The UNITE Foundation
Empowering Youth • Connecting Cultures
The UNITE Foundation wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.
What We Do
Founded in 2008, The UNITE Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to youth development. Though we are headquartered in Washington, DC our inspiration comes from across the Atlantic Ocean in the small West African nation of Togo. Each year, Volunteers with Peace Corps/Togo and Togolese non-profits work together to organize a youth development program unlike any other operating in Togo today: Camp UNITE.
Created in 2001, Camp UNITE is an educational summer camp that equips young Togolese with the life skills they need to overcome the challenges of growing-up in a developing nation. Many young people in Togo lack essential knowledge about health, gender equity, and the importance of education. Others are facing the difficulties of adolescence familiar to young people around the world. Camp UNITE has created a curriculum designed to give campers essential facts about health, wellness and education, but also the teamwork, communication, and leadership skills needed to put their knowledge into practice.
Four of the Volunteers responsible for organizing Camp UNITE 2007 were so inspired by the stories of the campers they served that upon their return to the United States, they decided to establish an organization that could serve as a source of support for this essential program. Working in partnership with our generous donors, The UNITE Foundation raises funds for an annual "Life Skills" grant to Camp UNITE. The funds we provide ensure the transformative experience of Camp UNITE remains available each summer to a new group of promising young West Africans.
Meet the Team
Jay Daniliuk is a Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of State, currently in language training for his first overseas assignment: Sri Lanka (May 2020). Prior to this, Jay spent nine years at USAID developing and managing public private partnerships focusing on agricultural development in Africa. Jay’s previous work experience includes work at the International Monetary Fund, a global risk consulting firm, and five years in the New York advertising industry. Jay served in the Peace Corps in Togo as a Small Business Development Volunteer from 2004 to 2006. Jay received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Katie Ayers is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and served in Togo from 2013 to 2015. She now lives in DC with her Togolese dog and cat.
Drew Quinton served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2008-2010 where he worked to further the education of women and girls through a computer literacy camp and science club. He was a Camp UNITE counselor for two years. Drew has served as the Unite Foundation treasurer and board member since 2015. Drew studied sociology at King's College in Pennsylvania and earned a Master's of City Planning degree at Boston University. He currently works for the US Department of Transportation as a Community Planner in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Board Member / Communications
Rose Lindgren served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 2008-2011 where she worked with small businesses and non-profits to improve management and opportunities for growth. Since her return to the U.S. in 2011, Rose has served as a board member for the Unite Foundation in order to keep investing in the young people and mentors she knew during her Peace Corps service. Rose studied political science and gender studies at the University of Notre Dame and international politics at the University of Edinburgh, where she was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Rose speaks French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Board Member - Annual Reports
Timothy Meyer served as a Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteer in Tchébébé, Togo from 2005 to 2007. Timothy was a counselor at Camp UNITE and is interested in joining the Camp UNITE board to assist as an advisor. Originally from Chicago, Timothy now lives in Washington, DC where he works in the field of international legal development as an attorney and program manager.
Board Member - Camp Outreach
Nick Bailey was a Peace Corps English and Gender Education Volunteer in Amegnran, Togo from 2014-2016, serving as a UNITE organizer in 2016. Afterwards he continued his service as Let Girls Learn Coordinator in Cotonou, Benin. Following his service, he began working at Freedom House in Washington, DC, focusing on Africa. He is now an MA candidate at Johns Hopkins at the Bologna campus studying Conflict Management and International Economics with a minor in African Studies. He remains in touch with his close friends in Togo and went back for a visit in June. He speaks French and Italian.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kris Ward is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.
Board Member - Alumni Outreach
Christiane Geisler has been a nurse all her life and worked in a public health project in the Moyen Mono, Togo in the 70s, training and supervising community health workers. There she met and married her husband Dan Geisler, who was a PCV in Notse. She has been a Clinical Research Coordinator for HIV trials for the past 15 years and recently retired from that job at CrescentCare Health in New Orleans.
Jeremy Alexander was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, serving as a Community Economic Development Advisor from 2015-2017 and as a Project Manager coordinating with Population Services International from 2017-2018. During this time, he worked as a counselor at several camps and managed the introduction of Camp UNITE to Peace Corps Benin. After completing his service, he finished an MA in Economics from Georgia State University and currently works as a Program Analyst with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jason Coleman, holds a BA in Economics from NC State University and MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Jason is a RPCV from Gabon (2001-2003) and a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Namibia. Jason worked at Peace Corps Headquarters for 8 years as a Budget Analyst, and Director of Management and Operations in Togo, West Africa. Jason now works at the State Department as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Western Hemisphere Affairs.