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 — it’s still under development.  Please check back to see new content.  Thanks!

You may email us at our general email address:

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 refugees; she is interested in community practice for social transformation.  She is glad to serve on the board of IHA.



Thando Lillian Naluyima is currently a Pre-Health Sciences/Nursing student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, as well as an assistant advisor in International Student’s Office at the College. She will graduate in 2021 with her B.S. in nursing and then plans to continue to work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner.


Kim K. 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.   She taught before entering law school.

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.

We are a non-profit providing key humanitarian assistance and also by promoting self-sustaining education in rural African schools and among associated womens groups.