Kurt Klose: With a background in Education, the Business World, and Ministry, I started this non-profit organization after visiting Uganda, East Africa. I spent 8 years teaching fifth grade elementary school, owned my own business for another 8 years, and have spent the last 11 years as a Minister. I also have had the opportunity to oversee the finances of numerous non-profit organizations. I started working with impoverished children in Uganda in 2004 and after working with several organizations, started SAND Foundation in 2010. I still travel to Uganda annually taking others with me to work with the children and people of Uganda.
Tammy Gladwill: A native of Alameda, California, I am an assistant to a stockbroker by day, which gives me the ability to chase my twin passions… serving others and travel! I have been involved with SAND since its inception in 2009 as a Board Member, and have had the opportunity to travel twice to Uganda to visit the SAND kids and spend time with our friends there. It has been such a blessing to be a part of a grassroots effort to better the lives of others while learning so much about how big the family of God is!
Linda Klose: It was quite natural for me to be involved with SAND, seeing my husband was the Founder. I caught the vision of it from him, but have also had opportunity twice to visit the SAND children in Uganda. My background is in administrative management, and I use it to assist in growing the exposure of this great work to more people.
Darryl Morris: I am married to my beautiful wife and have two wonderful children. I have spent the last 25 years in market research and brand strategy consulting for international companies such a NIKE, Grand Mariner and Moet Chandon. I have been a board member of SAND since its inception and have been honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization. I truly believe in the work we are privileged to do on behalf of the wonderful children and families in Uganda. Although I have not been there as of yet, I feel a kindred spirit with all the children and the staff that share the passion of our Founder in changing lives for the better, one day at a time.
Bob Sanders: I’m a 30-year veteran of Information Technology and currently own and operate a consulting firm. As the father of 5 children, I can’t help but feel compassion for the plight of the little ones in Uganda. My wife Paula and I became sponsors of a child several years ago, and when presented with an opportunity to serve SAND as a member of the Board, I jumped at the chance. SAND’s high-touch, relationship-based approach is unique and compelling. I’m living proof that: “The Life You Change May Be Your Own”!
Rashelle Houseman: I studied Sociology and Anthropology in college and have always had a passion for social outreach. When I heard about a friend’s visits to Uganda, Africa, and the needs he witnessed there, I immediately wanted to offer my assistance in any way possible. I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the formation of SAND Foundation. Since then I have had an opportunity to visit Uganda myself and have seen firsthand how deep the need is. While connecting with the community we serve, I felt a special bond with one of the SAND children, Olivia. I am now her sponsor and have developed a personal relationship with her, getting an opportunity to watch her grow up.
Erica Varize: Erica, a fashion designer and entrepreneur by trade, has been teaching young people how to sew. For the past seven years, she has been teaching sewing classes in eight middle and high schools in the Bay Area and offering “SEW WHAT” camp for youth, ranging from 4th – 12th grade. During the 2 weeks at camp Erica teaches cutting & sewing skills, fabric sourcing, pattern creation, clothing reconstruction, portfolio building, and at the end of the session, the kids put on a runway show to display their new creations. Most kids return for the next summer to continue to build on their knowledge and skills acquired. Erica has expanded her sewing camp to our children in Uganda and is SAND’s Director of Education and Advancement.
Grace Twikirize: Grace is our program director in Uganda, Africa. She has been working with us for ten years. She is a skilled writer and educator. Grace overseas the children’s education and has opened her home to be our orphanage, housing 18 children, and a staff of three adults in a 5 bedroom house. SAND Foundation could not function as it does without Grace.