Executive Team and board

Jeff Fonda 
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Chairman of the Board

Jeff was inspired to create this organization after volunteering in Uganda in 2009. During his time there, Jeff saw that there was an overwhelming need for books in the community he was working with, and after speaking with many locals, he discovered that books were a scarcity for Ugandans nationwide. Realizing the gravity of this situation, Jeff began to take action, and in 2011 The Literate Earth Project was born. Jeff graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2010 where he studied International Relations and Black Studies and was a soccer student-athlete. In addition to his work with The Literate Earth Project, Jeff recently earned his MBA at Temple's Fox School of Business and began work at IBM as a Client Executive. Prior to starting his MBA Jeff was an executive at both a textbook reseller and a travel company based in Spain. 


Alexandria Moore 
Chief Operating Officer,
Board Member

As COO Alexandria manages and fosters relationships with school library partners. She is also the direct superior to our staff on the ground in Uganda and works with them on a daily basis. Having done most of her undergrad work at SUNY Stony Brook, Alexandria is currently pursuing her degree completion in Accounting at Empire State College. In addition to her work with The Literate Earth Project , Alexandria is the Vice President for textbook company Belltower Books. In her free time she enjoys taking runs with her dog Riley and playing soccer. 


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Chapman Ellsworth 
Chief Financial Officer
Board Member

As CFO, Chapman ensures The Literate Earth Project is compliant with all financial obligations of a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and provides guidance on all financial related matters for the organization. Chapman recently graduated from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University with his bachelor's and master's degrees, both in accounting. He works as a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting in Los Angeles, CA. Chapman loves music (he plays the viola), sports (especially Arizona Diamondback baseball), and his family; he lives in LA with his wonderful wife, Kimberly, who is an elementary school teacher. 


Danielle Sweetman
Director of Literacy Programming,
Board member

As the Director of Literacy Programming for the Literate Earth Project Danielle works to create and implement effective trainings for our staff at Library Sites in Uganda.  Danielle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education. She is passionate about the work of education and strongly believes that literacy is the key lever in social, political and economic change.  Currently, Danielle is a lead kindergarten teacher  for the Richmond County School District in Augusta, GA . She lives with her husband and step daughter in Georgia. 


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Martin Quigley
Director of Engagement and Analytics,
Board Member

As Director of Community Engagement and Analytics, Martin is responsible for managing online media and community engagement. He also provides analytics and reporting services, providing strategic insights to help drive better decision-making. Martin is a currently Senior Analytics Consultant at Philadelphia-based management consulting firm CatalystIQ. Martin has a degree in Media and Society from Hobart College.


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JB Graves
Development Director
Advisory Board Member

As the Development Director, JB is the senior fundraising point of contact and lead grant writer for the Literate Earth Project. As an advisor to the board, JB contextualizes international relations issues regarding education for the Literate Earth Project’s expansion in Uganda and Africa. JB has a M.S. in accounting from Wayne State University and a M.A. in International Relations with a dual specialty in national security and Asia from Norwich University. JB empowers youth through empathy to educate the world on human rights issues as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Founder of Confucius Global Institute. Not only has JB clothed, fed, and sheltered the homeless in Metro Detroit, built homes for the poor in Arizona with Habitat for Humanity, consulted on a food startup in Nairobi, Kenya, but he currently works for the U.S. government as a specialist.   


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Timothy Kazinduka
Board Member

Timothy is in his first year at Villanova Law School.Timothy holds a B.Sc in International Transportation and Trade and a M.Sc in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College. Timothy worked as an Operations Manager at Global Container Terminals in Jersey City, NJ for three years after completion of his Undergraduate degree. As a first generation Ugandan-American, Timothy was elected as a Council Representative for the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) in 2015 and 2017 and 2019. Also the current the Vice President of "Breaking Barriers Connecting Cultures" which aims to connect the youth in the diaspora with the Ugandan youth. Timothy also is a "Mentor Coach" for America Needs You.

In Country Team

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Sauda Nakasinde
Senior Project Manager

Sauda holds a Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science from Makerere University. In addition to her degree, Sauda has also worked as an English teacher and a librarian for Nkumba Quran Primary School. With her extensive knowledge of the Ugandan syllabus and teaching methods, she is working to implement our training program for library staff. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and dancing, and posing for snaps with CEO Jeff Fonda. Inspired by authors like Robert Kiyosaki, Sauda strives to close the gap between rich and poor in Uganda. She is excited to put her education to use with The Literate Earth Project and help to bring her country to the next level of growth. 


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Dominic Mukwaya
Central Uganda Coordinator

Dominic is a native Ugandan from Kabira, a town that was the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Uganda. Despite his humble beginnings, Dominic worked hard to pay for his own schooling at the National Teacher’s College and eventually returned to his home town to give back to his community. Together with his wife Rose, Dominic founded Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans, or KAASO to provide support and education for those children orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic. Since its opening in 1999, KAASO has flourished into the model primary school, becoming one of the top performing campuses in the entire district.


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Richard Chaford
Northern Uganda Coordinator

A social worker by profession, Richard dedicated his life to making a difference in the lives of others in his communities ravaged by the two decades of LRA war in Northern Uganda. He studied Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere Institute for Social Development, Gender and Development at the Institute of Social Development and received a Bachelor of Community Leadership and Development at Uganda Christian University. He began his career way back in 2004 at Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) as a Counselor. He also worked with Gulu Support the Children Organization and Comboni Samaritans of Gulu as social worker supporting the rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers and war affected communities in the Northern Uganda. He currently works with Charity for Rural Development as Program Manager and is involved promoting functional adult literacy among rural farmers for improving on their livelihoods.

Advisory Board

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John Julius Muwulya
Advisory Board Member

Julius is a senior project engineer currently living and working in Seattle, Washington. He is the Vice President of the Uganda North American Association (UNAA) and co-chair of the Harambee Centre board, a non-profit based out of Portland, Oregon.

Born in Masaka, Uganda, Julius received early education in Uganda and later graduated with a B.S.  in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Portland. 


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Scott Funk
Advisory Board Member

Scott is a CPA with an accounting and finance background. Currently he is a Senior Accounting Manager at a technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to this role, Scott worked at PwC in its audit practice. Scott has his bachelor's and master's degree in accounting from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. 





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Kyle Rose
Advisory Board Member

Kyle has a passion for education and is excited about providing opportunities for self empowerment through learning. He first began working with Grace International to support children in Haiti with school supplies and learning materials in 2012 and continues to do so today. Professionally, Kyle works as a Strategy Analyst in the technology industry where he confronts a wide range of business issues and executes strategic solutions. Kyle lives in Austin, TX with his wife and their newborn daughter. In his free time he loves to run, read, and travel.


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Brent Parker
Advisory Board Member

Brent’s passion for literacy is inspired by his two young daughters that constantly ask mom and dad to read books to them. Their love for books encourages him to provide reading opportunities for children around the world. Brent received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. After graduation he practiced as a CPA for Deloitte Tax, LLP. Currently, he owns and operates a number of boat clubs in Northern Virginia for the franchise Freedom Boat Club. In 2018 he was recognized by Boating Industry Magazine’s 40 under 40 for the best young leaders in the marine industry.


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Rebecca Rubin
Advisory Board Member

Rebecca is a student at Fordham Law School, graduating in May 2020.  For two years before law school, Rebecca worked as an AmeriCorps legal advocate on a Medical-Legal Partnership team, helping connect particularly traumatized and vulnerable patients to legal services they otherwise would not receive.  She is passionate about immigration law, and has interned at the NYC immigration court and spent a week in a family detention center in Dilley, Texas.  In her free time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and running.

*Rebecca does not provide legal advice to The Literate Earth Project.


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Michael Scher
Advisory Board Member

For the last four years, Mike has worked for New York Road Runners managing a free, volunteer-led initiative aimed at bringing a community-based running program to neighborhoods throughout the tri-state area. He attained his B.A. at SUNY New Paltz studying Sociology and Philosophy while being a Conference Hall of Fame Cross Country athlete. During college, he spent time interning with RECAP - Orange County Reentry program assisting with the adjustment of formerly incarcerated individuals back into everyday life. Mike is a native New Yorker who will be attending the Marx School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College this coming spring.


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Phoebe Fialkoff
Advisory Board Member

Currently a Senior Specialist on the Development Systems team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Phoebe was thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to join the Literate Earth Project. An avid reader, Phoebe experienced first hand the power of the written word and its ability to transcend our worldly boundaries. Equipped with a B.A. in International Economics and Business from SUNY New Paltz, and with a background in philanthropic fundraising, Phoebe hopes to bring her experience to benefit the Literate Earth Project’s mission to provide books to those who need them. In her spare time, you can find Phoebe snowboarding, developing her latest roll of film, or planning her next trip.

Education Committee

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Hannah Mistovich
Education Committee Member

In addition to her work with LEP, Hannah has worked with a plethora of education related non-profits including Garces Foundation, Philadelphia Futures and Minds Matter. She is currently a Spanish language teacher at Archmere Academy and completed her Master of Science in Education in Language and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language & Pedagogy. Hannah has worked alongside learners at various stages of life to help them develop the communication skills they need in order to lead fruitful personal and professional lives.


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Drew Edwards
Education Committee Member

Drew oversees and guides the programming and development of all organizational activities for Pangea Educational Development, which he co-founded and is currently CEO. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at DePaul University where he was an Irwin W. Steans Community Service Scholar and Vincentian Mission Fellow. He is currently student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a WISE Learners’ Voice Fellow with the Qatar Foundation studying refugee education. Drew co-founded Pangea from his belief in the empowerment of education.


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Debbie Brown
Education Committee Member

Over the course of her 22 years in education Debbie has held more than 15 different positions from higher education to elementary to education-based nonprofits. She has created and provided staff development and coaching for over 30,000 teachers and school administrators. Most recently she was the Dean of Academia K-12 for Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. She has consulted for and worked with various county and state education departments to develop the training and curriculum used at schools throughout those localities. Since 2015 she has managed her own education consultancy to allow her the flexibility to focus on raising her two daughters.



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Kelley Lach
Education Committee Member

Kelley received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University of Ohio and taught for four years in Title 1 elementary schools in North Carolina. She is currently in the process of completing her Masters’ degree in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University. In 2019, Kelley worked on the ground in Uganda for nine weeks as a Program Specialist for the Literate Earth Project, where she assisted in the development of a teacher training program that focuses on utilizing library books inside the classroom. Kelley believes that every individual has the right to a quality education and a quality life.

A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.
— Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the United States