Cherish Uganda Board of Directors

United States Chapter

Brian Smiley, Nicholas Jankovsky, John Drachenberg, Jeff Glover, Kathleen Spillman, Leah Phillips

 
Brian Smiley Brian Smiley is a sixth generation Austinite. He got married right after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas to start a job as a business consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He left that company to start a small oil and gas technology business, EnerPol LLC, with his grandfather. He was fortunate to visit Cherish in 2012. In 2014 Brian and his wife Caroline had their first girl, Margaret. Now he works at Edge Natural Resources LLC, volunteers regularly at his church, actively serves on the board of Cherish Uganda, spends as much time as he can with Margaret and his second daughter, Cecelia, and hopes to make it back to Austin someday. Mr. Smiley has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, since 2013. 

Brian Smiley

Brian Smiley is a sixth generation Austinite. He got married right after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas to start a job as a business consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He left that company to start a small oil and gas technology business, EnerPol LLC, with his grandfather.

He was fortunate to visit Cherish in 2012. In 2014 Brian and his wife Caroline had their first girl, Margaret. Now he works at Edge Natural Resources LLC, volunteers regularly at his church, actively serves on the board of Cherish Uganda, spends as much time as he can with Margaret and his second daughter, Cecelia, and hopes to make it back to Austin someday.

Mr. Smiley has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, since 2013. 

Nicholas Jankovsky Originally from Houston, Texas Nicholas Jankovsky now resides in Boston, Massachusetts working as an Investment Associate at Advent International.  During his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Nick made several friends who were connected to Cherish Uganda. In the summer of 2015, Nick left Bain & Company and came to volunteer two months of his time to consult Cherish on our sustainability projects and budgeting. Nick found deep friendships with many of the staff members and became a part of the Cherish Uganda story.  Mr. Jankovsky has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, since 2015. 

Nicholas Jankovsky

Originally from Houston, Texas Nicholas Jankovsky now resides in Boston, Massachusetts working as an Investment Associate at Advent International. 

During his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Nick made several friends who were connected to Cherish Uganda. In the summer of 2015, Nick left Bain & Company and came to volunteer two months of his time to consult Cherish on our sustainability projects and budgeting. Nick found deep friendships with many of the staff members and became a part of the Cherish Uganda story. 

Mr. Jankovsky has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, since 2015. 

John Drachenberg John Drachenberg was born and raised outside of Houston, TX. He graduated from Texas State University with his Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2003, moved to Austin, TX and has been working various healthcare management positions ever since.  John and his wife, Shannon, are expecting their second son in October of 2017. John and Shannon say their relationship with the Phillips family has been a blessing from the start. They witnessed the Phillips' calling to live at and lead Cherish Uganda then watched them obediently go. John and Shannon have visited Cherish twice and hope to return many more times. They experienced firsthand how creating hope and a future for children living with HIV, by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs can transform kids. Mr. Drachenberg has served on the Cherish Board, US Chapter, since 2013.

John Drachenberg

John Drachenberg was born and raised outside of Houston, TX. He graduated from Texas State University with his Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2003, moved to Austin, TX and has been working various healthcare management positions ever since. 

John and his wife, Shannon, are expecting their second son in October of 2017. John and Shannon say their relationship with the Phillips family has been a blessing from the start. They witnessed the Phillips' calling to live at and lead Cherish Uganda then watched them obediently go. John and Shannon have visited Cherish twice and hope to return many more times. They experienced firsthand how creating hope and a future for children living with HIV, by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs can transform kids.

Mr. Drachenberg has served on the Cherish Board, US Chapter, since 2013.

 
 
Jeff Glover Jeff Glover has made his home in Austin, Texas since 1999. He is a husband, a father, and owns and operates a successful Chik-fil-A franchise with over 70 employees. Through his friendship with the Phillips family and others, Jeff became interested in the Ugandan People. Jeff has traveled to Cherish Uganda on several occasions and has grown more and more familiar with the country, the cause, and Cherish Uganda. Jeff and his family have grown in their commitment to offer assistance to Cherish Uganda Uganda and its efforts.  Jeff Glover joined the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, in 2017.

Jeff Glover

Jeff Glover has made his home in Austin, Texas since 1999. He is a husband, a father, and owns and operates a successful Chik-fil-A franchise with over 70 employees. Through his friendship with the Phillips family and others, Jeff became interested in the Ugandan People. Jeff has traveled to Cherish Uganda on several occasions and has grown more and more familiar with the country, the cause, and Cherish Uganda. Jeff and his family have grown in their commitment to offer assistance to Cherish Uganda Uganda and its efforts. 

Jeff Glover joined the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, in 2017.

Kathleen Spillman Born to a military father, Kathleen moved around the country a lot growing up. She met her husband Jeff in high school in Connecticut and they were married in 1984. Jeff's military service took them to the west coast and they've been in California raising their 3 kids there for over the last 30 years. Kathleen worked on the Children's Ministries staff at Southwest Church for 13 years then recently located to San Diego. Two of her 3 kids are getting married this year, so their family is growing and she and Jeff look forward to a whole new season of life!  Kathleen Spillman joined the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, in 2017.

Kathleen Spillman

Born to a military father, Kathleen moved around the country a lot growing up. She met her husband Jeff in high school in Connecticut and they were married in 1984. Jeff's military service took them to the west coast and they've been in California raising their 3 kids there for over the last 30 years. Kathleen worked on the Children's Ministries staff at Southwest Church for 13 years then recently located to San Diego. Two of her 3 kids are getting married this year, so their family is growing and she and Jeff look forward to a whole new season of life! 

Kathleen Spillman joined the Cherish Board of Directors, US Chapter, in 2017.

Leah Phillips “I am a wife of the most amazing man who ever walked the earth, outside of Jesus. I am a mom of 6 incredible children. They all are my favorites and they have been my life. I am a pastor’s wife who on most days wonders “what does that title even mean?” I love to engage and be intentional with people of all ages and stages. I long to live out the GREATS (think The Greatest Commandment & The Great Commission). And I consider myself a foodie- real meaning: I love to cook and feed people. I only wish I loved exercising but I do hope to own a dog someday who I might walk. And yes…I have the same last name as the CEO because I am his wife of 25 years. We do everything together as we strive daily to be one. Cherish has changed our story and we long to give our lives to keep changing the story of those who are part of this amazing ministry.”

Leah Phillips

“I am a wife of the most amazing man who ever walked the earth, outside of Jesus. I am a mom of 6 incredible children. They all are my favorites and they have been my life. I am a pastor’s wife who on most days wonders “what does that title even mean?” I love to engage and be intentional with people of all ages and stages. I long to live out the GREATS (think The Greatest Commandment & The Great Commission). And I consider myself a foodie- real meaning: I love to cook and feed people. I only wish I loved exercising but I do hope to own a dog someday who I might walk. And yes…I have the same last name as the CEO because I am his wife of 25 years. We do everything together as we strive daily to be one. Cherish has changed our story and we long to give our lives to keep changing the story of those who are part of this amazing ministry.”


Uganda Chapter

Alfred Agaba, Moses Mukisa, Brent Phillips

 
Alfred Brian Agaba Alfred Agaba previously worked at KPMG Uganda carrying out external audits, and at Century Bottling Company (Coca Cola) as Country Planning Manager. He joined ACLAIM Africa Limited where he rose through the ranks to Head the Financial Consultancy & Training Department. Alfred then established SMART Consult (U) Limited, and led the team to successfully deliver management consultancies and trainings across 20 countries in Africa, Europe and South America, up until the merger of operations with ACLAIM Africa Limited. Currently, Alfred Brian Agaba is the Managing Director & Managing Consultant at ACLAIM Africa Limited. Mr. Agaba has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, Uganda Chapter since 2011. 

Alfred Brian Agaba

Alfred Agaba previously worked at KPMG Uganda carrying out external audits, and at Century Bottling Company (Coca Cola) as Country Planning Manager. He joined ACLAIM Africa Limited where he rose through the ranks to Head the Financial Consultancy & Training Department. Alfred then established SMART Consult (U) Limited, and led the team to successfully deliver management consultancies and trainings across 20 countries in Africa, Europe and South America, up until the merger of operations with ACLAIM Africa Limited. Currently, Alfred Brian Agaba is the Managing Director & Managing Consultant at ACLAIM Africa Limited.

Mr. Agaba has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, Uganda Chapter since 2011. 

Moses Mukisa Pastor Moses Mukisa is the Lead Pastor at Worship Harvest Ministries which has locations in Kampala and Entebbe, Uganda.  Worship Harvest Ministries has been involved with Cherish Uganda for many years. Rachel Parsons, former CEO of Cherish Uganda, was very involved in Worship Harvest Ministries and connected Pastor Moses to the work God was doing through this ministry. Moses is from Jinja, Uganda and attended Makerere University. Pastor Moses and his wife Sarah have four lovely children and live and serve at their church location in Kampala, Uganda.  Pastor Moses has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, Uganda Chapter, since 2011. 

Moses Mukisa

Pastor Moses Mukisa is the Lead Pastor at Worship Harvest Ministries which has locations in Kampala and Entebbe, Uganda. 

Worship Harvest Ministries has been involved with Cherish Uganda for many years. Rachel Parsons, former CEO of Cherish Uganda, was very involved in Worship Harvest Ministries and connected Pastor Moses to the work God was doing through this ministry.

Moses is from Jinja, Uganda and attended Makerere University. Pastor Moses and his wife Sarah have four lovely children and live and serve at their church location in Kampala, Uganda. 

Pastor Moses has served on the Cherish Board of Directors, Uganda Chapter, since 2011. 

 

United Kingdom Chapter

Nigel Langford,  Nigel Parker, Brent Phillips

 
Nigel Langford Nigel leads hub Church in London alongside his wife, Nicky. Among the other hats are serving as a trustee on a number of different charities and NGO's. Alongside this are responsibilities held within Bible Society and also CGI, Christian Growth International, as one of the Church's Directors. Nigel enjoys traveling, eating different cuisines, drinking coffee, reading and having lots of fun in the process.  Nigel joined the Cherish Uganda board in 2017. 

Nigel Langford

Nigel leads hub Church in London alongside his wife, Nicky. Among the other hats are serving as a trustee on a number of different charities and NGO's. Alongside this are responsibilities held within Bible Society and also CGI, Christian Growth International, as one of the Church's Directors. Nigel enjoys traveling, eating different cuisines, drinking coffee, reading and having lots of fun in the process. 

Nigel joined the Cherish Uganda board in 2017. 

Nigel Parker Nigel is an experienced Investment Manager working for Stockbroking Firm Rowan Dartington & Co Limited in London. Nigel is also part of the Core Leadership Team at Skylark Church in Chelmsford, which is part of the CGI network of churches who mobilized the founding Cherish Uganda team in 2006. When not working, Nigel enjoys spending time with his family, supporting Liverpool Football Club and is a keen skier. Nigel joined the Cherish Uganda board in 2017. 

Nigel Parker

Nigel is an experienced Investment Manager working for Stockbroking Firm Rowan Dartington & Co Limited in London. Nigel is also part of the Core Leadership Team at Skylark Church in Chelmsford, which is part of the CGI network of churches who mobilized the founding Cherish Uganda team in 2006. When not working, Nigel enjoys spending time with his family, supporting Liverpool Football Club and is a keen skier.

Nigel joined the Cherish Uganda board in 2017.