Meet Our Team
Sixty Feet began its ministry in Uganda in 2010. Starting with a few simple things and a few people in one particular prison facility, the ministry has grown slowly by slowly in experience, knowledge, expertise, numbers, and outreach.
Team Leaders – Africa
Meredith ByrdMeredith first heard of Sixty Feet in 2015 through a friend and felt called to pursue an internship with them after graduating from college at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She moved to Uganda and began serving as the Child Development Coordinator in May 2016 and works directly with the children Sixty Feet sponsors in school. She loves visiting and encouraging the children, reminding them that no matter their past, God still has great plans for their lives.
Ambassador Edith Grace SsempalaAmbassador Ssempala began working with Sixty Feet in 2012 and has been instrumental in guiding us in following proper procedures. When she learned of the situation with children in prison and the work Sixty Feet was doing to help, she immediately began working to advocate for them through the work of Sixty Feet. Madam Ssempala has represented Uganda as the ambassador to Ethiopia, the Nordic countries, and the United States.
Ambrose OkelloAmbrose is a social worker that has worked for Sixty Feet since 2014. Ambrose works closely with the children we serve. He provides group and individual career guidance. Manages the logistics for one of our main facilities including the selection of children for the child development program. Ambrose oversees the medical care of the children at the facility and conducts medical processes while the team is not present. He conducts vocational and hygiene training several times a year.
Ava WeeksAva first learned about Sixty Feet through her church, Rivertree in Alabama. In October of 2013, her daughter and daughter-in-law went to Uganda with Sixty Feet on a short-term mission trip. She has been an educator for over 40 years, serving 10 years as a missionary in the Pacific. Ava has a heart for children, particularly those who are underprivileged and have special needs, and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Sixty Feet serving the children of Uganda.
Carolyn RestyCarolyn Resty is a social worker and the main liaison for a facility we support. She interacts with the children daily assisting with logistics and provisional care for the children. Carolyn ensures the daily needs of the children in her care are met. She assists with selecting children who meet the criteria for our child development program. She conducts vocational and hygiene training and assists with resettlement when needed.
Catherine MajengeMama Catherine has been caring for children in Uganda for decades and continues to give all that she has in order for the least fortunate to be cared for. Her selfless lifestyle is a blessing to Sixty Feet and the children we serve together. Catherine began visiting the remand homes with us several times per week in September of 2011 and we have seen so much progress in the lives of the children ever since.
Maureen MirembeMaureen has been with Sixty Feet since 2013. She currently maintains financial accountability for Sixty Feet in Uganda. She is integral in the day to day operations of the mission of Sixty Feet on the ground in Uganda. She assists the Executive director with understanding the cultural implications of meeting and decisions. She also maintains regular contact with all employees to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities.
Diana NdaganoDiana is a social worker with Sixty Feet that is responsible for tracing, resettling and following up with children mainly in the eastern region of Uganda. Diana conducts counseling with the family to prepare them for the return of their child. She follows up with the children at 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. She also makes recommendations for children that should enter our child development program.
Ernest MajengePastor Ernest has been planting churches and serving in Uganda and other East African countries for decades. His most recent church plant – Gateway Church has partnered with Sixty Feet in 2011 and we are working hand in hand to serve the imprisoned children as completely as possible. Ernest truly loves children and it is clearly evident in how he interacts with them during his visits with Sixty Feet in the remand homes.
Paddy BrickPaddy is a social worker with Sixty Feet that is responsible for tracing, resettling and following up with children. He has been integral in helping with children that have special medical needs. Paddy is our liaison for two facilities and ensures the transaction of supplies they need is conducted thoroughly. He also makes recommendations for children that should enter our child development program.
Team Leaders – USA
Lucas and Colleen JobeLucas and Colleen Jobe both assist in the recruiting and hiring of all long-term staff. Colleen also helps with the occasional graphic design for Sixty Feet. Lucas is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and Colleen is a stay-at-home mother of four.
Board of Directors
Judd HarperJudd Harper has been involved with Sixty Feet since its founding in 2010 and currently serves as Chair of the Board. Judd is employed by The Arbor Company which specializes in assisted living and memory care for senior adults. He joined Arbor in 1997 as a summer marketing intern. He now serves as President. “The growth of Sixty Feet over the last 5 years has been a joy to be a part of,” says Judd. He and his wife Valerie live in Atlanta and have 3 sons.
Garry HillGarry Hill has over 15 years of expertise in the financial, consulting and insurance industries, and specializes in Employee Benefits. In July of 2011, Gary was named a Principal of Sterling Risk Advisors. Garry has been involved with Sixty Feet since its beginning. A former college soccer player, Garry can often be found on trips to Uganda playing in a match with children from the prison and remand homes. Garry and his wife Laura live in Atlanta with their two children.
Scott HartyScott Harty, a tax lawyer from Atlanta, says his first trip to the Uganda children’s prison “broke me” – and left him determined to plunge in with Sixty Feet. What does he love best about Sixty Feet? “Foremost, is the commitment to the Gospel and Matthew 25.” A family man through and through, Scott is married to Joy, and they have four girls.
David RoeDavid has been on the board of Sixty Feet since its founding in 2010. He is a pediatrician and partner at Piedmont Pediatrics in Atlanta,GA. He and his wife Charity have four children. David enjoys opportunities to serve the children of Uganda using his skills as a pediatrician. One particular highlight from his past trips to Uganda was leading the first ever Father-Son mission trip with his oldest son in 2012.
Tim KayTim Kay is Director of Partner Relations for African Bible Colleges and a visiting lecturer in Bible, Theology and Christian Ministry at African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda. Tim and his wife Andrea were introduced to Sixty Feet and first visited Uganda in 2012. They lived in Kampala in 2013 while Tim taught at African Bible University and ministered to the staff of Sixty Feet. Says Tim, “I love watching the lives of at-risk children and youth in Uganda being transformed by the power of the Gospel through the programs of Sixty Feet.”
Today our team in Africa numbers over 40
and consists of
nurses, social workers, professional counselors, and teachers.
Our team reminds us of what the Apostle Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service,
but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities,
but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation
of the Spirit for the common good.”