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Arlington Academy of Hope: Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda with AAH

The U.S. non-profit organization that provides quality education and healthcare in rural Uganda


  • Employees16


man John Wanda

Director, Co-Founder

John graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. In 1996, he and Joyce immigrated to the US after winning a diversity visa lottery. John currently works as Principal and Vice President for Finance at Chapman Cubine and Hussey, a direct marketing firm based in Arlington, VA. John’s work with AAH has earned him Humanitarian of the Year award from the American Chiropractic Association, the Emmett Cock Social Justice Award, and Citizen of the Year from Rotary International District 7610 and numerous other awards. John has been covered by the Washington Post and other newspapers and media and regularly appears on radio programs in Uganda and speaks at various events. Read more of John’s story on our Founders page.

man Joyce Wanda

Director, Co-Founder

After immigrating to the US in 1996 and co-founding AAH, Joyce championed the importance of having equal representation of boys and girls in the AAH program, initiated the teen service program and chaperoned several trips, and was instrumental in initiating a microfinance program for the women of Manafwa district. Mom to JJ, Craig, Christine and Chris, Joyce served for years on the Board of Directors of the North American Masaba Cultural Association and has appeared at the White House to champion change for women and girls. Joyce attended the University of South Africa and George Mason University for her Bachelor’s degree. She currently works as a Payroll and Benefits Specialist for Whole Foods Market.

man Richard "Dick" Burk


AAH President since 2009, Dick served in the Peace Corps in eastern Uganda in 1969-70 working on a project to eradicate a contagious eye disease. He is a former federal government executive with substantial experience in the design, development, and operation of government-wide IT strategic policy, enterprise architecture, and information systems. Dick’s 30-year career at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spanned the research, demonstration ,and management of most federal activities in the fields of community development and housing rehabilitation. AAH has provided him an opportunity to return to his Peace Corps roots, re-engage with Ugandans at the community level, and hopefully make a positive impact in an exciting part of the world.

man Holly Hawthorne

Vice President

Holly is a native Arlingtonian and a product of Arlington Public Schools. She taught 14 years, was a teacher mentor, and an assistant principal. Holly has been principal at Arlington Traditional School since 1992. She has a “hands-on” leadership style–she spends time observing and participating in the classroom. She is friendly and knows each child by name. She greets the children in the morning and says goodbye in the afternoon. She is accessible to parents, students, and staff. Holly holds high expectations for everyone. Involved with AAH since 2004, Holly has been to Uganda three times.

man Janet Hansen


Janet has served as AAH Treasurer since September 2016. She is a retired policy analyst whose work focused on education finance. She worked for a number of nonprofit research organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the RAND Corporation, and the Committee for Economic Development. Earlier in her career, she was a college administrator. She is currently a Trustee of Goodwin House, Inc., and served on the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. She holds a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

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