Who We Are


Tracey Masella, LCWS, Board Chair – Holds a BA in English from Marquette University and a MSW from Fordham University. She began her professional career in academic publishing before moving into the non-profit sector; she has worked both internationally with the Journal Donation Project and locally with New Haven Family Alliance (CT). She is currently working as a counselor at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Ms. Masella served for five years as a member of the board of the Friends of St. Aloysius School, Inc. foundation, two years as president.



Beatrice Adiedo, Executive Director – Holds an MA Degree in Industrial Sociology and has worked for over 15 years in the nonprofit realm mainly in organizational development through fundraising, program development and evaluation initiatives. Ms. Adiedo has also worked with UNICEF and with the South African Government National Development Agency. Additionally, she has served as a Program Manager at New School University in NYC.



Dr. Mercy Amua-Quarshie, Board Member  – Board Certified ObGyn Physician and Fellow of the American Board of ObGyn. She has over 10 years experience in this field. Dr. Amua-Quarshie has a BA in Psychology from Cornell University, an MPH from Columbia University and an MD from NYU School of Medicine. Her ObGyn Residency was at Boston University School of Medicine and is a practicing doctor in NJ and Connecticut.



Frances Sadler, Board Member – Over 20 years experience in health care administration as a change agent. Worked in home and community based health care organizations of all sizes and various sponsorships improving systems, workflow and outcomes through implementation of technological advances and performance improvement activities. She presently serves as a Chief Operating Officer at Union Settlement Home Care Services, Inc..



Patricia Cobb Richardson, Board Member – Holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Loyola University, MD and over 20 years experience in developing and leading programs and services in the field of homelessness in NY City, MD and DE for urban and rural communities. Chief Program Officer for a homeless service provider in NY City, leading the development of innovative programs and services that brought housing and support to special needs populations. Co- principal investigator on several published research studies of street homeless adults. An advocate for the most effective systems approach to ending homelessness, she works as a consultant in several states to develop programs, educate staff and support policies that are evidence -based and consumer – driven. This includes, but not limited to, facilitating changes in homeless service delivery models to include a Trauma Informed Care approach. She served for several years on the Board of the Homeless Planning Council in Delaware.


Senior Advisors


Nurbanu Asena, Technology Advisor – Illustrator and founder of PO’SA is a non-profit organization, aimed to enhance interaction between people and art. PO’SA makes collaborative art projects that improves connection and interaction between artists, art and people.




Jeannette Wainaina, Networks Advisor – With over 5 years of financial, investment and project management experience in New York City with Fortune 100 Corporations. Jeannette holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance and Investments from Baruch College in New York City. Jeannette is a frequent field evaluator of MRA operations in Kenya as well as leverages contacts in the US to support programming in East Africa.



East Africa Regional Staff


Berage Nyagithi, RN, Regional Director East Africa – With over 10 years of RN experience and community development expertise, Ms. Berage leads MRA operations in East Africa assisted with a team of Public Health experts, Veterinary Officers, Business Manager (Social Venture Capitalists), Kenya Government Officials (Chiefs, MPs, District Officers and Medical Officials).




Gustav Moyo, RN, Project Coordinator, Tanzania – Mr. Moyo has served as the Registrar and Chief Executive officer of the Tanzanian Nurses and Midwife’s Council. He has astute understanding of Public Health issues and marries this with community development initiatives. He is aided with MRA field coordinators, local government Tanzanian officials, veterinary officers and members of International Nonprofits such as Farm Africa.


ephraimEphraim Nganga- Financial Advisor – has over 15 years in financial services with a back-ground in Accounting and IT.  He has led various teams in Fund Accounting, Controllers, IT Finance and most recently Financial Planning and Analysis. He previously worked for Liberty Financial and Morgan Stanley. He currently works for International Federation of Accountants.



Aziza Nuritova, Advisor – provides guidance on program support and implementation having worked in the non-profit and government sectors in the US.