Our Board


Christian Acemah, Director

Christian and Kofi Annan

Christian Acemah greets former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

Christian Acemah is Director, Strategy and Program Development for the African Science Academy Development Initiative of the U.S. National Academies in Washington, DC. When his schedule permits, he serves as Visiting Professor of African Studies at Quest University, Canada. A native of Uganda, Christian has served as Executive Officer, Policy and Research at UNICEF within the GAVI Alliance Secretariat. He has also worked in sub-Saharan Africa for the Lutheran World Federation on international development and public health issues. Christian was a research associate for Callisto Madvao, former Vice President of the World Bank and a research assistant in African studies for Dr. Gwendolyn Mikell, a prominent Africanist at Georgetown University. He received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his graduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

 

Michael Eastburn, Vice President

Michael Eastburn

Michael Eastburn

Born in Tokyo and raised in New Jersey, Michael Eastburn moved to Washington state in the 1970s to attend Whitworth College, and never looked back. A former mountain climber, bicycle racer and cross-country ski racer, Michael has founded several businesses, including an international sports tour business and a general contracting company. He is now the founding Vice President of Quarry S/E, a Seattle stone company. A fly fisherman and a gourmet cook, Michael is also an avid black-and-white film photographer and antique camera collector.

 

Rose Carmen Goldberg, Director

Rose Carmen Goldberg

Rose Carmen Goldberg

Rose Carmen Goldberg is a health policy analyst for the federal government. Her work focuses on hospice care and she also serves as a health reform evaluation strategist. Prior to joining the federal government, Rose worked on HIV/AIDS issues in Uganda and conducted HIV/AIDS program evaluation fieldwork in Russia. Rose has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in New Mexico.

 

Marsha McGough, President and Founder

Marsha McGough

Marsha McGough

Marsha McGough grew up riding horses in the woods in the south Puget Sound area. She has long worked in nonprofits, including Seattle Opera and Bastyr University, where she has enjoyed over 20 years as Director of Information Technology. After her family’s 2007 trip to Uganda, she was inspired to found Open Door Project Uganda to help those in need in Uganda.Marsha is an avid reader, and she and her husband, Michael Eastburn, love exploring all of Seattle’s neighborhoods on long weekend walks.

 

Deborah Stephenson, Secretary

Deborah Stephenson

Deborah Stephenson

Deborah ‘Spot’ Stephenson became involved in the Open Door Project Uganda first as a customer and then seller of the beautiful paper bead jewelry made by the Namuwongo Women & Youth Group. Besides serving on the board of ODPU, Deborah works in the legal department of a Seattle software company and is active in the choir of her neighborhood church. An avid cyclist, vegetable gardener and general optimist, Deborah is currently hoping to learn how to happily share the vegetable garden with her family’s new chickens.