African Dream Academy

Empowering African Children Through Education

African Dream Academy Foundation Board of Directors (ADAF)

Natasha BergreenNatasha Bergreen
- is the principal of her own design firm that focuses on interior design and events. She has been in practice since 1985 and has participated in numerous charitable events as a chair, event coordinator and/or event designer, including co-chairing the first African Dream Academy Foundation's benefit concert. She studied at The Parsons School of Design and went on to further her design concentration at Sotheby's and The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Her work has been published in The New York Times, House Beautiful, Harper's Bazaar, Metropolitan Home. In addition, she has made guest appearances on Lifetimes "Our Home Show" and has participated in the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. as well as many other Showhouses around the country. She resides in NYC with her two young boys.


Daryl Davis, Esq.Daryl Davis, Esq.
- is ADAF's Acting Corporate Secretary as a resident of New York State, with the same duties and powers as the Corporate Secretary, The Rev. Tom Smith. He is a founding partner of Doman Davis LLP, an employment litigation firm with offices in New York and Washington, DC. Mr. Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College and earned his law degree from the Yale Law School, where he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for Public International Law (focusing on sub-Saharan Africa) and edited the Yale Law & Policy Review. Following Yale, he worked at the NACCP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (Voting Rights Division) and served as judicial clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to Doman Davis, Mr. Davis practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell, and Boies Schiller & Flexner. He also has an active pro bono practice advising non-profit organizations and representing immigrants, many from African countries, seeking protection under asylum and UN Conventions.


The Rev. Samuel R. EndersThe Rev. Samuel R. Enders
- is Founder and Executive Director of ADA, and a member of the Board of ADAF. Rev. Enders is a Graduate of Anderson University, with a BS in Organizational Leadership, and the Anderson University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity. He is completing his MBA at Walden University. He is a pastor from Liberia West Africa and has served as a minister, youth leader, community leader and worked with the UN, Red Cross, and the Liberian Council of Churches for many years.


Inzata FofanaInzata Fofana
- is an entrepreneur who recently founded a company which produces of a line of skincare products made of all natural ingredients called D'Amony. Her past experience includes working in sales and advertising for the Palmolive Division of Lever Brothers Corporation in her native country of Cote d'Ivoire. Inzata has also worked for the Vinegar Factory in charge of Cashiers Training and as an assistant teacher at la Croisette French Language Center. She studied at the Lycee Classique d'Abidjan, is fluent in French and English, and has been living New York City for the past 20 years with her husband and two daughters.


Christine GarrisonChristine Garrison
- is currently a teacher with the Life Adjustment Center teaching children with special needs and also a very active volunteer for the African Dream Academy Foundation and the Brick Church Summer Steps Program. During her career Christine has worked extensively with children combining her interests in theater and education. For approximately seven years years she traveled with several children's theater companies, including the Shoestring Players and Creative Arts Team under the direction of New York University, performing plays and workshops designed for children. She has also performed with the Castillo Theater and worked as a manager at the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York City. Christine received her BA in Liberal Arts/Political Science from Wilberforce University in Ohio, the first- established HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). She is also the recipient of a certificate in Drama from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City.


Kathleen L. KaaschKathleen L. Kaasch
- is an assistant treasurer of the Board of ADAF. She has been an accountant at Euclidean Capital, LLC since 2010, having previously worked in another family office, Ivor & Co. Much of her professional life was spent working in non-profits, including 20 years at The Brick Presbyterian Church as accountant and then Church Administrator. She followed that with a period in Florence, Italy doing freelance accounting work for American companies and organizations. She has a BS degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MS degree from Columbia University, both in economics.


Naznin Karsan-Khimji, M.D.Naznin Karsan-Khimji, M.D.
- is a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon currently on sabbatical. She attained her medical training in Canada. Her medical degree was obtained at the University of Calgary, her residency in Head and Neck Surgery at McGill University, and her fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Karsan-Khimji, the first female fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon in Canada, worked in private practice in Toronto for 3 years and later in Dallas for 5 years. She has provided pro bono medical consultation and service through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons for veterans and victims of domestic violence and participated in fundraising efforts for other non-profit organizations. Dr. Karsan-Khimji recently moved to New York from Dallas with her husband and son.


Quentin Koffey
- is a portfolio manager at Elliott Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund that manages over $20 billion of capital. He joined the board of ADAF in 2014. In the education realm, Mr. Koffey has served on the board of another educational not-for-profit organization for more than ten years, which he helped grow to over 1,250 students. In addition, he taught middle school in China as a Yale-in-China fellow. Mr. Koffey holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. & M.B.A. from Stanford University where he was an Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Koffey lives with his wife and two children in New York City.


Heidi LeiserHeidi Leiser
- is an independent consultant specializing in contemporary art. In 2006 she launched her own company, Les Arts Lulu. LLC. Her background is financial (Black Rock Financial Management, Sumitomo-Mitsui, and Dexia Bank). She earned a BBA, Finance, from The Lubin School of Business (Pace University), and an MA, Art Business, from Sotheby's Institute Of Art (University Of Manchester). She has served on various non-profit committees in New York City focusing on art and education. She has lived in Kenya, teaching school in Nairobi.


Blanche Goble MansfieldBlanche Goble Mansfield
- has worked at The Nightingale-Bamford School from 1981 until the present, and since 1985 as Head of the Lower School. During that time, she has been responsible for 225 students from kindergarten to fourth grade and 25 faculty members with whom she works on curriculum and professional development. From 2000 to the present, she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to her professional career, Blanche attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she received an A.B in American Studies, and she later took graduate courses at Bank Street College of Education in New York City.


Oliver T. MosesOliver T. Moses
- is the Senior Managing Director of MTS Health Investors, LLC, a New York-based private equity fund that focuses exclusively on healthcare. Prior to joining MTS in early 2006, Mr. Moses was a founding partner of MBF Healthcare Partners and, previously, a Director in Merrill Lynch's healthcare investment banking group. Mr. Moses joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 and was responsible for advising leading healthcare companies on mergers, acquisitions, and capital structure strategies. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Moses was a securities analyst in Merrill Lynch's equity research department, where he provided coverage of companies in the healthcare service industry. Mr. Moses holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. He currently serves on the board of directors of HealthHelp, LLC, Woodbury Health Products, Vital Decisions, and myNEXUS, AGSHealth, and MDsave.


Kurt W. Roeloffs, Jr.Kurt W. Roeloffs, Jr.
- is Chairman Emeritus of the Board for ADAF. He is an independent entrepreneur and former Chief Investment Officer of Deutsche Bank's real estate investment management division, which manages $55 billion of client investments across the world, and has spent much of his career living and working across myriad emerging markets. Mr. Roeloffs holds a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. In addition to being a director of ADAF, he is a current trustee of Japan ICU Foundation, an ordained Elder of The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, and an advisor to Auburn Theological Seminary on West Bank-related "Profits/Prophets for Peace" initiative. Mr. Roeloffs lives with his wife and four children in New York City.


The Rev. Thomas SmithThe Rev. Thomas Smith, Ph.D.
- is ADAF Corporate Secretary as a resident of the State of Indiana where the Foundation is incorporated. He is a minister of Word and Sacrament . He has served as the pastor of the Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes in Angola, Indiana, continuously since 1986 when he was ordained. Rev. Smith has also served as an adjunct teaching assistant in philosophy since 2002 for Trine University, Angola, Indiana, and since 1997, provided mediation services in a peacemaking ministry on behalf of the social justice needs of children for several courts in northeastern Indiana. Rev. Smith holds professional licensure in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker, as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and as a registered Family Law Mediator. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Rev. Smith is married to Diane (Lewis) Smith, and they have five (5) children and seven (7) grandchildren.


Kathryn SmerlingKathryn Smerling, Ph.D.
- is a family therapist with a Ph.D. from Fordham University and Masters Degrees from both Cornell University and NYU. She has also completed the Extern Program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and a certification from the National Institute for Psychotherapies. Dr. Smerling is a contributor to CNN, Fox News, and ABC News. She has also written articles for Vanity Fair, NY Post, and Hamptons House & Garden. Random House published Kathryn's "Instep", an early childhood curriculum for the State of New Mexico. Presently on the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital, she is the psychologist for the OB/GYN department, working with residents and interns as they face new challenges. Her practice is in NYC, where she lives with her husband and son.


Lydia SpinelliLydia Spinelli, Ed.D.
- Is Vice President of the Board of ADAF. She has been the Director of the Brick Church School since 1983. She has a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the Accreditation Commission, the Professional Development Committee, and the Council for Professional Learning and Collaboration of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). She is the founder of Summer Steps, a program that seeks to prepare low income students for New York City independent school kindergartens and a member of the Board of Early Steps, an organization that promotes racial diversity in New York City independent schools.


Gracey StoddardGracey Stoddard, LMSW
- is President of the Board of ADAF. She is a certified social worker, who worked from 2008 - 2013 as Caseworker and District Representative of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of the 12th District of New York. She is also a current Elder in the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York where she serves on various committees. She is a graduate of the Laurel School, Sweet Briar College and the Columbia University School of Social Work.


Richard B. StrykerRichard B. Stryker
- is an assistant treasurer of the Board of ADAF. He is an entrepreneur and managing partner of Stay in Your Home Group, a real estate firm located in Brooklyn, New York. The firm helps homeowners modify their mortgages and retain their homes. He has over 16 years in the real estate brokerage field and was formerly CEO of Baltia Realty and Development Corporation of Jamaica, New York. Mr. Stryker is an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, where he currently serves as a Co- Chair of the Men’s Closet Project and the African Dream Academy Committee. He has a BS degree in Business and Marketing from Thomas State University and a Certificate in Banking from Magna Institute of Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Stryker is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Board of Realtors and the New York State of Realtors. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Mr. Stryker and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1990 during Liberia’s first civil war.


Ayman ZameliAyman Zameli
- is Treasurer of the Board of ADAF. He is a senior executive at Cenveo, a public company, where he is in charge of all M&A, capital markets (debt and equity) and investor relations activities. His prior experience includes three years at a mid-sized private equity group focused mainly on identifying and completing acquisition of controlling interests in distressed companies. He has over 12 years of leveraged finance experience at top tier banks, including JPMorgan and Bank of America. Mr. Zameli has served on the board of ABANA, an organization that promotes business relationships between the United States and the Middle East. He is also a supporter of various charitable causes that help young children with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East. Mr. Zameli received his undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut and his MBA degree from George Washington University. He has one daughter, and is fluent in English and Arabic, as well as speaks some French and Spanish.


Members of the Board of Directors serve on a voluntary basis and independently of any other professional or organizational affiliation.

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