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Our Board

We are incredibly grateful for the dedication of our board members based in the United States who play an essential role in supporting Girl Power Africa. Their unwavering passion for organizing fundraising efforts, managing administrative tasks, and overseeing logistics enables us to make a tangible impact in empowering women, providing education to children, and addressing the basic needs of the community in Liberia. Their commitment to our cause is truly admirable and we couldn’t do it without them.

Laura Groenier

Board President – Girl Power Africa, Inc.

Laura is the exceptional President of Girl Power Africa, and her unwavering dedication has been instrumental in shaping the organization from its inception. With her visionary leadership, she has transformed our non-profit from simple paper and pen operations to a dynamic and technologically advanced entity, propelling our mission to educate and empower women. Laura’s tireless commitment to our cause is evident in the countless hours she has devoted to Girl Power Africa. Her belief in the transformative power of education and empowerment has been the driving force behind our collective work. Through her guidance and passion, we have witnessed the incredible impact our efforts have had on women and children across the globe, bridging the gap and changing lives from one small corner of the world to another. Laura’s personal reflection echoes the depth of her commitment. She recognizes the immediate and direct connection we have to the cause we champion, and she takes immense pride in knowing that Girl Power Africa has made the world a better place. The profound impact we have on the lives of the women and children we support is not only life-altering for them but also for Laura herself, as she finds immense joy and fulfillment in our shared journey. With Laura at the helm, Girl Power Africa continues to flourish and create a positive trajectory for countless individuals. Her passion, empathy, and dedication are contagious, and her unwavering belief that anyone can make a difference is truly inspiring. It is an absolute honor to have Laura as an integral part of our team, and we are grateful for the profound impact she has made on our organization and the lives of those we serve.

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Hope Mikkelson

Board Member and Student Amabassador Program Advisor – Girl Power Africa, Inc.

Hope Mikkelson is a dedicated educator and a valuable member of the Girl Power Africa team. As a teacher at Verona School area district, she brings her expertise and unwavering passion to empower young minds and make a positive impact on the world. Driven by her love for creating change, Hope took the initiative to establish the Girl Power Africa Student Ambassadors at her school. This student organization meets regularly to brainstorm and organize fundraisers, including the innovative Box Program. Through this program, students collect gently used clothing items, soccer equipment, undergarments, and funds for shipping, all aimed at supporting the mission of Girl Power Africa. With Hope’s guidance and the commitment of the Girl Power Africa Student Ambassadors, these young changemakers are actively contributing to the betterment of girls’ lives in Liberia. Their efforts in raising awareness and resources are a testament to their compassion and dedication. Hope Mikkelson’s involvement and leadership highlight the importance of nurturing a sense of social responsibility among students and instilling in them the values of empathy and empowerment. Her contributions to our organization inspire others to believe in the power of education and collective action to create lasting change. We are grateful to have Hope as part of our team, driving forward our mission to empower girls and transform communities.

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Kerri L. Phillips

Board Secretary – Girl Power Africa, Inc.

Working with Bulleh, the Girl Power Africa Board, and all the other people who make up the greater GPA team is so rewarding. I was drawn to GPA because of the transparency with which Bulleh runs the organization. With small donations, GPA is able to create huge change, one student, one woman at time. Bulleh brings us all along on her journey bringing life-changing education and support to the hard-to-reach places of Liberia. This is the sort of grass-roots organization I was looking to join and am proud to be part of.

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Key Sponsors and Partners

We are so grateful to these organizations that provide significant support, whether it be measured in dollars or in donated items or in effort provided by individuals. We would not be able to do the work we do without the ongoing support of these groups.

Photo of GPA board members 2-6-2021