Our Team


Lindsay PohlmanLindsay Pohlman, Chief Executive Officer

Lindsay is an attorney at Schop, Powell, & Allen in Williamsville, NY. Lindsay is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, and received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and her Masters in Business Administration in 2009 and 2010, respectively, from St. Bonaventure University.


ZacZach Rodriguezh Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer

Zach graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a Master’s in Theological Studies. He currently lives in Allegany, NY and is pursing a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Andrew MantiliaAndrew Mantilia, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew is originally from Connecticut and currently works for KPMG in London. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2008 and 2009 with a Bachelors in Information Systems and an MBA, respectively. His current focus has shifted from managing day-to-day operations of Embrace It Africa to focusing on expanding into donor markets outside the US.

Uganda Leaders

IMG_0987Sserwangu Fredrick, BPS Founder and Director

Known to our team as “Mr. Fred,” he is the founder and director of the Bethlehem Parent’s School and Orphanage. He started the school eleven years ago because he saw a huge need for a small, private school and orphanage in the community to take care of the increasing number of children living on the streets. Fred graduated from Makere University in Uganda with a degree in secondary education. Up until about a year ago, Mr. Fred continued to teach secondary school to earn extra money to help support BPS but now is focusing his time on assisting with the Mikwano Financial Agency, expanding BPS and preaching at various churches in the Kyotera and Bethlehem area. Mr. Fred is a highly regarded community leader throughout Bethlehem and has built trust and relationships with many people in the village. He has four children, Joel, Deborah, Kari, and Joseph.

IMG_3932Mugisha Linous Fredrick, BPS Assistant Director

Young Fred, as we call him, is a HIV counselor at the Rakai district health services headquarters, in the city of Rakai. He graduated from Kampala University (Jinja Campus) majoring in Guidance and Counseling. Young Fred works very closely with the Bethlehem Parent’s School and Orphanage in addition to his studies. He is a mentor for streets kids in Kampala, Jinja, Kyotera and Bethlehem. The kids go to him for food, counseling, hair cuts, advice and anything and everything else they might need help with. When the students are ready and willing to go, he will bring them to BPS to live and attend school. Young Fred also teaches some classes at BPS and is second man in charge to Mr. Fred.

AlexAlex Mugmya, BPS Teacher

Alex teaches upper-level English (grades 5, 6 and 7) at BPS while also helping with school administration as well. He is twenty years old and was formerly a student of Mr. Fred’s in Secondary School. Alex is an Embrace it Africa sponsor and completed is diploma certificate in Guidance and Counseling in 2012.