Board of Advisors

United States Board of Advisors

Christine T. Bozlak /
Christine T. Bozlak, MPH, is a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences Division, Maternal and Child Health Program. Ms. Bozlakís current and previous research has focused on youth participation in policy-making and program planning. For her dissertation, she conducted a community-based participatory action research study with youth using Photovoice. Ms. Bozlak obtained her MPH in Health Policy and Management in 2003. She has been involved with Project FOCUS in an advisory role since 2007 and continues to support the work of the organization due to its focus on global health and human rights, social justice, and commitment to helping others express themselves through creative methods.

David Marques /
David Marques is a Chicago-based technologist, cultural organizer, and media artist with a focus on education for liberation, social movement intersectionality, and media justice. He is on the Advisory Groups of AREA Chicago and Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, and serves other organizations including the Fire This Time Fund, Progressive Communicators Network, and Teachers for Social Justice. For the past three years he has coordinated technology, media, and arts programming for the Southwest Youth Collaborative.

Erica Crohn Minchella /
Erica Crohn Minchella has been a practicing attorney in Chicago for over 27 years, concentrating in real estate transactions and debt management. She also assists in her husbandís business, Micor Media Group, Inc., which is an appraisal and consulting firm in the broadcast industry. An active member of Rotary Club of Chicago Far North, she became involved in helping Project Focus address legal issues after watching a presentation of their program at a club meeting in 2007. As President of her Rotary Club, Mrs. Minchella has become involved with fund-raising strategies and creating synergies between various organizations with mutual visions for changing the world. She especially enjoys tapping into the energy, insights and passion of a younger generation, which includes her two college-age children, whose input into her efforts, is invaluable.

Wasswa Damulira /
Wasswa Damulira, born in Uganda, is the president of the Chicago/Ugandan Community. He is an elder in the Ugandan community who promotes unity and supports all the Ugandan families/programs in Chicago. He is also connected with the Ugandan diaspora community outside of Uganda.

Lynette Jackson /
Lynette Jackson is an Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies, African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the past chair of the International Studies Program. Dr. Jackson received her Ph.D. in African History from Columbia University. She is currently working on a new book on the child refugee diaspora from civil war in Southern Sudan, 1983-2005. Dr. Jackson's previous publications include Surfacing Up: Psychiatry and Social Order in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1908-1968 (Cornell University Press, 2005). In addition to her scholarship, she serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch and The Public Square. She is also on the Board of Editors of In These Times magazine.

Ugandan Board of Advisors

Audrey Karuhanga /
Audrey Karuhanga is the Child Project Director for FOCUS: Mulango Child Project, an accomplished project manager who has worked in various capacities handling a wide range of administrative and community work functions with 10 years experience of Child Development projects in the public sector. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and Management at Makerere University after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Literature. She has dedicated herself to various aspects of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children, women, and youth, by addressing their spiritual, practical and educational needs.

Luke Lim, MD, PhD /
Luke Lim, MD, PhD is the founder of Bethesda Clinic in Kampala. He is also a medical missionary to Uganda though Universal Bible fellowship. He received an MD and PhD from Kyungbuk National University, specializing in pediatrics. For several years Dr. Lim was a professor at Dongah University in Pusan and later moved to Uganda to establish the Bethesda clinic. With the assistance of his wife, who is also a physician, Dr. Lim is expanding the clinic to a mission hospital project.

Susan Bamutenda /
Susan Bamutenda is the Administrative Coordinator of In Movement, an art therapy organization that provides multidisciplinary art classes in dance, music, visual arts, and creative writing, located in Kampala. She helps design and lead In Movementís intensive art camps. Susan has extensive experience in the performing arts. She earned a degree in Dance, Organizational Studies, and Communication Skill and has a diploma in Music, Dance, and Drama from Makerere University in Kampala. She also has a diploma in Amateur Theatre from Klaipeda University in Lithuania.

Nelson Keyins Mutebi /
Nelson Keyins Mutebi is a practicing social worker and Project Manager for FOCUS: Mulango Child Project in Kampala. For the last eight years he has been leading a youth group at his local church. He has also played on a rugby team comprised of medical students for the past five years. He enjoys intellectually challenging the youth with whom he works. He inspires them to examine how they play a role in the communities they belong to, on both a societal and a personal level.

Support Network

Project FOCUS has always sought out the advice, feedback, and critical thought of professionals, community members, educators, and social activists. We believe that we are able to keep the integrity of the organization as we grow through intense discussions, constantly challenging the impact we are making, and through the guidance and insight from the experience of our community.

In the beginning of 2008, Project FOCUS brought together individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and talents to create a formal board of advisors in the United States. At the end of 2008, Project FOCUS also established a Ugandan Board of advisors.