Executive Board


  Alison Hayward, MD, MPH, Chair of the Board – Alison works as an emergency medicine physician at Yale University School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She has been involved in Uganda Village Project as co-founder since its inception in 2003 and served as director and assistant director from 2005 to 2013. She has also served as a member of the board of trustees of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations – USA.

Email: Alison ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org

Winnie Sabbat, Treasurer – Winnie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and is currently pursing a MBA at Fordham University. Her professional experience includes working in finance-focused roles in the last 10 years at various creative agencies. She has a deep passion for social impact, particularly working with non-profits focused around public health to developing countries. Born and raised in Haiti, Winnie currently lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Email: Winnie ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org


Brian Ourien, Marketing & Communications Chair– Brian is a communications specialist who previously worked at International Justice Mission in Uganda where he led public information campaigns and high-level advocacy engagement to galvanize community leaders, the police force, and the judiciary to stop forcible eviction and land grabbing in Uganda. He recently relocated to New York.

Email: Brian ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org

  Nathan Tauger, Grants Chair– Nathan served as a Healthy Villages intern in Kasambiika 1 during the summer of 2013. He has degrees in Biology and History of Science from Vassar College and an interest in public health. Nathan is from West Virginia.

Email: Nathan ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org

Dick Schroth, IT Officer– Dick is the founder and president of Schroth Systems Consulting, and has been developing custom database applications for the last 30+ years. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Economics in 1971. He lives with his wife, Linda in Connecticut and has three children (Alison, Jon and Brian), and four young grandchildren. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers, and spent a month in Iganga, Uganda in 2009 volunteering with UVP. When he is not working you will probably find him biking, hiking or playing tennis.

Email: Dick ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org

Rachel Piontak, Internship Chair – Rachel served on the Orphan Support Team in 2007 and from this experience, went on to pursue her Master’s in International Development from the University of Cape Town. Her research focused on mobile-based agricultural initiatives for small-scale farming in northern and western Uganda. She completed her graduate degree in 2012 and currently works as a program administrator for the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado.
Alicia Majeau, Member at Large – Alicia served as a Healthy Villages summer intern with UVP in 2011, and returned to Iganga District in the summer of 2012 as a team leader. Following her experiences with UVP, she went on to receive her Master’s of Science from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. With a background in cell & molecular biology, Alicia’s interests lie in combining molecular approaches of disease control with real, hands-on public health intervention. She currently resides in Worcester, MA, and is professionally involved in the clinical aspect of health, working at UMASS Medical Center.

Email: Alicia ( at ) UgandaVillageProject.org

Stephanie Ullrich, Member at Large – Stephanie is passionate about the intersection between food security, forced migration, livelihoods, and innovation. She is a results-oriented development practitioner with experience working internationally and in the U.S., with multilaterals, government agencies, universities, and nonprofits. She recently worked with the United Nation’s migration agency IOM, the U.S. Congress on agriculture and oversight, and with United Nations Development Programme supporting environment and disaster risk reduction projects. Stephanie is currently a USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow.


Project Co-Founders: Brent Anderson, Kirk Scirto, Alison Schroth Hayward


Email the executive board at info@ugandavillageproject.org