Meet our Board!

Board of Directors


Jenny Spalding

Jenny Spalding has worked as Petroleum Engineering Specialist for Upstream E&P. Her primary expertise is in petroleum project economics, portfolio, and reserves assessment.  She has authored papers for Saudi Aramco, Aramco-Houston, The World Bank, Shell and CERA while employed with them.  At the World Bank, Ms. Spalding was engaged in (a) policy discussions with the Indian Government to reconcile domestic fuel, feedstock pricing and electricity pricing subsidies, (b) leading a task force to Egypt across subsidies between fuel substitutes and (c) coordinating the Global Environmental and Energy fund (GEF) for Eastern Europe. Jenny has been heavily involved in educating youth in the Middle East on oil and economics and reserves and has worked with many education not- for -profit institutions to encourage learning.


Ama Koram

Ama has worked in Oil & Gas for 7 years as a Human Resources Generalist across various business divisions: Upstream, Downstream, Finance& Information Technology. Her current work comprises of advising and consulting with Global Deepwater leaders in order to deliver business priorities and the HR strategic agenda. Ama’s work also focuses on maintaining positive employee relations. One of her passions centers on career development for young professionals.

Patricia English

Patricia has been passionate about community-driven development since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. Motivated by her experiences working at a rural health clinic in Togo, she returned to the US to pursue a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Development from Tulane University. Her global work experience includes working on civic engagement programs in South Sudan, promoting volunteerism for sustainable development in Viet Nam and coordinating an HIV & TB community-based care program in South Africa.



Giewee Hammond

Giewee has an extensive mathematics background which she uses to resolve complex problems for Upstream E&P. She is a Lead Data Scientist for her division. Her projects are high profile and information sensitive by nature and require strategic planning with division directors. She is currently leading a company initiative on how knowledge is managed as senior employees leave her company over the next two (2) to three (3) years. She enjoys empowering individuals with information that will better their circumstances. She has volunteered with various Houston, TX organizations that encourage STEM after-school programs and has acted a mentor for undergraduate students that are starting careers. She was on the board of an organization started by the Harris County District of Education for two (2) years before embarking on Wahjay – STEM’s initiative in Liberia.


Liberia History, First Lady, Michelle Obama

Liberia has roughly 3% of people that were North American – born blacks that migrated to Liberia. These 3% established the democracy that Liberians live in, today.  Liberia has had many names such as the Pepper coast and Grain coast. Apparently, the very first inhabitants in Liberia were small in stature, and were referred to as pygmies. When you visit, you may find that many Liberian men and women are shorter and smaller in stature when compared to other West Africans. Liberia seems to have been everyone’s land since many migrated from other parts of Africa, i.e. Sudan before the arrival of the North American – born blacks. Liberians have a very diverse environment, with many multi ethnic people, most popular being Ghanaian and Liberian from historical times. Liberia, in addition to other west cost nations,  was known to have an advanced standard of living. The quality of their products drew international attention, which included trade with various European nations.

Liberia’s 3%, called Americo- Liberians, is the start of the deep tie to the USA. In a press release about First Lady, Michelle Obama’s trip to Liberia, late June 2016, the writer states:

First of all, in Liberia, we have long and deep historical ties with the people of Liberia. And we’ve also had, over the years, significant cooperation on a range of issues, including a substantial assistance relationship and support for Liberia, first as it emerged from many years of civil war, as President Sirleaf consolidated democratic gains in the aftermath of that civil war, and then, most recently, in coordinating a global response to the Ebola epidemic.

Liberia is one of our anchor partners in West Africa. And we believe that the success of Liberia’s democracy and its people is critical to the future of the broader region. And again, the United States enjoys overwhelming popularity among the people of Liberia who also very much value this relationship. And the opportunity to have the First Lady go and speak to the importance that we place not just on foreign policy issues but on human development will be critical.

And I should just add that in Africa generally, the President and First Lady have stressed the message of empowerment and engagement not just with governments but with peoples, whether it’s through our young leaders initiatives, our education initiative, and our broader assistance that has focused very much on capacity-building and empowering people, as well as assisting governments.

You may find the full press release here.

Our Grant Writers

Thank you for reading the blogs in our grant writers series. We received tips and resources from  each of our grant writers and will continue our relationship in other ways.

We decided to use our own proposal for corporate sponsorships until we decide to pursue grants again. Grants usually take lots of research before applying for one and we will seek professionals when that time comes.

Please stay tuned for our next blog entry on our Board of  Directors and Founder of Wahjay- STEM.



Meet our grant writer, Violeta Serbu

Violeta is an experienced education professional, with over 14 years in teaching, training, research and youth counseling. She has a BA, an MA and a PhD in Education Sciences, awarded by the University of Bucharest in Romania and is now shifting towards neuroscience, aiming to discover new ways to enhance the human brain. She co-founded the Alternative University in Romania and she believes that by helping people to take ownership of their own learning you empower them to flourish.