Alison is a Managing Director & CEO of Kensington Capital Holdings, the firm she co-founded in 2008. Alison brings over eighteen years of experience, fifteen of which have focused on private family wealth management, including wealth structuring, preservation and transfer, philanthropic advising, tax, investment and risk management counsel. In the five and half years prior to founding Kensington Capital Holdings, Alison built a multi-family office within Audax Group, a leading middle market private equity firm for the founding members and their families.
Prior to her work at Audax Group, Alison spent over seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers included the Private Client Group & Audit Assurance serving a variety of clients, including broker dealers, venture capital & private equity funds and their general partners, investment managers, insurance, high tech & and manufacturing companies.
Alison is a Certified Public Accountant, she received her MS with distinction in Personal Financial Planning from Bentley University and her BS, cum laude with university honors program distinction, in Accounting from Northeastern University.
Jennifer Hogge Ellsworth is currently the Executive Director for Engage Now Africa. She has always had a passion for humanitarian development work and feels passionately about helping others.
Previous to coming to ENA she was a donor liaison for LDS Philanthropies with fundraising responsibility for Humanitarian Services and BYU-Hawaii. Jennifer has worked as the Director of International Family Policy and United Nations Liaison for a non-governmental organization in New York. She also worked as a Consultant with the Middle East Peace Institute and a Performance Auditor for the Utah Legislative Auditors Office. Jennifer received a Certificate of Completion from Cambridge University that included course-work in European Economic and Social History and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in international development as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Chris currently works as the End Modern Slavery, Managing Director for Engage Now Africa and has been a part of the organization since its inception in 2001. He is responsible for creating the end modern slavery and human trafficking program or EMSHT, a specialized prevention, protection, rescue, recovery, partnership-building and advocacy program launched in 2014 in Africa and targeted industries in the United States. This program was born in response to experiences he and other staff have had working with rescued victims of trafficking and slavery. As Director of Operations, West Africa he helped ENA expand operations and open a satellite office in Bolgatanga, Ghana located in Upper East Region (UER) to serve communities living in the poorest part of the country. In Sierra Leone he helped ENA provide community latrines and clean water wells in several amputee camps.
Prior to his abolitionist career, Chris was Founder and Owner of Ayindisa, LLC, an online retail and wholesale fair trade social enterprise that worked directly with over 100 artisans in West Africa selling their handcrafts. He worked as a counselor at Trinity School for Children, a California residential youth facility where he helped juvenile boys recover from severe physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse and the resulting trauma. For six years, Chris was an animal caregiver and veterinarian technician at Best Friends Animal Society, the Nation’s largest no kill animal sanctuary, located in Utah helping abused and neglected animals recover. He loves music, reading depressing books, playing the guitar and going on long walks. Chris is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Rights.
Peter Dramani is the ENA project manager for the Upper Eastern Region of Northern Ghana. He is passionate about serving the people and communities of the UER because he is a native of this area. Peter speaks several tribal dialects such as; Frafra, Hausa, Twi, Gurune. He is also fluent in English. He is an experienced communicator, leader, organizer, and has been instrumental in expanding ENA’s ability to help end poverty in one of the poorest parts of Ghana. He worked for, and was a co-founder of Ayindisa, LLC, a fair trade, social enterprise and wholesale supplier of baskets and handcrafts. He exported these goods to the USA for several years. Peter’s background is a testament of never giving up and of working to overcome hardships and various challenges resulting from living in extreme poverty. At a young age he had to leave home in order to survive. For several years he slept on the streets and eked out a living in the main Art Center market selling a variety of handcrafts to tourists in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. It is from these humble beginnings and diverse life experiences that enable Peter to be so effective in helping ENA end poverty and eradicate modern slavery in Africa. Peter is happily married with three children and is currently pursuing his education in project management.
Bree first developed a passion for humanitarian work and Engage Now Africa when she participated in ENA’s first expedition to Ethiopia in 2001. Since 2001, she has participated in as many expeditions and projects as possible. Her passion lies in helping women, children and families strengthened and escape poverty through ENA’s education opportunities and initiatives. Bree earned a BS from BYU in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in 2006 and spent three years as an Executive Administrative Assistant at JP Morgan Chase before coming to ENA. She currently lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and three young children.
Everyday I focus on how to strengthen Engage Now Africa as an organization, how we can have more impact in the countries we serve and help these countries reach their own vision of helping to end poverty.” Diana has 20 years experience working as an Registered Nurse in trauma, Pediatrics and newborn care. Her love for nursing led her to Ethiopia when invited to teach Village Health Care Workers in rural villages in the Rift Valley. She is currently the Director of Operations for Ethiopia and works to oversee the implementation of all initiatives.
Cecilia Amankwah is the ENA Ghana Country Director and also serves as Director of literacy. Though her skill set is vast, her greatest expertise revolves in facilitating the integration of like-minded NGOs to promote good initiatives. Cecilia is a strong advocate for literacy. She has worked in the past as an Accountant for Biglebb Contractions & Crashing in Ghana, and as an Administrative Assistant. Cecilia has also worked with members of the Peace Corps, Members of Parliament, Community Leaders, Chiefs and several high ranking officials. She has been instrumental in developing literacy manuals both locally and internationally. Her work has been featured in several ENA newsletters/blogs. Cecilia has a Diploma in Business Commerce, a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree (University of Cape Coast) and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration.
Currently Tenkri is the Country Director of Ethiopia for Engage Now Africa where he oversees ENA programs that include: building clean water wells, schools and health care posts.He also oversees the micro-credit and micro-venture loans and orphan support. HIs undergraduate studies include: Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University and Agriculture from Hawwasa University in Ethiopia. Postgraduate Social Psychology from Addis Ababa University and Leadership from Vision International University. Previously, he worked for the Institute of Ethiopian Agricultural Research as Research Technical Assistant, for Engage Now Foundation as project Manager, Amharic language Teacher and tutor. He speaks three languages fluently including English.
Mohamed is currently the Country director for ENA in Sierra Leone where he oversees ENA programming that includes the Lyn Clinic serving several local communities and projects in the Amuptee camps located in Matrea-on-the Rail. Mohamed grew up in the Moyamba District. He has a Bsc in Economics from the University of LIberia. Previous to ENA he taught at a University. He currently resides in Sierra Leone with his wife who is a nurse and 5 children.
Francis Yaw Ansah is the Education Director of Engage Now Africa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and LLB in law. He has been with Engage now Africa for 8 years. Has previously worked with Engen Petroleum Ghana limited as an IT administrator in 2006. He is married and currently lives in Accra, Ghana.
Afasi R. Komla serves as the head of the Operations and Project Department for ENA. He is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and holds a BA in Operations and Project Management. Afasi has a 14 years working experience in community development. He has helped plan and coordinate various projects for Equity International School, Alma House, Ensign College of Public Health and Forever Young International. He has worked with anti-human trafficking groups both home and abroad. Afasi is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Management.
Sterling Tanner is the President and Executive Director of the Forever Young Foundation, a Foundation for children founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. Prior to joining Forever Young, Sterling served as the Chief Financial Officer, and Managing Director of Anasazi Foundation. Sterling also spent several years in the for-profit sector working as a project and regional manager for an electronic banking firm. Sterling serves as a board member or board chair of several non-profit and for-profit entities including Anasazi Foundation, Christmas Box House, nuvoH2O, and One Life at a Time – and as an advisor to the Huntsman Gay Global Capital Foundation and American Indian Services. He is also a member of the Arizona Management Society and a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. Sterling graduated from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University in 1990, with a degree in Finance. He speaks Swedish. Sterling resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife – they are the parents of three children.
Currently Richard is the Director of Africa Operations for Engage Now Africa. He works in Nuygana Namibia where he oversees ENA programming, including: self-support and self-venture assistance, HIV/AIDS prevention, support of orphan and vulnerable children, and a local pharmcy. His areas of specialization include: the design and implementation of program evaluation methods to monitor efficiency and effectiveness of outcomes. Richard has a BSc (Hons) Social Development from the University of Western Cape in South Africa, a PGD in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosh in South Africa, and a MA in Human Ecology from the University of Western Cape.
Summer currently works as ENA’s Director of Public Policy and has been a part of our organization since it’s inception in 2001. Summer passion for global humanitarian issues and poverty arose when she took her first trip to Mexico in 1994 with a global poverty organization. Her particular area of interest and expertise at ENA are women and children issues especially in the field of maternal health. Summer graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. She and her husband are the proud parents of 4 children. Her passion is equestrian show jumping. She is a certified herbalist.
Lynette Gay is Managing Director of Kensington Capital Children’s Fund, an organization that supports and works with multiple charities around the world. She also currently serves as Chair of Engage Now Africa.
In 2002, she helped launch an integrated development program in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, which has expanded to include Ghana, Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Uganda. The initiatives in these countries include micro-credit, education and literacy, medical services, water and sanitation, orphan support, and preventing modern slavery in all its forms. This program became Engage Now Africa.
In 2010, Lynette and husband Bob, founded and built Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. Completed in 2014 in conjunction with KNUST Ghana, and the University of Utah, the college has become a unique educational platform in Africa that will serve health and education initiatives, global health programs, and projects globally. It will shortly be a U.S. accredited college, the only one of its kind in Africa. She currently serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees of Ensign College of Public Health.
Lynette has been active in leadership roles in several other organizations including, Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, and Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University.
Lynette is a trained medical assistant and has organized and worked in rural medical clinics throughout Africa for 15 years. She and her husband, Robert C. Gay, lived in Ghana, West Africa from 2004-2007, frequently traveling to LIberia and Sierra Leone and continue to work in development in these countries.
Lynette and Bob have been married for 41 years, have seven children and 16 amazing grandchildren, along with multiple dogs and horses.
Adombila or Jo is project coordinator for ENA in the Upper Eastern region of Northern Ghana. He is a native of Bolgatanga and has a passion for helping those living in rural communities. His smile is infectious and brightens any dark day. Jo also speaks Hausa, Frafra, Twi, and is fluent in English. He is responsible for assisting the project manager, coordinating, and implementing all ENA projects in the North. Jo helped ENA build its first ever clean water well and oversaw the construction of the Northern Ghana satellite office. Prior to joining ENA he worked as a local tour guide for various hotels in and around Bolgatanga. He is also the founder and owner of a small business selling local artisan handcrafts. His talents and skills bring extra value to our programs and projects. He is a lover of reggae music.
Haruna is in charge of all day to day administrative and clerical services for ENA at the Upper Eastern Region satellite office. He has worked in the past as an administrative assistant for the National Disaster Management Organization-NADMO in Tamale, Ghana. Haruna was also a former field staff (National Service), Ghana Audit Service, Bekwai – Ashanti. He has a DBS in Accounting from Tamale Polytechnic, a HND Accountancy from Kumasi Polytechnic and a (SSSCE) from Navrongo Senior High. He speaks Frafra and is fluent in English.
Mubarek is a reporter for ENA in Upper Eastern Region in Northern Ghana. His responsibilities include working in the field, assisting and implementing strategies, documentation, providing reports, photos/ video’s and much more on every project from start to finish. He has previously worked for Credit Enterprise Micro Finance, Ltd. He was also a Field Officer at Craft-Pro-Bolga, and a Community Teaching Assistant in Bolga for one year. Mubarek is a graduate of Bolgatanga Polytechnic. He has obtained certificates in D.B.S. Accounting, SSSCE, and B.E.C.E. He is a local boy and speaks Frafra, Gurune and is fluent in English.