Suzy Benson Gillies
Suzy Benson Gillies is the Founder and President of African Promise Foundation. She is the mother of five children, but many children in Uganda also fondly call her mom. Suzy has an Elementary teaching degree from Brigham Young University and currently acts as the Executive Director. In addition she runs African Promise Expeditions, and organization that gives people opportunities to travel to Uganda and do humanitarian work. She also has a full time coaching practice that focuses on executive development.
Suzy is an avid soccer player, loves to mountain bike, ski and do anything outdoors. She was the co-coach for the first American girls soccer team to go to Uganda (2009). Suzy has a deep love for the vulnerable children and feels a responsibility to help make their future brighter. She believes in the power of one.
Heidi grew up in the Seattle area. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and started a career in the technical industry. After for 6 years she took a sabbatical to raise 3 boys. Heidi has spent countless hours volunteering in her children’s classrooms, helping with school wide activities, managing various youth sports teams, serving as a Cub Scout Den Leader for 3 years, and organizing a summer youth camp for girls. Heidi loves helping other people, especially children, and is excited about the work that African Promise Foundation is doing in Uganda. The lives of many women and children have improved in very real ways through the employment and education funded by African Promise Foundation.
Youth Board President
Hello! my name is Hannah Molnar. I’m 17 and a junior in high school. I’ve been volunteering with APF since 8th grade and I’ve loved every minute! Two years ago I had the opportunity to go to Uganda. Listening to the goals young girls have of becoming doctors and lawyers reinforced to me how important women and girls are to global development. I’ve had the opportunity to meet such inspiring people and start a Youth Advocate Board of local high schoolers that has really solidified my passion for human rights work and activism. I couldn’t imagine spending my high school experience working on anything else and I’m excited to continue long after high school. I’m so grateful to Suzy for giving me this opportunity.