BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Africa Development Promise’s board bring a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience that inspires our mission, guides our work by providing oversight of our strategy, and holds us accountable for how we work.
Nina Miller, PhD
Nina is the Program Director for the Master of Development Practice (MDP) at Regis University. She comes to the ADP’s board after ten years at the Denver-based INGO Water For People, where she held a variety of roles, serving the mission of ending water and sanitation poverty in the developing world. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Nina was Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University; she has also served as Chair of Liberal Studies at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Nina has worked extensively in the arts, particularly in community education and fundraising, at Colorado Ballet, Colorado Council on the Arts, the Jewish Community Center/Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, and Performing Art Works, of which she was co-founder/director.
E. Dean Brown Jr., MBA
Dean is a proven executive with over 30 years of finance, accounting and IT experience that spans a wide range of industries including defense, construction, manufacturing, airlines, medical healthcare and nonprofits. He is currently Principal at Edgewater Capital Group, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in servicing small to medium-sized business clients with their finance and accounting needs. Dean is a life member or Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and currently serves as the Exchequer of the Middle Western Province.
Dean is a graduate of Regis University with a B.S. in Economics. He has also earned his M.B.A. from University of New Haven in Connecticut and is a certified public accountant.
Ilke has been working in water/wastewater sector in the U.S. over a decade as a consultant and project manager. She is an environmental engineer, small-scale farmer supporter and advocate of sustainable approaches. She volunteered for Water For People in its North Carolina committee and completed capacity building projects in Bolivia. She worked in Turkey for a brief period at Third Sector Foundation of Turkey to help strengthen the civil society organizations. She loves taking part in the rural development projects and likes to work towards making small-scale businesses more economically and environmentally sustainable. She has a great passion for introducing Turkish cuisine& the farmers, and runs a personal blog focusing on Turkish food, farming and its environmental problems at Intertwined Earth.
William Betts, Jr.
Bill has been associated with Chartered Capital Advisers in New York for the past 25 years, where he has provided merger-related financial consulting services to a wide variety of clients. This has included interim financial management services for clients in a diverse range of industries, as a CFO or controller. Prior to that, Bill had over twenty years’ experience in financial management positions at several major retailers.
Through various non-profits, Bill is a mentor and sponsor for several dozen career-oriented students throughout the developing world, including in Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In 2020, Bill initiated connected-tablet programs that have provided home study access for disadvantaged students in several developing countries.
Bill currently lives in New Jersey with his wife Sharon.
Stacey has co-founded and administered four academically successful and diverse, Kindergarten-twelfth grade public charter schools for 3,000+ students in Philadelphia. Additionally, Stacey co-founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer for American Paradigm Schools, a nonprofit educational management organization. Since 2014, she is the founder and principal consultant for Legacy School Services, Inc., a school and nonprofit improvement consulting firm.
Stacey has authored multiple million dollar Federal grants and has successfully managed four fundraising campaigns for school communities. Stacey is an experienced workshop and Professional Learning facilitator, keynote presenter, and TEDx speaker.
Stacey is a graduate of Spelman College and earned a Master’s Degree in education from Arcadia University.
Karen Fadley Craig
Karen Fadley Craig is currently a Director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) where she has lead program development and implementation teams and environment and social performance for over $1+ billion of US funded programs in energy, agriculture, transportation, and water and sanitation in countries around the world. She recently led the development and approval of a $300M bilateral agreement between MCC and the Government of Lesotho with projects in health systems strengthening, horticulture, and business environment strengthening.
She spent two years living in Malawi as MCC’s Deputy Resident Country Director for the $351M energy program. Prior to joining MCC, Karen was a project manager at ICF International leading multi-disciplinary teams on infrastructure and policy projects for public and private clients both domestically and internationally. Throughout her career, Karen has enjoyed volunteering for international development organizations and environmental or science education organizations.
Karen has a master in environmental management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a bachelor of science in biology degree from Bucknell University. Karen first traveled to and fell in love with Africa as a study abroad student with School for International Training in Arusha, Tanzania. She currently lives in Kensington, Maryland with her husband and twin daughters.
Elizabeth M’balu Oke
Elizabeth is a member of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Government Communicators, Black Marketers Association of America and For(bes) for the Culture. She is also a Start:ME mentor, MasterCard Foundation Global Give Back mentor, 2021 Best Marketing Firm in Gwinnett County winner and Miss Sierra Leone USA 2007-2008.
Charlotte Bingham has 48 years of experience in environmental and social impact assessment and resettlement studies. She has worked on projects in 21 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brazil, the continental United States and Puerto Rico, while employed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the World Bank, USAID and at Architecture and Engineering firms. She is professionally competent in French. Charlotte served on the Board and as President of the International Association of Impact Assessment. IAIA granted her the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained and Significant Contributions to Impact Assessment. A graduate of Barnard College, she earned a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Gardening, cooking, and traveling with two teenage granddaughters are among her favorite pursuits.
JUNIOR BOARD MEMBER
Maureen Kesaano is a water and sanitation engineer working in the international development sector focused on providing sustainable solutions to water quality, sanitation, and public health challenges faced by communities or governments in developing countries especially Africa region. She has experience with wastewater treatment technologies ranging from conventional systems, plant based nutrient removal systems, faecal sludge management, and innovative biological systems (biocatalysts) in addition to biomass waste management techniques to generate bio products like methane gas.
Maureen holds a doctorate degree in biological engineering and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University-USA, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Makerere University -Uganda.
JUNIOR BOARD MEMBER
Carrie has a commitment to sustainable development. During her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, she lived and taught in a community supported by subsistence farming. She believes Africa Development Promise’s model of cooperatives is a sustainable way for rural women to combine their expertise, minimize their risk, and generate inspirational success for entire communities. Currently, Carrie works on water and related resources planning at the Bureau of Reclamation, within the US Department of Interior.
She holds a BA in Spanish from Ohio State University and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Dennis is competent and skilled leader, trainer and facilitator for programs aimed at leveraging agriculture and livestock activities as pathways to community development, poverty reduction and market growth. He has a deep understanding of developing agricultural value chains – livestock (dairy, beef), crops (cereals e.g. maize) and cooperative management. He is currently the Team Leader at Palladium a program to improving market systems in agriculture in Rwanda. Most recently he was the Chief of Party of a USD $15M USAID-funded dairy development program. Prior to this role, he was the Rwanda Country Project Manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates funded East African Dairy Development Program (EADD) and before then spent over seven years as Programs Manager for Heifer International-Rwanda.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Alex Kennedy is currently a Vice President in Compliance at Goldman Sachs. Prior her current role, Alex was based in Kigali, Rwanda, and worked for Indego Africa, a non-profit organization providing employment opportunities and education to the cooperatives it partners with. She is still a member of the Board of Advisors for Indego Africa.
Alex graduated with an Honors degree in African Studies from Smith College in 2005, received a Masters degree from the University of London in African Economic and Political Studies in 2006, and JD from The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in 2014.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Maren Lechner is an environmental consultant working for Environmental Resources Management (ERM). She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021 with a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and a minor in Food Studies. While at university her research interests included the intersection of climate change and food production, the development and implementation of sustainable farming practices, and socioeconomic disparities in food access. She previously volunteered at a Los Angeles based non-profit organization Seeds to Plate, which provided environmental education through the context of agriculture to middle school aged students. Since joining ERM, Maren has worked on projects to help small holder farmers implement climate adaptive agricultural practices. In her free time Maren enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.