BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Magdalene (Maggie) G. Harris

President

 

Magdalene G. Harris- started her career with a faith-based nonprofit organization in 1994 –The Local Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP), a microcredit Program comprised of 90% war-affected and low-income women particularly those recovering from the 14-year conflict. She later joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a Reintegration Program Officer responsible for program evaluation, implementation and monitoring.

 

She was also responsible for partnership development and concurrent beneficiary tracking under the program. She was part of the multi-national and multi-cultural team of experts who managed the complex program of transition from war to peace in Liberia. She was part of the every –process from the Monrovia office to the disastrous first step at Camp Scheffling and to the successful restoration of peace and stability in Liberia, the restoration of county administration, the repatriation and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced person and disarmament and demobilization of ex-combatants.

 

She later moved to the United States in 2005. While in the US, she joined the District of Columbia as a consultant where worked as consultant for two years and full time career service employee for year 10 years. During these periods, she worked in different program and performance Management roles at the DC Department of general Services (DGS), DC Office of the City Administrator (the Executive Office of the Mayor), DC Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) Public, and DC Office of Facilities Management (OFM). She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the American University in Washington. 

She is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) - a professional organization mission- to create excellence in local government by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives worldwide. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML_ Chesapeake District, under the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. 

Yolanda Voss

Board Member

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Wendy Muhamad

Board Member

 

Wendy is currently the Executive Director of Business Affairs and Development for the Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers where she has helped developed a progressive new business model for outpatient surgical centers. In addition, she is a Member of the Board of Directors at Cornhusker Capital, a Chicago based, middle market Investment Banking Firm and a member of the Board of Advisors for the DRW Industrial, a Chicago based Construction and Engineering Firm.

 

Wendy began her career with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) and also owns a Business Consulting firm called The John Edward Group. As a Business Consultant and Project Leader, she has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and emerging leaders and managed over $200 million in Projects. She has served as Crisis Manager for many Corporations, Executives and Celebrities. Her list of clients include the Department of Treasury, Office of Financial Stability (Obama Administration TARP Fund), Berkshire Hathaway, CNA Insurance, AIG Insurance, Citizens Water Resources, The City of Chicago, Cook County Hospital, Atlantic Records and numerous National Celebrities and Corporate Executives.

 

Wendy is an Effective Leader with exemplary management, organizational and strategic thinking skills and a proven record of accomplishments in initiating and managing change, project management, process improvements, thought leadership, contract negotiations, financial reporting, auditing and internal control analysis and review. Her motto is that “Old Business Models No Longer Work.” She has a demonstrated ability to implement decisions and achieve corporate goals.

 

Wendy holds a dual degree, BBA in Finance and Accounting from Iowa State University and numerous business certifications and accomplishments in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Business. She is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and Trainer and serves as Co-Chair of the DC Chapter of the Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation (SAL SAL) and is a member of National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), National Association of Certified

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard Kunst

Founding Board Member

 

Rev. Jacob T. Harris, Sr. and his wife Magdalene (Maggie) G. Harris, had a dream to cater to children living in poverty in Liberia. This dream became a deep passion and mission to accomplish God’s purpose, so they purchased sixty-seven (67) acres of land in Liberia, to complete the mission.  Maggie grew up with her late grandparents in the village. Growing up, she knew what it meant to go to school every day without desk, chair, books, or pencils. She knew what it meant to come home and met no food. Maggie’s  mother passed away at age 8. However, through the grace of God, her Aunt with the help of her foster parent, took Maggie out from the village life at age 10 and gave her an opportunity to be educated.  

 

As Maggie looks back on her upbringing after 38 years, the situation for education has not changed for many children in Liberia. Given the preceding, all she and her husband dream about is, making the difference for children who do not have the opportunity as Maggie once was. Maggie often says “I know the impact of education on my life. Now, I am in the position to be an agent of change for needy children and their families in the village. Education is the passport to the future. My aunt gave me that passport, and it is my term to give back to the neediest children”.

 

This dream will come to reality; because, God has divinely connected us and placed us on a team with people who have even greater passion than we do, the Board of Directors. 

Lucian Coleman

Founding Board Member

 

Lucian; (a native of New Orleans, La.), After 27 years in public administration (facilities management and school construction), he retired from the District of Columbia Government in May 2015, and joined JanJay Village of Hope Board of Directors to pursue his lifelong passion working on international projects in the poorest developing nations. 

 

His educational background includes two pre-engineering degrees (Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology), and completed his Bachelor of Science studies at Thomas Edison State University in Construction. He enjoys skiing, white water rafting, reading, watching sports and traveling.

Rev. Jaim E. Gann

Founding Board Member

 

The Rev. Jaim Edward Gann has served as the pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bowie, Maryland since 2006. He is originally from nearby College Park and, as a child, attended Concordia Lutheran School and Redeemer Lutheran Church, both in Hyattsville. There, he first felt called to the Holy Ministry and encountered ministry to and among African Immigrants. After completing his studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, he attended Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. During his seminary studies, he was a resident field education student at Trinity Lutheran Church in Saint Louis, one of the mother congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and vicared (interned) at a three-point-parish in northeastern Wyoming. He completed seminary in 2001.

After attending U. S. Navy Chaplains School in Newport, Rhoad Island, Rev. Gann took up his first call in Carneys Point, New Jersey, where he served as pastor for nearly five years and met his wife, Janine. Upon arriving at Trinity, Bowie in 2006, Rev. Gann began to pray for opportunities to reach out to the community with the Gospel, especially to immigrants. The mission of Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church is an answer to that prayer, and Rev. Gann serves as a mentor for that ministry. He has training as Christian mediator and arbitrator and served as a “Reconciler” (Christian conflict mediator) for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Southeastern District, a position he has held from 2007 to 2016.

Rev. and Mrs. Gann have two children, Sarah and David. At home, Rev. Gann enjoys family time, reading, cycling, and woodworking.

Dr. Jeffrey Dormu

Board Member

 

Dr. Jeffrey Dormu performs Vascular, Cardiothoracic and General Surgery in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. He is a double Board Certified Surgeon and is triple Fellowship trained in Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and General Surgery. His medical training also consists of a Carotid Stenting Certification. 

Currently, he is the Managing Director of The Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers, with three offices in Silver Spring, Baltimore, and Laurel, Maryland. As a native of Washington, DC, he is committed to serving his community and is determined to help stop the rampant vascular devastation that is plaguing the metropolitan area. 

 

He has performed over 1,600 surgeries in the past year. These surgeries include Aortic and Peripheral Aneurysm Repairs, Aortagrams, Arteriograms, Arterial and Vein Bypass Surgeries, Endarterectomies, Angioplasty/Stenting, Thrombolysis, Varicose Vein treatment and more. 

 

Dr. Dormu remains active in local and international organizations. He is the President of a youth development organization called Motivate Me For Life, as well as Co-Founder of the Horizon Medical Mission, an international medical mission focused on providing medical treatment and surgeries, at no cost, to those in need. Through this organization, he helped to make available over $70,000 of life-saving heart surgery to a 10-year-old Nigerian boy.

 

In addition, he is a member of The Board of Advisors for the Disabled Children’s Relief Fund (DCNF), The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the Admissions Committee for the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine, Positive Black Men, Inc. (PBM), Community Financial Network, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and a recipient of the Strathmore Who’s Who Award.

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