Develop Africa's team comprises of dynamic, dedicated, forward-thinking and compassionate individuals who desire to make an impact and effect a lasting transformation in the lives of individuals in Africa. Develop Africa works in partnership with businesses, non-profit organizations and charities, and individuals all around the world who are trained in and specialize in development work in Africa. The backgrounds of our staff and partners range from full-time work experience in international development to advanced degrees in business and development.  


 Board Members (sorted alphabetically by last name)

James Ramey

James Ramey joined with Develop Africa, Inc. in early 2016 as a volunteer blog editor and blog moderator. He is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication at Arizona State University. He holds Associate degrees in General Business Management and Arts and Humanities. He is currently a technical editor for a software company based near Sacramento, CA. James lives with his wife in Northern California.


Sylvester Renner is passionate about effecting permanent change and making a mark in Africa that cannot be erased.  He is the co-founder and president of Develop Africa. Mr. Renner holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), with a specialization in Information Technology. He has over 15 years of strategic, hands-on experience in project management, small business development, business analysis, information technology implementation, and web development and consulting.  Mr. Renner has worked full-time with RURCON/RUDERSERV (in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)) and with NGOs implementing food and nutrition programs in Western Area, South and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone. He has also worked in literature development and reading promotion. Mr. Renner is semi-fluent in French and widely traveled internationally.  You can follow Sylvester on twitter @sylrenner.

Rev. Daniel 
Sesay is founder of the non-profit organization "Rebuild Sierra Leone."  He immigrated to the US in 1994 to study music at the Colorado Christian University and graduated with a degree in Music Ministry in 1998.  He is the Worship Director at Mountain View Community Church in Colorado.  Daniel is married to Erica and has two girls: Keisha and Cierra.  He loves to write and play music, travel and watch movies.

Janet Tucker
holds a joint honors degree in French and English from the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, and a  Masters in Development from the United Kingdom.  Janet is a leader who is passionate about sustainable development and human rights issues, especially as it relates to women and girls.

Asongayi Venard has been with Develop Africa, Inc. since January 2012. He holds two bachelor degrees: one in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and the other in Philosophy awarded by the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy. He likewise holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Planning and Development from East Tennessee State University. He has worked at the Zoning Office in Washington County, Jonesborough, TN, and as a research consultant for NASA Develop. He is currently the Development Coordinator at the City of Johnson City, TN. He lives with his family in Johnson City, TN. 



The Dream Home is an orphanage for Ebola orphans
See also the Dream Home Board