Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors give their time, energy and expertise to bring hope to the vulnerable children of Mali.

Lisa Savitt, Board Chair,
Lisa Savitt is a lawyer based in Washington, DC.  She practices international law and is licensed in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and New York.  She is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.  Lisa works for a woman-owned law firm.  She is also the past chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and is on the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Middle East and North Africa Council.  Her husband Mike is a physicist.  He also has a Masters in Public Health and has worked on a project on malaria prevention. Lisa and Mike have traveled to East Africa and Lisa recently visited Mali and met the ACFA children and visited the Zorokoro complex.

M. Nickleson Battle, Jr.
Nick is a human resources manager with an international non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and has more than 16 years of experience in human resource management. In addition to her work in human resources, Nick is an accredited therapist. He holds a BS and MS in Psychology from Capella University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Nick is also a volunteer with local organizations providing counseling services to underserved populations and adolescents in the juvenile justice system.

Aissata Sow Thiam
Aissata Sow Thiam is an international consultant in information technology and communication. She has a Masters in Physics from the University of Bretagne and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Compiegne in France. She is certified in management information systems and telecommunications from George Washington University. She has more than thirty years experience in international development and medical sciences.

She held management positions at George Washington University health plan, at Principal Health Care and Fannie Mae in Washington, DC and Maryland. She was partner at Performances Management Group in Senegal and country manager at SOLID – Sustainable Information Systems in Mauritania. She started her career as a medical imaging specialist at the Medical School and as a research associate at the nuclear physics department at the Pt G Hospital.

Aissata Sow Thiam is the vice chair of Muso, a San Francisco based NGO providing maternal and child care in Mali. She is a member of Maliwatch, a Washington based grassroots organization involved in science and development for Mali, and MSAS, the Malian Society of Academy Sciences.

Fattimata Mohamed Ali
Fattimata Mohamed Ali holds a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland, focusing on children and families. She is currently employed by the State of Maryland as a social worker for child welfare services in the Prince George County Social Services Department. She is also a case manager with KC Community Inc., working with elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she joins YMCA's Youth and Family Services, which provides mentoring to youth in care in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Marley Leitner
Marley is the Global Planning & Performance Associate for the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. In 2016, she was selected as a ProInspire Fellow which brought her to Washington. Marley has a background working in grassroots politics, economic development, and operations. Prior to joining WRI, Marley worked in process excellence for GE Capital and Wells Fargo. She was on the advisory board of an international non-profit focusing on global education, worked for an economic development non-profit in Chicago, and volunteered on two of Obama's campaigns. Marley holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Indiana University and an MA in International Development from American University.  

Jordan Molnar
Jordan Molnar is a Senior Associate at PwC where he advises public sector clients on data analytics and financial management issues. Jordan’s professional experience involves helping organizations gather, store, and report on their data, particularly data related to financial transactions and budgetary planning. He has been volunteering with children for over 12 years, focusing on tutoring and youth sports initiatives. Jordan holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems and Accounting from James Madison University.

Trish Hilliard
Tricialand Hilliard is a Psychotherapist by training, and her mental health work has focused on minority youth, women and families. Her innovative approach to multicultural therapeutic practices are rooted in cultivating health and wellness, specializing in urban self-care practices for busy professionals. As the Founder of Pearl Noir, LLC, she provides counseling and consultations for professional women of color centered on balanced cultural self-love and inner awareness.  She holds a Doctorate of Education from Argosy University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Bowie University. A native of Washington, D.C., Tricialand gives back to the city by mentoring youth through community based organizations. She continues to pursue her passion for working with minority at-risk youth by helping them navigate self-identity and education through the exploration of traveling aboard. 

Brianne Thompson-Martin
Brianne Thompson-Martin is a Consultant working at CCS Fundraising, a global fundraising and strategic management consulting firm. Leveraging her experience in board and pipeline development and strategic engagement she partners with nonprofits to advance their fundraising strategy. Prior to CCS Fundraising, Brianne was major gift development officer for the George Washington University School of Business. Her work focused on engaging individual alumni and the corporations they work with to better partner with the university. Brianne holds a BA in Human Services, Social Justice and Public Health. She is also a graduate student studying Global Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Fatoumata Kane
Fatoumata is a Senior Project Officer at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She is responsible for management of Sponsored Project Administration, communications with sponsor and country teams, long term planning and effective strategies across program management to ensure programmatic objectives and targets are met. Prior to joining Columbia University, Fatoumata was Program Director of International Coalition of Sites of Conscience where she lead the implementation and administration of a complex multi-partners Funds on transitional justice. Fatoumata has experience working with the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union Commission, the Swedish International Development Agency and Handicap International France. She received degrees from the University of Law ad Economics of Development of University of Nice, France. She is fluent in Bambara, French and English and speaks basic German.