Serge Gasore // Founder

Serge is a native Rwandan and genocide survivor. After completing master degrees in both Information Technology and Global Service at Abilene Christian University, Serge founded Rwandan Children in order to provide aid to vulnerable children in his home village of Ntarama. An effective leader, Serge starts by listening. Serge was recently honored as the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Abilene Christian University. Serge and his family live in Kigali, Rwanda.


Vann Conwell // Executive Director

Vann served in vocational ministry with local churches for over 35 years and was appointed the Executive Director of Rwanda Children in January of 2014. He serves as the vision leader on behalf of Rwanda Children. When not in Rwanda, Vann makes his home in Alabama with his wife, Susan.

Kadox Uwimana // Community Manager

Kadox lives in Ntarama and checks in daily on the home. He has worked for Rwanda Children since it began in the summer of 2013, and makes sure clean water and necessary resources are always available for our house mom and kids. 

Denise Uwamurera // Senior House Mom

Denise oversees the health and care for the children living in our "Mama Karen" house. She has worked for Rwanda Children since its beginning, and is dedicated to improving the lives of the children in Ntarama.  As our senior house mom, Denise serves as a mentor and example to our other house moms.

Brianne Hendrick // National Volunteer Coordinator

Bre's relationship with Rwanda Children began with a prayer: "God, make me a part of something bigger than myself. Something that can only be explained by saying, 'God is in this!'" God answered that prayer by leading Bre to us! She and her family make their home in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Butcke // Educational Needs Coordinator

Andrea is a retired special education teacher. She has traveled to Rwanda and seen first-hand the opportunities for our partnering with parents, schools and teachers in the education of Rwanda’s children. We appreciate Andrea sharing her expertise and experience in support of educating at-risk kids. 

Esperance Gasore // Founder & Health Center Director

Esperance was born in the Congo.  When she was a teenager,  Esperance and her family were resettled to the U.S. where she later met and married Serge. A Licensed Practical Nurse, Esperance directs our health center.  As the mom of three children, Esperance loves kids and has a special place in her heart for at-risk kids. Esperance was the recipient of the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda's 2018 Woman of Courage Award.


Chase Hanner // Chairman
General Manager, Hanner Chevrolet GMC, Baird, TX

Cary Beard // Vice-Chairman
VP & Investment Advisor, Carter Asset Management, Managing Tax Partner, Carter & Beard, P.C., Abilene, TX

Alise Anderson // Secretary/Treasurer
Medical Sales Representative, Mölnlycke Health Care, Dallas, TX

Ed Emerson
Owner/Operator, Super Suds Car Washes, Abilene, TX

Jenny Haskin
Stay at home Mommy, Westlake, TX

Mark Perkins
Partner, Perkins Insurance Agencies, Owner, Premier Driving School, Abilene, TX

Dr. Karen Vaughn, MD
Shannon Clinic, San Angelo, TX