SAIBA KHASU ROBERTS
Founder and Executive Director
SAIBA KHASU ROBERTS has traveled three to four times each year to Liberia over the last six years, building a series of community outreach projects to develop engaging lives for young girls. His commitment, enthusiasm, vision and relentless work ethic has been pivotal in the development and expansion of the Read 2 Ride 101 Literacy Program, which currently ranges from urban Liberia, to rural parts of Grand Cape Mount County.
JAMES E. ROBERTS, also known as Kona Khasu, is a poet, playwright, director of stage and TV productions, and an educator. He served as Director for Planning at Liberia’s Ministry of Education from 2006 through 2010 where he led the Liberian delegation that negotiated governing principles of the 240mil Pool Fund. This Fund was used to rebuild Liberia’s post-war education system, partnering with the EU, UNICEF, the Soros Foundation, and other donors. Upon retiring, he served as Executive Director of the Providence Baptist Foundation. His accomplishments include the completion of the Alexander Letter Academy on the Liberia/Sierra Leone border. This School and farming site serves as the location of Providence Water, a commercially sold bottled water that remains the church’s most successful social entrepreneurial effort. In the 70s, Mr. Roberts, under his psuedoname, became Liberia’s first TV director of the iconic KOTATI TV series. He additionally served as director for the Liberian Cultural Center at Kendeja during the height Liberia’s cultural, artistic renaissance. He holds distinction from Hobart College, Boston and Harvard Universities, respectively.
HON. CATHERINE WATSON KHASU served as the first female Superintendent (State Governor) of Grand Cape Mount from 2006 through 2012. She was a beloved and effective servant of the people with a respected conscience and vision. Hon. Watson has a valuable understanding of traditional Liberian and Western customs and commands several local languages. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in International Relations and Development from Oxford University. Hon Watson had a long career as in the Liberian Foreign Service, beginning as a cadet in 1980. She served posts in Egypt and Brussels in the 80s and 90s respectively and finally retired after being asked to serve in the People’s Republic of China from 2015-2017.
JEHU A RICHARDSON is the President of Coastal Ventures Inc. and formerly served as COO of Konblo-Bumi Inc. He is the former General Manager of AmLib United Minerals, based in Liberia. This is where he and his brother, geologist Nathaniel Richardson, successfully planned the restoration of the 14-year dormant Bong Mines railroad until it was taken over by the Liberian government. Jehu, also a retired pilot, served as Chief Pilot and ultimately General Operations Manager of Liberian Air. He holds the distinction of Knight Commander for his contributions to Aviation, and is an alum of the University of Liberia and Pace University.
DR. DAVID ROSEN was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston from 1986 to 2003. Since then, he has worked in the USA and internationally as an independent consultant and advisor to programs for school children or formerly out-of-school youth in Northern Cyprus, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Africa, and Liberia. In Liberia, he has been a curriculum evaluator and trainer for two national Education Development Center multi- year USAID-funded projects, and is currently an advisor with the Friends of Liberia to the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia for its Family Literacy Initiative, funded by the Open Society Foundation. Dr. Rosen is the author or co-author of several books or columns on education.
MIATTA WASHINGTON previously worked as a loan supervisor in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties Liberia Economic Assistance Program (LEAP), where she helped coordinate and manage micro loans given to Liberian women to start and expand their business. Currently, she’s helping to coordinate which schools our girls will enroll in for the coming school year, purchase all supplies needed by them and ensure we receive their emd of semester report cards. In addition to this, Miatta also works as one of our teachers. She has a terrific temperament, is patient, consistent, cares deeply about our girls, and has a steady hand when it comes to upholding our principles.
SAM ZULON is the former Financial Comptroller of Liberia’s Ministry of Education. For seven years, his duties included the preparation and execution of the Ministry’s educational budgets and financial reports. He also handled all activities of all donor funded projects and prepared reports for submission to various donors. He continued to aid additional fiscal responsibilities as designated by top ministry management remotely. We are grateful for his financial expertise on the building of our programs and projects.
ABRAHAM KROMA joined our team over five years ago, working as our community counselor and “Swiss army knife.” A ‘jack of all trades,’ Abraham fills in wherever he’s needed- assisting our teachers during lessons, buying our supplies, building our tables and stools, visiting parents along with Miatta and Annietta, teaching our kids how to ride bikes, and so much more. We really would not have made it this far without his varied skill set, effort and commitment.
ANIETTA REVES is a very engaging and dynamic teacher. Her wonderful energy, varied skillset, and years of experience exemplifies our values as she pushes our girls to achieve their best. She previously worked as an Instructor at the We Care Library where she travelled the country helping improve teachers’ skills at a number of workshops.
ANJA GENIA MEICHSNER
Bike Coach/ Health and Exercise Coordinator
ANJA GENIA MEICHSNER has worked as a professional Health, Strength and Conditioning Coach for more than 15 years. She is brilliant at encouraging and motivating people to live a healthy and active lifestyle. She is also a youth track and field coach and currently coaches a Youth MTB team in New England. Anja’s passion is to spread the love for riding bikes to kids and especially girls to build their confidence and strength. As a former Triathlete, Anja is still a competitive bike racer with an incredible wealth of knowledge about bikes and endurance sports. Her passion for bikes is infectious and her energy and smile can brighten up a room even on a rainy day. She loves fun, speed and sunshine!
Natu Strathy, RN is a native Liberian and Graduate of the Cuttington College School of Nursing. She furthered her training in Surgical Nursing in England and worked as a surgical nurse in the US for over 25 years. In 2013, she along with her physician husband, founded Liberia Medical Relief. After several years of part-time work in Liberia, she now is a full time resident spearheading the development of the 14 Military Hospital. Natu’s enthusiasm toward advancing Liberian healthcare is unparalleled. Natu Strathy, RN is a native Liberian and Graduate of the Cuttington College School of Nursing. She furthered her training in Surgical Nursing in England and worked as a surgical nurse in the US for over 25 years. In 2013 she, along with her physician husband, founded Liberia Medical Relief. After several years of part-time work in Liberia she now is a full time resident spearheading the development of the 14 Military Hospital. Natu’s enthusiasm toward advancing Liberian healthcare is unparalleled.
Cyanna is a recent graduate from Rutgers University, with a degree in Biology with a minor in education. She plans on attending medical school and would like to teach in the online science program, focusing on health education.
Savannah obtained a BA Environmental Studies from Northeastern University, with a focus in policy and the democratization of renewable energy. She is passionate about regenerative, agricultural systems and would like to help with our agricultural and sustainable development.
With a BA Computers Science, from Marquette University, Kai would like to teach kids the basics of programming and give them access and exposure to computer science….specifically python and some web development.
Tasha has a BS Behavioral Neuroscience and MS Bioinformatics. She’s interested in helping with computer literacy.