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Dr. Alfredmy Chessor-Samukai, Medical Director at ELWA Hospital, Liberia

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Dr, Alfredmy Chessor-Samukai is the Medical Director at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, Liberia. Dr. Samukai completed her internship in pediatrics at the Miami Children’s hospital, and was later called for active military duty for the next seven years which included a tour of duty to Iraq. After leaving the military, she completed a family medicine residency at Hennipen County Medical Center in Minneapolis for about a year and than made the decision to relocate to Liberia despite the low wages and limited resources at the ELWA hospital.

Dr, Alfredmy Chessor-Samukai writes: “I now live in Monrovia, Liberia. and enjoying every bit of it”

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Marietta Sirleaf; Comedienne and Actress is also known as Rita on the hit NBC’s show ‘Park and Recreation”

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Marietta Sirleaf; comedienne and actress is also known as Rita on the hit NBC’s show Park and Recreation. Upon graduating from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school and worked as a contract chemist for GlaxoSmithKline. At that point, she decided pharmaceuticals/medicine wasn’t her calling. She made the decision to LA., California.

Retta started performing at open mics all over the LA area and eventually started showcasing for NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central’s first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. Retta was featured in Essence Magazine’s as one of 2005 Class Clowns alongside Sherri Shepherd and Niecy Nash and again in 2010 with Craig Robinson and Brandon T. Jackson.

Retta’s television appearances include “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Freddie”, “Comics Unleashed”, “The Soup”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Comedy Central Presents . . . Retta”. Her film credits include “Fracture” with Anthony Hopkins, “First Sunday” with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, “Sex & Death 101” with Simon Baker, and “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” with David Spade.

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Macsu A. Hill, Co-founder for the Liberian Entertainment Awards, Chairperson, chairs the Fundraising Committee for the Global Alliance for Technology & Education in Africa (GATE)

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Macsu A. Hill is a Co-founder for the Liberian Entertainment Awards. She also chairs the Fundraising Committee for the Global Alliance for Technology & Education in Africa (GATE); has coordinated several volunteer projects; including but not limited to Hope Alive Inc; Health Education And Relief Through Teaching (HEARTT); and JA-MADE and HOPE Saturday Academy (HOPE Worldwide). During her leisure time, she is involved in mentoring, volunteering, dance classes for children and much more.

Mascu acquire her Masters in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her undergraduate degree from St. Peter’s College. She is currently a Program Manager at the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education and a Senior Program Advisor to the Institute for the Public Understanding of Health and Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Telena Cassell at Miss Tourism Queen International in China

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Telena Cassell at Miss Tourism Queen International in China Months before the Olympics.

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Christiana Garpeh, Producer, The Liberia Woman Democracy Radio

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Christiana Garpeh of the Liberia Woman Democracy Radio produces a segment on women’s issues in Liberia… Liberia has made so much progress promoting and protecting woman suffrage over the last couple of years.

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Rev. Margaret Baleh Kartwe-Bradley, Senior Pastor, Village United Methodist Church in North Lauderdale, Florida

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Rev. Margaret Baleh Kartwe-Bradley is the Senior Pastor at the Village United Methodist Church in North Lauderdale, Florida. She is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. As a member of the Florida Conference, she has served at several local churches and districts, and has officiated on several Conference committees and Boards. She continues to contribute to several international initiatives; especially in Ghana and Liberia.

She acquired a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from the Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and a BA from the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Nimba Burr, Musical Artist and Humanitarian

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Nimba Burr’s melodious voice made her the lead vocalist and prominent member of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe by 1976. She was invited to perform at the U.S. Bicentennial Anniversary celebrations where she thrilled the audiences the same year.

She has traveled to London, England, Bern, Switzerland, Paris, France, Geneva, Switzerland and the United States with her message of peace and reconstruction. In December 2000, she released another album titled, “We Want To Come Home” and appeared on CNN International, the African Woman Journal television and the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, D.C. She used that occasion to petition the international community to intervene in the Liberian, which has since ended – THANK GOD!

Burr has shared the stage with many well known international artists including Hugh Masekala and Miriam Makeba of South Africa, Calypso Rose of the West Indies, the great Stevie Wonder and various other artists.

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