ARA Board of Directors
ARA Corp board members represent a wide range of international, educational, and professional experiences which together give this leadership team the unique ability to approach almost any issue from more than one perspective. All board members volunteer their time and services united by a common desire to:
Empowering African Women: towards a socio-economic renaissance
Equipping African Youth: preparing students and next generation Africans for successful careers after graduation, enabling them to be agents of positive social change (African Renaissance Ambassadors)
Enabling innovation driven sustainable development in African countries
To leverage these goals ARA also works to bring and celebrate great African experience and culture in local communities in the United States and Europe
Lydia Asana, Ph.D:
Lydia Asana has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit industry having served in several volunteer and professional roles. She has served on student governments, church counsels, community projects and management teams as well as in donor research and donor relations. With a master’s degree in nonprofit management as well as experience living on three continents, she is committed to using her academic and international experiences to implement nonprofit and cultural competencies to promote positive social change with both passion and professionalism. She is currently a PhD candidate in public policy and administration. Lydia serves as the CEO for ARA Corp
Kenneth Ngwa, Ph.D:
Ken is a Professor at Drew Theological School. He earned his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005. He also directs Drew Theological School’s Center for Christianities in Global Contexts (CCGC). Receiver of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. Raised in a poor background, Ken is passionate about empowering African Youth with opportunities to use their God-given potentials for postitive social change. He is a strong advocate for the ARA PREP program, preparing students and next generation Africans for successful careers after graduation.
Janet Akwanwi, MA:
Janet is Head of English Department at the Yaounde High School where she works; also a field teacher trainer of students from professional schools in Yaounde and Maroua Cameroon; a volunteer coordinator of the English Club activities. Has had professional training from the universities of Yaounde, Cambridge and Oregon. Passionate about helping children and young people develop strong faith and confidence about their uniqueness and abilities to make the world a better place. Enjoys helping and seeing persons whose natural backgrounds and circumstances show they are worth nothing but who through faith and support astound their world with a whole range of achievements. She is Director of Outreach.
Yvonne Ngwa MLS (ASCP)
Yvonne is as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist a department of Transfusion Medicine. She is passionate about mentoring and elevating youths and women in particular at home and within the diaspora to unleash our God given potential and seeks to further that passion through ARA.
Gertrud Ernst: Sr
Ms. Ernst is fondly referred to as “Sister Gertrude” by the thousands of people she has served in Cameroon, West Africa and elsewhere over several decades. She is a “retired” missionary who worked as a nurse, community leader, teacher, and advisor both overseas and in her home country of Switzerland. She is particularly interested in empowering women and equipping the underprivileged so that they can sustainably support themselves and their dependents. Sister Gertrude has been instrumental in numerous social service endeavors in Cameroon and her home country of Switzerland. Her commitment to social change efforts is evident as seen in her willingness to render her experiences, wisdom, love for accountability, and international perspectives to the work of ARA.
Oscar Nebangwa, MBA:
Oscar brings major financial management expertise, working for the PCC, and Presbyterian Church USA
Louisa Ayafor Ndamukong, MD:
Dr Ndamukong is a psychiatrist who recognizes the great shortage in professional attention to the mental health needs of many poor communities, particularly on the African Continent. She joined the ARA Corp board in order to play an active part in changing the lives of individuals and communities in need, something she once saw as an overwhelming task, but now recognizes is possible one person and one community at a time. She is particularly interested in extending opportunities to those often marginalized by mainstream society.
Andy Winningham, Ph.D:
Andy directs the treatment planning and safe delivery of radiotherapy at a cancer center in Florida. With the career track record of a scientist, educator as University professor, and currently healthcare professional, Dr Winningham's creativity and meticulous approach and perspective to solving problems is a great asset for ARA.
Wil Ngwa, Ph.D:
An African Diaspora leader, author, inventor, Wil is passionate about efforts to turn brain drain to gain in healthcare for resource poor countries.