Christine Tolbert-Norman is the Mayor of Bentol City, Liberia, where she makes her home. She is also an international educator, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, and advocate for peace and reconciliation, and agent of positive change. Since 2002, Christine has been working to provide hope, opportunities, and empowerment to youth, young adults, ex-combatants, widows, orphans and other marginalized groups in her home country of Liberia through her NGO Restoration of Education Advancement Programs (REAP). Christine also serves on the board of directors of the William R. Tolbert Jr. Foundation, which honors the legacy of her father, the late President Tolbert (20th president of Liberia) by providing scholarships, leadership development initiatives centered on character-based leadership and ethics in management for emerging leaders. MORE
Lisa Travis is a co-founder of REAP, along with Christine and Lawrence Norman. Lisa holds two bachelor’s degrees from Vanguard University and a Masters Degree from San Diego State University. Lisa has a heart for child advocacy, especially in the area of adoption and foster care and has been an invited speaker on the local and national level on the subject of foster care and adoption. She is the mother of 7 children, 4 whom are adopted and is the founder of an inner-city orphan ministry outreach. Lisa spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a number of leadership roles and is presently working in the area of infectious diseases. Along with her husband, Andrew, she was the children’s pastor at Hope Center Tabernacle in Jersey City, NJ for 10 years and is the founder of a Christian high school. Lisa has held a number of leadership and board positions in non-profit organizations and is also a co-founder of Project Bookworm, which is a non-profit organization that establishes libraries in homeless shelters. Lisa is the President and CEO of Cobalt United, a company that is dedicated to healthcare initiatives in Africa. Lisa joined the REAP International Advisory Board in 2003 and is presently the board chair.
Carnley Norman, PhD. has held a number of senior positions in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 15 years. He has over 15 years of therapeutic protein and vaccine drug substance process development, characterization, technology transfer and manufacturing experience with KBI Biopharma, Novartis, Astra Zeneca (MedImmune), Amgen and Merck. At KBI. During the course of his career, Carnley also held technical leadership roles for 9 new product introductions to commercial manufacturing sites including 4 new drug substance facility start-up projects. Two of these projects won ISPE Facility of the Year Awards. He also led process modeling initiatives at Merck, Amgen, MedImmune and Novartis. This includes facility simulation, fit-to-plant related modeling and equipment modeling using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Carnley received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University with a Minor in Business Management (concentration in Technology Transfer). Carnley and his wife, Sounda, have two beautiful daughers, Laura and Ellie. Carnley has served in various capacities on the REAP International Board since 2003 and is presenting serving as the Board Secretary.
Nancy Molenhaus was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, and grew up in the ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) community in Monrovia. She is the co-Owner/Molenhouse Enterprises, Inc. ad is President of Environmental Facilities Management. Nancy serves on the board of ELWA Ministries Association/USA and is the Financial Officer for REAP. Nancy is a member of Wheaton Bible Church and is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Economics. Nancy is married to Jim Molenhouse and they have four children; Matt (Molly), Crystal (Nathan), Katy, and John, and 6 grandchildren: Rowan, Autumn, Brooks, Andie, Levi, Hazel.
Herbie Newell is the President/Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms including (un)adopted, Crossings, and Lifeline Village. Herbie holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Samford University. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as Executive Director. From January 2004 – December 2008, he served as the president of the Alabama Adoption Coalition. Herbie was chosen as a Hague Intercountry Adoption evaluator and team leader by the Council of Accreditation and serves in that capacity currently. Under Herbie’s leadership, Lifeline has increased the international outreach to 23 countries, helped Lifeline attain membership in the ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), and led the creation of foster care ministry. Mr. Newell has been invited to speak regionally for many events concerning adoption and the church’s response to orphan care. He is a regular speaker for the National Council for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Together for Adoption and Care-Net. Having witnessed the plight of older orphans on many trips overseas, Herbie’s burden for the fatherless was a catalyst for starting (un)adopted during 2009. He worked with WAKM Companies, LLC, a prominent accounting firm, for many years as an independent auditor before being led to Lifeline. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are parents to son, Caleb, and daughters Adelynn and Emily. During parts of May, June, and July of 2013, the Newell’s traveled for 7 weeks in China working hands-on with (un)adopted and orphanage partners.
Judith “Judy” E. King LMSW, ACSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Private Practice in Grand Rapids ,MI, Sonlife Associates ; which she co-founded with her late husband Dr. D. Stephen King. She serves on the United States Board as well as the International Board of Freedom in Christ Ministries. Judy is an author and international speaker, and is a committed child of God, who enjoys integrating the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in her mental health practice. Judy has made numerous trips to Liberia, where she has led hundreds of people through the Steps to Freedom, leading them to breaking free from Spiritual bondage. Judy established and gifted a library in Bentol, Liberia, in honor of her late husband, which provides a valuable community resource. Judy has blessed the nation of Liberia with her time and talents.
Donna L. Mengel is the founder and director of LAMB Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides safe and affordable homes for adults with mental and physical disabilities. For more than 20 years, Ms. Mengel has been a tireless advocate for the rights of mentally and physically disabled adults to live in private homes in the community (as opposed to institutional government homes), Ms. Mengel graduated from Temple University, summa cum laude as a President’s Scholar. In 1987 she began her housing program for disabled adults by taking three disabled homeless women into her large family home. From this modest start, Ms. Mengel has built Lamb Foundation into a substantial tax-exempt program which acquires, furnishes and now operates over 75 homes for more than 277 senior citizens and disabled adults who need supportive living arrangements. Donna and her husband, attorney Daniel H. O’Connell, Sr., live in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with their 14 children, ages 6 to 35: Robert, Brick, Dane, Fawn, Daniel, Jr., Ammah, Yayou, Maude, Bruin, Blue, Blessing, Felecia, Amogeshe, and Joseph, seven of whom were adopted from Liberia, three adopted within the U.S., and four biological. Donna has served as elected councilwoman in her community for 6 years (2 as Vice President) and currently serves as elected Republican Committeewoman and as the contract negotiator for the North Wales Police Department. She is the treasurer of the North Penn School District. Donna was elected to Pennsylvania’s fourth largest school district for 12 years, and served as President of the Board for 8 years. Donna has been an invited speaker on a number of topics and is an engaging and persuasive speaker in a wide variety of arenas.
Dion Quinn began his working life in 1980 at CWCI, a supplier to heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors. He decided to build his own business in the industry and started MSI HVAC in 1986, operating out of a garage in Anaheim, California. Today, under the name AC Pro, the company has nine locations in California and Nevada. AC Pro has a strong history of supporting various charitable organizations. After visiting a number of orphanages that he’d personally supported, Dion discovered that many of them lacked accountability and efficiency, and the children were suffering the consequences. He and his wife, Petra, founded God’s Kids in 2002 in response to the needs of orphans worldwide. His vision was to create an organization that would provide accountability for financial support, and to enable orphanages to better care for the children they serve.
Lesa Givens is the founder of The IAD School Association, Inc. (USA) which resolves to help maintain high academic standards, ensure quality education is affordable to students in Liberia, and make available educational development programs to Liberian educators. Established in 1995, the Isaac A. David School Association, USA helps to mobilize former students, parents, teachers, staff, and friends of the Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School in Liberia, West Africa and to provide financial and academic support to the Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School in Liberia, West Africa. Lesa and her husband, Willie A. Givens, Jr. are co-founders of FaithSeeders Ministries, Inc. and are the blessed parents of four lovely daughters: Asalou, Keema, Lelai, and Kumbah.
Scott Edward Darling has been a practicing attorney in the United States for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Redlands, where he earned a B.A. in Government. He then went on to U.S.C. Law School earning a Doctorate of Laws degree. His law practice now concentrates in estate planning and living trusts. He has appeared as a legal and political commentator on local radio and TV. He has also taught business law and other legal courses at local colleges and presented numerous seminars on estate planning and living trusts. Darling, is married, has 3 adult children, and currently resides in Riverside, California with his wife. Throughout his career, Mr. Darling has been active in numerous, state, local and national civic and political organizations, holding state and local offices in many of those organizations. Mr. Darling first became involved with Liberia when he met Christine Norman at his church and donated a van for REAP operations. Since then Mr. Darling has been involved in Liberia in many ways. He is the Co-Founder of the All Liberia Crusade Committee that brought Franklin Graham to Liberia and has made over 12 trips to Liberia since 2006. Mr. Darling is the President of “Change Our World foundation,” an International NGO with extensive operations in Liberia and is on the Board of Directors, Fortified Marriages with a local director and programs in Liberia. He is also on the Board of Directors, Consulate General of Liberia for California. In 2007, Mr. Darling brought 25 People to Liberia for aid, outreach, and construction projects and has been privileged to present a message at President Sirleaf’s personal Bible Study in her home.
Willye Mai Tolbert-King is a highly accomplished international finance professional with over 35 years of management and professional experience in development and commercial banking. Her career includes 26 years working for the African Development Bank (AfDB), both at headquarters and in management of two (2) of the Bank’s regional offices in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. While there she focused on African economic development and on efforts to reduce poverty in the continent. This assignment involved extensive travels throughout Africa as well as Europe, Asia and the United States of America. Following her retirement from the AfDB in 2009, Mrs. King established Victoire International Consultancy Services, which provides advisory services in financial management, capacity building and potential investment opportunities. As a consultant, she is presently acting as Executive Director of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF), which in addition to construction of markets in Liberia, provides support services such as micro credit, adult literacy, small business development and child care to market women. She is the Chairperson of the international Board of Directors of Restoration of Educational Advancement Programs( REAP), an NGO operating in Liberia, and has been instrumental in the mobilization of resources and setting up REAP’s micro credit activities. Mrs. King is also an Associate Consultant with Hudson-Ethics Consulting, USA, which provides cost-effective solutions for financial disclosure needs.