Our Board of Directors helps to ensure the continued success of the EduNations mission.
Samuel Sesay is a Missionary Evangelist in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Sierra Leone and is also currently serving as the President of EduNations Inc. Having worked previously in full time Christian Ministry, in a business organization and recently with other Not for profit organizations, Samuel holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in French, English and Linguistics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Master’s degree in Peace and Development Studies. Samuel’s training in both secular and ecclesiastical matters in Sierra Leone and abroad has given him a feel for a passion in life in which he wants to see God’s creation come to an understanding of his love and to help them respond in faith. His commitment to helping ‘the least of these’ experience the love of God is what drives him on and on daily as he sees life after life and community after community come to experience this love. Samuel is married to Catherine and the Lord has blessed their marriage with two lovely daughters, Samuella and Samrine.
A founding member of EduNations, Dean has been actively involved in providing education and empowerment for children in Africa since 2002. Dean and his wife Beth have seven children; three of whom were adopted internationally, two from Sierra Leone. They are also the proud grandparents of two granddaughters. Dr. Weaver received his D. Min from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminar and is currently the Lead Pastor of Memorial Park: An Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Dean also serves as the Interim Chaplain at Grove City College.
Rick Kennedy, a founding member of EduNations, is Vice President of the board. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, including a daughter, Mabinty, whom they adopted from Sierra Leone in 2003. Rick is the president and chief executive officer of Hodgson Russ, where he has practiced environmental law and the law governing lawyers for the past 30 years. Mr. Kennedy has also served the firm as its co-general counsel and loss prevention partner, and as a member of its board of directors and compensation committee for more than a decade. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Chapel at Crosspoint.
George is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, God has shown us love and we are to give that very same love to the world. George received his undergraduate degree from La Roche College in Accounting and Finance in 2010 and received his masters degree in International Business from Point Park University in 2013. He now works at the Bank of New York Mellon.
Betsy has a strong calling to missions and believes that the best way to impact future generations is to alleviate poverty through education. She has been serving EduNations as a volunteer for several years, has traveled regularly to Sierra Leone, and became a member of the EduNations board in 2011. She received her Masters of Divinity from Trinity Seminary and currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Betsy is married to Roger, who is equally interested in caring for the “least of these”, and they have two daughters.
Alimamy Bader is one of the many children that were adopted from Sierra Leone, West Africa. As a close relative and friends to past board members, he has been involved with EduNations since its early beginnings. Alimamy recently graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in engineering. Shortly after graduation, Alimamy went back to Sierra Leone for the first time since his adoption. Upon returning to the states, he joined the board and is one of EduNations’ newest members.
Jeff is an urologist with a passion for medical education and missions. He was graduated from Spring Arbor University and the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency at Duke University where he has recently returned to join the faculty working at Duke University Hospital and the Durham VA. He has been addressing medical needs in the villages and developing relationships with other health care professionals and organizations in Sierra Leone. He coordinated efforts in conjunction with Jericho Road to open and staff the Orfonthy Community Health Center and is involved in the agricultural work in the Pa Santigie Community Garden in Rokassa as well as EduNations Microfinance.
Scott has made several trips to Sierra Leone on behalf of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and has become an enthusiastic advocate of child sponsorships and the mission of Edunations. Scott received his M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary and has done post-graduate work at Blackfriars, University of Oxford. He is currently working on a D.Min. at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is Pastor of Cup EPC in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Kristina have three grown children. Passions include music, hiking, and furthering the Kingdom of God.
Paul joined the EduNations board in 2012 and was appointed Chairman in 2017. Traveling to Sierra Leone to see the schools and meet the wonderful children was an incredible experience that ignited his passion for EduNations. A 1989 graduate of Grove City College with majors in Business Administration and Political Science, Paul serves in the healthcare information technology industry. He and his wife Carolyn have 4 children, reside in Allison Park, PA & enjoy fly fishing, golfing and skiing together.
Bob Stauffer has served in a wide variety of roles and offices throughout his many years in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination. He has pastored in 5 churches and planted two of those churches. In the EPC denomination, he has served as a transitional pastor and been involved with the National Outreach Committee and the Permanent Judicial Commission at the national level. He has also served as the National Outreach Director and as the moderator of several presbyteries. He currently serves as the Church Development Coordinator for the Presbytery of the Alleghenies and as a member of the National Church Health team. Bob has a heart for missions and having been to Sierra Leone in 2013, he is very excited about the relationship between EduNations and the Presbytery of the Alleghenies. Bob has a deep love of sports and has been a high school coach for over 36 years. He has also served as a regional director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. But his greatest loves are his wife of 41 years Debbie, his 3 children, and his 8 grandchildren.
Doug works as Pastor of Care Ministries at WARD EPC in Northville, MI. While as a student at Wheaton College, he spent his junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Before seminary, he was sent by the Mennonite Central Committee’s TEACHERS ABROAD PROGRAM to Sierra Leone. For three years there, as a contract teacher, he taught French, Bible, and Algebra at the Taiama Secondary School. After seminary, he was an associate pastor at Ward Church, working in Care, College Ministries, and Small Groups. He and his wife were the first World Outreach couple and served in France for 10 years as church planters. He has been on a number of short term trips to Mexico, Siberia, Ireland, France, Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Central African Republic.
Sean Zippie fell in love with the mission of EduNations when he first heard Samuel Sesay speak at his church Covenant Presbyterian in Sharon. In July 2019, Sean, his brother, and parents had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone to see EduNation’s mission in action. He is passionate about the opportunity EduNations has to pair education with the gospel. A graduate of Penn State University, Sean earned his bachelors of science degree in marketing and entrepreneurship. He works in sales and is a substitute teacher at a local high school. In his free time you can find Sean on the golf course, watching sports, working with youth, traveling, or spending time with family.