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Dan Perrine
Executive Director
Email: dan.perrine@advancingleaders.org

Shortly after retiring as a high school principal, Dan was left wondering what to do with his life. In 2001, the Lord took him to Kenya on a short-term missions trip, which not only changed his life, but also offered him an opportunity to use his God-given gifts in a way he'd never imagined. On that trip, the president and founder of Empowering Lives International (ELI) asked him if he would join his team as the U.S. Director of Personnel & Finance, so over the next nine years, Dan served ELI in that capacity, as well as presenting their work to churches and colleges, training short-term missions teams, and conducting leadership training in Kenya and Uganda. Dan also serves on the Board of Hope Alive, a nonprofit organization focused on improving education among highly disadvantaged children in Uganda. As a leadership developer, it is his privilege to interface with a variety of African organizations while training their leadership in country.

During his many trips to Africa, Dan's heart was continually drawn to the young people—the leaders of tomorrow who were being woefully equipped today. He observed that their elementary and secondary school education consisted primarily of rote memorization, with the students being given little opportunity to apply the facts they were learning. With 32 years of education in his background, God prompted Dan to do something about this, so in July of 2010, Advancing Leaders International (ALI) was birthed. As ALI’s Founding Director, Dan now recruit educators and coaches who will join him in changing the face of education in Kenya and Uganda as well as other developing nations through improved teaching methodology, enhanced classrooms, and individualized coaching and mentoring of teachers and emerging leaders.

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