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Board Members 2020

  • Board Biographies

    Jinah Chernivec: Human Resources Executive with two decades of experience, currently CHRO and Risk Officer for Goodwill Easter Seals, Minnesota. Board member for Link Public Schools, Itasca Project CHRO DEI member, governing member for Evanta MSP CHRO network. MS, St. Cloud University, MBA, Business Administration from University of St. Thomas.

    Jackson George Jr.: Founder and President of Strategy Africa, Honorary General Consul Republic of Liberia in Minnesota, Executive Director of Liberian Business Administration Associate in the Diaspora, CEO of Comfortable Living. Highly respected community leader and community advocate. MBA and BA from Concordia.

    Cheryl Myhr: Retired large accounts Sales Representative for Liberty Carton Company for 34 years. Over four decades of volunteer and/or financial supporter for numerous nonprofits. Served on the Board of Directors of Freedom Works for 3.5 years. BA from University of Northern Iowa, ongoing education through Lay School of Luther Seminary and Augsburg College.

    Michelle Nyamushanya: Lead Consultant, Thought Works. Over eight years of board experience, including three as President of Friends for Africa Education. Led strategic planning and fundraising for Encouragement Encounters LLC. BA from St. Catherine University, MBA from Hamline University.

    Kara Sime: Owner of Your HR Navigator consulting firm with over 20 years of HR experience, Board Chair for Roseville Area Schools Foundation, Board seat for Center for HR Resources and Labor Studies. MBA, Carlson School of Management, BA University of St. Thomas.

    Jote Taddese: VP of Engineering Strategy, Architecture and Platforms for Rally Health. Social entrepreneur and co-founder of DiaspoCare, LLC. BA degree in Management Information Systems from Luther College and a Master’s in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Former Board President of Books for Africa.

    Lulit Woldeselassie: Volunteer Coordinator, Partners in Food Solutions. Program evaluation designer and implementer for Minnesota International NGO Network and Hiwot Integrated Development Association in Ethiopia. BA in Business Management, Addis Ababa University, MBA in nonprofit management, Hamline University.

  • Prosperity Ready's Advisory Board
    Prosperity Ready's Advisory Board

    From left to right: Lulit Woldelassie, Jinah Chernivec, Lisa Perez, Jackson George, Cheryl Myhr, Kara Sime

  •  Michelle Nyamushanya

    Michelle Nyamushanya

  • Jote Taddese

    Jote Taddese

Our Startup Goals

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  • A weekly podcast that discusses diverse issues with considerable impact on Africans in the diaspora.

  • Collins Oppong's marketing company

  • OLM1
  • Wildflyer Coffee
    Wildflyer Coffee
  • Anytime Fitness
    Anytime Fitness
  • Hughes Creatives
    Hughes Creatives
  • Liberian Business Association
    Liberian Business Association
  • Strategy Africa
    Strategy Africa
  • Three Rivers Park District
    Three Rivers Park District
  • Your Hr Navigator
    Your Hr Navigator
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