Meet Our Team

Amazima Ministries is extremely blessed to have an incredible staff. An organization is only as strong as the people who are working toward the same purpose. Thankfully, we have a clear mission and some of the best people in the world.

Our Leaders

We are honored to be led by a group of men and women who love the Lord and desire to lead with integrity, compassion, and wisdom.

Organizational Leadership
Board of Directors

Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose…

Katie Davis Majors

Founder & Chief Visionary

Doug Martin

Managing Director, U.S.

Mark Guthrie

UG Country Director

Darryl Thompson

Position: Chairman of the Board

Darryl serves as Chairman of Amazima’s board. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Darryl is a financial advisor at Raymond James and is active on the mission committee at his church in Nashville, TN.

Darryl serves as Chairman of Amazima’s board. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Darryl is a financial advisor…

Darryl Thompson

Chairman of the Board

Mary Pat Davis

Position: Board Member

Mary Pat is the mother of Katie Davis Majors and “Jjaja” to 15 beautiful grandchildren. She has been directly involved with Amazima Ministries International since its inception in 2007. She has experience with both state-side and in-country programs.

Mary Pat is the mother of Katie Davis Majors and “Jjaja” to 15 beautiful grandchildren. She has been directly involved…

Mary Pat Davis

Board Member

Mary Virginia Frist

Position: Board Member

Mary Virginia is a native Nashvillian, along with her husband Chet and their two children. She has a heart for mission work, especially in Uganda. She volunteers for many organizations in Nashville during her free time.

Mary Virginia is a native Nashvillian, along with her husband Chet and their two children. She has a heart for…

Mary Virginia Frist

Board Member

Sam Funk

Position: Board Member

Sam is a founding member of Sims|Funk, PLC, a litigation boutique located in Nashville. For 20 years, Sam has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of complex business disputes. Additionally, Sam has been involved in several local and international organizations, including the International Justice Mission (legal mission trips to India, Kenya and Thailand), Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee (Board Member), and others.

Sam is a founding member of Sims|Funk, PLC, a litigation boutique located in Nashville. For 20 years, Sam has represented…

Sam Funk

Board Member

Mike Mayernick

Position: Board Member

Mike is a wealth management advisor with Mayernick and Associates. He joined the Amazima Board in 2008. Mike resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife Suzanne and their 7 children.

Mike is a wealth management advisor with Mayernick and Associates. He joined the Amazima Board in 2008. Mike resides in…

Mike Mayernick

Board Member

Jeff Schulte

Position: Board Member

Jeff is the founder and executive director of Tin Man, a ministry that invests deeply and personally in the lives of Christian leaders and the organizations they lead. In addition to counseling, coaching, and consulting, Jeff speaks nationally and internationally on relational and spiritual authenticity, the emotional life of a leader, spiritual formation, leadership, addiction, biblical masculinity, adoption, fatherhood, and parenting.

Jeff is the founder and executive director of Tin Man, a ministry that invests deeply and personally in the lives…

Jeff Schulte

Board Member

Jeff Tikson

Position: Board Member

Jeff has 30+ years of experience providing strategic counsel and fundraising services to national nonprofits. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and is married to Peggy and proud father to three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.

Jeff has 30+ years of experience providing strategic counsel and fundraising services to national nonprofits. He received an M.B.A. from…

Jeff Tikson

Board Member

Don Shepherd

Position: Board Member

Don is a classically trained marketer who has translated a consumer products background into building award-winning customer benefit driven businesses. He has profitably grown billion-dollar brands, successfully launched new businesses and products, and led several nationally recognized real estate development projects. Don received his J.D. & M.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Kari, and their five children.

Don is a classically trained marketer who has translated a consumer products background into building award-winning customer benefit driven businesses….

Don Shepherd

Board Member

Ben Merrill

Position: Board Member

Ben has over 20 years of human resources experience helping large public and private organizations create a great employee experience and align people with the business and mission. Ben received his B.A. from Furman University and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Karen, and two daughters. Ben currently serves as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville.

Ben has over 20 years of human resources experience helping large public and private organizations create a great employee experience…

Ben Merrill

Board Member

Ryan Harris

Position: Board Member

Ryan Harris is the Head of Middle School at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN. Previously, Ryan taught and coached a variety of grade levels in Williamson County (TN) Schools prior to becoming the principal of Nolensville Elementary School. He and his wife Angie live in Brentwood, TN, and have twin girls. The Harris family is quite involved in their church, First Church of the Nazarene, in downtown Nashville where Ryan is an adult Sunday School class teacher.

Ryan Harris is the Head of Middle School at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN. Previously, Ryan taught and coached…

Ryan Harris

Board Member

Katie Davis Majors

Position: Founder & Chief Visionary

Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fifteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Kisses from Katie and Daring to Hope.

Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose…

Katie Davis Majors

Founder & Chief Visionary

Our Staff

Amazima is made up of incredible team members in both the United States and Uganda.  With a team of over 150, the large majority are local Ugandans.  It is always our goal to provide jobs to Ugandans first, before Westerners, so they can support their families and their community.

Uganda Staff
Stateside Staff

The team in Uganda is the face of Amazima Ministries to the community members, students, and families impacted by our programs.

The Amazima School
Scholarship Program

Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and … Katie Davis Majors Read More »

Katie Davis Majors

Founder & Chief Visionary

Mark Guthrie

UG Country Director

Shana Penner

UG Assistant Country Director, Scholarship Program Director

Adria Tate

Head Teacher

Geoffrey Lwalanda

Deputy Head Teacher, Sports Director

Kelly Miller

Dean of Student Life

Ruth Mwebaza Kato

Student Life Director

Matthew Foster

Business Manager

Daniel Iya

Project Manager/Operations Director

Adria Tate

Head Teacher

Geoffrey Lwalanda

Deputy Head Teacher, Sports Director

Steven Segane

Director of Studies & Assistant Sports Director

Solomon Tatwebwa

Head of Science Department

Steve Fernandes

Science Teacher

Geofrey Kimera

Science Teacher

David Musiige

Science Teacher

Ezekiel Mugerwa

Science Teacher

Holly Stewart

Science Teacher, TASCS Teacher

Joanita Asianut Itogot

Head of English/Literature Department

Deogracious Siminyu

English/Literature Teacher

Elizabeth Akwee

English/Literature Teacher

Susan Ruth Nakayima

English/Literature Teacher

Samantha (Wai Yu) Yau

English/Literature Teacher

Amanda Wallace

English/Literature Teacher

Kayleigh Darling

English/Learning Specialist

Justus Nuwamanya

Head of Mathematics Department

Stella Nsangi Mugenyi

Mathematics Teacher

Emmanuel Afema

Mathematics Teacher

Sarah Nardi

Mathematics Teacher

Stephen Adoit

Head of History Department

Noah Ssemakula

History Teacher

Brian Ottaala

History Teacher

Rob Ames

History Teacher

Daniel Isabirye

Campus Pastor, Bible Teacher

Bob Kalago

Bible Teacher

Matthew Angell

Campus Ministry Pastor/CRE Teacher

Erick Mugabi

ICT/Commerce Teacher

Enyou Pius Opio

ICT Teacher

Noah Owere

Agriculture Teacher

Mary Achen

Entrepreneurship Teacher

Gloria Fayida

Fine Arts Teacher

Honorine Tumukunde

French Teacher

Hannah Richardson

Learning Specialist

Heather Higginbotham

Librarian

Kelly Miller

Dean of Student Life

Ruth Mwebaza Kato

Student Life Director

Simon Masembe & Viola Katushabe

Family Mentors

John Paul Wasswa

Family Mentor

Jackie Ngabire

Family Mentor

Zach & Mackenzie Dalton

Family Mentors

Theresa Akello

Family Mentor

Joe & Robin Booker

Family Mentors

Derick & Ruth Kato

Family Mentors

Martin & Jocelyn Jacoby

Family Mentors

Bitijuma Nabukalu

Family Mentor

Denny & Sandra Thompson

Family Mentors

Brian Alinaitwe

Family Mentor

Adam & Lauren Bonertz

Family Mentors

Ahamada Musana

Family Mentor

Ben & Tally Updike

Family Mentors

Neema Nera

Family Mentor

Anthony & Jen Manginelli

Family Mentors

Sylivestre Sabiiti

Family Mentor

Sean & Katie Olson

Family Mentors

Sandra Doti Akoli

Family Mentor

Marshall & Tara Nessa

Family Mentors

David Musinga

Respite Family Mentor

Comfort Paricia

Respite Family Mentor

Sharon Achieng

Respite Family Mentor

Amy Denning

Student Life Activities Coodinator

Grace Isabirye

Ministry Programming Coordinator

Matthew Foster

Business Manager

Laura Sserunjogi Steele

Accountant

Sarah Ibiara Okimait

Office Manager

Martha Nakale

School Adminstrator & Receptionist

Faith Taaka

Office Administrator

Isaac Okello

IT Manager

Alicia Shinska

Human Resources Manager

Danlyn Miller

Member Care Director

Tory Angell

Assistant Member Care Director

Keith Burgess

Director of School Partnerships

Ashley Staples

TASCS Principal/Teacher

Claire Amico

TASCS Teacher

Rachel McClure

TASCS Teacher

Kirstin Vanada

TASCS Teacher

Holly Stewart

Science Teacher, TASCS Teacher

Rebecca Busikwa

TASCS Office Assistant

Jennifer Fernandes

TASCS Teacher Assistant

Larissa Braun

Nursing Director

Isaac Ibanda

Medical Administrator

Christine Aluka

Case Coordinator

Christine Kyomugisha Mukasa

Nurse

Sarah Brenda Nalwoga

Nurse

Daniel Iya

Project Manager/Operations Director

JT King

Operations Manager

Ismael Wandera

Building Maintenance Manager

Traver Mukisa

Farm Assistant

Abraham Segujja

Facility Attendant

Francis Omoo

Facility Attendant

Joseph Okello

Facility Attendant

Lakana Ocen

Facility Attendant

Edirisa Muyanja

Facility Attendant

Simon Peter Osangen

Facility Attendant

Godfrey Makoha

Facility Attendant

Denis Ochaya

Facility Attendant

William Kalema

Facility Attendant

Patrick Omunet

Facilities Attendant

Merabu Logose

Head of Kitchen

Betty Achilo

Cook

Boazi Musinguzi

Cook

Brian Asiimwe

Cook

Micheal Otenge

Cook

Suzan Nabatanzi

Cook

Steven Isabirye

Cook

Isaac Muwereza

Cook

Emmanuel Esebu

Cook

Patrick Omunet

Facilities Attendant

Andrew Kasenene

Head of Transportation

James Tumwesigye

Driver

Rashid Ssekitoleko

Driver

Micheal Kyegombe

Driver

Leny Jimmy Cosmas Ebil

Head of Security

Martin Ocen

Security Guard

Deborah Amuge

Security Guard

Denish Omony

Security Guard

Joan Acen

Security Guard

Naume Awero

Security Guard

Raphael Egwang

Security Guard

Ruth Kevin Akot

Security Guard

Sarah Kobusinge

Security Guard

Micheal Oluka

Security Guard

Moses Acila

Security Guard

Kennedy Apale

Security Guard

Godfrey Kuchana

Security Guard

Joel Elasu

Security Guard

Alfonsio Ojwiya

Security Guard

Collins Agadra

Security Guard

Raulent Muhindo

Security Guard

Fortunate Jakuma

Security Guard

Shana Penner

UG Assistant Country Director, Scholarship Program Director

Benard Mukama

Scholarship Program Manager

Rebeccah Khakasa

Scholarship Program Administrator

Haba Cypriano

Scholarship Program Mentor

Geofrey Magala

Scholarship Program Mentor

Richard Kalongo

Scholarship Program Mentor

Marion Nandera

Scholarship Program Mentor

Lisa Waigolo

Scholarship Program Mentor

Stephania Ayebale

Scholarship Program Mentor

Noel Mwebaza

Scholarship Program Mentor

Trevor Kagoda

Scholarship Program Mentor

Mildred Namaganda

Scholarship Program Mentor

Peter Emmanuel Wanjala

Scholarship Program Mentor

Daniel Iya

Project Manager/Operations Director

JT King

Operations Manager

Patrick Ouma

Assistant Operations Manager

Andrew Wandera

Farm Manager

Samuel Wandera

Farming God’s Way Trainer

William Kayondo

Farm Assistant

James Obedi

Farm Assistant

Samuel Wancha

Farm Assistant

Seera Hawa

Facilities Attendant

Geofrey Opio

Facility Attendant

Deborah Neumbe

Cook

Joan Maturu

Cook

Bruno Abatumbi

Cook

Lazarus Okello

Cook

Larissa Braun

Nursing Director

Isaac Ibanda

Medical Administrator

Yosam Wasswa

Clinical Officer

Christine Aluka

Case Coordinator

Agathur Atuzoore

Nurse

Simon Jaromo

Nurse

Andrew Kasenene

Head of Transportation

Enoch Mugabi

Driver

James Tumwesigye

Driver

Rashid Ssekitoleko

Driver

Kauma Kaloli

Security Guard

The stateside team provides operational support for Amazima‘s programs and ministry. Their work is integral in connecting our donors with the programs they support. This team oversees scholarship, finances and donation processing, communications, donor development, prayer, and retail sales.

Doug Martin

Managing Director, U.S.

Derek Bell

Director of Partner Relations

Kelli Reed

Partner Relations Manager

Erika Rogers

Finance & Administrative Manager

Jené Sarchet

Assistant Finance Manager

Lauren Dotterer

Digital Communications Manager

Sarah Crane

Communications Manager

Amy Martin

Retail Manager & Prayer Coordinator

Sarah Gerald

Ministry Assistant

Kahlie Calderon

Ministry Assistant

Doug Martin

Managing Director, U.S.

Derek Bell

Director of Partner Relations

Kelli Reed

Partner Relations Manager

Lauren Dotterer

Digital Communications Manager

Sarah Crane

Communications Manager

Erika Rogers

Finance & Administrative Manager

Jené Sarchet

Assistant Finance Manager

Sarah Gerald

Ministry Assistant

Kahlie Calderon

Ministry Assistant

Amy Martin

Retail Manager & Prayer Coordinator