Board of Directors

Jessica Livingston

Executive Director


Jessica Livingston is President of African Promise Foundation. She is the expecting mother of a little boy, and calls Escondido, California home right now. Jessica has an International Relations degree from Brigham Young University – Idaho and currently acts as the Executive Director.  She spends her time fundraising for African Promise Foundation and building her photography business.

Jessica loves to spend time at the beach, or really in any outdoor setting. A complete extrovert, she loves traveling to new places, learning about different cultures and religions, and meeting new people. Jessica has a deep love for and connection with Uganda, and is devoted to making a brighter future for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. She believes in the power of education as a means to make a positive change in this world, and empower many.

” We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives”- Nelson Mandela

Kelly Lyles



Kelly graduated with a Master of Social Work from Cal State San Bernardino. She has worked with non-profit organizations for 12 years, specifically with adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently, she works with foster youth. Kelly believes strongly in advocating for and empowering underserved  populations and finds great enjoyment in volunteering her time to a variety of causes. She is looking forward to assisting APF in continuing its mission.

Shannon Lanterman



Shannon Lanterman is a stay-at-home mom of 3 young children and has a background working in banking and finance. She is so grateful to be able to help the many women and children in Uganda that APF gets to work with.

Heidi Oliver



Heidi is excited to help with APF because she is passionate about helping those who are less fortunate. This passion comes in part from Heidi’s experience as a volunteer missionary in the Dominican Republic where she saw firsthand the effects of poverty in a third world country. Heidi has worked for international and national non-profits helping immigrants and refugees. She currently works as a Quality Project Manager for a Medicaid health plan. Heidi grew up in San Diego, California. She loves her family, friends, the beach, and basketball!

Becky Simpson

Vice President


Becky is the mother of four kids and wife to one big kid. She enjoys being outside; especially if it involves her family, the beach, a tent, or a hiking trail. She also loves reading about and experiencing different cultures. She has a bachelor’s degree in public health which she obtained from Brigham Young University and is also a Certified Massage Therapist. She serves on the board of African Promise Foundation because “it feels good to put my energy and time into something that lifts and empowers others in the world and takes the focus off myself.”


Suzy Gillies

Founder and Advisor/Coach


Suzy Benson Gillies is the Founder 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.  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.