Lee C. Nusich, Chair, Board of Trustees

Lee holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Oregon School Of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota.  He has practiced law in Portland, Oregon for the past 33 years and is currently affiliated with the law firm of Lane Powell, PC.  His current practice emphasizes commercial litigation and representation of financial institutions.  He has been an active volunteer with several nonprofits over the past 20 years and in that capacity has traveled to Romania, Russia, China, The Philippines, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Matthew S. Essieh, Member, Board of Trustees

Matt is the President and CEO of EAI Information Systems with offices in both U.S and Ghana.  Since founding EAI in 1989, Matt has worked with some of the leading financial institutions in the United States, applying leadership in strategy and in the areas of technology management.  EAI’s reputation for excellence in its products and services is a direct result of Matt’s personal commitment to the values of honesty, leadership, integrity and responsiveness to customers. Matt’s career in banking and finance spans over 20 years. Prior to EAI he was the Chief Financial Officer of Westmark, a financial services firm catering to national and community banks. Matt is active in leadership roles in a number of industry and public service organizations, and has been a speaker and writer on banking technology.  He is a founding board member of a community bank in Oregon, a former board chair of The World Affairs Council of Oregon, and current board member of Portland Opera. Matt has actively sponsored and founded community projects in education and healthcare in Ghana. Through his charitable work, he has built social and infrastructure services in rural Ghana.  Among the projects he has commissioned and managed are the construction of a dormitory to accommodate over 100 girls at a Senior Secondary School and the construction of a 40 bed hospital ward and a maternity ward to service a district population of about 78,000.  He has also actively sponsored students in higher education in Ghana and the U.S. Born in Ghana, he holds BA and MBA from Southern Oregon University.

Beth Okantey, Secretary, Board of Trustees

Beth holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Scholastic Achievement Award.  She currently works for Clark County Public Health in Chronic Disease Prevention helping to initiate a community-based program to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve birth outcomes and school readiness.  Beth is also an Adjunct Professor in the area of Sociology and Teacher’s Assistant for on-line courses in Social Work. Beth served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa for 2.5 years and in Ghana, West Africa for 1 year. Beth also spent time studying and volunteering in Jamaica and working in child welfare in London, England for 1.5 years.  Beth has worked in the areas of mental health, job preparedness for homeless populations, child welfare, and counseling for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Annie Robertson, Member, Board of Trustees

Annie practices business law at Lane Powell PC. Annie works with a variety of transactional matters including general business and corporate law, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, entity formation, equity offerings and debt financing.  She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from Central Washington University.   Annie has been involved with several nonprofits over the years, including an organization that finds homes for retired racing greyhounds and an organization that provides solar panels to hospitals and schools in Africa.

Caleb Pilling,  Member, Board of Trustees

Caleb works for Geffen Mesher & Company P.C. providing audit, tax and consulting services for clients in the manufacturing, software and construction industries. Caleb is a licensed certified public accountant and a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Before joining Geffen Mesher, Caleb was an equity analyst intern at Chinook Capital Management. While at Chinook Capital Management, he assisted senior equity analysts in managing the Chinook Emerging Growth Fund, including building valuation models, monitoring buy opportunities and writing buy recommendations for equity analysts. He earned a BA degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Business Administration from George Fox University where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. Outside of work, Caleb is active in youth ministries at Sunset Presbyterian Church and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing and golfing.

Brenda Mc Laughlin,  Member, Board of Trustees

Brenda, a pediatric nurse by profession, retired from Portland State University Foundation in 2014 where she supported the Chief Financial Officer and the Accounting Team.  At PSU Foundation much of her time was spent managing the scholarship module. This proved to her what a difference a scholarship could make to a student’s life. 

Brenda has had the opportunity to live in many countries in the world and her interest in Ghana stems from her daughter’s experiences there. In retirement she continues to volunteer for local non-profit organizations.

Dr. Peter Carlos Okantey, Founder & President

Peter holds a Doctorate Degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Strategic Leadership from Regent University’s School of  Business and Leadership, Virginia, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration both from Warner Pacific College.He also holds a teaching certificate from the Presbyterian College of Education in Ghana, West Africa and a Public Administration Diploma from the University of Ghana Business School. In 2009, Peter received the Young Alumni of the Year Award from Warner Pacific College. He is the founder and president of The Okantey Group Companies and the Naa Amerley Palm Education (NAPE) Foundation.  He has several years of professional work experience including, founding and managing a consulting business and non-profit organization, working within the private and non-profit sector in leadership positions in Ghana and the United States. He taught at university level in the United States for several years.  Peter is the founder and president of the Palm Institute of Strategic Leadership.  He serves as a full-time lecturer at the William Ofori-Atta Institute of Integrity at Central University College, Miotso, Ghana.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jay Barber, 
President Emeritus, Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

Dr. Roger Martin,
Assistant Professor, Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

Dr. Richard White, 
Professor, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Karen Howells, 
President & Founder, The Howells Group Inc., Portland, OR

Susan de la Vergne, 
President, Liberal Arts Advantage for Business, Los Angeles , CA




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