Today, the charity is a who’s who of UC graduates. Its finance manager, Scott Smith, and solar engineers David Glatt and Tinisi Cooper graduated from UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning graduate Tommy Migaki creates branding for the charity’s fundraising. UC graduate Carris Lammers organizes the charity’s internships.
Electronic media graduate Clay Rasmussen from UC’s College Conservatory of Music took photos and high-definition videos of the projects to share with sponsors. He works as a commercial photographer in Los Angeles.
“What they’re doing is extremely important,” Rasmussen said. “To be able to contribute to spread their message and show what they’re doing is really rewarding.”
Rachel Goldberg, of Raleigh, North Carolina, serves as chief marketing officer to help reach the charity’s audience of supporters through digital media. She was a ballet major in UC’s College Conservatory of Music who danced professionally for several years. Now she works for the event promotion app UNATION.
Goldberg made two trips to Uganda, where she talked to teachers.
“Students were studying by kerosene lamp,” Goldberg said. “We heard from the headmasters that the schools became these beacons of light in these communities. They were very appreciative.”
Cameron Whiteman, 26, of San Jose, California, joined the charity in 2014, the year before graduating from UC in computer engineering. He visited Uganda in 2016 and traveled through the capital city into some of the rural towns.
“The thing I love about this organization is it’s a group of people united in one goal to make a difference,” Whiteman said. “It wasn’t until I went to Uganda that it became real for me and seeing firsthand the way it improved their lives.”