Board of Directors

Suzy Benson Gillies

Executive Director


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.

Royleane Otteson


Roy Otteson is currently a household management specialist. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Special Education. She taught children with disabilities for several years in local schools and has been volunteering in the community ever since.  She has served as PTA President, Director for girls youth camp, President of the womens group at church, and in many other capacities with the youth and women in her community. She is very passionate about providing equal opportunities for education to all. Roy believes all souls are equal and should be treated as such. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, hiking, gardening, photography, cooking, and reading. She is very excited for this opportunity to serve with African Promise Foundation.
” We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives”- Nelson Mandela

Heidi Bye


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.

Hanna Molnar

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.