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Our Team

DOROTHY DOUGLAS TAFT :: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dorothy has 30+ years’ experience engaged in US and international policy to advance human rights protection, democratic governance and civil society program development, as well as issues related to trauma healing.  She has worked in the United States Congress, the US Agency for International Development, and the nonprofit sphere. Representing the US Government and Members of Congress, she has defended the human rights and dignity of men and women in virtually every continent around the globe, with particular focus on violence against women and children, torture of political and religious prisoners, accessibility for those with disabilities, and the crime of human trafficking. Her commitments have taken her to more than 60 countries. Dorothy serves as a lay counselor and family mediator. She and her husband James live in Alexandria, Virginia.

JAMES DIRKSEN :: FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS CREATION

James has over 20 years’ experience bringing products and services to the global market. He began his career as a consultant working at Northrup Grumman and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1997 he began working in the computer and network security industry and has started, grown, and sold companies and technology to companies including Microsoft, Symantec, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Citrix, and Cisco. James has founded two non-profit organizations that operate around the world. He serves on the Board of Directors of Serge and is Chairman of the Board of The Elisha Foundation that serves families with children with physical and mental disabilities. James has a degree in biology and chemistry from Point Loma University. He lives with his wife Dana and six children near Portland, Oregon.

RICK BAKER :: GENERAL MANAGER IN UGANDA

Rick Baker is a creative problem solver with a background in community development, outdoor leadership, and small business creation. He is passionate about entrepreneurship that uses technology appropriate to the local economy and creates transformative economic opportunities for those in poverty. Offering jobs that enable men and women to thrive brings Rick great pleasure. Born in the USA, Rick is a life-long learner. His work experiences have included commercial fishing, dairy, poultry and cash crop farming, homewares design, and mentoring of at-risk youth. He has called Uganda “home” since 2012.

CAROLYN STONEHOUSE :: CO-FOUNDER AND NGO SPECIALIST

Carolyn has spent more than 20 years working as both employee and consultant among large and small non-profit organizations. She has worked on developing short-term programs bringing medical relief and business training to prisoners in developing countries and micro-enterprise lending programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Carolyn also served as the National Director of Angel Tree for Prison Fellowship. Most recently she served as COO of World Harvest Mission. Carolyn and her husband Tim live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their two children.