David M. Sawaneh

Founder

David M. Sawaneh, was born in Sulimania, Koinadugu District in Northern Sierra Leone. Attended primary and secondary schools in Kabala, Sierra Leone. Upon completion of high school taught grade school as an untrained teacher from 1994 to 1996. Travelled to Ghana to attend interview to immigrate to the USA, having won the DV...

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Joseph Mansaray

Project Officer

I am Joseph Mansaray born on the 2nd March, 1985, in Kabala Koinadugu District in the Northern Province of British Sierra Leone. I was born into a Christian family in the predominantly Muslim north. I was raised up in a Limba household and a fluent speaker of my parent’s language...

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Marilyn A. Essert

Fundraising Advisor

  1970-1998 ~ served in the US Army /USAR/USANG within various career fields & as an Instructor of both career training & leadership skills. As Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the 800th MP Brigade HQ during Dessert Shield/Storm in Dhahran,Saudi Arabia, my office was responsible for overseeing the five POW Camps & for the 7,600 subordinate troops...

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Faith W. Dunne, MSW, ACSW

Secretary

Ms. Dunne is a medical social worker who has specialized in older adults and legal guardianship during most of her professional career. She was a former Director of the Office of Public Guardian in Hillsborough County, Florida and a founding member of the Florida State Guardianship Association and Hillsborough County...

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Rev. Richard Hafer

Public Relations

Reverend Richard Hafer is a retired Lutheran pastor and representative of Food for the Poor, an interdenominational Christian ministry working to end the suffering of the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America -including Haiti. Pastor Hafer wears several other hats. He is Project Director for Adult Lutherans Organized for Action...

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Felicia Thomas

Board Member

Felicia Thomas is a native of Tampa, Florida.  She has a B.S. in Accounting and is currently an independent consultant working in the healthcare and government industry.  She has worked in public accounting for over 20 years and is a strong supporter of the mission of Teneba’s Haven and look...

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Joyce Carroll

Board Member

Ms. Carroll is a graduate of Florida Southern University. She has a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. After retiring as an elementary school teacher, she worked for 17 years as a teaching supervisor at USF. She is past president, treasurer,...

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Marianne Hafer

Board Member

Marianne Hafer was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.  She graduated from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing and continued to work there for several years, caring for terminally ill patients.  Following this she worked for a general surgeon who afforded her the opportunity to be part of The...

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