Board of Directors
President: Gregory Durrette is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He has experience and certifications in small scale device construction, import and export. He is a Strategic Consultant for Human Capital Development Training, Training of Trainer, Lawful Dialogue and Cultural Relations with N3Global Solutions, LLC. He has experience in development of water projects in conjunctions with the World Health Organization (WHO) water policies. He is experienced in international organization leadership, with expertise in fundraising, community engagement and government relations. Has a wealth of knowledge and experience in performing due diligence on prospective companies for Africa, Middle Eastern and South America.
Secretary: Reverend Karen B. Cooper is the Pastor of The Way of The Cross Baptist Church in Palmyra Virginia. She is a teacher and counselor for the Women of Destiny Sunday School class. She has traveled and ministered in Ghana and Kenya for seven years. Through her “Shoe Ministry” she has raised funds to purchase over 500 pairs of shoes for the children in the village of Tabre. She worked with Tabre Women’s Association with the Spirituality and Sustainability Project. In 2007 she traveled to Kenya to meet and assess women’s groups for their immediate needs. She is also a Grandmother of two wonderful boys.
Treasurer: Reverend Kelvin Mattox is a thirty year veteran conductor with the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He is a graduate of Virginia University of Lynchburg with a Masters of Religious Studies, and a Masters of Divinity. He has traveled and ministered in Ghana for the past seven years and three years in Kenya. He was instrumental in helping to build the “Light of the World E.P. Church” in Kotobabi. Kelvin continues to support the rural village of Tabre in helping the village to obtain a trade towards having a sustainable income. He and his wife Lynn support many children who are in need in Ghana and Kenya. Kevin has a heart for the brothers and sisters in Ghana and in Kenya. He has worked with the Christian Missions Fellowship Church and Africa Hope Center in Kenya, which supports orphan children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS. He has an outreach ministry to the Rendile people in Laisamis-Marabit, Kenya where they are building a church, clinic and classrooms.
Mamie T. Lee is a graduate of Virginia University of Lynchburg, where she serves as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Missions. She is an Associate Minister at Shiloh Baptist Church Lynch Station. She has traveled in missions ministry to Ghana, West Africa, studied at the Overseas Ministries Studies Center in New Haven Connecticut. Dr. Lee is active in the community as President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Otter River Christian Association;Greater Bedford City and County Association; Aglow International and as a certified facilitator at Kid's Haven (center for grieving children).
Adolphus Stuart is a graduate of the College of Staten Island, the New York Restaurant School and Mountain State University. He is an accomplished professional Chef who sponsors "Cooking For A Cause" events worldwide. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He has served with the NYCHA Center as a coordinator for implementation of diverse recreational programs for the New York City Housing Complex. He is a motivational speaker and a fundraiser planner. He is also a freelance writer for New York Publication. True to serving others he is a Lobbyist for Veterans.
Dorothy White serves as Director of Religious Studies, Chair of the Religion/Philosophy Department and a Upper/Middle School Religion Teacher at St.Catherine's School of RIchmond,Virginia. Among her numerous appointments and awards, she was appointed by Bishop Darlingston Johnson to serve as the President of the West Africa School of Missions and Theology in Monrovia, Liberia. Currently she is working toward ordination as an Episcopal Priest through the Diocese of Virginia. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, her Masters of Arts in Theology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, and her Doctor of Ministry from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She is also an ordained Episcopal Priest.
Nana Akyeampong Ghartey is from Winneba, Ghana and resides in Charlottesville,Virginia. He is a member of the Charlottesville- Winneba, Ghana Sister City Commission. He is an ordained Episcopal minister. He worked as a Behavioral Specialist with Region Ten Community Service Board. He is retired and serves a the Chairman of the Ghana Association of Charlottesville. He also serves in many advisory capacities with the City of Charlottesville.
Leroy F. Thomas Jr. is a community advocate. He is the son of the Late Helen Thomas which the organization is named after. He attended Norfolk State College. He is a retiree of Howard University Hospital Department of Radiology, while at Howard University Hospital he served as the Vice President and Chief Shop Steward of Local 2094 AFSCME Council 20 and an active member of the Negotiating Team. He loves woodworking, cane-making, fishing, hunting, bowling and singing on the New Green Mountain Baptist Church Male Chorus.