Promoting education in Sierra Leone as a pathway out of poverty and toward better well-being.

Board of Directors

Paul Brinkman

Paul Brinkman is a partner in Washington office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, a national law firm, where he leads the firm's practice before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Paul serves on the board of directors of the Innovation Network, and formerly served on the steering committee of the D.C. Bar’s International Section. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Customs Law Committee. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, his B.A. from Yale and an M. Phil.

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W. Pearl Maxwell, Ph.D.

Dr. Maxwell is an accomplished practitioner of organizational development strategies specializing in capitalizing on diverse workforces, project management, and customer focused quality. She has presented numerous workshops, seminars, and training sessions for both large international companies and local nonprofit organizations. She is the owner and Chief Learning Officer of Maxwell & Associates, a full service-consulting agency with a national customer base in multiple industries.

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Bariatu Smith

Bariatu Smith is a Senior Clinical Study Manager with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Contractor to National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She provides scientific and operational support towards development and implementation of the national research agenda to address the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS) epidemic.

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Dr. Hans Spiegel

Dr. Hans ML Spiegel is a Germany and US trained MD, PhD physician-scientist, who has worked for more than 30 years in the patient care, clinical and basic research of pediatric infectious diseases, as well as prevention of HIV infection in adults and maternal immunization and treatment.

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Bonnie J. Jackson

Bonnie graduated from the University of Vermont with a concentration in zoology and psychology.  She earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City, and is currently a licensed Physical Therapist in Massachusetts. She has worked in many venues including nursing homes and rehab facilities. She managed the PT clinic on Otis Military Reservation on Cape Cod, as well as owning a holistic PT practice on the Cape.

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Rhonda F. Waters

Dr. Waters received her Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH.  Prior to that she earned a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Waters has extensive academic credentials and life experience in organizational development, including Project Management. She has worked with small organizations and Fortune 100 companies.

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