The Staff of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Children


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Aboubakar Amadou, M.A., Supervisor-Children & Family Services Bronx Office

Aboubakar a Supervisor for Children and Family Services Program based at Sauti Yetu's Bronx Office.
Mr. Amadou holds an M.A. in Sociology with a focus on Community Development and an A.S in Anthropology from the University of Kara in Togo. Prior to settling in NYC, Mr. Amadou was a campaign organizer, counselor and project coordinator for African Youth Action and Youth Development Program in Togo, West Africa. He is the author of “Analysis of the community development projects failure causes: case of familial and school latrines building project in Birini (Tchaoudjo-Togo)” and “Nonprofit Organizations’ Contribution of communities-based development: case of Nonprofit Plan Togo in Tchaoudjo and Tchamba(Togo)”. Mr. Amadou speaks English, French, Hausa, Ewe, Mina, Tem (Kotokoli) and Kabye.

Brenda Baker-Book Keeper

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Charlette Jones, MA

Christina Olamiju., Quality Assurance Specialist

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Hager Shawkat, MPH-Program Officer-Community Wellness Program

Hager Shawkat, MPH is the Program Officer for Sauti Yetu's Community Wellness Program, a new initiative supported by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  In this role, Ms. Shawkat furthers our mission to educate and empower African women and girls by developing culturally-appropriate health resources on sexual health education and female genital cutting (FGC) for adolescent Muslims and African girls, respectively. Her personal mission is to use public health to empower under-served populations who feel their voices are not heard, services in their communities are inadequate, or their contributions are of no value.
          Prior to joining Sauti Yetu Center for African Women in March 2015, Ms. Shawkat served as the Senior Program Coordinator at for the Access to Health and Food Benefits program at Public Health Solutions. As the Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Shawkat coordinates outreach and enrollment activities to educate communities in New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey about the new health insurance Marketplace and how to get health coverage. Ms. Shawkat is a graduate of Karamah’s Law and Leadership Summer Program, a three-week development program on Islamic law, conflict resolution, and leadership skills hosted by an organization of Muslim women lawyers for human rights. She remains an active volunteer and student of Islamic studies throughout New York City.
         Ms. Shawkat holds a Master of Public Health from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health at Hunter College, with a concentration in Community Health Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Biology from Hunter College.

Katrina Schermerhorn, MA.,Director of Programs

Katrina Schermerhorn is the Director of Programs at Sauti Yetu where she over sees the over implementation and evaluation of program activities including services being delivered. Ms. Schermerhorn has over 17 years experience working in the NYC Child Welfare system, with Preventive and Foster care-contracted agencies. Ms. Schermerhorn developed and launched Sauti Yetu's Preventive Program in 2011 when she joined the agency.  Ms. Schermerhorn has an expertise in Program planning, and implementation, specifically her passion is in areas of quality assurance, and delivery of quality services to the children and families of NYC. Ms. Schermerhorn provides administrative oversight and supervision for Sauti Yetu's programs. She grew up in New York City and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University at Buffalo, where she earned a Master's in Science with a focus on Human Service Management. Ms. Schermerhorn is an experience trainer and provides ongoing staff development training both internally at Sauti Yetu and externally to our partner agencies.  In addition Ms. Schermerhorn has consulted as a home-finder, completing comprehensive adoption reports, and foster parent re-certification. 

Laurette Nsanze, MPA, MA-Program Manager-Girls Empowerment and LeadersHip Initiative (GELI)

Ms. Lauretta Nsanze is the Program Manager for the Girl’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (GELI) at Sauti Yetu. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing and coordinating program activities. Ms Nsanse coordinates ESL, literacy and other academic enhancement activities for English Language Learners and SIFE youth; identifies and forms appropriate partnerships for the delivery of supportive services for immigrant youth in schools, and workshops for parents. She liaises with schools, DOE and other youth development organizations to strengthen program activities.

Ms. Lauretta Nsanze is an English Language as second language and Literacy educator. Previciously, she pioneered USAID-funded English educational programs for the South Sudanese police leadership in partnership with the State Department and the Department of Justice. She later worked as the Academic Director of a private English Language Center in Burundi. In that capacity she organized the implementation and the development of the English Language Program and managed the English Language Training of government officials, the private sector leadership, the civil society and the media. Not only does she have experience in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages but she also taught French as a French native speaker in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Nsanse speaks English, French and working knowledge of Spanish.
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Massange Kamara-Case Planner, Legal Services

Mistura Hamza, MA., Supervisor-Children & Family Services-Staten Island Office

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Sheila Kusi-Asare LMSW- Violence Against Women/Girls

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Trinh Tran, Esq, Supervising Attorney-Legal Services

Trinh is the Supervising attorney in Sauti Yetu’s Legal Services Program. She represents survivors of intimate partner violence in family and matrimonial matters as well as immigration related issues. Trinh has years of experience advocating for survivors of intimate partner and gender based violence from African immigrant communities and focuses on holistic and interdisciplinary services. Trinh served in Mali with the Peace Corps working with local artisans, women’s cooperatives, and youth groups. Trinh holds degrees from George Washington University and Hofstra University School of Law where she was Managing Editor of the Family Court Review Vol. 49 and is a published author of, Mis-Matched: Taking a State Approach to Enforcing the Growing International Matchmaking Industry. Trinh is a member of the City Bar Domestic Violence Committee, Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. Trinh is admitted to practice in New York State. She speaks French, Bambara and Vietnamese.

Zeinab Eyega, M.Sc, Executive Director

Ms. Eyega provides oversight, management, and leadership in developing the strategic focus of Sauti Yetu’s programs and operations. This includes direct services, public policy and advocacy, community engagement and fundraising.
She has over sixteen years experience working on issues affecting African immigrant women and girls in the United States and in Africa. Ms. Eyega has developed training and educational materials as well as facilitated numerous cross-cultural competency workshops for health care providers throughout the United States.
Her commitment to the advancement of African women and girls was recognized in 2004 by the Open Society Institute, which awarded her the Soros Community Fellowship Award and she was recognized by NYC Mayor Bloomberg during the immigrant week, a celebration of the contributions of immigrants to the City of New York.
Ms. Eyega’s current areas of work include but are not limited to issues of gender, race and ethnicity in Africa, in particular the Afro-Arab border lands.