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.

Hamallah Sidibe

Hamallah Sidibe is a Field Accounting Manager, responsible for managing a portfolio of 25 projects for an international non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC. He holds an MBA in financial management from Strayer University and has over 16 years of experience in accounting and financial management. His experience includes providing trainings, mentoring and monitoring various USAID projects around the world. Hamallah travels monthly to field offices to provide projects tools and training necessary to effectively manage the funds. Hamallah pays great attention to charity and is concerned about humanitarian assistance. His goal is to bring more aid to the less fortunate communities throughout the world.

Hamallah Sidibe est responsable finance et comptabilité d’un portefeuille de 25 projets pour une organisation non gouvernementale internationale basée à Washington, DC. Il est titulaire d'un MBA en gestion financière de l'Université Strayer et compte plus de 16 ans d'expérience en comptabilité et en gestion financière. Son expérience comprend la formation, le mentorat et le suivi de divers projets USAID à travers le monde. Hamallah se rend tous les mois dans les bureaux extérieurs pour fournir aux projets les outils et la formation nécessaires pour gérer efficacement les fonds. Hamallah accorde une grande attention à la charité et se préoccupe de l'aide humanitaire. Son objectif est d’apporter plus d’aide aux communautés les moins favorisées du monde entier.

Aissata Sow Thiam
Aissata Sow Thiam holds a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Western Brittany and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Technology of Compiègne. She holds two Certificates in Information Systems and Telecommunications from George Washington University in Washington, DC and Novell Engineer from CGI Washington. Aissata Sow Thiam taught medical imaging at Mali's Faculty of Medicine and worked in the nuclear medicine department of the Pt G Hospital in Bamako. She has held various positions as an analyst and manager at the George Washington University Health Plan, Principal Health Care, now Coventry, and Fannie Mae. She was an Associate Manager at Performance Management Consulting in Senegal and General Manager of Sustainable IT Solutions in Mauritania. Aissata Sow was President of the Malian Association in Washington, DC and is an active member of Maliwatch and Mali Affinity Group. She is on the Board of Directors of Muso, Inc. and devotes much of her time to humanitarian actions in her community.

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 major gift development officer for the George Washington University School of Business. Her work focuses 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.