Board of Directors


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

Lisa Savitt, Board Chair,
Lisa Savitt is a lawyer, specializing in International Law, based in Washington, DC. She is also the past chair of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. This association has more than 20,000 members, all over the world. Lisa is responsible, inter alia, for overseeing cooperative relations with other lawyers' associations on matters of mutual interest, including matters relating to the rule of law. Her husband Mike is a researcher who has worked on a project on malaria prevention. Lisa and Mike have already traveled to East Africa and intend to visit Mali in the near future.

Richard Davis
Rich Davis is a military officer serving in the Washington area. He has a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in National Resource Strategy from the Armed Forces Industrial College, National Defense University. Rich is currently the Chief of Naval Operations, the Eisenhower School. His interests include photography, cycling and hiking with his family.

Hamallah Sidibe
Hamallah Sidibe is an accountant, responsible for managing grants 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, inter alia, mentoring and monitoring various federal grants, providing beneficiaries with the tools and training necessary to obtain and effectively manage the funds. Hamallah pays great attention to charity and is concerned about humanitarian assistance. His ultimate goal is to bring more aid to the less fortunate communities throughout the world.

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.

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.

Ruby Dia Headley
Ruby Dia Headley was born and raised in Africa, she earned a Master’s degree in Management Transport Logistics from the University of Paris 12 in France. Ruby has been with UPS for the past 12 years, she has achieved on-going success as a supply chain expert in the logistics industry with a 16 years professional experience in the US and in Europe. She also possess a solid background in Brokerage and import-export procedures. She routinely moves humanitarian medical supplies, donated by USAID & Global Fund, from the manufacturer’s plants (in India, Japan & Europe) to the designated warehouses of the beneficiary Ministry of Health (MoH) in Africa. Moving freight from point A to B, while leveraging the UPS worldwide network of offices & agents, to offer cost saving logistics solutions to clients is her particular area of expertise. However, as a proud African, she believes in giving back to her fellow countrymen, protecting the vulnerable and advocating for the voiceless. Ruby feels privileged to be in a position to offer meaningful and significant support to ACFA and our Malian orphans.

Marley Leitner
Marley is a Program Coordinator for the Financial Planning and Analysis team at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to joining WRI, Marley worked in process excellence for several financial institutions and was on the board of an international education non-profit. She has also worked in economic development helping Chicago based companies develop B2B relationships with international businesses expanding their products into new markets. Marley holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Indiana University and an MA in International Development from American University. This year she was selected as a ProInspire Fellow, a leadership development program that specializes in the social sector.