Gloria is a professional photographer. She received her Masters degree in photography and graphic design in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work is widely exhibited, appears in numerous magazines and books, and is held in many corporate and private collections. She has operated her own business as a photographer since 1992 and previously owned and operated a photography art gallery. She has served on the board of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.
Gloria first traveled to Uganda in 2006. She has returned every year since.
Eddie recently retired from the Department of the Treasury. He served as interim executive director of Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City from 2006-2007. Until 2004, he was a senior executive with H&R Block where he was employed for 29 years. He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations including The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation, and Harvesters.
Eddie visited the orphanage in 2009.
Fred is a clinical psychologist who transferred his practice from Kansas City to Portland, Oregon in 2010. He has been in practice since 1977.
In addition to his practice, Fred has volunteered in a variety of settings including a woman’s shelter, an AIDs clinic and an adolescent diversion program. Fred has also worked with clergy to provide a more effective delivery system to parishioners. Fred has traveled to Africa three times to volunteer for Change the Truth.
In his leisure time, Fred enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife Cheryl and his children Erica, Ian and Dennis.
Jennifer is a career educator with 20 years of classroom experience. Honored to be selected a Regional Finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in 2014, she currently teaches 8th graders American History in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas. A devoted Royals fan, Jennifer is also an avid reader, loves to cook, and travels with her husband, Jeff, as much as they can.
Jennifer has visited Uganda as a member of Team 4, again during the summer of 2012, and as Co-Leader in 2013 of Team 7.
Dawn Taylor has spent her career in the nonprofit sector, primarily in fund-raising and executive leadership in the arts and architecture field. Her career has encompassed 17 years in roles at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and in 2010, she was named Executive Director of American Institute of Architects Kansas City, where she leads one of the country’s top AIA chapters.
Her volunteer career has focused on three distinct but equally beloved parts of the world: Kansas City, North Carolina, and Uganda.
In the Kansas City community, she is an 11-year volunteer at Operation Breakthrough and a past board member of Quixotic Fusion and Kansas City Artists Coalition. Dawn is a devoted and active Duke University alumna and is involved with the school on a local and national level in several leadership positions. Her volunteer contributions were recognized in 2009 with a national award from Duke Alumni Association.
She has traveled three times to Uganda (Teams 5, 7, and 8) with Change the Truth. She cherishes the relationships she has made with the children at St. Mary Kevin and the other team members from around the world.
Dawn credits her first trip to Africa in 2011 with her desire to pursue a social impact business to benefit people in the developing world. That venture is Red Dirt Shop, launched in April 2013 with a business partner.
Dawn grew up in a family that donated their time, talent, and treasure to many causes. Dawn wants to model this same devotion to helping others for her two teenage daughters, Sarah and Emily.