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Our volunteer Board of Directors provides governance, strategic direction and operational oversight to Fields of Dreams Uganda's activities. The board works continually to improve our organizational infrastructure and to increase awareness of our work.
We are thankful for their time and for their commitment to the children of Uganda.
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Our board members are eagerly available to discuss partnerships, fundraising ideas and/or to simply talk about our work in Uganda. Please contact us to be put in touch with a board member nearest you.

Michael Warneke

Mike is the Founder and Executive Director of Fields of Dreams Uganda. When not in Uganda, he lives with his family in Cabool, Missouri.

Founder and Exectuive Director - Board member since 2012

Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming is an engineer at Cummins in Columbus, Indiana. He is President of the board and leads sustainability efforts for FoDU's Youth Council; secondary school and college age children who have graduated from our programs and now serve as mentors.

President - Board member since 2014

Mariza Gaviao

Mariza is an elementary educator in Dallas, Texas.

Board member since 2017

Aaron Knipmeyer

Aaron is a public educator in Higginsville, Missouri, and has a desire to see education open the doors of opportunity for the children of Uganda.

Board member since 2019

Judi Knipmeyer

Judi is a retired school counselor who lives in Higginsville, Missouri.

Board member since 2019

Rob Schnieders

Rob Schnieders is the chief academic officer for Amerigo Education. He serves as FoDU's point-person for soccer club and corporate partnerships.

Board member since 2018

Ashley Thornburg

Ashley is an Indianapolis native who has spent the last 12 years working in college athletics, specifically providing initial-eligibility support to international prospective student-athletes.  Given her background, she was drawn to Fields of Dreams Uganda’s mission as she has seen firsthand the life-changing impact that both education and sports can have on the lives of young people all over the world.

Board member since 2020

Jen Wilson

Jennifer Wilson, Ph.D., is Head of the Lower School at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas.

Board member from 2013-18, 2020-present

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