Billy founded the House of Blue Hope during a three-year stint living and teaching in Tanzania as a volunteer after college. During his time in Tanzania, he recognized the vast gap in life opportunities between kids who have access to education and those who do not. Along with our Tanzanian colleagues, he oversaw the feasibility studies, fund raising, planning, construction of our facility, and implementation of our programs.
He lived in the house for several months with the first group of boys before moving back to the U.S. in 2008. Billy currently lives in San Jose, CA, where he serves as the Dean of Student Life at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2005 with a B.S. in Mathematics, Education, and German, and from Fordham University in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Education Leadership, Administration, and Policy. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco.
Billy travels back to Tanzania every summer to evaluate the project, explore expansion opportunities, and spend time with the staff and kids of Blue Hope
Liam Ahearn graduated from Georgetown University in 2005 with a BA in Economics and History. At Georgetown University, Liam was also the Director of Community Service for the college’s local chapter of the Society of Collegiate Scholars. Liam became friends with Billy Bludgus when they were classmates and teammates at St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City where they also participated in a number of Christian service activities together. Liam is inspired by the cause of the House of Blue Hope and the dedication and commitment of its staff.
Liam works as a Director at Capstone Advisory Group in New York where he provides consulting services to companies and creditors involved in distressed/bankruptcy situations.
Steven Kirby is a career educator and strong advocate for disenfranchised youth. He holds four degrees in the field of education including a B.S.Ed. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Miami, an Ed.M from Harvard University, and Ed.S from NOVA Southeastern University.
He is currently a doctoral candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Organization at Vanderbilt University.In addition to being a board member for the House of Blue Hope Steven is also the founder and president of Housing, Education, and Rehabilitation of Orphans (H.E.R.O.) in Haiti.
He hopes that his experiences will help the street children and orphans of both Tanzania and Haiti become educated, productive, and socially conscious citizens of our global society
Daudi graduated from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) in Dar es Salaam in 2008 with an Advanced Diploma in Computer Science.
While at IFM, Daudi teamed up with other Loyola High School graduates and started a group known as YOGAA (Youth Global Action Aid). The group aimed to support street kids around the college campus which is located at the heart of Dar es Salaam city center. During holidays, Daudi volunteered by supporting Billy Bludgus in community development project at Loyola High School.
It was then that they decided to join forces and formed House of Blue Hope. Daudi lives in Dar es Salaam and works at the Dar Institute of Technology. He has just finished his Master’s degree in IT & Management at IFM.
As a government employee he is involved in number of government projects including The ICT for Secondary School Teachers (Ministry of Education) and the Vocation training and Telemedicine project (Ministry of Health and Social Welfare).
Graduating in 2007, Adam Weise attended the University of Miami, it was there where he met fraternity brothers Scott Sadowski and William Bludgus. Shortly after graduation Adam and other Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers joined an international group in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for what was to become the House of Blue Hope.
Struck by the importance of the cause, Adam would travel to Dar es Salaam to live and work on the project full-time. Adam has since returned to the United States, obtained a Master’s in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Adam is a diplomat for the Department of State and currently serves as the Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger.
Adam sits on the Executive board of House of Blue Hope as well as serving as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Communication. He spends most of his time calling upon his in country experience while coordinating with the Tanzanian staff and board as well as managing House of Blue Hope’s messaging.
Shalina Jaffer graduated from the University of Miami earning a Bachelors of Architecture with minors in Art History and Chemistry.
At University of Miami Shalina participated in a variety of organizations including; Student Government where she met Billy, Architecture Student Council and Kids and Culture – a group aimed to provide underprivileged students with university mentors after school. Since then Shalina has been a member and continues to support City Year – an organization that motivates and encourages the youth to stay in school through year-round activities and support inside the classroom.
Currently living in Weston Florida, Shalina is an associate architect for the firm Broward Developers and specializes in the development of medical offices. In addition to being on the HBH board Shalina is an active member of her local Rotary Club and is the Chair of the Young Rotarians of Weston.shalina
Scott Sadowski graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 with a BBA degree in Finance. While a student at University of Miami, Scott worked with Billy Bludgus on the Executive Boards of several student and service organizations on campus. They were teammates on the Mens Cross Country and Track & Field teams and were fraternity brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Scott lives and works in Florida as an equity research salesperson at the broker-dealer Gabelli & Company, Inc and as an external wholesaler at Gabelli Funds.
In addition to serving as a Board Member, Scott is involved with House of Blue Hope as Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Programming. He works closely with our budget and audit, fundraising efforts, as well as the many events hosted by House of Blue Hope throughout the US.
Kazmira Pedonesi graduated from Florida International University with a MBA in 2007, and from the University of Miami with a BBA in Marketing in 2004. While at the University of Miami, Kazmira participated with Billy Bludgus on Executive Boards of student government and organizations within the Volunteer Services Center. After college, Kazmira was eager to assist Billy’s work abroad with the House of Blue Hope, and the growth and development of its kids.
Kazmira lives in Austin, TX and works as a network engineer for Acadia Technology Group, an IT consulting firm.
Dan Pedonesi graduated from the University of Miami with a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering in 2004. While a student at the University of Miami, Dan was a resident assistant and represented the College of Engineering in the student senate.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Dan’s work took him to Southeast Asia, where he and his wife lived for a couple of years in Singapore. The opportunity to spend time traveling and working throughout Indonesia, Thailand, India, etc, brought a whole new perspective to needs and challenges that face the world.
Dan is a board member of the House of Blue Hope, and is proud of the work that the organization does to overcome the challenges and provide opportunities for those in need.