Our Team


 Uganda Team


Oliver Paul – Country Director

Oliver lived and worked in Gulu, Uganda in 2013, researching the socioeconomic impact of untreated mental trauma in civilian populations and authoring the report “Mental Health in Post-Conflict Societies: The Economic and Social Impacts of Widespread Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Oliver’s primary interest at university revolved around conflict studies and he focused on human rights and African history, graduating with a degree in Political Science.

Oliver has been working in the outdoor education field for the past three years and is passionate about experiential learning and character education. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys reading, hiking, canoeing and exploring.




David Brice – Former Country Director

David Brice 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

Lamunu Irene 1 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.




US and UK Team


James Wagenschutz – Executive Director

James is an educator, teacher and licensed sport performance coach and director. A former field employee at Outward Bound, national anti-doping manager, collegiate soccer coach and academy director with over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, he is well poised to lead TRP’s efforts in Denver, CO.

With an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Wellness Program Management and a Masters in Sports Medicine, James brings a unique view and experience in facilitating healing experiences via outdoor adventure and sports.  He has managed a budget in excess of $3M, formed partnerships generating hundreds of thousands in budget revenue or savings, managed the VIK allotment for a FIFA World Cup and spearheaded a brand-new nationally competitive Academy program from the ground up.

As a former TRP board member of two years, he has traveled the country and the world educating others in sport science, sport performance, behavior change and overall health programming.  James currently resides in Colorado with his wife and two young children who all love to play in the outdoors and stare at the stars at night.


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

webshots-1-2-300x199Zach has a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration. He is a co-founder of The Recreation Project and worked with TRP in Gulu from 2010 to 2013. He currently works with Village Entreprises in Kampala, Uganda. Zach plays the role of TRP Kampala Liaison in connecting our programs in the north with head offices and development initiatives in the South of Uganda. Zach brings excellent partnership development skills and high energy to cultivating new relationships and networks for TRP.