Directors and Advisors
In 2015, after a traumatic experience left him with PTSD, Andrew set out to fulfill a childhood dream: Africa. After securing his first motorcycle, and with little more than a folded map, he embarked on a year-long odyssey: fifty-thousand kilometers, ten countries, multiple elephant charges, and meeting his future wife, Laura, in the mist of Victoria Falls. As the kilometers and sunsets passed Andrew began to heal and refocus. He found himself wishing he could somehow share his healing experience with others suffering from grief and trauma. In 2017 he and Laura set out to do just that with the formation of Uuzilo.
Prior to founding Uuzilo Andrew was a freelance photojournalist with clients including: Time, LIFE, Newsweek, and The New York Times.
Andrew guides all Uuzilo expeditions. When he and Laura are in the United States they make their home and park a vintage BMW motorcycle in Washington, D.C.
Laura Wille Councill
Laura is a public health professional with a background implementing policy and project design in the private sector, non-government organizations and government agencies; and overseeing project implementation between U.S. non-profits and foreign host nations. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University, served as a Peace Corps volunteer, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Uuzilo, Laura works with locally sourced materials to create fine leather accessories and jewelry suitable for rugged travel. She is fluent in Spanish and is learning Oshiwambo. Laura also stood in the face of a charging elephant and is learning to drive a bike -- in second gear.
Chris is Strategic Advisor and Counsel to a number of companies and non-profit organizations with deep ties to Africa, which has him regularly traveling throughout the continent. Chris has a varied background – he has served in foreign policy positions at The White House and U.S. State Department and managed large infrastructure projects in Tanzania. He has a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego
Chris once drove a ’58 Royal Enfield across India. When at home in Washington, D.C., he may be spotted dashing between meetings on his Moto Guzzi or working on his perpetual ’72 Triumph project.
Michael is the Vice President of Business development for National Public Radio. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, with experience in strategy and implementation to category leaders, early stage start-ups, and non-profits. Prior to NPR, Michael was a Global Director at the Associated Press and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Before shifting his career focus to business, Michael worked as a photojournalist for The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post earning several Pulitzer Prize nominations including for his coverage of the war in Bosnia and Iraq War veterans recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. D.C. At age twenty-one, Michael first traveled to West Africa to document conditions for the United Nations Development Program.
Michael, his wife, and two boys live in Takoma Park, MD. He once owned a ’70 BSA and now regularly commutes -- navigating D.C. traffic -- on two wheels with pedals.
Dr. Shauna Joye
Shauna is a clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders with experience as a researcher, educator, and in private practice. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University, was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Southern University, and now owns a practice where she specializes in early Autism Spectrum Disorder, temperament, and childhood attention and learning disorders. Shauna is also a United States Air Force veteran who works with combat vets to determine the impact of therapeutic wilderness experience on wellness. In addition to advising Uuzilo, she serves on the board of Warrior Expeditions, a non-profit organization that helps combat veterans hike long-distance trails including the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail.
Shauna manages her practice and makes her home, along with her husband and goldendoodle, in Savannah, Georgia. She has traveled on safari in Kenya and once owned a Honda Rebel. After earning her motorcycle endorsement (scoring at the top of her safety course) Shauna determined, “the road was not for [her],” and now enjoys the wind in her hair driving a convertible Volkswagen.
Dr. Liza Zwiebach
Liza is an Associate Clinical Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master’s in Education, Risk and Prevention, from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Liza specializes in evidence-based treatment for PTSD and working with active-duty military, veterans, and law-enforcement populations.
Liza is an avid “cross-fitter” who prefers to run on the roads of Atlanta where she, her husband, and “Panda” make their home. She believes she will never be seen riding a motorcycle.