CofA-USA Board Members
Evelyn Dormekpor, MSW, PhD Social Work
Evelyn Dormekpor, the Chairperson and Director of CofA-USA, has over a decade of social work experience serving at-risk youth in the inner cities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University and a Master of Social Work, with a focus on Clinical Direct Practice from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy, as well as a PhD in Social Work from Widener University Center for Social Work Education.
During her career, Ms. Dormekpor has provided direct social services in hard to serve communities, such as the city of Camden, New Jersey. As a case manager, she has provided technical assistance on cases for various nonprofits in New Jersey, including the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation.
Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between maternal poverty, illiteracy, and the educational outcomes of their daughters. She is extremely passionate about economic justice and equal access to quality education.
Wanda Flowers, JD, Board Secretary
Wanda is a retired corporate attorney who brings a wealth of advisory experience and legal expertise to the CofA-USA Board.
She has served on the boards of several non-profits and was the Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Sunoco, Inc. Prior to joining Sunoco, she was Regional Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Philadelphia District Office.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, a Master of Arts degree in English from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Los Angeles.
Phebe Johnstone, BSc. in Nutrition Counseling
Phebe has worked extensively with women and children from disenfranchised families for five decades. During her 33 year career, she has worked as a registered dietician in various capacities before retiring. She brings unique skills and insights about improving the health and nutrition program of the CofA-USA organization.
In 1967, Phebe obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. She served as a dietician consultant for Mount Sinai hospital, as well as for nursing homes in Connecticut throughout the late 60’s.
While in New Jersey, she worked for Kennedy Hospital in the Nutrition Department for 16 years. She also worked for Tri-County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program for 5 years, and later, the Camden County WIC program for an additional 10 years. There, she provided nutrition counseling for pregnant women, mothers with children from ages 1 to 5, and breast or bottle feed post-partum women.
Patrick Adzadu, MSW, PhD Candidate
Patrick brings several years of experience as an at-risk youth behavioral specialist. His expertise has been crucial in the development of CofA-USA’s program to break the generation cycle of poverty amongst at-risk girls.
Patrick earned his Master’s degree from Delaware State College and is
currently a PhD candidate at Wilmington University.
Fanny Chweya, Administrator
Mrs. Fanny Chweya brings on board over two decades of experience both as a psychologist and a banker. She has worked extensively with individuals and groups experiencing depression and suffering drug and alcohol abuse, including counseling terminally ill patients and their families affected with Schizophrenia, HIV/AIDS, Discordant couples and families as well as parents of children with disabilities, and rape victims including at-risk street adolescent children and homeless youth. She also provided training to care givers, nurses and other support staff on how to deal with Burnout, stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Currently Mrs. Chweya works with low income families in the city of Camden and its vicinity. As a banker, she took several courses in sales, marketing, retail and corporate banking. Thus, she successfully managed large corporate accounts, developed and directed various projects which generated substantial revenue for the banking sector. Mrs. Chweya obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology from the United States International University in Kenya.
Mahmoud Arab, BA Psychology
Mahmoud brings decades of experience as a child protection specialist to the CofA-USA Board.
His participation ensures the organization is equipped to handle sensitive parent-child dynamics present in homes of disenfranchised families.