Our Board Members and Contributors
Jolly A. Bugari, MPH
- President and Founder
Jolly operates her own business as a licensed Lactation Specialist, Counselor, and Consultant in San Francisco, California. She is a mother who has raised three children. She completed her graduate degree in Public Health at San Francisco State University. Jolly is the President and founder/director of OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief), which was conceived during the summer of 2004. Ms. Bugari was born and raised in rural Uganda, moving to California more than 30 years ago. As a Ugandan, she was deeply affected by the AIDS crisis in her country. She lost siblings, family members and close friends to the disease. This compelled her to take action to address the needs of all people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda. Ms. Bugari’s strongest influences in starting OTYO! were her close ties to the Philly Lutaaya AIDS Campaign in Uganda. Ms. Bugari has worked tirelessly to launch OTYO! as an international non-profit community health organization based in San Francisco, California, to address these critical needs in Uganda.
Cathy Chappell-Chambers, MPH
- Vice President and Cofounder
Cathy Chappell-Chambers, is Vice-President of US-OTYO!. She works closely with Jolly Bugari in San Francisco to provide technical guidance for programs in Uganda. Prior to working with OTYO, Ms. Chappell-Chambers worked for the United Nations Information Centre, the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Museum, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants as well as the Academy for Educational Development as a Program Associate with the Population Communication Services Program. She has a BA degree in International Relations from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and a Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is currently taking pre-medical courses to prepare for medical school. When she is not working for OTYO! or studying, she loves to read, watch movies and spend time with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a very large dog.
- Secretary, Uganda Liaison, Development Contributor
Louise is a business owner and operator in Kampala, Uganda. She is a strong community leader, and has meaningful influence and contacts in Uganda. Loiuse has extensive experience in business management. She is co-founder and director of the Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech Therapy Centre, which is one of the best clinics in Uganda, with the state-of the art equipment, and the best trained professionals. Prior to this she worked with the National Water and Sewage Corporation as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager. This is a board that treats and distributes piped water to the whole country. Currently, Louise is helping to coordinate our programs in Uganda, continue ongoing needs evaluations, and acting as our liaison there. She is dedicated to OTYO and our efforts in improving the quality of life for women, adolescents, and orphans in Uganda. We are very fortunate to have Louise on the team.
- Secretary, Website Design and Management, Development Contributor
David is a teacher with San Francisco Unified School District. He works with a diverse population of elementary level, largely immigrant, students as a full time classroom teacher in all subjects. He has a BA in Liberal Studies from the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University, and is a graduate of the SSU School of Education. David holds three separate credentials to teach in Earth Science, English, and CLAD Multiple Subjects. He has worked as a college level writing tutor at Sonoma State University, and also has professional experience as a carpenter, and a performing musician. Altogether, he brings a unique set of skills to OTYO! as a board member Secretary, development contributor, and program/project evaluator. He has travelled with OTYO! to Uganda several times to participate in needs-assessments.
- Advisory Member, Development contributor
Alex is a San Francisco native, has professional skills and diverse interests including: biotech/biopharmaceutical science, business-development in new-tech, music, art, and supporting emergent strategic needs in developing regions, especially Eastern and Southern Africa. Former curator for The East African Fine Arts Center in San Francisco, Lecturer on the Arts: U.C. Berkeley (African Studies Department), Stanford University, UCSF, as well as featured art exhibitions at corporate headquarters of: Genentech, Roche, Sun Microsystems, VISA, and other noted Bay Area firms. These events featured commissioned works by noted artists of the Uganda school including: David Kibuuka, James Kitamirike, Lilian Nabulime, Barbra Lwange, Dan Sekanwagi, and Fred Makubuya, among others. These landmark exhibitions included in-person interviews, online artwork, and curated gallery exhibitions by artists from East Africa, with specific emphasis on raising AIDS awareness, supporting orphans/disadvantaged children, and advancing the Women’s Empowerment movement. Currently, Alex assists and advises in fundraising and outreach development.
- Board Member, Website Design and Management, Online Computer Guru
- Contributor, Photography and Images, Calabash Banner Photo
- Contributor, Event Planning, Verve Wine San Francisco