Vicki Cooper is the mother of Alissa Cooper and is employed by the District Court in Clarion. Vicki has been involved with Alissa's mission endeavors since she was a child, watching as Alissa has grown in her dedication to God, seeing the call that was on her life even as a child, and seeing her continue to grow as the dream God placed in her heart materialized. Vicki is a member of the Heart For Uganda Board and is the Chairperson for its Donor Development Committee. She also has been involved with speaking at local churches to help raise awareness of the plight of the Ugandan people, especially the children. She has been to Uganda in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
LaVieta Lerch is an attorney in private practice who has been involved with Heart for Uganda since 2009. She is the Board Secretary and member of the Mission Committee and the Child Sponsorship Committee. LaVieta visited Kyenjojo, Uganda in 2009, 2011, and 2013 delivering supplies to the children in the sponsorship program, visiting schools, speaking at local churches, helping with medical care, and helping with construction projects.
Carol L'Insalata is a teacher who works with students in the Title I Reading and Math programs at Clarion Area Elementary School. Carol first met Alissa Cooper when they traveled to New York City on a mission trip to provide food and encouragement to people who were homeless. During the trip, Alissa shared a childhood dream that God inspired: Go to Africa and start an orphanage. Several years later, Alissa founded Heart for Uganda and followed where God was leading -to Kyenjojo, Uganda. Carol joined the board of directors at that time, finding her niche as the Fundraising Chairperson. Carol hopes to go to Kyenjojo in August, 2013 and be a member of the Eye Team, providing glasses to the people from Kyenjojo and the near-by villages.
Suzanne Johnston lives in Brookville, PA. She was introduced to Alissa through her daughter, Annette and became involved in her ministry from the beginning. She is strongly committed to the educational aspect of Heart for Uganda and now serves on the Education Committee. It is her belief that she can provide support through her committee work that will improve the quality and lifestyle of the children of the Sparkling Gems School. She looks forward to finding ways to build a strong, appropriate curriculum for the school and to support the teachers and pupils in whatever way she can.
John Port is a Clarion County livestock and crop farmer who has been involved with Heart for Uganda since 2010. John visited Kyenjojo in 2011 and toured local farms, gaining insights from the Ugandan farmers about their needs. John is the chair of the Agriculture committee whose members support the endeavors of the Ugandan farmers in developing crop production, livestock improvement, farming techniques, and marketing opportunities.
Stan Sowl has been blessed to be on the board since its inception in 2009 and has been privileged to see God's handiwork as Alissa's vision grew from establishing communication with the people of Kyenjojo, establishing her ministry through God's love and with the help of her husband Victor, from expanding the ministries to include child sponsorship, the Medical Center, a dormitory and other building projects, to the start up of the elementary school in 2013. Although he has not been able to participate in a mission trip, he keeps the mission in prayer. Stan is the head of the resource development committee and helps with the parade float participation and coordination.
Brad Coulson works in the Information Technology field in the Clarion area.
He got to know Alissa while attending high school with her and could easily see her devotion and faith in God.
As a proponent of finding ways to put your faith into action, Brad took advantage of the opportunity to travel with a mission team to Uganda for 2 weeks in 2013.
After having an incredible experience in Uganda and witnessing God at work there, he was eager to continue to support this mission.
Soon after traveling to Uganda, Brad graciously accepted the offer to become a member of the Heart for Uganda board to help and support in whatever way he is called.
Nancy Newbury was the Mission Director at Alissa’ church when Heart for Uganda
was born, and had the privilege of being one of the founding board members. She
and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work for over thirty years.
They trained to be missionaries with Youth with a Mission when God revealed to them that he called them to be senders to support those who were called to go into
the nations. In that capacity, they have worked in over ten countries and has been to Uganda three times. She serves on the Prayer Support and Sponsorship committees of HFU. Nancy is currently Mission Director at Transformation Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania.