Elizabeth Bintliff is the Vice President of Africa Programs at Heifer Project International, where she has worked since 2000. From her base in Little Rock, Arkansas she leads Heifer’s program in Africa, managing a portfolio in 12 countries.
Born and raised in Cameroon, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and has a Masters in African Studies from Yale University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Zanzibar and has worked South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. She started her career at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, GA. She is fluent in English, French, Swahili and West African Krio.
Elizabeth is commitment to development, especially for women in Africa, where she believes that giving three things – a choice, a voice and an opportunity- is key to changing the trajectory of development on the continent. Her commitment to fighting poverty and elevating the role of women is testament not just I her work abroad, but also in the US where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Foodbank and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, which promotes women in philanthropy and the empowerment of young girls.
Elizabeth holds a Master’s Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas; a program of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.
She has represented Heifer International on several local and national media appearances including ABC’s World News Tonight in 2008 and The Colbert Report in 2009. In 2010 she was selected as “40 Under 40” by the Arkansas Business Chronicle. Elizabeth is an honoree of the “Crowning Achievers’ award by the NW Arkansas Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She is also a member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum, a network of female executives.
Joel Nana Kontchou is the General Manager for Schlumberger, the largest Oilfield Services Company in the world, in Central Africa (Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo and DRC) based in Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.He specializes in business transformation, high level negotiations and in developing others’ potential and in getting their buy-in/participation toward goals.
Joel has hands-on experience in operations and management across all spectrums of upstream Oil and Gas, from deepwater exploration to brownfield production. He has a strong track record in leading a team to achieve a full potential of an asset in frontier areas.
He holds an MSc in Electro mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique of Yaounde Cameroon and has attended numerous professional development courses including Marketing Management at Columbia University in New York and Finance Management at IMD in Lausanne Switzerland.
Before being based in Congo, Joel Nana Kontchou worked in Houston, TX as Vice President of Services for Schlumberger Information Solutions and in Paris, France as Vice President for Europe and Africa. He has also held positions in Human Resources, Marketing, Management and Operations in Bahrein, Egypt, Syria, India, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, and Scotland.
Joel supports Education in Africa through teacher empowerment programs and full scholarships throughout primary and secondary education for selected students, and other Corporate and Personal philanthropic efforts. He has completed 5 full marathons; the last one being the Texas marathon in Kingwood in January 2014,and numerous half marathons. He was an executive member of the Cameroonian American Association,CAMCOH, in Houston, TX and is a founding member of the Cameroon Investment Club (CIC).
Nkenglefac Jethro (Sr.) was born into the family of Pa David Fuabeh and Mama Ayanu Mary on the 05/02/1980 in Fontem. She entered primary school in 1985 and had her First School Living Certificate in 1991. She proceeded to Seat of Wisdom College and Government Bilingual High School-Fontem where she obtained both the Cameroon General Certificate Ordinary and Advanced Levels in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
Sr. Nkenglefac joined the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis in September 1998, made her First Vows in 2002 and Final Vows in 2008.She studied at the British College of Professional Management, Buea from 2003-2005 where she obtained a Higher Graduate Diploma in Management. She was trained as a Volunteer Health Councilor by the Kumbo Diocesan Family Life Office from November 2012 to August 2013.
She worked as Secretary in the Bishop’s House – Buea (2005-2007) and as Personnel/Financial Manager at the St. Martin de Poores Catholic Hospital-Njinikom (2007-2008) and the St. Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital, Shisong (2008-2009.
She is currently the General Manager of the St. Elizabeth’s Cardiac Centre, a post she has held since the inauguration of the Centre in November 19th 2009. Sr. Nkenglefac is excellent in both spoken and written English, good in French and average in Italian.
Wallena Gould, CRNA, EdD is the founder of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Mainline Endoscopy Centers
in Pennsylvania. For ten years, annually, Dr. Gould has planned and chaired 20 Diversity CRNA Information Session & Airway Simulation Lab Workshops for underrepresented minority critical care nurses who desire to successfully matriculate into nurse anesthesia programs from across the country.
In addition, through her program, CRNAs volunteer their time to visit Historically Black Colleges & Universities Schools of Nursing and urban junior/ senior high schools to encourage careers as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Dr. Gould has written four articles in relation to minority nurses and nurse anesthesia for Minority Nurse Magazine. She has presented at state and national nurse anesthesia association meetings on diversity and cultural competence in nurse anesthesia. Dr. Gould’s website, www.diversitycrna.org has enjoyed over 3.9 million hits in the last five years and have mentored underrepresented minority registered nurses to enroll in 54 out of 113 nurse anesthesia programs