Building Pathways to Economic Independence

TEAM

Meet the people behind the work.

Founder, Board Member and Executive Director

Monica LaBiche Brown, MSM

Monica founded Africa Development Promise is June 2013 and launched the organization in May 2014.

Monica is from Seychelles, an African island nation in the Indian Ocean but spent her formative years in Kampala, Uganda. Living in both countries, she experienced first-hand the challenges that developing countries face, especially in the rural areas. Wanting to make a difference, Monica focused her efforts on gaining experience in development practice. Her development career includes twelve years at the World Bank and eight years at Water For People.

Monica holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College, and a Graduate Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Association of Negro Women where she received the 2016 Living Portraits Award.

VOLUNTEER MANAGER

Betty D. Doris

Betty is a retired public administrator with more than thirty years of experience managing and directing workforce development and labor and employment programs. Following more than 15 years of service managing and directing workforce programs for the city and county of Denver, Betty moved to Virginia, where she worked as a Senior Strategic Planner for the Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, she formulated and launched the highly acclaimed Disability Service Boards for the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act across the state. Betty subsequently returned to Denver, where she implemented and directed the federally mandated Welfare to Work programs for the City and County of Denver under the direction of then Mayor Wellington Webb. In January 2007, she was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to serve as Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Labor where she worked until she retired in 2010.

Betty loves to read, write and travel. She is an active member of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Betty has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, and a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.

Project Coordinator Volunteer

Tahlia Banks

Tahlia joined the Africa Development Promise team in 2019 as a Project Coordination Volunteer. She is an accountant pursuing her B.A. in International Studies and M.A. Political Science. A passionate advocate of women empowerment, her interest in international development started when she was just a young girl, learning through the eyes of movies, and books what other women’s lives look like in rural parts of the world. Her motto, “I want you to leave better than when you came,” truly highlights her dedication and selfless approach towards women empowerment. Backed by strong organization and communication skills, Tahlia hopes to aid women by educating them in STEM focused subjects, entrepreneurship, and leadership in an effort to guide them to achieving their highest potential!

UGANDA

Country Director, Uganda Program

Sherina Munyana

Sherina is the founding member of Africa Development Promise-Uganda and oversees program activities as the Country Director. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Sanitation Solutions Group, a social enterprise that provides affordable sanitation products and services in urban and rural areas of Uganda. Prior to this she served as Program and Communications Manager for Water For People’s market-based sanitation program implemented across seven countries including Uganda. Sherina holds a Master’s Degree in Development Management from The Open University in the UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University in Uganda.
office administrator, uganda program

Louise Ayiorwoth

Louise is the newest member of the Uganda team and serves as the Office Administrator. She brings to Africa Development Promise over three years of experience in office administration and has strong interpersonal, organizational skills, and a great team spirit. A graduate of Kyambogo University, Louise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Social Sciences. Louise says, “I’ve always had a passion to work with communities and bring positive change to people’s lives and Africa Development Promise grants me the opportunity to do so. Working with women and seeing them gain economic independence is such an amazing thing and also gives one a sense of purpose.

RWANDA

field officer, Rwanda Program

Moise Tuyisenge

Moise comes to Africa Development Promise as a result of our partnership with the College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda. Through a six month professional development internship program, Moise will work closely with the cooperatives helping them to improve their agricultural production by coordinating appropriate technical workshops. Moise is excited to embrace the challenges of his first job with an open mind – willing to impart what he knows and learn more in the process.