The Team

We Provide Access To Quality Education For ALL Girls

Board

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson

Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls education initiative of Ghana, GEIG. GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities.

Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, masters in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non- profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York, JA-New York, A more diverse Workforce: the fire department of New York City.

Prior to her work with GEIG Ms. Patterson served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The Council of Young African Leaders, CYAL and communications and marketing associate at Junior Achievement of New York, JA- New York. Ms. Patterson holds a BA in Political Science and Business Management from Caldwell University, where she graduated cum laude in 2009. She also has a Master’s in Public Administration, MPA with a specialization in nonprofit management and policy from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.

Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, presented in 2015 at Tedex Accra, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana, and a Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Center-Accra, YALI RLC fellow.


Jacqui Oyimer

Jacqui Oyimer serves as a member on the Board of Directors of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG), and specifically responsible for Public Affairs. She holds an M.A in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA and a B.Sc. in Marketing from the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana. She is a fellow of both The President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and The Ghanaian Women Social Leadership Program at Wagner New York University. Jacqui is a Commonwealth Corps Alumni for the Massachusetts Service Alliance where she served as Program Development Coordinator for the African Community Education Program.

Jacqui is a Counsellor and Leadership Coach at Alpha Beta Christian College (ABCC) where she serves as the key contact for guiding and counselling students, parents, and teachers with challenges in their lives at home, school and communities. She provides individual advising and helps equip students with life skills necessary for standing out and winning in life. She assists students in creating success plans and supports them through personal, leadership, educational and professional development. She also designs and facilitates the curriculum for the school’s flagship change-maker leadership program, the Adinkrahene Leadership Program.

Jacqui has held several leadership positions in various youth organizations, including serving as the 1st Vice President of the West African Network of Young Female Leaders. She is currently the Chairperson for the Education, Training and Capacity Building Committee of the Network. She has represented Ghana and the Pan-African Youth Union in a number of of international engagements including attending the United Nations Alliance of Civilization Conference in Turkey, World Forum on Immigration, Democracy and Cooperation in Spain and Regeneration World Youth Congress in Canada.

She is the founder of She-Attitudes International, an emerging social impact organization that seeks to shape the mindsets and develop skill sets of young Christian women to meet their full potential in order for them to actively participate in community development and nation building. She is passionate about mentoring young females and supports her husband in pastoring a wonderful community church in Accra, Ghana.


Wendy Afedua-Quainoo

Legal Practisioner

Wendy Afedua-Quainoo is a general legal practitioner in Ghana with special interest in International Business, Arbitration, Corporate and Commercial Law practice. She received her Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Business Law and a Qualifying Certificate in law (Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana) at the Ghana School of Law. She is currently an associate at Sey & Co. Legal Practitioners, Accra.


Delvyn Sandison

Secretary

Delvyn Sandison is an ambitious banker with over 11years banking experience. He has extensive experience from his tenure with Merchant Bank Ghana LTD (Now umb bank), Zenith Bank Ghana LTD, and currently Fidelity Bank Ghana. He is very passionate about children, and believes every child deserves a decent upbringing. Delvyn holds a Bsc Accounting and an MBA-Finance from Gimpa Business School.


Kwame Akonor

Board Member

Dr.Kwame Akonor is a professor Political Science at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Dr. Akonor received his Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations and Comparative politics from the Graduate School and University Center (CUNY) in New York.

A member of the faculty since 2005, Kwame Akonor, Ph.D. has taught courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, African Political Economy and Human Rights. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Akonor is also the director of the Center for Africana Studies and the African Development Institute, a New York based think tank. His most recent article, on the utility and impact of foreign aid to Africa, was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the New York University Journal of International Law & Politics.


Andrews Nii Awuley Lartey

Co-Founder and Business Development Strategist

Andrews Nii Awuley Lartey is the Programs Manager for GEIG, Accra. For two years he has worked with the students on information communications technology, ICT projects, specifically teaching a coding course during Saturday class session and vacation sessions. Andrews believes in being your better self each time – breaking your own record. He is currently a student at Lancaster University- Ghana. He is on the business and finance track. “In all things, I am concerned about doing cool things that matter.”


Staff

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson

Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls education initiative of Ghana, GEIG. GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities.

Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, masters in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non- profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York, JA-New York, A more diverse Workforce: the fire department of New York City.

Prior to her work with GEIG Ms. Patterson served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The Council of Young African Leaders, CYAL and communications and marketing associate at Junior Achievement of New York, JA- New York. Ms. Patterson holds a BA in Political Science and Business Management from Caldwell University, where she graduated cum laude in 2009. She also has a Master’s in Public Administration, MPA with a specialization in nonprofit management and policy from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.

Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, presented in 2015 at Tedex Accra, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana, and a Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Center-Accra, YALI RLC fellow.


Adwoa Frimpong

Executive Assistant and Programs Manager-Kumasi

She believes “where there is a will, there is a way” and in selfless service to humanity and sees every moment in life as an opportunity to pour herself out to meet the needs of others. She is a simple person and keen to learning and improving herself day in and day out. She is passionate about girls education and volunteering. For the last five years she has had the opportunity to work with various organizations including Sunyani Municipal Hospital, Controller and Accountant General’s Department Sunyani, Ghana Statistical Service Sunyani, Edified Gospel Inc. Accra and YES Ghana(NGO) Accra.She studied at Sunyani Polytechnic and completed with HND in Marketing, she received her secondary education at Konongo-Odumase Secondary School. She is the last born of three children and was born in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.Adwoa Frimpong is a young Ghanaian and currently the Executive / Programs Manager for The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana.


Andrews Nii Awuley Lartey

Programs Manager - Accra

Andrews Nii Awuley Lartey is the Programs Manager for GEIG, Accra. For two years he has worked with the students on information communications technology, ICT projects, specifically teaching a coding course during Saturday class session and vacation sessions. Andrews believes in being your better self each time – breaking your own record. He is currently a student at Lancaster University- Ghana. He is on the business and finance track. “In all things, I am concerned about doing cool things that matter.”


Volunteers

Kwabena Agyapong

Kwabena Agyapong has three (3) years experience in the non-profit sector. Currently, Kwabena is in charge of marketing and public relations for the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana. Kwabena is also the Communications & Development Manager (online internship) for The Asherah Foundation in USA. This role gives him the opportunity in leading online fundraising campaigns, creating donor communication strategies, drafting and publishing newsletters, creating content for website, and building the capacity of deprived women around the world through awarding postsecondary scholarships.

Previously, Kwabena has served as the Deputy Editor intern for Dorodrum (www.dorodrum.com) – a digital publishing organisation focused on connecting international African entrepreneurs and business experts with the young African entrepreneurial minds. He has also worked extensively with organisations such as Unilever Ghana Ltd, Marie Stopes International Ghana, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) and Global Hand.

Kwabena Agyapong graduates from University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). He is the President of the Rotaract Club of UPSA from July 2016 to June 2017. He believes that inhibiting the growth of women is like inhibiting half of the world’s population from succeeding. Sadly, everyone is affected. Providing women with equal access to educational opportunities is a surest way in eliminating poverty, reducing gender-based violence, ensuring healthy families and resulting in a ripple growth in the country’s socio-economic development and global GDP.


Sarah Strassler

Sarah is a third year Peace Corps education volunteer. She spent the past two years as a Integrated Science teacher for a senior high school in the Brong Ahafo region. She also served as a house mistress. In this role she administered an after school HIV education club and a girls dormitory to house female students. Sarah will be with GEIG until February 2018. While here, she’s supporting in administering our high school programs and working with our regional managers and SHS girls to initiate Ladies Achievers clubs in their schools.