Amy Zoryu, High School Student Coordinator
Amy serves as the coordinator for the high school students in the LEF program. She is responsible for selecting high school scholarship students, supervising and supporting these students through their education, and leading monthly meetings. Amy grew up in Buchanan, and came to Monrovia to continue her education. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing at the United Methodist University and expects to graduate in 2019.
Terrence Woods, University Coordinator
Terrence serves as the University Coordinator for Liberia. He is responsible for selecting university scholarship students and supporting these recipients through their education. Terrence has spent the majority of his life living in Monrovia. He was able to attend school with a small amount of financial support from his uncle and by selling bags and cold water on the street. He graduated high school in 2010 and is currently studying Sociology at the African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia.
Kim Ouillette, Board Member
Kim co-founded the Liberian Education Fund in 2007 and since then has served as co-Program Director. In addition to her work with LEF she has held consultancies in Liberia with the Carter Center’s Access to Justice Program as well as the World Bank Justice for the Poor Program and has worked in Peru with Microjustice for All, an NGO that provides legal services to marginalized populations. Kim received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Economics from George Washington University in 2013 and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2018.
Maya French, Board Member
Maya became involved with LEF in 2007 with the Belfast Chapter of LEF and was able to greatly increase student involvement. Maya attended Boston University earning a bachelors degree in Violin Performance with a minor in International Relations. In 2011, she co-founded a conductorless string orchestra, Palaver Strings, which performs out of Boston in concerts that promote music awareness to new audiences through benefit performances and outreach. Maya hopes to continue working with the Liberian and American students of LEF to help them build awareness and become more involved in their own communities and Liberian communities as leaders and humanitarians.
Lila Carpenter, Board Member
Lila has been involved with the Liberian Education Fund since high school, when she served as the President of the LEF chapter at Belfast Area High School. Today Lila serves as a student advisor on the LEF Board, advising and coordinating between the high school chapters in the U.S. branches, as well as contributing to social media outreach efforts and writing the annual newsletter. Lila is presently a junior at New York University studying International Politics and Poverty Studies. Lila believes firmly in the power of students and education, and has spent time tutoring at the Brooklyn International High School through the International Rescue Committee. The incredible motivation, courage and caring of students in the United States and in Liberia continues to impress and inspire her every day!
Kou Gbaintor Johnson, Board Member
Kou Gbaintor Johnson is the program coordinator for the Center for Applied Research and Training. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Demography with emphasis in Sociology from the University of Liberia and also holds Associate of Science degree in Nursing from the Mother Patern College of Sciences, Stella Maris Polytechnic. She served as researcher for countless organizations and universities, including but not limited to New York University, Emory University, Dartmouth College, the World Bank, the Carter Center, and IMPAQ International.
Cate Cronin, Board Member
Cate has over thirty years experience as a leader in non-profit sectors. She has a deep background in leadership development and has been executive director of three Maine organizations. As a director and consultant, she has guided organizations through significant transitions and growth, bringing diverse stakeholders together and establishing financial support. She has led major fundraising campaigns and has facilitated leadership and resource development, team building and strategic planning for a wide range of clients. Cate received her masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Rockport, Maine and, with her husband, now has the pleasure of watching the world expand for their two young adult children.
Nora Rahimian, Board Member
Nora is a code-switcher and community-builder who helps organizations and artists develop strategies for using entertainment and the arts as tools for social change. With over 10 years of peacebuilding and social justice organizing experience, Nora has led workshops and projects throughout the United States and in Central America, working with youth and in communities highly affected by violence. Most recently, she lived in Liberia, where she spent three years developing alternative-education programs for higher-risk and out-of-school youth, supporting musicians as they created infrastructure for the country’s budding post-war music industry, and establishing The Hip Co Festival, Liberia's first music festival which brought together 20,000 people in 2013. In 2014, she co-founded #CultureFix, a global collaborative network of artivists, influencers, and change-makers who use arts and culture to create social change in communities around the world. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @norarahimian.