Jeff Siaw – Executive Director
Jeff was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, and moved to United States in his senior year of high school. As the oldest of three, he has always been the played the role model in his family, leading by example to pursue the “American Dream”. Jeff worked his way up the sales ladder at AT&T while balancing a full time 15-credit course load at Worcester State University. His grit, and persevering hard work paid off when he became the first college graduate in his family. Being the youngest manager at AT&T (Spring Mobile authorized retailer) was not a deterrent for Jeff, and he was soon recognized as the highest performing manager for all 1,600 managers across the country. Jeff continues to plow at his career goals, honing his leadership and entrepreneurial skills to effect the change he wants to see in both the United States and Africa.
Flossy is a young Ghanaian who is passionate about education, and especially on the African continent. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has a myriad of experience in teaching and in Applied Behavior Analysis behavior therapy. She recently earned a Masters in Education from Harvard University, in International Educational Policy.
Flossy taught for years in Sendai, Japan, where she was involved in the community in many ways, including volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse following the devastating tsunami and earthquake of 2011. She also worked as the Finance Manager for a local community Diaspora group, Africans in Miyagi.
Currently, she is completing a fellowship with Varkey Foundation, an international nonprofit education foundation which focuses on quality education, and runs programs in Ghana, Uganda, and Argentina.
Flossy enjoys dancing, traveling, reading and writing and has visited twelve countries, exploring and observing different educational models.
Educational Programs Manager
Fatmata Jah is a West African native who spent her childhood in Sierra Leone.
She received both Bachelors and Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and currently work there as an Academic advisor at the University Advising Center. Her goal is to develop projects that will help eradicate illiteracy through the the creation of libraries, schools and by providing scholarships to those who cannot afford it.
Community Liaison Manager
Isaac George Wilson Balinda is a graduate of The Ugandan Co-operative College Bukalasa and the Institute of Administrative Accounting and Data processing [UK]. He worked with the Ugandan Co-operative Development Department ( 1973-1975 ) and then with National Textiles Board [Accounting Department], and then as a Depot Manager with Lebel East Africa Limited ( [A Textile Marketing Company 1976-1979 ). In the 80s, he worked with the International Christian Aid [ A Christian Relief and Rehabilitation Agency from U.S. ] , as a Logistics Officer, and as a Founder of the Redeemed Society of the Lord Churches in East Africa.
He moved to the United States in 1973, and is the President of the Kingdom Solution Ministries International and Friends of Torro North America [A philanthropy organization], all based in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is married, with 6 children.
Elisa Miranda is the first American born child of Cape Verdean immigrants. With an exposure to her African roots along with her history of living in Boston, Elisa was able to attain a worldly outlook on life. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre and Professional Communications with a minor in Spanish from Fitchburg State University. She is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Real Estate team at Landmark Partners. She hopes to connect people from different backgrounds and from all walks of life to help share one another’s story. The ultimate mission is to create a world of better understanding.
Kevin Bernardez – Marketing Manager
Kevin Bernardez is a young creative Honduran who admires the vibrance of the African culture, community, and music. Since his freshman year of college he has embraced the African culture by becoming a member of the Black Student Union club (BSU) at Fitchburg State University. Through his dedication within BSU, he eventually moved up to the executive board in the Public Relations capacity. His work included promoting special events, designing flyers, and marketing for the organization. Kevin is the first in his family to become a college graduate, and with a degree in Communications Media, and a concentration in Film and Video, he continues to strive for his passion in media in hopes to inspire others to see their world in a positive perspective. He enjoys listening to music, the outdoors, working out, playing basketball and billiards. He also aspires to travel the world with his family while carrying his camera to record the journey.
Joseph Ofori – Social Media Manager
Joseph Ofori is an immigrant from humble beginnings with a desire for higher education. He is a current Worcester State graduate with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During his time at Worcester State, he was very highly involved in the organizations and clubs, such as the Third World Alliance and Business Club, on the Worcester State campus. His involvement in such clubs allowed him to develop and acquire leadership skills and managerial experience, which were matured through his employment at the Conference and Events Services Office. Being an office under the President’s Office, Joseph was able to foster and build a networking relationship with the faculty and staff members, some of whom are his current mentors. He is looking forward to the next stage in his life and cannot wait to contribute to the change and impact that AiB will have on the African community in America.