Board of Directors
Sarah Armstrong (Chairman of the Board) has a career that includes decades of work in non-profits and international development. She currently the Director of International Communications at Abt Associates where she is responsible for increasing awareness of Abt’s international health, economic growth and governance work. Before that, she was Director of Outreach and Communications for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Juba, South Sudan. She has travelled extensively around the world, particularly in Africa and has two beautiful sons who inspire her every day. She lives in the Washington, DC area.
Doctor/Reverend Patrick George (President) has a Doctorate in Ministry from Brendan University as well as a Doctorate in Christian Education from Triune Biblical University. He has two Master degrees – one in Christian Education from WOHPRAG Biblical University - Lagos state, Federal Republic of Nigeria and another in Missiology also from WOHPRAG Biblical University. He is currently the Principal, Pentecostal International Christin Collet of Management and Administration (now The Royal College of Theology and Administration) where he also served as Lecturer & Dean of undergraduate studies. He is also serving as National Coordinator of the Heart Land Apostolic Network, USA and was the Deputy Country Director of the Children of the Nations/Sierra Leone. He lives in Freetown.
Richard Spees (Treasurer) is an attorney with over 30 years' experience representing educational and international organizations. He is the general counsel of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and also General Counsel of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Before entering private practice, he served in various positions in the US Senate, including as the Staff Director of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce. In that capacity, he had jurisdiction over the budget of the US State Department. He lives in the DC area.
Lavina Banduah (Board Member) is the Executive Director of Transparency International Sierra Leone (TISL), a civil society anti-corruption advocacy organization dedicated to promoting integrity, ethics and anti-corruption values in personal and national development efforts in Sierra Leone. She lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Selina Tabitha Beola Ade-Williams (Board Member) attended the Albert Academy, Fourah Bay College/The University of Sierra Leone for her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Exeter University in the UK, for her Master’s Degree at the Institute of Population Studies. She also holds a number of certificates including Leadership Training and Advances in Family Health Communication both from John Hopkins University Baltimore, USA. She has also participated in a number of international conferences on gender, peace building, Family Planning and Sexual & Reproductive Health. She lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Thierry van Bastelaer (Board Member) is Vice President at Abt Associates, where he helps design and implement the company’s portfolio of private health finance activities. In addition to his work on health insurance and savings, Thierry is the founder and co-director of Abt’s Risk and Resilience Methods Center, and is one of the company’s Senior Fellows. Before joining Abt, Thierry was Associate Vice President for Economic Opportunities and Senior Director of Livelihoods Innovation at Save the Children, and the Director of the Enterprise Development Group at the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland (where he also earned his doctorate in Economics.) Thierry also serves as Adjunct Professor at American University, where he teaches the graduate and undergraduate classes in inclusive finance. He lives in the DC area.
Justin Jordan (Board Member) is a Senior Manager of Banking Solutions for Workiva, a software company that offers a number of solutions to enterprises across the world, including 70% of the Fortune 500. He studied Accounting at the University of South Carolina and relocated to Denver, CO in 2011. He is the elder of Sarah’s two sons; Toddo is his younger brother and the second of Sarah’s supportive and very special children. She is blessed to have them both involved in BTA and in her life.
Charlotte Zeitel (Head of Marketing and Fundraising) has a BS in Human Services from the Unviersity of Delaware. During her studies she concentrated on the impact of war on refugee familes and children. Since graduation, she worked at a Head Start program encouraging families to become self-sufficient while also emphasizing the importance of education for children at an early age. Presently, she works in the hospitality business. In her free time she displays her passion for helping others writing grant proposals, fundraising and positing social media for BTA.