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Meet Our USA Team

Diane Reiner

Ashim, Diane, and Mark

Executive Director

I went to Uganda in 2006 to study photography, and Ronnie Sseruyange became my guide into the slums of Kampala. As I saw him offer hope to street children who had nowhere to go and nothing to do, I developed a deep respect for his commitment to their welfare. The fact that he himself had been a street child made his work more compelling, and the decision to help him help others was easy. Jajja’s Kids has grown steadily from that simple beginning.

After 30 years working for New York state government, I wanted to utilize my organizational and managerial skills in an international setting. Developing Jajja’s Kids allowed me to apply my abilities and the result has greatly exceeded my expectations.

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Mark Tremont


As a retired accountant, I have wanted to share my skills to help small businesses. I started with Jajja’s Kids in mid-2019 as a volunteer bookkeeper. As I learned more about their accomplishments and goals I wanted to help more. In early 2020 I joined the Board of Directors and was appointed Board Treasurer. This is a position where I can add my life & business experiences to the growth strategies needed for a successful Jajja’s Kids future.

I am a small business owner/operator and have had over 40 years of broad / diverse management and accounting roles. I am a certified public accountant and a veteran of the US Army.


Connie Frisbee Houde

Board President

One of my passions is combining my love for photography and travel with working for humanitarian aid organizations. This helps me have a perspective of other cultures and their importance. I have been fortunate to visit Jajja's Kids in Uganda several times, and enjoy working with the children and staff there.

My background and job experience are in the nonprofit sector, working as director of a small house museum, consultant to historical societies and small museums, and now as curator in a major museum. My varied experiences have helped Jajja’s kids grow as a nonprofit, especially my knowledge of grant writing and program development.


Scott Reinhart

Board Member

I am excited to become part of a group that is passionate about, and committed to, making a difference in the lives of the former street kids of Uganda.


Spending thirty-eight years as a teacher and school principal in the Rochester, NY area, provided me the experience and perspective necessary to educational program planning and the understanding of the varied stages of adolescent development.


I was drawn to join the board in 2023 because Jajja’s Kids recognizes the value of saving the world one child at a time.  It is great to be part of something that is truly making a difference. 


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Nassrin Adhami


It is my belief that as humans we need to help each other wherever there is need, anywhere in the world. When any human suffers, we all suffer. When any human is happy, we're all happy.  

I assist with planning and implementing the annual fall fundraiser and other events. I also attend board meetings on occasion and offer thoughts on the development of Jajja's Kids.

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Our Partners

First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, NY


Global Law Firm,

Albany, NY

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Maestro Dentistry

Albany, NY

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