U.S. Support Team

William Newsome, Administrative Assistant

William Newsome, a veteran of the US Navy, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in International Studies, and champion for social justice; is a passionate new addition to the Uganda Rural Fund team.  He has partnered with many local non-profit organizations in the Richmond area, including the Virginia Food Bank and Community Garden cooperatives; working as a fundraising coordinator and public relations liaison.  Anyone who know William immediately recognizes his passion for helping others and his support for programs that empower communities.

Devin Gillespie,  Administrative Assistant

Devin Gillespie is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied International Organization and Globalization.  She was attracted to the Uganda Rural Fund because of its dedication to creating programs designed to empower rural Ugandans to build their own lasting and self sustaining solutions to problems like economic weakness, infrastructure, education and health care.

Devin hopes to one day work for an international NGO and believes that volunteering for the Uganda Rural Fund will provide her with invaluable insight and work experience.

Jenifer Macdonald,  Medical Programs Resources Coordinator

While earning her B.A. in biology at the College of St. Benedict, Jen Macdonald helped to institute a novel study-abroad initiative. With John Mary Lugemwa, OSB at the helm, she co-led a group of fellow college students to Uganda in 2005; this proved to be the inciting event for the founding of URF. She will graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School this year, and plans to devote her career to the world’s underserved, both in the United States and abroad. For the students and communities served by URF’s Hope Academy, she hopes to mobilize medical resources and help sustain a medical clinic that will impact both health and quality of life in the surrounding rural area of Masaka, Uganda.

“I have never encountered anything so poignantly beautiful as the strength and vitality of my African friends in the face of extreme poverty and adversity. Uganda is a place of great hope, and the spirit of the people resounds with a fervor for life so compelling that I am forever changed by it.”