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Board of Directors | ACE Libera 2017

ACE Liberia’s Board is the backbone, inspiration and life-force that has fueled the organization since 2007.   Our members contribute their expertise, time, and have also provided monetary support to ensure the success of ACE Liberia’s mission and vision.

Dr. Sophie Williams, (Ed.D, NCC)Sophie Williams

Board Chair

Sophie works as the Grants Manager, Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, Inc. Over 35 years of experience in education, workforce development and management in U.S. and Liberia.


Valerie Royster, (BA, PHR)valerie-photo

Vice Chair

Valerie is a retired human resource professional. Over 30 years of experience concentrating in training and workforce development in medium and small size corporations.

Dr. Jobila Sy, (Ed.D)Jobila Williams


Jobila is an Associate Professor,  American University in Antigua.   Formerly, Director of Academic Advising, College of William and Mary. Ten years of experience in higher education administration in the U.S. and research interests in academic counseling/student development in Liberia.

John S. Morlu, (MBA, CPA)John Morlu


John is  the President and CEO of JS Morlu, LLC, a licensed CPA firm in Virginia and the Washington DC serving clientele around the globe.  John is the former Auditor General/Principal Auditor of the Republic of Liberia recruited by the European Union under an international agreement.

Dr. Ellis O. Henderson

Dr. Ellis O. Henderson (M.Div., Ed.D)

Ellis is the CEO of NDUTIME Youth & Family Services, Inc. and founding Pastor of The Way of the Lord Church Ministries in Richmond, VA. Over 25 years of experience in education, human services and ministry.


Tracy Marshall Tracy Marshall  (B.S.)

Tracy the founder and President of STRATeCOMMM, LLC, a custom digital development and marketing firm. He has  20+ years of combined experience in marketing and communications strategy, management, operations, business development and consulting for non-profits, Federal and state government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.


Sharon Richardson Sharon Richardson (MSW)

Sharon is a retired Social Worker for Newport News Public Schools, VA and the former National Director of International Trends and Services for The Links, Inc. Previously worked with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia before the civil war.


Hélène Rodriguez Sherman (M.P.S.)

Hélène Rodriguez Sherman, (M.P.S.)

Hélène is an international development professional with over 8 years’ experience in program management. She has experience overseeing cooperative agreements and contracts from USAID, foundations and European and corporate donors. Hélène’s oversees programs budgets and contractual issues to ensure smooth coordination and delivery.


Rose Mends-Cole Sherman

Rose Mends-Cole Sherman, (MSW)

Rose is a retired social worker with over 45 years of experience in social and development work in Liberia, Togo, Senegal, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sudan and the U.S.  Rose lives in Monrovia, Liberia and provides an instrumental role in making ACE’s vision a reality.


Tonyehn Verkitus

Tonyehn Verkitus

Tonyehn is the Executive Director of the Luzerne and Lackawanna County Medical Societies and has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and promotions, development, and non-profit operations. Tonyehn also sits on the boards of Lackawanna Arts, Culture & Education Department, and The Greenhouse Project.