Faculty & Staff

Rachel Robinson, Director

M.A. Community Art, Maryland Institute College of Art 2006
B.A. Visual Art, Gordon College 2003

Much of Rachel’s life has been spent in East Africa; she was born and grew up in Kenya and now lives and works in Uganda. While studying for her BA in Visual Arts from Gordon College, she studied abroad on BestSemester's Middle East Studies Program. MESP affirmed a deep belief in the transformative value of cross-cultural living and learning as part of a college education. Rachel earned her masters in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art--a program that incorporates art and the creative process to bring about community development, empowerment and social justice. She then directed community art programs at Baltimore Clayworks, a ceramic arts non-profit organization, before returning to East Africa in 2010 to work with USP as a Program Coordinator, and in 2015 became the Program Director.

Lydia Wankuma, Administrator

M.A. Biblical  Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary 2011
B.A. Social Work and Social Administration, Uganda Christian University 2006

Upon attaining her BA from Uganda Christian University, She worked as a research assistant with International Potato Centre - a private organization that seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security. She later joined the staff at Uganda Christian University as a teaching assistant. As part of her MA Program, she interned with Bethany Christian Services in Pennsylvania with the Post Adoptions department. Upon returning to Uganda, she joined the faculty at Uganda Christian University to teach in the Social Work department and the Counseling Program. Lydia loves helping other people reach their dreams and her work with Uganda Studies Program enables her to do that. 

Lisa Tokpa, Social Work Coordinator and Faculty

M.S.W. Washington University 2002
B.A. Psychology, Business Administration, William Jewell College 2000

After studying abroad her last semester of college at Daystar University in Kenya, Lisa pursued her MSW, specializing in children, youth and families. She has since been a caseworker at a Christian child placement agency in Denver, the Director of Aftercare at International Justice Mission, Kenya and the coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program at Samaritan’s Purse, Liberia. Upon returning to the US she worked at The Adoption Exchange as the Director of the Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center. Lisa now uses her experience in both domestic and international social work within her role as the Social Work Coordinator with the Uganda Studies Program.

Eddie Tokpa, Homestay and Events Coordinator 

M.A. International Development, Eastern University 2016
M.A. Missions Studies, African International University (AIU), Nairobi, Kenya 2005 (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology)
B.A. Biblical Studies, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya 2002

Eddie’s previous professional experience includes serving as a pastor at Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, a program manager with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Monrovia, Liberia, and a youth coordinator at both a multi-housing ministry and church youth group in Denver, Colorado. Eddie Tokpa is also the founder and Executive Director of Msingi Soccer Academy, a charitable organization based in Mukono, Uganda that uses soccer as a platform to serve marginalized and underprivileged children. He oversees the administration, programs, strategic plan, fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

Sara Mpiriirwe, Administrative Assistant

Bachelor of Business Administration, Uganda Christian University 2011

Ashton Davey, Assistant Social Work Coordinator

M.S.W. University of Washington 2015
B.S.W Olivet Nazarene University 2013
USP Alumna, Spring 2012

John Kabugo, Driver

Cert. Motor Vehicle Tech Part 1, Mukono Vocational Training School 1990
License, Class CM, B, A, DL 1988
Cert. Business Administration and Accounting,
Mukono Vocational Training School 1990

Lydia Koma, Office Attendant

Cert. Catering, Jimmy Sekaisi School of Catering 2000

Uganda Studies Program at Uganda Christian University