Herbert Niwahereza

Board Member/Managing Director

Herbert was born in Entebbe, a suburb of Kampala (capital city of Uganda). He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Herbert is an entrepreneur in the travel and hospitality sector in Uganda. Since Khayamandi’s partnerships in Uganda began, he has been involved in Khayamandi Foundation’s efforts, helping to coordinate travel and mission trips.

Herbert is passionate about bringing meaningful impact and sustainable transformation to the communities around him using business as a tool.

He now lives in Arua and manages Missions café. Herbert is also the Managing Director for Khayamandi Foundation Uganda.

Chris Willis

Board Member

Chris grew up in Augusta, GA and graduated from Augusta State University in 2003 with a BBA in Management. He also has an MA in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He married his wife, Casey, in 2004 and together they have 6 children.

After working for 16 years as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration, Chris and Casey both felt a call from the Lord to work in international missions.

In 2018, Chris, Casey and their children moved to Northwest Uganda to work with refugees coming from South Sudan. Together, Chris and Casey direct a nursery school and Child Friendly Space inside a refugee settlement while also operating various other ministries alongside refugee, national and international partners.

Ken Hines


Ken and his wife Cathy live in
Wilmington, NC. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter.

Ken is a forester and a financier. He spent most of his career at John
Hancock financing timber and forest products companies, where he met Kurt Malzer. Ken now works as a consultant and an educator at the intersection of the environment and finance, focused on sustainability and global economic development.

Ken’s first trip to Africa with the Khayamandi Foundation was in 2013.
Since then, he has returned to Africa several times. He is passionate about spreading the word of Christ, and the journey of personal recovery. He is committed to demonstrating Christ’s love through helping impoverished people get better educated and equipped to prosper on their own.

Ken works closely with our projects in Uganda.

Tracy Cooper


Tracy lives in Richmond, VA with her husband Kurt. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.

Having worked in advertising and public relations over the years, Tracy’s final job before retirement was as Director of a preschool.

In 2014, Tracy and Kurt went on their first trip to South Africa to work on a mission project with Khayamandi Foundation. Tracy handled logistics, housing, meals, etc for the trip. While there, God tugged on her heart to find a way to help the girls in the township.

She was able to work alongside a local woman to create and help sustain a program for girls that teaches dignity, self esteem, and life skills. Since 2014, Tracy has returned to South Africa many times.

Tracy and Kurt have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.