Founder & Executive Director Valerie began ministering to street children in Lira, Uganda in 2006. She and her husband Alon established Uncle Fred's House when they returned in 2007. She has a heart to see street children and their communities transformed through God's ultimate gift of salvation.
Founder & President Alon serves as president of the SGU board and as a mentor to Uncle Fred. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Montclair State University and is married to Valerie. They have six children. While in Uganda in 2007, Alon fell in love with the people there and he desires to see children and their families reunited and restored.
Founder & Administrator Suzanne has worked with Saving Grace in Uganda since its beginning in 2007 and has overseen much of its operation since then. She desires to know God’s heart for the fatherless and seeks to join Him in what He is doing to care for them. She believes she was created to share the truth of God's saving grace with the next generation. Suzanne is married to Larry who is one of SGU's biggest supporters. They have four grown children who are married as well as two grandchildren. They attend Action Church in Winter Springs, Fl.
Development Director Joel oversees the creative and technological aspects of Saving Grace in Uganda as well as operations systems in the U.S. and Uganda. He believes that the end of street life is an attainable goal. He recognizes that God has a great love for orphans and wants to educate and engage others to intercede on their behalf. Joel has been serving SGU since he was 15 years old. He runs a wedding photography business with his wife Sammy and they attend Action Church in Winter Springs, FL.
Project Manager Sammy is a jack of all trades at SGU, helping the administrators with logistics, managing child-sponsor relations and fundraising projects, and running our social media accounts. If something needs to be done, she is often the person who does it. Her love for the the children in Uganda motivates her to make a difference in their lives and help take more of them off the streets. She dreams to help raise up children who will one day end street life in Uganda. Sammy graduated with a degree in Family Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida.
Secretary Emily Ray handles the legal and accounting logistics of Saving Grace in Uganda. She recognizes children as the next generation of believers who will continue to spread the gospel to a lost and dying world. She believes it is critical to empower them to become contributing members of their communities and to teach them how influence others to freedom in Christ. Emily is a CPA who has been working in public accounting since her graduation from the University of Central Florida in 2007. She, her husband, and their young daughter live in Oviedo, Florida and attend Grace Church.
Board Member John first became connected with Saving Grace when he visited while on a mission trip with his church. He returned the next year for an extended 12-week stay at Uncle Fred's House, where his heart for these children and this ministry really took root. John has been a board member with SGU since 2010. John manages the Learning Services department at the Cerner Corporation in Augusta, Georgia. John is married to Sarah and together they have two boys. They are members of First Presbyterian Church Augusta where John serves as a deacon.