Mobilizing and enabling ORDINARY PEOPLE to make an EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT on the lives of people in impoverished and developing areas of the world.
Andy Stewart, Co-Founder,
Board Member and President
My first encounter with Africa was in 1999. I went to Uganda with 6 other men from my church to help build the first school building for Patrick and Eva Walusimbi and Maranatha Christian Schools in the town of Mityana. I immediately fell in love with the people and the culture. I was also filled with a passion to help those in need who are unable to help themselves. In 2005, my wife Susie and I began work raising money and taking teams to Uganda to help construct buildings and water projects. In 2009 we added a child sponsorship program to provide ongoing support to orphans and vulnerable children in need.
My motivation for founding True Impact is based on Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Believing this truth has led me on multiple short term mission trips to Africa, including Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
When not volunteering with True Impact, I make my living as a vice president for a commercial construction firm based in Denver.
Tanya Koneman, Board Member and
Vice President and Sponsorship Coordinator
God sparked a growing passion in me for learning about and serving the people of Africa as a young girl. Along with my family, Phil my husband and Meg, Jon and Andrew our grown children, I was able to travel to Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in recent years to see first hand the needs of the people and assist as I was able.
I have been a long-time supporter of the Stewart family and their ongoing True Impact ministry, and enjoy prayerfully serving on the board. I firmly believe in the ministry of sponsoring children, providing clean water and buildings, to strengthen lives and structures, allowing widows, orphans and families a gathering place to live and learn.
As the sponsorship coordinator and a trained nurse, I seek to maintain connections with sponsors and students and assist with the well-being of all our children and staff.
Amy O'Neill, Board Member and Secretary
I live in Minnetonka, Minnesota with my husband, Tim, and our three children. I work as a Gifted and Talented teacher coaching staff, working with curriculum planning and providing enrichment opportunities for elementary age students. My family and I have been a part of True Impact Ministries since 2012 through our connection to the Hoffman Memorial Children's Home in Jinja, Uganda.
I first traveled to Uganda with the True Impact team in 2013 to dedicate the Hoffman Memorial Home and visit other TIM projects in the country. My family has since visited Uganda each year for several weeks at a time working with teachers, staff and sponsored children. I am excited to be serving on the True Impact board and can't wait to see how God will continue to work in and through our ministry partners, sponsors and those we serve.
Jeff Thomas, Board Member and Treasurer
I live in Denver, Colorado with my wife, Amy, and two daughters, Megan and Madison. My family and I first became involved with True Impact through our friendship with Andy and Susie and their family, whom we got to know through our church.
I had the privilege of visiting Uganda in 2012 with a team lead by the Stewarts, and I came away from that trip with a deep appreciation for the people of Uganda, as well as their substantial needs. The trip also sparked in me a desire to become more involved in True Impact’s mission of impacting the lives of the people of Uganda through child sponsorships, building projects, and the provision of donated goods and funds. I am enormously grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve on True Impact’s Board to help fulfill that mission.
Professionally, I run my own law practice. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in all manner of outdoor activities.
Mike Wood, Board Member
I am currently a Healthcare Construction Management Executive with Medxcel FM, specializing in complex programs, systems, project types & team collaboration. I have led national & international organizations, program & project delivery teams and national scale capital programs for over 35 years in Europe, North & South America.
I was recently named a faculty Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design, College of Architecture, Texas A & M. I have been Founder and Chair of two non-profit organizations focused on at-risk youth and job skills development for 2nd Career (or beyond) adults. I am a frequent speaker on personal motivation, high-performance teams, team collaboration techniques, US healthcare reform & Capital Programs and Life Balance.
During my personal time I enjoy hiking, climbing, bicycle endurance riding, motorcycle touring, camping, backpacking, reading, history and muscle car restoration. I have accompanied True Impact on multiple trips, leading the medical clinics we set up while there.
Dave Spiecker, Executive Director
I became involved with True Impact through a friendship with Andy and Susie. My wife Sheila and I attend the same church as the Stewarts and began a friendship with them during a trip to Israel in 2017. Around the same time, God began urging me to leave corporate life and work directly for Him, for His Kingdom. I didn't know what He had planned for me, but trusting Him, I left corporate life on March 15th of 2018. Through God’s timing, Andy reached out to me at the end of March and thus began my journey with True Impact Ministries.
My trip to Uganda in 2018 was my first mission trip out of the country. Seeing firsthand the impact of what TIM has done and is doing through the schools and orphan homes, giving children a safe place to live and learn, changed my life. My heart was touched by seeing the joy in the children’s faces while playing and interacting with them.
I look forward to seeing what God has in store for our ministry in the next few years. Much great work has been done already. There is still more to be done. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Kavuma Geoffrey, Ugandan Director
Ministering as a True Impact Uganda Country Director, a position held since 2015 as a part time and later full-time in 2016 purposely to coordinate all True Impact Ministries activities in Uganda. This has made my dream come true of working, serving and caring for children.
Having grown up in Ugandan rural setting, this exposed me to a number of children that had different challenges in life which in the end affected their growth as children. Seeing other children finding it hard to attain what they needed for life like basic needs and love from parents (yet I was not far different from them), this awakened the desire in me to love, care, work with and for children.
Before working with True Impact Ministries, I worked with several organizations in which I was mainly working with women and the unsung heroes of the children (the grandmothers). As I minister with True Impact, I desire to see children’s lives improved spiritually, psychologically and emotionally through our various projects, service beyond one’s self and above all, being good stewards of God’s work. At True Impact, we don’t work, We Minister and this has helped us put our love for others, more so the hard to love, into actions beyond speech.
Margaret Nantumbwe, Ugandan Accounts and Administration Officer
What started as an inner cry for the helpless Ugandan Child became a reality in 2012 when I teamed up with my close friends and we contributed money to help start a partial scholarship fund for kids in rural areas under a group called True Heart Of Worship. Doing this increased my passion for helping the needy wherever we could. And it is this same passion I still carry whenever we meet up to do our small charities.
In 2016, when I was contacted to work with True Impact Uganda as the Accounts and Administration Officer, I welcomed the opportunity with open arms because the vision, mission, objectives and core values of the organisation were concepts that blended with my hearts vision towards disadvantaged children.
True Impact Ministries is giving education, welfare support, community infrastructural developments to the disadvantaged and as such, lighting a candle of hope to a secure future of opportunities.
As I monitor and account for every donation extended to the needy, I am grateful to God that my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration is put to use to a greater calling. I am part of a bigger umbrella; that is, creating visible impact of actions and in truth in Uganda.