Christopher Yarwoe, Student Coordinator
Chris is the student coordinator for Grand Bassa County, where he is responsible for overseeing and selecting the scholarship recipients. fr He is the station manager of the prominent radio program in Buchanan, Magic FM, and is the Chairman of Media in Grand Bassa County. Chris holds an associates degree in Mass Communication from the Grand Bassa Community College and has received many awards recognizing his work towards communicating and organizing Liberian citizen's initiatives.
Emma Cloyd, Financial Director
Emma is a sophomore at Barnard majoring in Political Science with a minor in Science and Public Policy. She co-founded the Camden Hills Chapter of LEF her freshman year of high school and was the president for all four years. Emma knew she would not be able to let go of LEF when she came to college so luckily she found the perfect outlet to combine her love for spreadsheets and LEF as the new financial director. In addition to her involvement with LEF, she is part of the Student Government Associate, Columbia University Democrats, The Roosevelt Institute and the Blue Key Society.
Hannah Olsen, U.S. High School Coordinator
Hannah Olsen is a junior at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in biology, in hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. Hannah was a member of LEF her junior year at Camden Hills Regional High School and became the Public Relations Officer her senior year. Her passion for serving youth in her immediate and global community motivated her to continue with LEF beyond high school. She is now LEF's U.S. High School Coordinator and is excited to be advising and contributing to the Liberian and American students of LEF. In her free time, Hannah likes to teach tap dance classes as well as play tennis and enjoy Boston with the company of her friends.
Isabel Crane, Communications and Outreach Director
Isabel Crane has been involved with LEF since her freshman year of high school at Watershed School. She served as co-president of the Watershed LEF chapter her sophomore, junior, and senior year, and was able to vastly increase student involvement and the amount of money the chapter raised. During her time as co-president, she helped lead many successful fundraisers such as an annual holiday wreath sale, bimonthly mini bake sales, several bake sales, and an annual 5K race. She graduated from Watershed in 2015 and currently attends Mount Holyoke College, and plans on majoring in International Relations.
Louisa Crane, U.S-Liberia Coordinator,
Louisa has been involved in LEF since her freshman year of high school, becoming Co-President of the Watershed School Chapter in her sophomore year. She has now taken the role of US-Liberia Coordinator, working with the Liberian admin team and helping streamline communications to the US administration. A sophomore at Wellesley College, she plans on majoring in Environmental Studies and has an interest in sustainable development, environmental justice, food systems, and climate change policy. Louisa has met many inspiring and smart people through LEF, and is excited to continue working with the organization.
Romeo Quoi, Student Coordinator
Romeo serves as the Coordinator for Montserrado and Nimba counties. He is responsible for selecting high school scholarship students in these two counties, supervising and supporting these students through their education, and leading monthly meetings. Romeo is originally from Nimba county but has spent most of his life living in Monrovia. He graduated from high school in 2012 with an LEF scholarship and currently is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Information Technology at Starz Institute of Technology in Monrovia.
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 Mining Engineering at the University of Liberia.
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 will be attending Berkeley Law School in 2015.
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!
Joko Kpogba, Board Member
Joko is the Entertainment-Education ("EE") Coordinator for the "Let's Speak Out" program in Liberia. Joko has a strong background in event organizing and entertainment issues. He holds a bachelor degree in business and public administration from the African Methodist Episcopal University of liberia (AMEU) and a certificate in Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS). He is a Liberian and has worked in various regions of Liberia, with international organizations including: IRC, DRC, USAID, OXFAM etc. He has a vast experience in the field of outreach as well as campaign design, planning and implementation. Joko offers support to the Liberian Administration in selection and programming processes.
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.
Sara Brown, Board Member
Sara lives with her husband, fourteen-year old son, and nine-year-old daughter in Belfast, Maine. She loves the Belfast community and have lived here for about fifteen years. She and her family are always on the go and love outdoor activities such as camping, gardening, hiking, boating and snow-shoeing. She recently achieved my goal of completing my Master’s degree in Business/Accounting and am in the process of sitting for the Maine CPA exams. She prepares taxes for a local independent CPA and started her own tax preparation business in 2015. She has volunteered in assisting a few small, not-for-profit businesses get started and continue their efforts. She acts as the financial advisor for LEF.