Governing Board

Fr. Dominic Obour

FR. DOMINIC OBOUR, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Father Dominic originates from a small village called Babianiha in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. He was ordained into the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sunyani, where he served in various capacities. He worked as an Associate Cathedral Administrator and also as the first chaplain and teacher at Notre Dame Girls High School in Fiapre-Sunyani for almost 7 years. After his time at Notre Dame Girls, Father Dominic relocated to the Archdiocese of New York, where he served at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Katonah in Northern Westchester County, St. Francis of Assisi of West Nyack, and St. Peter’s Church in Lower Manhattan. Presently, he is serving as a hospital chaplain in the Diocese of San Diego, California.

The young priest holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Sociology from the University of Ghana, a post-graduate diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Iona College in New York. He is also the author of two published books, both in 2012 – “Overcoming the Judas Complex – A Tap Into Grace” and “Cry of the Hopeless: Inspiring Personal Poems for Daily Living.”

Father grew up in Babianiha and witnessed many talented boys and girls dropping out or failing to attend high school due to the inability to afford tuition. He considers himself fortunate to have completed high school and attended college, which he credits to his parents and the parish priests of Kwasibuorkrom. This experience ignited a passion within him to help less fortunate but gifted children, which ultimately led him to start the Hope for Education Ghana (HopE Ghana) Foundation in 2015.

Hope Ghana is a platform for him to give back and assist other talented and driven children in achieving their aspirations and making a positive contribution to humanity through the power of education. What drives him to keep going? The satisfaction of aiding these children in obtaining a respectable livelihood through education and the joy of hearing them say, “I can smile because of you.”

Linda Mortenson, Chief Financial Officer and Fundraising

Linda Mortenson was a Managing Director at Oppenheimer Capital where she worked for fifteen years as an Equity Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager. She oversaw the investment management of client portfolios totaling $10 billion and was instrumental in the growth of that business. Prior to that she worked at the Investment Bank, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, where she was a bank stock analyst.

She has also worked as an auditor with a public accounting firm. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Linda holds an MBA in Finance from New York University where she graduated with honors. She also holds a BS degree in Accounting from SUNY Binghamton where she graduated summa cum laude.

She has volunteered on numerous occasions at her son’s school and with the following charities: Visiting Neighbors, God’s Love We Deliver and The Friends Shelter.

Linda Mortenson
Regina Suki Moran

Regina Suki Moran, Treasurer and Finances

Suki Moran is a financial services professional with more than 15 years of accomplishments and entrepreneurial leadership in the Institutional and Private Wealth Management divisions of JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Trust Bank of America and TIAA-CREF Financial Services.

She currently works as a Private Wealth Management Advisor at TIAA-CREF Financial Services, a leading provider of retirement and pension plans, and asset management for institutions, the general public, private endowments and foundations.

Suki founded J & S Capital Management Inc., a firm that provided office services to individuals and small family businesses. She’s served as a consultant to a Global Private Equity firm, and been Vice President and Private Client Manager at U.S. Trust Bank of America. Prior to that, she was Vice President, for Private Wealth Management at JP Morgan Chase, a Vice President for Treasury Services Institutional, and Relationship Manager for the JPMorgan Treasury and Security Services areas.

Suki Moran currently serves as secretary on the Board of START Treatment and Recovery Center, a not-for profit organization dedicated to the treatment and recovery in three areas: drug abuse of heroin and other opioids, and alcohol addiction; providing care and counseling for those with HIV/AIDS; and offering group counseling services to detained adolescents in the juvenile justice system. START particularly helps those who otherwise would not have access to good care.

Adam Jones, Director of Development – Fundraising and Publicity

Adam is an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley, where he helps advise clients on financial transactions including Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, and capital raises. He previously served as an officer in the United States Navy in Japan, Iraq, the Pentagon and White House.

Outside of work, Adam is a lifelong volunteer. Highlights include leading the Midshipman Action Group at the Naval Academy, founding SuitUpDC! in Washington, D.C., and providing pro bono consulting services to non-profits in New York.

Adam holds a B.S. in Economics from the Naval Academy, an M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, he traveled to Ghana to consult local businesses.

Adam Jones

Lisa Ackerman, Executive Advisor

Lisa Ackerman is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund, an organization founded in 1965, which has assisted in the conservation and development of long-term stewardship strategies at more than 600 sites in 100 countries. Ms. Ackerman holds an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Previously Ms. Ackerman served as Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to European art and architecture from antiquity through the early 19th century.

Ms. Ackerman holds an MS degree in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, an MBA from New York University, and a BA from Middlebury College. She serves on the boards of Historic House Trust of New York City and New York Preservation Archive Project. She previously served on the boards of US/ICOMOS, St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Partners for Sacred Places, and the Neighborhood Preservation Center. In 2007 she received Historic District Council’s Landmarks Lion award. In 2008, Ms. Ackerman was named the first recipient of US/ICOMOS’s Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement.

Lisa Ackerman

Support Team

Akidam A. Augustine

Akidam A. Augustine, Member

Akidam graduated from Bagabaga Training College, Tamale in northern Ghana in 1990, after which he had his first job as a teacher at Abatey Junior High School at Yendi in the Northern Region of Ghana. After six years of teaching, he proceeded to the University of Education at Winneba in 1996 for four years of intensive studies, before graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Science. After receiving his degree, Akidam taught at the Business Secondary School in Tamale for five years and since 2005, he has been teaching Integrated Science at Notre Dame Girls High School, where he heads the Science Department.

Akidam also serves as the Secretary to the regional branch of NAGRAT- National Association of Graduate Teachers in Ghana and is actively involved in the regional activities of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), which seeks to educate its members on various educational, social, economic and political issues, as well as offers its members both legal support and encouragement to seek higher-level jobs. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Akidam brings a wealth of experience and passion to HopE Ghana. He serves as the Coordinator fo rHopE Ghana’s Scholarship Committee in Ghana and an advisor on our Ghana operations.

David Asante-Gyamfi, Member

David received his MBA in Financial Management from Cambridge International College, UK in 2012 and his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Practice from Paris Graduate School of Management. He received his Baccalaureate in Business Administration from Cambridge. He was also a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, and is currently serving as the Senior Accounting Officer at Produce Buying Company (PBC) Limited in Ghana. At one time he was the Accountant at St. James Seminary High School, Abesim-Sunyani, Ghana. He became exposed to the financial difficulties poor students face. David also serves as the financial secretary to Twene Amanfo High School Past Students Association, his alma mater. David acts as HopE Ghana’s Assistant Scholarship Coordinator and HopE Ghana’s advisor on Ghana operations.

David Asante-Gyamfi

John Kwaku Asomah Brown

Brown has served as Principal Human Resources Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital at Drobo in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Prior to that, he worked as a professional teacher for 18 years and speaks both English and French fluently. He is a graduate of the University of Education Winneba. In 2002, Brown made a pilgrimage to the World Youth Day Festival held in Canada. Fr. Dominic has known Brown for over 20 years as a true man of integrity and dedication as the two worked on various parish projects together.

Johnson Adu

Johnson Adu-Yeboah

Johnson Adu-Yeboah is a Manager at Wamfie Rural Bank, Drobo branch in the Bono Region of Ghana. He has been working with the bank since 2005. He was a Project Manager at Drobo Community Bank from 2013 to 2017. He received extensive training at Apex Bank and Bank of Ghana in credit management, banking ethics, treasury management, collateral registry, customer service, financial terrorism at the Financial Intelligence Centre, banking operations, and project management.

Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Valley View University, Ghana. His first degree, a Bachelor of Management Studies, was from the University of Cape Coast in 2011. Johnson also holds a Higher National Diploma in Marketing from Sunyani Polytechnic in the Bono Region of Ghana. He is the Deputy Financial Secretary for St. Anthony Parish at Drobo. He has been engaging in many seminars regarding financial management, savings, and investment with the church and other associations in the Jaman South Municipality.

A little over 5% of the population of Brong Ahafo  region in Ghana are able to go beyond secondary school.

1 in 1000 has attained post-graduate education.*

The Region has the lowest proportion of regional population (1.3%) in post-secondary education.

Only 5 of 27 districts in Brong Ahafo Region have 5% of households who own laptops and/or desktop computers. (*2010 census)

HopE Ghana is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Education in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region