Our Team

Meet the Staff and Board of Directors

Grace for Impact builds on more than 10 years of organizational experience and has a passionate and talented senior leadership team and board of directors comprised of industry leaders who are committed to long-term program excellence, in addition to transparency, accountability and efficiency.

Our Staff

Amanda J. Childress, MPA

Amanda J. Childress, MPA

CEO

Ms. Childress is an international development and public administration professional with US, international, non-profit and institutional experience and over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the field managing large, complex multi-sectorial portfolio’s and development programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She has served as Country Director, Country Representative, Regional Director, Senior Advisor and in other positions with the Netherlands Development Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Program, Africare, Pact and the University of Illinois based in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Angola, Tanzania, Madagascar and others in a regional capacity. Amanda specializes in organizational leadership and development, resource mobilization and managing high profile and complex programs in difficult contexts. She has experience with a diverse set of donors and partners including DfID, USAID, DGIS, World Bank, United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the private sector.

Ms. Childress holds a Masters of Public Administration, several professional certifications and is fluent in French. Amanda is passionate about her work and committed to finding smart and scalable solutions to advance the plight of the poor and marginalized worldwide.

Amanda enjoys the arts, including classical dance, coaching basketball and she’s a huge fan of Formula 1!

Makda Ghaber

Makda Ghaber

Program Officer

Makda Ghaber is the Program Officer of Grace for Impact. She supports program administration, data management and analysis, and the technical and development aspects of the organization. Makda brings her international exposure and research experience to support formative program research and evaluation. Her experience working for an international development organization in Ghana, alongside her passion and dedication to improving the quality of life for the rural poor positions her well for the role.

Makda holds a BS in Economics and a BA in Integrative Studies with focuses in International Studies, Sociology, and Business, from the University of North Texas.  She has served locally as a project manager and a peer mentor for a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. In addition, she has worked in the private sector for a leading global IT consulting firm and an international mobility services company.

In her free time, Makda enjoys traveling, painting, listening to audiobooks, and has an impressive international coin collection from all the places she has lived and visited.

Kofi O. Boafo

Kofi O. Boafo

Country Coordinator

Kofi Boafo is the Country Coordinator for Grace for Impact in Ghana. Kofi leads all in-country coordination and field activities in Ghana. He brings valuable international development experience and cross-sector knowledge in non-profit programming and operations as well as public and private sector experience in both Ghana and the United States. Mr. Boafo worked as a Program Advisor in a wide range of areas with the Netherlands Development Organization in Ghana where he was instrumental in creating new business development and strategic partnerships and innovations for the organization in Ghana.His experience with donors and partners included UKAID, DGIS, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates, Ford Foundation, AFDB and the Government of Ghana.
Kofi holds a Bachelors Degree in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. He has participated in international workshops and trainings and holds several professional certifications. Kofi is very passionate about Africa, poverty alleviation and is working to find ways to create meaningful employment for the youth in Ghana.
Mr. Boafo serves as a volunteer and youth leader in his church where he provides capacity development, coaching, and entrepreneurial training. Kofi enjoys travelling and in his free time he enjoys reading about Africa and listening to uplifting music

Board of Directors

Dapo Oriola

Dapo Oriola

Board Chairman

Mr. Dapo Oriola, a native of Nigeria, is the founder and Chairman of Grace for Impact. Mr. Oriola is a passionate and effective philanthropist who brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience to the organization. He has served in a variety of roles over the years including non-profit healthcare, education, active ministry, journalism and the private sector. Mr. Oriola is currently a partner with a leading healthcare technology company based in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Oriola holds multiple degrees including a bachelors in Theology, a Masters in Journalism and  a degree in Philanthropy. A committed life learner, he also earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Mr. Oriola is a talented closet musician who resides in Loma Linda, California with his family.

Dr. Andrew Awoniyi

Dr. Andrew Awoniyi

Board Treasurer

Dr .Andrew Andrew is an experienced healthcare professional, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. Dr. Awoniyi currently works in healthcare technology as the Director of Research and Education with Axxess. Andrew has experience in chronic disease management and the utilization of health informational technology as a tool for improving the delivery of healthcare.

When not at the office, Dr .Awoniyi can be found playing racquetball, hiking, gardening and cooking.He and his family reside in the Dallas area.

Dr. Peace Jessa

Dr. Peace Jessa

Vice Chair

Dr. Peace Jessa is a practicing physician board certified in occupational medicine and Preventive Medicine.   She has worked in various healthcare arenas including, academic and industrial medicine and hospital medicine.  Following years as onsite physician at the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, and assistant professorship teaching position at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health, Dr. Jessa joined Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth Ohio as the Medical director for the Center for Occupational Health Services.

Currently, she is employed as a full-time physician with University of North Carolina High Point Regional Hospital in High Point, NC where she serves as the medical director for the Occupational Medicine and Work Health Department.  Dr. Jessa’s focus is on work related acute and chronic injuries, illness, and preventive health services.  Dr. Jessa also holds a pharmacy degree as well master’s degree in public health.  Dr. Jessa is passionate about global health initiatives and fostering preventive health programs in developing nations.  Dr. Jessa serves as member board of other three nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Leslie M. Lawrence, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Leslie M. Lawrence, D.M.D., M.S.

Secretary

Dr. Lawrence received her dental degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA and earned a specialty certificate and Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lawrence has worked in private practice (Ohio, Pennsylvania, DC), for a non-profit dental clinic (Mott Children’s Health Center, Flint, MI) and in academia (Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan; Associate Professor at Howard University College of Dentistry).  Dr. Lawrence has also served in the realm of organized dentistry with the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is a board examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada.  Dr. Lawrence believes that all children should have access to excellent oral health care.

In addition, Dr. Lawrence holds membership or affiliations with the-American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the College of Diplomates, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (CoD-ABPD). The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC), the District of Columbia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (DCAPD), the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MAPD) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

When not working or volunteering, Leslie enjoys sewing and photography.

Doyin Isiaka, PA-C, MPA

Doyin Isiaka, PA-C, MPA

Director

Doyin Isiaka serves on the Board of Directors for Grace for Impact. She is a certified physician assistant with Parkland Health and Hospital Systems in Dallas, Texas. She holds a Masters of Public Administration in Physician Assistant Studies from Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions.

Ms. Isiaka has experience in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Dermatology. She is the founder of Total Body Nurture, known for natural skin care products, with healing oils for all ages. In addition, she enjoys working in underserved communities where she is able to extend the love of Christ, in action, to her patients.

In her spare time, Ms. Isiaka enjoys sewing and is a talented photographer

Ms. Isiaka has experience in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Dermatology. She is the founder of Total Body Nurture, known for natural skin care products, with healing oils for all ages. In addition, she enjoys working in underserved communities where she is able to extend the love of Christ, in action, to her patients.

In her spare time, Ms. Isiaka enjoys sewing and is a talented photographer

Adesola Michael Dada, RN, BS, MA

Adesola Michael Dada, RN, BS, MA

Director

Mr. Adesola Dada  has served as a Board Member of Grace for Impact since 2008. He is a Registered Nurse and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field.

Adesola is affiliated with the Florida Board of Nursing and owns 2 companies in the US and Nigeria. He is a member of the Review Panel for the US National Board of Nursing. He has received an award for Outstanding BSN, Nursing Preceptor for Orlando Healthcare.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Rachel as well as traveling and reading.

Adetola Elewa

Adetola Elewa

Director

Tola Elewa resides in London and has worked for the British civil service for over 20 years. She joined Grace for Impact in 2009 and became a UK trustee for the organization when it became a UK registered charity. Prior to working with GFI Tola worked for a Sierra Leone based charity, Light of Hope International, a charity that focused on Women Empowerment and the established of schools in rural Sierra Leone.

Tola holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London and a Legal Practice certificate from the College of Law London. She recently completed Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action from the London school of hygiene & tropical medicine a course which she says makes her hungry! to do more in the areas of providing access to quality health services for those who live in rural improvised communities!

Since she joined GFI in 2009 she has attended all 8 medical missions up to date and participated as mission coordinator since 2010. She is currently doing a Master’s Program in Development Studies.

In 2016, Tola was the proud recipient of the, “Grace Engagement Award” for her contributions to the organization.

Tola enjoys travelling and cooking- she also has an impressive mug collection!

Dr. Eric Aigbedion

Dr. Eric Aigbedion

Director

Dr. Eric Oseikhuemen Aigbedion MD, MBBS, and BS. He has 22 years of experience and practices in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Aigbedion attended medical school at University of Lagos College of Medicine and graduated in 1987 having 26 years experience. Additional Internal Medicine training was conducted at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and Maryland.

Eric is passionate about giving back and has been involved in a variety of humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives focused on healthcare and poverty alleviation.