Board of Directors
Robyn Fehrman, Chair
Program Director, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Karen Prior, Vice Chair
Non-Profit Consultant, Starfish Collaborative
Michael Sullivan, Treasurer
Independent Investor and Company Advisor
Helen Crowe, Secretary
Founder and Chairman, International ProInsurance Services
Prevention, Education and Partnerships Manager, Children's Center
Gretchen Ki Steidle
Founder and President, Global Grassroots
Global Grassroots Staff
Gretchen Ki Steidle, Founder and President
Our overarching operations, strategy, vision, and program design are managed by Founder and President, Gretchen Steidle who holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Gretchen is a certified Integrative Breathwork Practitioner and has a background of 18 years in international finance, social entrepreneurship, mindfulness-based leadership, personal transformation, and mind-body trauma healing methods.
Heidi Luquer, Global Programs Officer
Heidi holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BA in English from the University of Vermont, and has completed her certification as a practitioner of Conscious Social Change. She has worked globally in the fields of conservation, social change, and education for more than 20 years, including in Senegal, Guatemala, and The Netherlands. In addition to providing core support to Global Grassroots' President Gretchen Steidle, Heidi oversees all global program operations.
Elle McPherson, Administrative and Operations Officer
Elle holds a MBA/MA in Nonprofit Management and Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University and a BA from Bates College. She has over ten years of experience in nonprofit financial and operations management in the fields of social entrepreneurship and international development. She has worked with a range of nonprofits including Agora Partnerships, Ashoka, AmeriCorps, Outward Bound, and Heifer International.
Susan Patrice, Fundraising and Communications Officer
Susan has spent the past 25 years using her diverse skills as a documentary photographer, communications specialist, and development consultant to passionately support grassroots environmental and social justice organizations around the globe. At the heart of this work is Susan's dedication to helping organizations discover and share the unique and compelling stories that lie at the heart of their mission. Through arts-informed strategies, she creates fundraising and communications initiatives that expand reach and inspire action. As a contemplative artist, Susan practices and teaches a creative healing modality that combines photography and mindfulness practice in support of women's trauma recovery. Susan has three grown daughters and lives in Marshall, NC at Makers Circle, a residency and retreat center for artists, activists, and makers.
Kathleen P. Mahoney, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
Kathleen holds a Bachelor's in Business Management from St. Joseph's College of Maine. She has been Director of Annual Giving for MaineGeneral Health, Associate Director of Development for Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, Maine, and Senior Relationship and Communications Officer for Housing Families, Inc. Kathleen has served on the Board of Directors for The Box Project which matched families living in extreme poverty with supportive families who did not. From 2010-2012, Kathleen was Fundraising and Communications Coordinator for Amani Children's Home in Moshi, Tanzania, where she also lived.
Josephine Nkurunziza, East Africa Regional Director
Josephine is an accomplished Gender and Accountability Specialist with over 12 years' experience in managing programs that address girls' and women issues. She has a MA degree in Gender Analysis in Economics from Makerere University Kampala and a Bachelors' Degree in Economics from the National University of Rwanda. Josephine oversees all of Global Grassroots' programming, operations and M&E in Uganda and Rwanda.
Juliet Aber, Uganda Program Officer
Juliet has a BA in English from Makerere University and an MA in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University where she studied the effectiveness of microfinance. She has seven years experience teaching and working in the field of development for international NGOs, including managing educational programs and overseeing monitoring and evaluation processes. Juliet manages our venture development and monitoring and evaluation of our women's ventures in Gulu and provides support for our Uganda young women's program.
Susan Alal, Uganda Operations Advisor
Susan holds a Masters' Degree in Conflict Transformation Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Gulu University. Susan is a program and project management specialist with over 10 years of combined humanitarian programming experience in the context of protracted displacements, armed conflict, post-war recovery and development context. Additionally, she has more than eight years of mental health and psychosocial support experience, with certification from the Global Mental Health Lab at Columbia University.
Francis Kumakech, Uganda Program Associate
Francis has a BA in Organizational Studies from Makerere University and has work experience in graphic design, psycho-social support programs, and social entrepreneurship endeavors, founding two local groups to support vulnerable women and youth in his community. He is currently focused on providing translation assistance and support for our venture development and oversight in Gulu, as well as management of our eAcademy platform.
Rose Kansiime, Uganda Program Assistant
After graduating from Global Grassroots' 2014 Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change, Rose earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Rose joined Global Grassroots in May 2017 as our first intern. She provides support to our Uganda Program Associate, assists with our Young Women's Academy in Uganda, and with our monitoring and evaluation efforts.
Gyslaine Uwitonze, Rwanda Senior Program Officer
Gyslaine manages our Rwanda country programs. She holds a Bachelors degree in human rights law from Kigali Institute of Education and is certified as a Conscious Social Change practitioner. Gyslaine has served Global Grassroots since its inception in 2006 when she first joined as an interpreter. She currently oversees all training, venture development, and monitoring and evaluation activities for both our Academy for Conscious Change and our Young Women's Academies, as well as international staff training. Gyslaine is supported by two Program Assistants and a university intern.
Thacienne Nyiraneza, Rwanda Program Associate
Thacienne holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Kigali Independent University. She has eight years experience working in microfinance and community economic development programs. Thacienne has been instrumental in building strong relationships with our venture teams and provides support for all of our programs in Rwanda.
Global Grassroots also selects Young Women's Academy alumni who have recently completed university to join us for one year as paid Fellows. Their role is to act as teaching assistants and/or assist with mentoring and with our monitoring and evaluation program. We also have a corps of 15 certified Conscious Social Change practitioners who are qualified to teach our curriculum where requested globally as independent contractors, and dozens of others in the process of completing their certification.
Rwanda Graduate Advisory Council
President, Let Us Build Ourselves
President, Hard Workers
President, Light In Our Home
President, Think About the Young Girls
President, Achieving a Better Life
Richard P. Brown, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Consultant and Advisor to Social Entrepreneurs and the Citizen Sector
Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College
Holden Sports Management
President, Impax Asset Management, Pax World Funds
Communications, US Veterans Administration (retired)
Founder, Influence Films
Founder and Chair, Lee Pesky Learning Center
Shirley Randell, Ph.D.
Director, Kigali Institute of Education Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies
Lina Srivastava Consulting, LLC
Founder, Three Generations
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