Dr. Asongu Josephine Ncho leads an impressive career as an internal Medicine Physician, after her Residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, a world-class teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School.
With a passion for service from childhood, she has been volunteering for over 12 years while collaborating with several nonprofit organizations.
As a Co-Founder of Joseph Ncho Foundation, a self-described Pan-Africanist, she is dedicated to the education and inspiration of younger generations of Africans and brings that passion to the Bella Masters Vision.
Before becoming the current President and CEO of the International Institute of Saint Louis, Mr. Obenson Arrey has left a major footprint on the global economic and leadership scale.
Mr. Obenson served as Secretary General for JCI, after serving as Executive Director and Deputy Secretary General with the same establishment. In this capacity he developed and implemented the strategic plan of the organization, engaging stakeholders, internally and externally, to include member countries, government entities, international organizations and multinational corporations.
He led the development, overview and implementation of growth and impact strategy at a global level, also leading negotiations with partners, donors and contractors. Leading and motivating a staff at world headquarters and regional offices. Overseeing the financial management of the organization to include its investment and fund development strategy.
RUTH GANNON COOK
Ruth received her doctorate from the University of Houston with an emphasis in Instructional Design Technology (2003). She also attended The Queens College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and received a certificate for advanced studies with an emphasis in Change Diffusion and Technology Integration. She served as Editor of the International Journal of Educators Online (JEO) editorial board, and on the editorial boards of International Journal of Technologies and Educational Marketing, Tech Trends, Chief Learning Officer, a quarterly review of Distance Education, Participatory Educational Research, and Education and Self-Development.
Ruth’s research continues to be focused on the use of semiotics in education, instructional design, teaching, and advising students, particularly with respect to online learning, disadvantaged student learning, and online student retention.
JONATHAN D. WHITE
Mr. White has been a public finance banker for 26 years, concentrating within the State of California. Prior to his eight years with Chilton & Associates, Mr. White worked with other major bond firms covering a wide range of school district, city and redevelopment issues.
Mr. White has worked on over $8 billion of tax-exempt financing structures including general obligation bonds, certificates of participation, Mello-Roos bonds, assessment district bonds, tax allocation bonds, revenue bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes and a variety of short-term notes. Mr. White has extensive experience with variable-rate structures. His experience includes the whole range of municipalities, with an emphasis on school districts, cities and redevelopment agencies. He is an expert on refunding and has worked on advanced, current and variable interest period refunding structures.
Mr. White is a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, the League of California Cities, the California Redevelopment Association and the Coalition for Adequate Housing.
Marcie owns a business that focuses on helping clients solve marketing problems, build profitability and position in the marketplace. Marcie works with clients in a variety of industries from foodservice, healthcare, cosmetology and small business. She received the highest award in public relations, The Shaughnessy Quality of Life award from the Publicity Club of Chicago, for my campaign on behalf of a nonprofit inner-city music school for disadvantaged youths. She produced two historical anniversary books for two local institutions that are now part of the permanent collections at the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago History Museum.
As an advocate of small business development, she sat on the boards of several organizations that have supported small business growth. These include the North Business and Industrial Council and Harold Washington College, Business and International Education Division. She is a former delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and a former participant in the Illinois State House Conference on Small Business.
Specialties: Health care, food, beauty, hospitality, manufacturing, non-profits and small business development.