Founder and executive Director: Alexis T. Worji Jr
Alexis Tuwee Worji Jr is a Liberian and a humanitarian executive based in the United State of America (U.S.A.), he obtained his Secondary Education from the R. C. Lawson Institute in Oldest Congo Town, Monrovia-Liberia.
Worji Jr., later attended the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), and concluding an Undergraduate Course with a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Financial Accountancy.
Not Satisfied with his level of Education, Alexis attended the Cuttington University Graduate Program in Liberia and completed a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Microfinance.
Alexis T. Worji Jr., is currently Studying Health Science at the North Shore Community College in Denver Massachusetts, the United States of America (U.S.A.).
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer: Korpo Manjo
Korpo Manjo is also a Liberian humanitarian based in Lowell Massachusetts United State of America (U.S.A.).
Korpo was born in Springfield Monrovia unto the union of Mr. Julion Manjo and Mrs. Josephine W. Manjo.
Ms. Manjo’s love and passion for helping people has lead her to helping many children through High School by paying their school fees, buying text books and assisting them with transportation. She also helps many mothers and pregnant women with their medical assistance and healthcare services.
Chair of the Board of Directors: Amee Davies Gbotee
Amee Davies Gbotee moved to Lowell, Massachusetts from Monrovia, Liberia, in September 1999. She holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. She worked as Secretary and Executive Secretary respectively for more than 15 years with several agencies in Liberia including the Central Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, University of Liberia, and the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia. In the USA, she worked with several corporations including 11 years at PAREXEL International Corporation as Data Support Specialist and Records Manager; Emerson College as Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable; WellPet, LLC as Accounts Payable Associate; and, currently working as Accounts Payable Coordinator/Purchasing Associate at the New England Deaconess Association, Concord, Massachusetts, and board chair of Children Educational and developmental Support Center (CEDS). She is married to Samuel A. Gbotee, Jr., this union is blessed with six children.
Board member: Siede Slopadoe-Davies
Siede Slopadoe-Davies knew early on that she wanted to work at improving the quality of life for individuals living in poverty. This passion was birthed from her experience living as a refugee having fled her home country Liberia due to a civil war. The resolve stuck with her leading her to pursue a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester, MA while working full time providing direct care to adults with developmental disabilities. Over the last six years, Siede has worked to address disproportionately high rates of HIV among African immigrants living in Massachusetts, and earned her Masters of Public Health at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Siede enjoys spending quality time with her family.
Board Member: Paul Tamba Lamin
Paul Tamba Lamin: Member of the board of directors
Paul T. Lamin was born to the union of Mr. Moses F. Lamin, Sr. and Mrs. Gertrude T. Lamin in the city of Paynesville, Republic of Liberia. In his early days, Mr. Lamin attended the St. Peters school in Gardnerville and later enrolled at Ricks Institute in Virginia. From 1998 to 2001 he attended the Frank Madison Reed Junior high school on Camp Johnson Road and went on to B. W. Harris Episcopal High School from 2002 to 2005 – where he earned his high school diploma. In 2006, Mr. Lamin enrolled at Cuttington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2009. Upon moving to the United States, Mr. Lamin enrolled at Lasell College (Now Lasell University) in Newton Massachusetts, where he earned a MSc in Management and is currently completing his second graduate program at Northeastern University, where he studies global studies and international relations.
Mr. Lamin has worked in several capacities both in Liberia and the United States. Upon Graduation from Cuttington University, he served as the assistant administrator at Good Samaritan Ventures Incorporated and later became Chief of Staff at the House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016. In the United States, Mr. Lamin got hired by advocates incorporated from 2017 to 2018 and later became Program Specialist at NEEDs Center in 2018. Mr. Lamin is currently a Program Coordinator at the NEEDs Center, a role he was recently hired into, after serving as assistant program coordinator and program coordinator in training between 2019 and 2021.
Mr. Lamin is a Christian, a father, an educator, and someone very compassionate to the needs of others.
Nursing and Children’s Services / Communications: April Champa, MSN, RN
April Champa has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with more than 20 years spent caring for children with severe special needs. She received her MSN in Nursing Education in 2020 and currently works full time as a nursing instructor at Greater Lowell Technical LPN program in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. She first visited Liberia in 2018 and since that time has had a special connection to the people and culture of Liberia. In 2019 she met Alexis and Korpo and learned of their work with children with severe special needs in Liberia and was inspired to join the talented and committed team at CEDS. She is currently assisting with health education and communications.
Country coordinator:Harris Sayzay Kpardeh
Mr. Harris S. Kpardeh is the Country Coordinator of the Children Educational & Developmental Support Center (CEDS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Liberia. He is an experienced community developer and a team player. Before and after completing his university education, he worked as a classroom teacher for several years. He has dedicated most of his life to volunteering activities ranging from establishing and working with local community organizations, national government, and established non-governmental organization. He believes that all humans are created equal and should be treated indiscriminately.
Chief Consultant and Board Member:Aaron Marvolo
Aaron has Masters in Public Health with specialization in Healthcare Policy and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Management and a diploma ins Statistics and Agri-Business Development. He has over fifteen years of practical experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs aimed at advocating and promoting the rights of vulnerable groups, especially persons with disabilities, women and children in Liberia to have equal access to quality education and health care services. He has worked with International Organizations including Handicap International, Sightsavers International, International Rescue Committee, Actions Transforming Lives and SPARK. Aaron current role at Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Liberia includes coordination and technical support for all projects in the following thematic areas: Health & Nutrition, Agriculture & Livelihood, Education, Ministry and Protection. He is currently serving on the board of few national non-governmental organizations and as member for several project steering committee for international organizations operating in Liberia including the Severe Stigmatizing Skin Disease being implemented by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicines in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Acting Head of Finance:Olive Worji Diggs
Olive Worji Diggs was born on August 8,1973 unto the union of Mr. Alexis T. Worji and Doris Worji and both are deceased.
Mrs. Diggs is a 2013 graduate of the university of Liberia majoring in accounting and minor in Management, Mrs. Diggs is married to Mr. Daniel Diggs, the union is blessed with 6 children, she is a devoted Christian. Mrs. Diggs work in several institution including registered at the MPJC school system for close to 12 years, he is a current head of finance at the Children Educational and Developmental Support Center (CEDS)
Acting Head of Budget and Logistics: Dex C. Johnson
Dex Cooper Johnson Sr, a volunteer Logistics/Operations officer at CEDS Liberia, who was born on to the union of Tarmay and Momo Johnson on August 15, 1979, in the county of Montserrado, Republic of Liberia.
Mr. Johnson started his primary education on Bushrod Island, and later graduated from the Monrovia College & Industrial Training School, located on clay street Monrovia, where he completed high school and received his diploma, Mr. Johnson also attended the Data technology solution INC, where he learned basic computer operations, As a professional Mr. Johnson further completed a certificate program at Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA) in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. Mr. Johnson is currently an Accounting major and a Management minor. graduating senior at African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU). Mr. Johnson held from Bong County, which is located in central Liberia, he is a Christian and has 2 children.
Mr. Johnson has worked with over five (5) different organizations and companies in Monrovia and rural Liberia, specifically in the field of operations and logistics, and now is volunteering with the Children Educational and Developmental Support Center (CEDS).
Acting Director of Children’s Services: Denise Worji
Denise Courage Delar Worji, was born on December 28, 2001, in Montserrado County on to the union of Olive Worji Diggs and Daniel Diggs, Liberia. Ms. Worji attended the James E. Cooper Child Foundational Academy and later enrolled at the David G Barshell Sr School where she graduated earning her high school diploma. She is currently a Sophomore Student at the Seventh Day Adventist University Majoring in Biology.
Ms. Worji is a devoted Christian and serve the MPJCC Healing voices choir. Ms. Worji work part time as an intern student at Paynesville City Cooperation. At the corporation she was selected among intern student’s worker to attend the 72ed edition of the CBRNe training program in Freetown Sierra Leone and was awarded a certificate of participation. Ms. Worji’s passion for helping the less fortunate especially abandoned children with disabilities earned her a volunteer role with the Children Educational and developmental support center (CEDS), where she serves as head of Children services