Founder and CEO of the Organization
Education: Sancta Maria/Aba Owerri Rd. Primary School in Aba, Nigeria
Federal School of Arts and Sciences Aba/Ogoja, Nigeria
Hendon College in London.UK
State Board of Nursing,MD.2000.
UMUC, Maryland, USA. Management Courses.
Lilian Ibeh was still wearing the clothes of a diplomat’s wife when she was abruptly left homeless in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 2001. Too ashamed to ask for help, the mother of three spent that first evening sleeping in her car with her children. Far from her home country of Nigeria and with no friends or family to turn to, she was about to embark on a struggle for survival she could never have expected when she married a handsome, bespectacled diplomat in 1990. And it was all because she spoke up about her husband’s violent domestic abuse she could no longer keep a secret.
Under the threat of criminal charges, her husband had kicked her out of their home, closed their joint bank account and fled to Nigeria. Ibeh, still carrying her scars, feared the consequences of returning home could prove deadly. But without legal standing in the U.S., it would be nearly ten years before she received a visa tailored to foreign victims of abuse and became eligible for support services. She was shunned from her country’s community in Washington for spotlighting the taboo of domestic violence. Surrounded by wealth in one of the city’s toniest suburbs, Ibeh was at times left with only $200 a month to raise her family. Despite her travails, she keeps smiling [her hallmark] and she never give up in adversity[Erin Donahue,2009] What a hardworking/strong, pretty Woman to inspire, empower others.
Beverly U. Ibeh
Co-Executive Director and Youth Consultant
(Lilian Ibeh’s daughter and Syracuse University Undergraduate)
School of Arts and Sciences.
Executive Consultant and Board Member
Mary Hammond is a retired federal government worker who has worked with women and children for over 38 years. In her various positions, she has provided services to dislocated workers, aid to families with dependent children, youth in and out of school, long term unemployed, older workers, migrant and seasonal farm workers, Native Americans and people with disabilities. She has worked as a policewoman in the District of Columbia where she was assigned to the Community Relations Division. She is a community activist and works hard to assist women and children in making their lives better. She currently resides in Montgomery County and she is proud grandmother of one grandson and three granddaughters. She received her Bachelor of Arts, degree from Howard University, a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of District of Columbia, and has completed all course work towards her Doctor of Arts in Humanities degree with a concentration in Afro American Studies, at Clark Atlanta University. She is a member of several community support organization and is a strong advocate of programs aimed at supporting women and children. She loves to read and attend plays.
Executive Honorary Member, Advisory Board
Blair H. Hayes, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity Initiatives
Fair Practices (FPO)/Equal Employment (EEO) Officer UMUC, Maryland.
Editor in Chief and Executive Board Member
Debbie W. Sokobin is the Director of Jewish Learning and Senior Services at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. She has a B.A. From the University of Michigan and an M.A. From Brandeis University.
Janet Kelly is perhaps, best known for being the Community Mediation Administrator for the City of Rockville, Montgomery County. She graduated with a BA from Villanova University and a Master Degree from Catholic University. She will offer assistance to the Board by looking for possible community resources.
Dawn Doebler has been involved in various capacities of the financial advisory and financial management business for more than twenty years. She is a recognized thought leader in providing wealth management advice to positively impact many aspects of her clients’ financial lives. Dawn’s unique qualifications include MBA, CPA, and CFP(R) academic credentials, a historical perspective on the industry dating back to 1987, and experience calming the nerves of investors during times of market volatility. She specializes in helping women handle a range of emotional issues related to their finances. Dawn also works with several non-profit organizations. Most recently, she is serving as Executive Producer for an independent documentary, Lipstick and Liquor, a film depicting the journey of four women to sobriety. Dawn is the proud parent of two teenage children.
Consultant and Friends of We Refuse Inc.
B.A Museum Curator-University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Montgomery College, MD.
Editorial Board Consultant
Mary is a Coordinator office of Student Services/Center for Academics Success UMUC, MD.USA.
Mary Gallagher graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with dual degrees in Writing & Rhetoric and English & Textual Studies. Impassioned by writing and the mechanics of the English language, she started working as a writing consultant in the Syracuse University Writing Center in 2005, during her sophomore year. She worked as a writing consultant and tutor for the remainder of her time at Syracuse, both in the campus writing center and in the Syracuse University Athletic Department; mentored new writing consultants; and supported the development of the Syracuse writing center by serving as a member of the Writing Center Task Force. She has presented research on writing center theory and practice at the International Writing Centers Association conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs).
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