David Brice – Country Director
David is from Australia though he grew up in Papua New Guinea. He has a passion for working alongside communities impacted by conflict and holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He has trained and worked in business administration and finance and spent most of the last six years working as a Project Coordinator and overseeing Child Safety for The Salvation Army in Australia.
In 2015 David and his wife Tash spent six months working in Uganda. “We love Uganda. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to return and to work with TRP; the team has clearly earnt a lot of respect in the community because of who they are and what they do.”
David enjoys good books and good coffee and is looking forward to testing TRP’s zipline as often as possible.
Ogeno Charles – Development Manager
Charles has an MSc in Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Christian University. Charles has worked with TRP since 2010. As the Development Manager Charles is responsible for building and maintaining national partnerships, and designing programs to meet client needs. Charles believes TRP provides a “compass” that gives a sense of direction to guide young people in life. While debriefing a group in the forest, it’s not uncommon to hear him say “Here we are making the impossible, possible. What about out there in the real world?” Charles hobbies include swimming, drama, playing and watching football, making friends, and learning new things. He finds joy in facing and overcoming challenges and is looking forward to doing just that in his position at TRP.
Lamunu Irene – Outdoor Adventure Program Manager
Irene has a Business Administration degree in Accounting and is currently pursuing a MBA from Gulu University. Irene comes from Kitgum District, and has previously worked with the local government as an accounting officer. She has been on staff with The Recreation Project for four years years. Along with Irene’s program management responsibilities, she is TRP’s accountant in Gulu. TRP has nurtured her passion for working with fellow young people and has provided her with a platform to help them learn new ways to solve their problems. Through her work, Irene strives to both better understand herself and new avenues of positive change for young people. In her free time she also enjoys listening to Christian songs, chatting with friends, and cooking.
Kagwa Joachim – Security and Grounds Maintenance
Joachim is an active member of his community. For the past several years he has served on a child protection committee in Layibi division. He has also been on the Village Health Team (entry point for most health issues) for the past few years. He is a respected elder in his village and is known for his friendliness.
Though Mzee Okema and Joachim have alternating shifts, it is not uncommon to see them sitting together sharing the happenings of the season.
Okema Cirlo – Security and Grounds Maintenance
Mr. Okema is a well-respected elder (Mzee) in the community and has worked throughout the area in various capacities. Previously Mr. Okema worked for three years as a watchman at Bishop Negri College and was working at Gulu High School prior to that. With 9 children, Okema has had a very rich life. We have grown to love his ever-positive attitude and quick wit. Mzee Okema provides care for the grounds as well as assists with the construction and beautification of the site. With so many years in the community we are lucky to have such a well-respected and capable groundskeeper.
Paito Mike Kilama – Program Manager, Waveland Academy
Mike aka “Big Mike” has worked for TRP for three years, first as a facilitator at the ropes course before heading the team at Waveland Academy. He has a diploma in accounting and finance and is currently completing his bachelors in Business Administration at Gulu University. “When I was introduced to TRP, I felt like it was my calling to be part of this dream of making a difference in the lives of people in the war recovering community” says Mike. As an athlete and sports lover he was drawn to the idea of touching the next generation through youth sports and enjoys experiencing the transformation of the youth from beginners to experienced players overtime.
Mike plays a lot of sports including baseball, basketball, volleyball, and tennis among others. He loves coaching, swimming, reading books, Church ministry, movies, and watching sports.
Dan Unterheiner- Operations and Agricultural Coordinator
Dan joined the team in January of 2015. He previously spent 18 months project managing a UK-based charity in Gulu. Dan is leading the blended model of agricultural training combined with psychosocial support and life skills program in the adjacent ropes course. The new training program provides an opportunity for Dan and other staff to get to know and mentor the youth coming to TRP over the 4-month long programs. Dan is in Uganda with his wife Jody who teaches phonics in schools in Gulu.
US and UK Team
Ben Porter – Founder
Ben is a trained psychotherapist and has been working in the field of psychosocial support in conflict and post conflict contexts for over ten years. As a Psychosocial Advisor to a grassroots NGO in Lira, Uganda, Ben developed curriculum and implemented a ten module training-of-trainers project that has reached over 20,000 children and their families. Ben has also worked as a trauma therapist and has training in: EMDR, TFT, NET, CISM and PFA. He has worked as a psychosocial program specialist and/or staff care expert in Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Jordan, and the UK.
Ben currently resides in London where he provides direction and networking initiatives for The Recreation Project as well as consults in the staff care arena with aid workers and missionaries in challenging environments. He enjoys playing the cello, going on long runs, and spending time in blanket forts with his two daughters.
Kimbal Kurtz – Co-Founder & Board Treasurer
Inspired by his time spent in Africa, India and Nepal, and his work for Architecture for Humanity, Kimbal brought his skills in architecture to The Recreation Project to oversee the design and construction of the site. Kimbal’s core belief that creative, thoughtful design can be used to more effectively create spaces for healing and restoration is a welcomed asset to the team. Kimbal is based in Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Zach Hoins – Co-founder & Kampala Liaison
Peter Throckmorton – Partnership Intern
Justin Garcia – Outreach and Development Intern