Isaac Monah, executive director
Isaac Tarley Monah, born and raised in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, is the founder and executive director of Dougbe River Presbyterian School. He left Liberia in 1990 because of the civil war. He is married with three children and owns a cleaning company, Monah and Sons. He is an elder at Noble Road Presbyterian Church and lives in South Euclid, Ohio.
Tedd Roos, chair
Tedd Roos is an elder at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, where he has taught the High School Sunday school class for 14 years and is active in youth group planning and development. He has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the mission field as a teacher in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has a passion for children and youth, education and Africa. He has been involved with the Dougbe River School for five years and is grateful for the opportunities it has given him to bring those passions together in service.
Francis Miller, mission director
The Rev. Francis Miller is pastor of Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His passion for this project has been nurtured by a family which embraces just and faithful solutions to a world broken by inequality. For Francis, the Dougbe River Presbyterian School and Church initiative represents everything that is right about the Christian Church’s involvement in the world: establishing relationships and using resources to help nurture the gifts of life, love, and peace that God wishes all humanity to share.
Donna Pacchioni, treasurer
Donna Pacchioni is the chief financial officer for Hawken School and former chair of the Board of Trustees for the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. She is an elder at Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church. Donna has a bachelor of science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Hawken, she worked for 20-plus years for National City Bank (now PNC).
Michael Adams, secretary
Michael Adams is a graduate of Kenyon College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A resident of Cleveland Heights, he is married to Mazie Adams and the father of three children, Charlie (16), David (13) and Cecilia (11).
John Luttermoser is an elder at Noble Road Presbyterian Church and the business administrator for the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. He worked in the newspaper industry for 34 years, the last 21 of them at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. He lives in South Euclid, Ohio.
Marie Johnson is a native of Tibo District, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia. In 1990, the civil war interrupted her accounting and management studies at the University of Liberia and forced her to relocate to the United States, where she enrolled as a nursing student at a community college in Maryland. She founded and runs a nursing staffing agency in Baltimore.
Scott McGraw is an Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University. A primatologist by trade, McGraw has been conducting field research in Africa since 1991. He met Isaac Monah in 1993 and they have carried out a number of wildlife surveys in Ivory Coast and Ghana. He is deeply concerned with education and conservation issues in West Africa. Scott, his wife Cindy and their two children, Katherine and William, live in Delaware, Ohio.
Laurie Moormann is the chair of the Dougbe River School’s development committee, a member of the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and an elder at Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church. From 2008 to 2014 she was director of commercial engineering and application for Rockwell Automation, with global responsibilities for managing commercial engineering teams. She is on the advisory board for the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She is a graduate of Cornell University.