Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann
Scott Kellermann, MD, is a California-based family physician and tropical medicine specialist. He and his wife, Carol, an educator, traveled to Uganda in 2000 with the Episcopal Medical Missions Foundation to assess the needs of the Batwa pygmies of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Kellermanns found heartbreaking conditions and moved to Uganda as full-time missionaries from 2001-2009.
Initially, the Kellermanns focused on learning the language and customs of the Batwa pygmies while visiting remote pygmy settlements. Early on, they held mobile medical clinics under trees. They treated 200–300 Batwa and non-Batwa patients a day, often hanging IVs from branches. They built a small clinic, which grew to become Bwindi Community Hospital, now rated one of the best hospitals in Uganda.
The visionary couple built relationships, shared the Gospel, created community development projects, bought land, and helped build homes for the Batwa. Carol saw tremendous need for education and started schools. Hundreds of children have been educated yearly through her efforts. The Kellermann Foundation was founded in 2004 to sustain and expand their work.
In February 2014, both Dr. Kellermann and Carol Kellermann were honored as “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The award is presented to individuals who, through their loving kindness and service to others, have made our world a better place.
Diane has a passion for working in East Africa and especially for the people residing in the region around Bwindi. She has years of experience as a leader in non-profit management (most recently as Executive Director of Uganda Christian University Partners, where she spent twelve years helping to develop a highly rated major university located near the capital city of Kampala in Mukono). She has come full circle with her work in Uganda: in 1994, she was asked by the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Reverend Livingstone Nkoyoyo, to provide the initial help to the Batwa pygmies who had recently been evicted from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In partnership with the local Diocese of Kinkiizi (Church of Uganda, Anglican) and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas (Anglican), a plan was set in motion to help resettle around 3,000 Batwa pygmies. She later met Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann prior to their move to Uganda in 2000 and has kept in contact with them, eventually serving as an advisory board member of the Kellermann Foundation.
Diane is married to the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, retired Bishop of Dallas, and has two grown children and five grandchildren. As a young university student, she traveled around the world on a five-month voyage with the “University of Seven Seas”, sponsored then by Chapman University and the Rotary Club. She fell in love with East Africa and was determined to return after obtaining degrees in Anthropology. After meeting and marrying her college sweetheart pursuing his vocation in the ministry, she later pursued a degree in Public Administration, and for many years worked in the fields of university administration, travel, museum archival work, and real estate.
In 2014, Diane received the “Woman Who Gives Hope” Award from Chiapas International. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue the mission of the Kellermann Foundation by “providing hope and health in Uganda”.
Victoria Briscoe O’Connor
Victoria began working with The Kellermann Foundation in 2015 after a year teaching English in Malaysia with the J. William Fulbright Scholar Program. Her time abroad cultivated in her a passion for international service, social justice, and a yearning for understanding other cultures.
Victoria was drawn to The Kellermann Foundation’s mission and commitment to serving the displaced Batwa pygmies. In addition to working with the Kellermann Foundation, Victoria is also in graduate school pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas. Victoria lives with her husband, Michael, in Carrollton, Texas.
To contact Victoria about volunteer opportunities, email her at email@example.com.
The Kellermann Foundation welcomed Laura in 2017 to serve as Communications Coordinator. Laura first visited Uganda with Diane Stanton in 2010, and returned in 2014 with her son to visit Bwindi and the new nursing school. She fell in love with the Batwa immediately and is thrilled to be supporting the Batwa through work of The Kellermann Foundation.
Laura is a certified Godly Play teacher and is now in her seventeen year as a teacher at her church. Laura graduated from The University of Texas in Austin where she developed a love for dance. She teaches ballet at Dallas Ballet Center and volunteers for Dallas Ballet Company. She lives with her husband, Rev. Robert Corley, and two children, Annie and Anderson, in Dallas.
Board of Directors
Lana Valenta, President
Lana Valenta, a retired medical technologist and high school teacher of health occupations, is a very active community volunteer. She is blessed to serve with the Order of the Daughters of the King on the National Council and as the International Chair. She serves on the Commission on Ministry and the Finance Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and currently as a Deputy to the 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Two of her most cherished ministries are working with her church mission team in Honduras for the past 14 years, and as a board member of the Kellermann Foundation.
Stacy Lippert, Secretary
Park City, UT
Stacy has a background in technical writing and editing for computer companies in the Bay Area. Today she works as a copy editor for Park City Magazine. In addition to serving as chair of the Kellermann Foundation’s Development and Communications Committee, she serves as a Bible study leader and leadership team member at Mountain Life Church in Park City, Utah. She also enjoys volunteering as an ambassador of Park City to visitors at Park City Mountain Resort. Stacy, her husband, and her daughter first volunteered in Bwindi in 2012 and continue to have a heart for ministering to the people of Uganda through the Kellermann Foundation.
Bob McLendon, Treasurer
After earning his doctorate in electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University, Bob McLendon worked for 31 years at Texas Instruments designing, building, and managing various precision guided missiles for the military. He also spent several years working on various research projects for military equipment and then managed information technology systems for TI. Since retirement, Dr. McLendon has served on various volunteer boards, including Richardson Adult Literacy Center, Lamar University Engineering Advisory Council, and Lamar University Foundation. He also served as president of the Richardson Symphony Board. He is currently president of St. Simon’s After School Care Board.
Nevada City, CA
Julia Amaral is a retired licensed real estate broker. She and her husband, Mark Strate, own and manage properties in California and Texas. Julia has served on several boards of directors, including the Marin Ballet, Foothill Theatre Company, and currently for Hospice of the Foothills. During the 1960’s, she traveled the world as a stewardess and enjoyed it so much that she has not stopped traveling since. She and Mark have visited 120 countries, including a couple of trips to Uganda where they visited Scott and Carol Kellermann in Bwindi. Julia has always been deeply moved by both the Kellermanns’ work and the story of the Batwa, and she is a Godparent to a Mutwa child. In addition to traveling, Julia enjoys flying her Cherokee 6 plane, hiking, kayaking, skiing, gardening, studying piano, and singing in the Music in the Mountains Chorus.
Kathleen Cook-Hunter has a rich background in the adventure and luxury travel industry. In 2004, Kathleen went to Uganda to track the mountain gorillas; by chance, she visited the medical clinic after meeting Dr. Kellermann, and she has invested her service and energy towards the work of the Kellermann Foundation since. She remains passionate about travel and the opportunities that global travel offers to give back to local communities. Kathleen also serves on the advisory board of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and she volunteers in a women’s prison bringing messages of hope and recovery.
Michael is rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Dallas and is a former attorney.
Andrew Nyberg, M.D.
Park City, UT
Andrew is an emergency physician from Park City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. Andrew has been interested in providing and improving healthcare in some of the most remote and austere areas of the world. He has volunteered for the Himalayan Rescue Association and International Medical Corps in Nepal. He has also worked with the University of Utah in Ghana and Peru, and with 4 Deserts / Racing the Planet in western China and Chile. Dr. Nyberg visited Bwindi Community Hospital and the Batwa Development Program in 2016, where he felt a passion to help the Batwa people. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.
Gayle Porter is a retired communications consultant. She has been very active in her community as a member of the Coppell Education Foundation Board and a former vestry member of the Church of the Apostles in Coppell. She leads community Bible study groups and also serves as a church school director.
Dan Weston is president of The Weston Group and a Gazelles Emeritus Certified Coach. In addition to serving on the board for the Kellermann Foundation, he is a former board member of the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, the Cox School of Business Associate Board at Southern Methodist University, and the President’s Research Council at University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center. He has also served with various community groups, including St. Simon’s After School Care, Our Friends Place, Communities in Schools, The Family Place, Visiting Nurse Association, and Circle 10 Boy Scouts. He is also former chairman of the Dallas Child Care Group and a past senior warden and vestry member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Richardson.