For inquiries, contact Dr. John Shavers, Board Chairperson, or please reach any of our board members (see below) to learn more about our important work.  Our website is newly revised for Spring 2020.  Please check back to see new content.  Thanks!

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Meet our Kampala based manager:

Stella Marius Omuse  is the Manager of IHA in Uganda.  She speaks eight different languages and has been with IHA since 2012.  She received a diploma in Business Studies in Makerere University in 2010, two certificates in case management from the University of Utah in 2019, and completed a training on Village Savings and Loan in Rwanda.  Stella’s presence is key in the field. 

Meet our board:

Board chair John Shavers enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961.  While serving, he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration.  John retired from the Air Force as a major in 1981.  He subsequently enrolled in counseling psychology at the University of Utah, earning masters and PH.D. degrees in counseling psychology.  John practiced counseling as a licensed therapist for approximately ten years.  John has volunteered his time throughout his life with various organizations including the Utah Aids Foundation (3 years), Hospice of Salt Lake (4 years)and Family Promise Salt Lake City (8 years).  In 2002, he founded Interwest Health Alliance which later became Interethnic Health Alliance.

Paul Stratton’s formal education includes BYU (BS Physics,1970), Stanford (materials science studies, 1972), Harvard (MBA, 1974), and Capella (PhD Psychology, 2005). Paul worked in technology, engineering, and business for more than three decades preceding his psychology licensure in 2007. He retired (2017) from private practice psychology and from appointment as adjunct instructor in psychiatry at the University of Utah. Paul enjoys outdoor sports including trail running, culturally diverse travel, and other personal growth activities.

Aster S Tecle, works with the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. She teaches diversity and reflexive practice, global community-based research, macro social justice, and practice courses.  She is interested in community practice for social transformation. She works with refugees focusing on community practice for social justice and transformation.

Thando Lillian Naluyima is currently the Womxn Ambassador at the Gender and Sexuality Center at Salt Lake Community College.  She has worked as an Admissions Specialist with the International Students Office as well as a Specialist with the Dean’s Office of Arts and Communication at Salt Lake Community College.  She is currently a Pre-Health Sciences/Nursing student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.  She will graduate in 2021 with her B.S. in nursing and then plans to continue to work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner.


Kim Koeven is a law student at the University of Utah interested in social justice and human rights.   She served in the Peace Corp in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.  Prior to law school, she taught 8th grade integrated science.  She served as an education volunteer in Peace Corps Uganda and taught chemistry, biology, and computers from 2012-2014.  Additionally, she worked with Uganda Environmental Education Foundation assisting with grant writing.

Rodger A. Lee is a local entrepreneur with a passion and deep interest in humanitarian endeavors. In addition to serving on the board of IHA, Rodger is also Vice President and Board Member of the Lee Family Foundation, which also carries out humanitarian work in Uganda. He attended the University of Utah and Westminster College, has a prior executive background at various consumer product firms, including Bell Helmets/Bell Sports and currently owns and operates a boutique executive search firm, LinkPointe Advisors, LLC.

Meet our advisor:

Judith Oki is an adviser to IHA’s board on programs, partnerships and organizational practices.  She has a BA in Mathematics and an M.Ed.   Judith has worked throughout Sub-saharan Africa for more that 40 years on education, health. and youth development programs.   Her varied expertise includes: working with several international organizations, she has provided key technical assistance to promote relevant, effective, locally led and sustainable social and economic development.  As crisis and conflict continue to disrupt development gains, Judith is committed to how we can more effectively support communities, governments and their  partners move from humanitarian response to more stable and resilient  approaches to provision of accessible, equitable social services and livelihood.