Team - Lifeline Fund


Dan Wolf

Founder & Board President

Dan Wolf is the Founder and President of the Lifeline. Dan created Lifeline in 2003 to help individuals and communities gain access to clean drinking water and realize the benefits of clean cooking. Prior to founding Lifeline, Dan served two years as an attorney-adviser at the State Department and 25 years in private legal practice, including work spearheading a series of ground-breaking lawsuits on behalf of victims of governmental and corporate abuse. Dan has also donated his legal expertise to disadvantaged communities in Vietnam through the Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) project. Dan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986.

Deborah Terry

Co-founder & Board Vice President

Deborah Terry is one of the co-founders of the Lifeline. Debbie is a freelance photographer who has participated on numerous missions to Africa for both Lifeline and Refugees International. In the early 1990s, Debbie established herself as both a fashion and music photographer in New York City – her images have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center in New York, The Institute for African Affairs at NYU and the Art Basel in Miami. Since 2004, she has focused her creative energies on humanitarian photography. Here, she has utilized her artistic vision to capture the desperate plight of refugees and other impoverished persons by uncovering the beauty of their everyday life in its simplicity and grace.

Jay Schulkin

Research Professor at the University of Washington

Jay Schulkin is a Research Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington, Behavioral Endocrinology Section at the National Institute of Mental Health and Director of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Jay entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Philosophy on a full scholarship award and with an interest in pragmatism and the philosophy of science, but then transferred and eventually received a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at that same university. His numerous accolades include a MacArthur Foundation post-doctoral award through the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health and a Program Project Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for work done at the University of Pennsylvania and Rockefeller University. Jay is the author of 300+ papers and books, including Roots of Social Sensibility and Neural Function and Rethinking Homeostasis (both from MIT Press), Neuroendocrine Regulation of Behavior and Cognitive Adaptation (both from Cambridge University Press), Bodily Sensibility: Intelligent Action (Oxford University Press); his most recent book is with Michael Power on the Evolution of Obesity (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Mark Lampert

Founder and President of Biotechnology Value Fund

Mark Lampert is the founder and president of the Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., a San Francisco-based private investment firm established in 1993. Mark was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co. in New York and founded Biotechnology Royalty Corp., which pooled biotechnology patent royalties owned by universities. He also headed business development for Cambridge NeuroScience and served as Assistant to the President of the NutraSweet Company, a subsidiary of G.D. Searle & Co. Mark started his career at the Boston Consulting Group. He is currently a director of Acumen, Inc., Biotica Technology, Ltd, and Mendel Biotechnology and a trustee of the Lampert Family Foundation. Mark holds an AB Degree in chemistry from Harvard College and an MBA Degree from Harvard Business School.

Alexander Kunin

Vice President for Business Operations at DEXISIVE, Inc.

Alexander Kunin is VP for Business Operations of Reston, VA-based DEXISIVE, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in advance security operations and enterprise performance engineering within the government and commercial sectors. Prior to his work at DEXISIVE, Alexander was Account Director at OPNET Technologies Inc., where he had direct responsibility for multi-million dollar deal negotiations and deployments in support of major initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Census, and United Nations. Prior to OPNET Technologies, Alexander worked as an executive at UPS Logistics focused around marketing and sales initiatives of global positioning and route optimization solutions to the commercial vehicle markets.

Harriet Isom

Former U.S. Ambassador (Cameroon, Benin and Laos)

For 35 years, Harriet Isom served with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in Asia and Africa. During her last 10 years of service, Harriet headed the American Embassies in Laos, Benin and Cameroon. She has received numerous accolades during the course of her career to include awards from the Oregon Commission for Women and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Isom holds a B.A. from Mills College and an M.A.L.D from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Since retirement in 1996, she is a “gentlewoman farmer” on her family ranch near Pendleton, Oregon.

Dr. F. Ronald Denham

Former Chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)

Throughout his career and in his capacity as WASRAG Chair, Ron Denham has supported a range of water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and India. A published author, Ron is also a recognized authority on logistics management, with a specialized focus in supply chain logistics and operations strategies. His consulting career spans five decades and he holds a M.B.A in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo and a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Brett Freedman

U.S. Government Attorney

Former Board Chair of ClearWater Initiative, Brett Freedman currently serves as a government attorney specializing in international and national security law. A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Brett has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of Boston University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School.

John P. Brown

Chief Operating Officer of Kernel

John Brown has nearly a decade of experience in supply chain security in both commercial and national security settings. He served as an artillery officer in the U.S Marine Corps, was a human resource strategy consultant at CEB and worked on the stand up of the Department of Homeland Security. He has also raised money and provided training for non-profits fighting homelessness among veterans and families. John holds an AB in American history from Harvard University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Romanus Berg

Director of Strategy & Organization Development

Romanus Berg is Lifeline’s Director of Strategy & Organization Development, bringing to the organization his extensive entrepreneurial and system-building experience. Prior to joining Lifeline, Romanus served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at Ashoka, and as CIO & Vice President of Operations at Oceana, which he helped build from the ground up. He has served several terms on various boards and is currently a director on the boards of NetHope and Lifeline.

Vahid Jahangiri

Deputy Director

Since joining the Lifeline in 2006, Vahid Jahangiri has successfully launched multiple operations to include Lifeline programs in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Sudan, Congo and Haiti. Vahid is a key contributor to the SAFE initiative and serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee for UNHCR’s Global SAFE Strategy. He also advises the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves on SAFE initiatives in humanitarian settings. Vahid has extensive knowledge in program implementation, fuel technologies design, testing and M&E in both refugee and post conflict settings. Prior to his work with Lifeline he has served as a consultant to several UN agencies, working to evaluate fuel technology programs and formulating country energy strategies throughout Eastern Africa and in Haiti. Vahid received his B.A. in International Management from the University of Baltimore and holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Heidi Myers

Director of Finance

Heidi Myers is the Director of Finance for Lifeline, working on accounting and financial procedures at headquarters and in the field since 2013. Heidi has more than 20 years of accounting experience in various industries, including work with Holiday Inn as an auditor, Eurpac, Inc. (a military brokerage firm) as a billing manager, Rockland, Inc. (textile manufacturing) as an accountant, Sprenger + Lang, PLLC (a law firm) as director of accounting and with Phi Sigma Sigma (a national women’s sorority) as the director of finance.

Igor Markov

Director of Business Development

Igor Markov serves as Lifeline’s Director of Business Development in Uganda, following an international career in oil & gas drilling services. Igor has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, hands-on fieldwork, human resources, technical management, sales, line management and business consulting. He initially partnered with Lifeline in 2009, when he volunteered to start the ICSEA Carbon Finance program to self-fund Lifeline’s cookstoves and contributed his health, safety and environmental skills by providing in-house training for the Lifeline field teams. In 2014, he reconnected with Lifeline as a Senior Technical Adviser to transfer oil industry best practices to Lifeline’s WASH processes and helped develop the EverFlow repair and maintenance enterprise. Igor’s goal is to see Lifeline become the strategic partner of choice for individuals and organizations who want our most pressing human challenges to turn into opportunities to help people build resiliency while developing their solutions.

Alison Filler

Global Program Manager

Alison is the Global Program Manager for the Lifeline Fund, assisting with partner relations and development, as well as program operations for Lifeline’s energy and WASH initiatives. Prior to joining the team in 2016, Alison served as legal support staff for a private law practice in Washington, D.C. and as a research assistant comparing international legal scholarship at the University of Virginia School of Law. Alison graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Foreign Affairs and a concentration in Middle Eastern International Relations.

Rich Myers

Information Systems Engineer

Richard Myers is Lifeline’s Information Systems Engineer and has extensive experience in the legal and healthcare industries. Richard provides professional IT support to Lifeline’s HQ team and its international programs. His efforts allow Lifeline to stay up-to-date technologically, maximize its resources and maintain a high level of operational efficiency. Richard has over 30 years of experience on both Mac and Windows operating systems including desktops, servers and cloud systems. Similarly, he has worked extensively with small organizations helping to boost efficiency and IT capacities.

Timket A. Biresaw

Uganda Country Director

Timket Biresaw is Lifeline’s Uganda Country Director, joining our team in November 2014 with over 10 years of international finance and program management experience. Highly respected in the development sector, Timket offers solid leadership abilities and vast knowledge in budget preparations, systems of internal controls, donor relations and program management. Prior to this role, Timket was Lifeline’s Deputy Country Director in Uganda. Timket served as Country Director for Medical Emergency Relief International (“MERLIN”) in the Darfur region of Sudan before joining Lifeline. He is a Certified Accountant with a professional membership from the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”). He received his B.A. in Accounting from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his B.S. in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University in the United Kingdom.

Babra Akello

Human Resources & Office Manager

Babra is the Office Manager at Lifeline’s offices in Lira, Uganda. Babra joined our team in 2015 with nine years of office management and operations experience, as well as excellent communication and organizational skills. Prior to her work at Lifeline, she held positions as Office Manager with Invisible Children and as Operations Associate with ClearWater Initiative. Babra received her Bachelor of Office and Information Management from Makerere University. She is now pursuing a post graduate degree in Human Resources Management from the Uganda Management Institute.

William Mwesigwa

Finance Officer

William Mwesigwa is Lifeline’s Finance Officer in Lira, joining the organization in early 2017 with extensive finance experience in the non-profit sector, including his role as Finance and Administration Assistant with Justice Centres Uganda and a role with the Uganda Red Cross Society. William holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kampala International University and a Diploma in Business Studies from the Uganda College of Commerce.

Emmanuel Ojara “Sunday”

Senior Program Manager – WASH

Emmanuel Ojara – known to most as “Sunday” – joined the Lifeline Team in November 2015. Sunday brings solid leadership abilities, program management expertise and over five years of experience in the WASH sector. He also played a key role in the preparation and transition process ahead of the 2016 Lifeline and ClearWater Initiative organizational merger. Prior to his work with Lifeline, Sunday served as Country Director for ClearWater Initiative, a like-minded NGO based in Northern Uganda. A native of Uganda, Sunday holds a Bachelor degree in Public Administration from Gulu University and a certificate in administrative law from the Law Development Center (LDC). He also has received training and certifications from various other local and international institutions including NGO management training from the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Justin Otai

Senior Program Advisor – WASH

Affectionately known as “King Otai,” Justin Otai has served Lifeline as a Senior Program Advisor on various projects beginning in October 2014. Prior to his retirement, Justin served on the Ugandan Ministry of Health, as well as the Senior Health Environmentalist/Focal Point Officer for the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF). Highly respected as a community leader, “King Otai” has a wealth of knowledge and training in WASH capacity building, community participatory approaches, community-based development initiatives, WASH in-school activities and public health engineering. Throughout his longstanding career and his advisory work with Lifeline, Justin’s passion has helped make sustainable development changes in vulnerable communities.

Patrick Ojok

Senior Program Officer – WASH

Patrick joined Lifeline in 2012 as a Sanitation and Hygiene Officer. Prior to working at Lifeline, he was a Public Health Officer for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Outreach Supervisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland (MSF-H) and a Lecturer/Institute accountant for Fountainhead Institute of Management and Technology (FIMT). Patrick also worked as a Project Officer at Gene Community Development Association. He graduated from Makerere University in Uganda.

Rebecca Apicha

Senior Program Officer – Environment

Rebecca Apicha is Lifeline’s Senior Program Officer, holding several positions with Lifeline since joining the organization in 2013. Rebeca has wide-ranging experience in implementing environmental projects, disaster management and renewable energy. She began as an intern and soon transitioned to the roles of Commercialization Assistant and Commercialization Officer and also spent time as Acting Program Manager prior to her current role. Rebeca is a graduate of Makerere University with a B.A. in Environmental Management. Prior to Lifeline, Rebecca served in the Uganda Red Cross Society.

Kyobe Umar Ahmad

Institutional Stove Coordinator

Kyobe Umar Ahmad joined the Lifeline team in Uganda in November 2016 as the Head of Operations-Stoves. Umar has over a decade of experience within the stove sector. Prior to joining Lifeline, Umar held several positions with Uganda Stove Manufacturers Limited including Operations Manager and Acting General Manager. Umar is a graduate of Makerere University Business School with a diploma in Business Administration.

Anyango Paska Sizella

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Anyango Paska Sizella joined the Lifeline team in January 2013 and serves as Lifeline’s Sanitation & Hygiene Officer in Uganda. Paska has extensive Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experience, with prior specialized training in CLTS, PHAST and CHAST methodologies. Paska holds a diploma in Environmental Management and a Certificate in Community-Based Rural Development. Prior to joining Lifeline, Paska worked with several notable organizations, including as Sanitation and Hygiene Supervisor with Action Against Hunger International.

Janet Betty Akol

Logistics Assistant

Janet Akol joined the Lifeline team in 2015. Since then, she has been providing seamless support to program deliveries. Through Lifeline’s employee capacity building scheme, Janet could earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nkuma University in December 2018.

Jennifer Auma

Marketing Assistant-Environment

Since joining Lifeline in 2009, Jennifer Auma has been instrumental in establishing energy kiosks and in training private sector stove vendors in Uganda. She has a contemporary understanding of fuel efficient technologies and hands-on training skills on the promotion, marketing and distribution of fuel-efficient stoves.

Doreen Asio Faso

Project Officer-Environment

Doreen Faso joined Lifeline in 2018 as a consultant Liaison Officer attached to Lifeline’s WFP-SAFE project. Following the successful conclusion of the project in 2019, Lifeline’s management team decided to hire Doreen as a project officer based in our field office in the Moroto district Karamoja region. Prior to joining Lifeline, she worked as a Research Assistant with USAID, implementing school health and reading program (SHARP). Doreen holds a Master’s degree in M&E from Uganda Martyrs University.

Sandra Apio

Sanitation Officer-WASH

Sandra Apio has over seven years of extensive work experience in the WASH sector implementing various projects, including CLTS, PHAST and CHAST approaches in emergency, recovery and development context with both national and international organizations. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute. As a Sanitation Officer, Sandra uses her skills and capacities in community engagement to promote the sanitation aspect of the project.

Brian Hivan Ogang

Sanitation Officer, WASH

Brian Ogang is a highly dedicated and conscientious public health practitioner with over three years of sanitation and hygiene experience through his work with Action Help Uganda. Brian monitored and evaluated the accessibility and effectiveness of WASH interventions and also utilized WASH participatory approaches like PHAST, CHAST, CLTS, SLTS to empower communities to prevent and control WASH-related diseases.