Leadership Team: North America

Our Leadership Team (North American)

Rheanne Lechkobit
Chief Operations Director

Rheanne has been an important leader with Music For Life her entire life. She started out mailing envelopes as a teenager and traveled with the African Children’s Choir in the early days with her father and ACC Founder, Ray Barnett. However, for the last 20 years she has been instrumental in building the financial and administrational strength of Music For Life’s operations. All of this, in addition to the important task of timely coordination with field operations and serving as the executive international team leader. 

Contact: Email Rheanne

Julia Barnett-Tracy
Chief Creative Officer

Julia’s life story has been intertwined with Music For Life for the better part of three decades. She worked in relief and development with the Lost Boys in Southern Sudan and Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and also helped establish the African Children’s Choir music program in the early 1990s in East Africa.

Today, Julia continues to work with the African Children’s Choir, leading their touring, marketing and fundraising, as well as the artistic aspects of writing and producing new albums and touring shows. Julia created and produces Music For Life’s annual galas in NYC and Austin, one of the organization’s largest sources of donations to fund its programs. Julia is also a film and television writer, director and actor while living in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two teenage children.

Contact: Email Julia

Sally France
East African Operations Director

Sally has worked with Music For Life since its inception in 1984. She helped build and support the African Children’s Choir in the early days of traveling, in addition to overseeing the educational programs and relief and development in both East and South Africa. In fact, Sally has spent most of her life living and operating in Africa. She has served as Music For Life’s Africa Director for over two decades where she is responsible for overseeing the organization’s projects and programs. 

Contact: Email Sally

Mwai Githingi
Kenyan Director

Mwai has been with Music For Life for over two decades now. He began as a chaperone with the 13th African Children’s Choir in 1995 and has been an important father figure to many of the Kenyan children. Mwai is a born leader and inspiring spokesperson for Music For Life. He has served as Kenyan Director for over a decade where he manages Kenyan operations and programs.

Mwai also serves at his local church in Nairobi and volunteers with father/son mentorship programs. He is a team building coach, motivational speaker and Emcee. Mwai loves to provide community services, travel and engage in outdoor activities while living in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two boys, ages 10 and 12.

Contact: Email Mwai

Abraham Kiyingi
Uganda Programs Director/Rwanda Coordinator

Abraham has been with Music For Life most of his life. He began as a choir child and toured in the third African Children’s Choir. But after he graduated from University in computer applications, he began working and volunteering with the African Children’s Choir. He toured as a chaperone and tour leader of five different tours including both the African Children’s Choir and Ubuntu tours.

He now works as the Ugandan Director and Rwandan Programs Coordinator, where he oversees the leadership and management of Music For Life’s programs in Uganda and Rwanda. He is also a public speaker, team builder and the host of a TV show called Ask The Pastor. He loves traveling, soccer and spending time with his wife and three children in Kampala, Uganda.

Contact: Email Abrahama