Meet The Team

Meet The Team

 

 

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Samuel Sesay


President

Samuel Sesay is a Missionary Evangelist in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Sierra Leone and is also currently serving as the President of EduNations Inc. Having worked previously in full time Christian Ministry, in a business organization and recently with other Not for profit organizations, Samuel holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in French, English and Linguistics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Master’s degree in Peace and Development Studies. Samuel’s training in both secular and ecclesiastical matters in Sierra Leone and abroad has given him a feel for a passion in life in which he wants to see God’s creation come to an understanding of his love and to help them respond in faith. His commitment to helping ‘the least of these’ experience the love of God is what drives him on and on daily as he sees life after life and community after community come to experience this love. Samuel is married to Catherine and the Lord has blessed their marriage with two lovely daughters, Samuella and Samrine.

Email: [email protected]

 


Sierra Leone Employees

 

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Isaac Boima

Administrative Finance Officer

Motivated by compassion for the poor, Isaac is devoted to poverty alleviation through education. Isaac holds BSc in Banking and Finance from Njala University. Prior to his promotion as the Admin and Finance Officer, Isaac served as the Agricultural Project Officer for EduNations Inc. Isaac burns with desire for the Word of God and has a passion for soul winning. Isaac has served as a missionary in different parts of Sierra Leone. He is highly motivated, diligent and pragmatic with quantitative aptitude, decision making skills and experience in teaching and rural evangelism.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

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Fatu Anni Koroma


Psychosocial Coordinator

Fatu Anni Koroma is the Psychosocial Coordinator for our EduNations' students. Fatu’s role involves working directly with all the students in EduNations’ schools and providing direct Psychosocial care and counseling. Prior to working with EduNations Inc., Fatu worked as a Community Organizer and a Livelihood Officer for an international aid organization working with girls who have never been to school or have dropped out of school within the age limit of 8 to 12 yrs. At her previous work with the consortium called Faith Alliance, Fatu was involved in doing radio programs to educate the general public about the abuses that children in Sierra Leone sometimes face. Although Fatu’s educational training was in Banking and Finance, Fatu’s love for children and passion to advocate for their wellbeing has led her to a new career. At EduNations, Fatu continues to demonstrate a great passion for kids who are faced with different challenges as well as those who are vulnerable and less privileged. 

Email: [email protected]

 

 

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Michael Alusine Turay


Education Secretary

Passionate about serving humanity in under resourced communities, Michael is devoted to identifying and developing opportunities that promotes personal growth and uplifts professional development through education. Michael is highly motivated, has a creative mind and always up for new challenges.  Michael holds a Bachelor in Education Degree in Agricultural Education from the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology. Prior to his promotion as the Education Secretary, Michael served as a teacher and later as principal for EduNations Hope Academy Junior Secondary School in Fintonia.Raised by Christian parents, he burns with the desire for God's word and soul winning. Michael has served the Lord in different capacities in different parts of Sierra Leone. Michael is married to Mariama, and the Lord has blessed their marriage with two lovely sons, Michael Jr and Emmanuel.

Email: [email protected]

  

United States Employees

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Dana Kaltenberger


U.S. Director

Dana Kaltenberger's partnership with EduNations began back in 2018 when she met Samuel Sesay on a trip to Israel. In 2022, she felt the Lord calling her to step into the U.S. Director role at EduNations. God has placed a passion in her heart for missions and reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.  Earning her bachelor's degree in education, Dana sees the value and impact of establishing schools in developing world countries. Dana is married to Matt, who is the lead Pastor at Grace Community Church, and has 3 adult children. 

Email: [email protected]

 

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Sarah Pietryga


Development Coordinator

Motivated by alleviating extreme poverty through education and holistic transformation, Sarah is passionate about finding ways to sustainably ignite hope and a future for the children in Sierra Leone. She is a graduate of Grove City College with a degree in Marketing Management and a focus in International Studies. Sarah visited Sierra Leone for the first time in 2017, where she experienced the hope that EduNations is bringing to many families through education. She lives and works in the Pittsburgh area, and is actively involved in Student Ministries at Memorial Park Church.

Email: [email protected]

 

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Deb Waugaman


Business Administrator

Deb Waugaman found the perfect match for her administrative gifts and passion for helping others in her service with EduNations. Deb began coordinating our annual fundraising events in 2007. In June 2009, she experienced first-hand the impact of EduNations in the villages of Sierra Leone when she visited our schools and personally met the children. As our student body in Sierra Leone grew with our expansion to more villages and the building of more schools, Deb accepted our offer to serve as our Office Administrator to support the increasing organizational needs of EduNations for the purpose of impacting the lives of the children in Sierra Leone.

Email: [email protected]

 

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Beth Weaver


Student Sponsorship Coordinator

Beth Weaver serves as our Student Sponsorship Coordinator. She is married to Dean Weaver, founding Board member and former President of the Board. They have six children including two children they adopted from Sierra Leone in 2002. That was the beginning of Beth’s passion for serving the children of Sierra Leone and specifically working to help provide them with a quality education. Having been part of the formation of EduNations and serving in a volunteer capacity for the organization’s first years, she stepped into the official position of creating and coordinating our Student Sponsorship program. She has loved serving in this role, especially helping sponsors connect to their students in the EduNations’ schools and building a relationship through the years of their education.

Email: [email protected]

 

Board of Directors

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Scott Graham


Chairman of the Board

Scott Graham has served as a pastor in Presbyterian churches since 1993.  He come from a family with a long history in both the pastorate and education. Scott was introduced to EduNations by Dean Weaver, one of the EduNations’ founders, and took his first trip to Sierra Leone to learn about the work of EduNations in 2012.  Today Scott serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  “The only things we keep are those we give away. EduNations gives me the opportunity to give generously, but I receive far more in return. Providing good education in locations where it is otherwise unavailable transforms lives, not just for the students, but for their entire families; not just for the present, but for generations to come.”

Email: [email protected]

 

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Rick Kennedy


Vice Chairman of the Board

Rick Kennedy has practiced law for 40 years and served as the managing partner of a large New York law firm for the past 6 years.   Rick and his wife were led to help found EduNations to honor our Sierra Leonean daughter's prayers to help her friends and to answer God’s call to serve the least among us.  "EduNations’ work is important because it is part of God’s plan to redeem the world by demonstrating Jesus’ love in concrete terms to every man, woman and child everywhere. I serve on the EduNations’ board to provide guidance and accountability for as long as God chooses to use us."

Email: [email protected] 

 

 

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Betsy Rumer


Secretary

Betsy Rumer is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at MPC and have been involved in missions for 15 years. Betsy was introduced to EduNations through Dean Weaver, one of the founding members.  Betsy serves EduNations because her heart was broken at seeing the sheer poverty of the people of Sierra Leone and she believes the solution to poverty is education. “EduNations goal is to bring hope to the those who have no hope and to bring a better life through the education of children. EduNations is a practical ministry to bring about change.”

Email: [email protected]

 

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George Githiaka


Treasurer

With a background in Accounting and Finance, George Githiaka serves as our Treasurer.  George learned of EduNations through Memorial Park Church.  George serves EduNations because he is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others.   

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Alimamy Bader


Board Member

Alimamy Bader is a a young engineer just starting his profession with a focus on power systems engineering. Alimamy has been involved with EduNations his whole life. His uncle and aunt both served during the early beginnings of the organization as accounts/bookkeepers, and Alimamy has participated in many events during the early years. Alimamy desires to represent one of the many children EduNations' is serving and to take part in bring impact to his motherland.  “Being a native of Sierra Leone and an adoptee, I still recall much of my early life in Sierra Leone; the lack of food, water, education, resources and a future still remains afresh in my mind. These very needs are what builds up a nation, and it is this that EduNations is helping to provide.”                                                                                                                                          

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Jeff Gingrich


Board Member

Jeff Gingrich is a urologist involved in patient care, education and research now for over 25 years.      Jeff heard about EduNations through the missions committee at North Park Church.   After his first trip to Sierra Leone, Jeff was convinced that EduNations provides access to a quality education for children who otherwise would not have such an opportunity. “I consider a basic quality education a human right that should be available to all God's children throughout the world.”          

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Ken Krieger


Board Member

Ken Krieger, is a founding member of EduNations.  His professional experience includes being an educational administrator in the area of Student Services for 30+ years, and he currently works in educational technology sales.  “After adopting two children from Sierra Leone, my wife, Jen and I were troubled by the many children who were left behind and we were motivated to find a way to help lift them from poverty. As a founding member of EduNations, I marvel at the impact we've had in Sierra Leone and I desire to help the organization continue the work. God inspired the founders to be faithful to the vision given and promised that He, in turn, would be faithful to see the work to completion.”

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Bob Stauffer


Board Member

Bob Stauffer is currently the National Director of Church Health for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Bob was introduced to EduNations through the work of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the EPC.  "The path for change in developing countries is the education of their young people and that is what EduNations is doing in rural Sierra Leone.  If I can be of help in the kind of work that EduNations is doing by helping to spread the Gospel through education in unreached parts of the world I am happy to serve."

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Bruce Tenenbaum


Board Member

After working in the Banking/IT field for 40 years, Bruce Tenenbaum is now retired.  Bruce was first introduced to EduNations at one of our annual EduNations Benefit Concerts.  Bruce is passionate about moving the Gospel of Jesus Christ forward in Sierra Leone through Christian based education.        

Email: [email protected] 

 

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Stacy Tessaro


Board Member

Stacy Tessaro is a secondary science teacher and has been for 19 years.    In 2019, North Park Church sent Stacy to Sierra Leone as part of a group training teachers at our EduNations’ schools.  Stacy’s desire is to serve EduNations from a stateside location in order to serve God. 
“Communities need effective education to escape poverty, and education that comes in tandem with the gospel is preeminent.”       

Email: [email protected]

 

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Sean Zippie


Board Member

Sean Zippie is a graduate of Penn State and has worked in sales for the last 8 years. Sean was introduced to EduNations when Samuel Sesay spoke at his church.  Sean fell in love with the work that EduNations after visiting Sierra Leone in 2019. “The people of Sierra Leone see and hear the gospel through EduNations. Nothing can be more important than that.”     

Email: [email protected]