|Board of Directors|
Audrye S. Arbe
is an energized activated visionary-manifestor, living the experience of
eternality to her best ability. Achee grew out of Audre-y's vision
and heart, stemming from her first journey to Africa in the 1980's with
her then-little daughter. Dedicated to love and
acceptance/transformation of self, others and the planet, Audre-y in
2000 was instooled as Nana Aboagye Antwi I or Queen Mother of Progress
for Young Women and Girls in Akim Anyinase, Ghana, now Achee's adopted
village. Akim Anyinase and other villages are in discussions about
becoming ecological or eco-villages. As Co-President of Achee-Benin
ONG, Audre-y delightedly maintains communication with our friends and
associates in Benin.
Sandra Brevett-Dib, Vice President
Katie Weaver, Acting Secretary-Treasurer
|Circle of Consultants|
A citizen of Ghana, where he was a government official working with NGO’s and community development, Mashood is in New York, attending the graduate program in international development at Columbia University. Well versed in and knowing the needs and abilities of Africans, particularly Ghanaians, Mashood also speaks several African languages. Because of his outstanding achievements and cumulative grade point average, Mashood looks forward to receiving a scholarship and/or grant from Columbia University.
Lygia Maciel de Castro
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lygia is a Native Tupi/Guarani,Taino with
European and other ancestry. A 12th generation of Elder
Medicine Women descendant, Lygia knew from early childhood how precious
life is and how important it is to respect all living things on Earth,
recognizing that we are all part of the greater universal rainbow of
life, so vast and different, and yet, so similar and alike.
She is a ceremonial leader and teacher.
Dr. Tina Yacona M.S.W., M.D.
As a medical doctor and certified clinical social worker, Dr. Yacona has more than 20 years of experience working in hospitals and clinics in outpatient and inpatient facilities from emergency rooms to pediatrics to oncology and other medical specialties. She has had a private practice as a psychotherapist, working with adults, adolescents, children, support groups and family therapy.
Dr. Yacona is a adjunct professor at the Harid Conservatory of music at Lynn University, as well as well as a private voice teacher and coach. Formerly an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Health Sciences Department, she is interested in health and well-being that encompasses many diverse areas of expertise, from sound healing, communications skills, preventive medicine, alternative health and mind-body connection to the spiritual ramifications of human thought patterns.
Dr. Yacona’s ample talents include dress-making and hand analysis. A singer, Dr. Yacona has performed at New York cabarets and other venues. A consummate musician who plays both piano and guitar, she also composes music and writes songs.Rosa Simon
A full-time honors student on full Presidential Scholarship, Rosa attends Long Island University. Fluent in Spanish and English, thanks to her Cuban roots, Rosa is interested in pursuing advanced degrees that would permit her to work with Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. to enhance the quality of life wherever she placed herself. A tutor to other students, Rosa maintains excellent academic credentials, including being on Dean’s List.
A grants writer, Rosa has helped several organizations, including healing centers in Brooklyn, obtain financing. A previous Emergency Medical Corps worker, Rosa has helped save lives that might otherwise have been lost and knows how to handle herself in challenging circumstances. This has enhanced her already strong compassion.
Astute and well-informed politically, Rosa prefers peace and negotiation as methods of solving family and world issues. She advises that greater communication and interchange is needed between people of different cultures and backgrounds to help eliminate some of the difficulties on the Earth. Rosa is preparing herself to be a greater part of the solution, and thanks all those who have encouraged her in opening the way for this to occur.
ONG Bureau/Board of Directors,
Republic of Benin
Audre-y S. Arbe,Co-President
de Chacus, First Vice President
Catraye, Second Vice President
Hounsa, Third Vice President
Kader Toholin, Co-Founder/Secretary
Emma Victoire Gandicbe, Co-Founder/Treasurer
Social Club Board of Directors
Adjei, National President
Alexandra Acquaah, National Vice President
Okrah, National Secretary
Amaning Opintang II (Louis Aboagye-Donkor), Public Relations
2002: Achee Light Center
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