Columbia where they heard missionaries Heidi and Rolland Baker speak about their work in Mozambique with the poorest of the poor. Hill was wrecked by their accounts and felt his own call stirring.
In 2002, Hill made his first trip to Uganda with only one contact. “Once I got over there,” he says, “my heart was completely broken for orphans.” Since that time, he’s been a man on a mission. He started Uganda Orphans Fund, a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for orphans and other vulnerable children.
In 2007, Hill won the Waring Prize, a coveted alumni award, from his alma mater Western Reserve Academy for his humanitarian work in Uganda.
Looking back, Hill makes it clear that the Lord has made all the difference in his life. He believes when a person is doing what they’re created to do, there’s nothing better than that. In fact, he says, “I’ve never felt more alive.”
Susan Hill, Sponsorship Program Coordinator:
Susan is an author and speaker. She’s published two books and writes a biweekly blog.
Moriah McKee, Bookkeeper:
Moriah has been keeping books for the past 14 years. As a mother and wife, she’s passionate about orphans and children in need.
Edwin “Wyn” Hill, Finance Committee Chair:
Wyn is a Certified Financial Planner who provides comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services through his firm Stewardship Concepts Financial Services, LLC in Spokane, Washington. He has significant non-profit experience, including nine years as the Executive Director of the Whitworth University Foundation and serving on several non-profit boards.
Tim & Pam Dolan co-pastor River Rock Vineyard Fellowship in Belgrade, Montana. Tim is a Chaplain for Gallatin County and the Central Valley Fire District, and Pam is an artist and former teacher.
Rich Sherlock is the owner and operator of A plus insurance. He’s been married to his wife Christy for 35 years and has a son Nathan.
Kate & John Macy live in Bozeman, Montana where they raise two children. Daughter of Duncan and Susan Hill, Kate is a marriage and family counselor who is passionate about her work with adolescents. John, who holds degrees in organizational communications and public relations from George Fox University, is an avid hunter and devoted father.
Scott & Carrie Chestnut have been involved with Uganda Orphans Fund since 2007. Scott works on films as an editor and cinematographer. A chartered financial analyst, Carrie has nearly 20 years of experience in the business world; currently she is the director of operations at Summit Corporate Services.
Scott Mendenhall lives near Clancy, Montana. He and his wife Audrey have four children
and operate a medical ultrasound practice in Butte & Helena.
Mark Anderson is an author, musician, and works in full-time ministry in India and Nepal. He and his wife Sharmila run a girls’ home and sewing school in Agra, India.
Dustin Diefenderfer graduated from Montana State University in 2005 where he studied marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. He currently owns a personal training business focused on training backcountry athletes.
Robin Owen is a retired family counselor in Bozeman, Montana. She also serves on the board of Love INC and as a discussion leader with Bible Study Fellowship.
Rob Mazza lives in Northern Idaho with his wife Katie. A woodworker by trade, he teaches Streams Ministries Courses, especially workshops on prophetic evangelism.
Nate Hill is an Assistant Designer at BKS Design and Build. He holds a degree mechanical engineering from Montana State University and is the son of Duncan and Susan Hill.
Shawn Hertz brings 30 years of experience in the financial industry and is currently the Senior Vice President at Stifel Financial Corporation. He also serves on the boards of the Bozeman Noon Rotary Club, Big Sky Bravery, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman.
Bryan and Emily Mohr, Co-Directors of Uganda Orphans Fund:
Bryan and Emily oversee operations at Kasozi Village in Uganda. They bring over 5-years of experience working in Uganda to manage the staff, primary school, and implement the sponsorship program. Bryan originally hails from America while Emily is Australian. They have a daughter Mikaela.
Odida Morris, Principal of Kasozi Primary School:
Odida studied teaching at Comboni College in Lira, Uganda. He worked as a teacher before becoming principal of Kasozi Primary School. He and his wife Esther raise two children, Silas and Lillian.
Cassia Wagner, Clinic Project Manager:
Cassia manages logistics for the children’s and maternal medical clinic. She previously worked as a virus researcher, discovering a novel virus from a Yellowstone National Park. She holds a degree in biochemistry with an economics minor from Montana State University.
Catherine Alupo, Northgate Missions Ministry School Director:
Catherine was first called to full-time ministry in 1997 while pursuing a bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at university in Uganda. She previously worked with Youth For Christ Uganda and Family Life and Network. She has been working among Acholi people in northern Uganda since 2004 where she now directs Northgate Missions Ministry School.
Dr. David McLaughlin signed up with World Medical Missions in 1990 for a 3-month term at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, and it changed the course of his life. He works as a family practice physician in Bozeman, Montana. But since 1990, he has annually done medical missions work in Zambia, Rwanda, Liberia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. His true love is helping rural villages in the bush develop viable clinics to meet their needs.