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Board of Directors

Global advocates who empower all women to discover their strength as they work together towards peace in the DRC

Executive Board Members

Kaleba H. Ngoie-Kasongo, Executive Director

In the midst of crisis’ brought on by war, compassion and sympathy are not enough to bring solutions to chaos. Positive action and our definition of HOPE are the vital ingredients to make a difference.Kaleba H. Kasongo, a social-entrepreneur, understands that well enough to create  Hear Congo to rebuild the shattered lives of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo Mrs. Ngoie-Kasongo, a native of DRC has herself bitterly experienced the lost of many family members as a result of war in Eastern and South Eastern regions of the country.

Mrs. Ngoie- Kasongo is very active in her community holding many fundraising events to bring awareness about the violent war crimes those women in Congo and children endure daily. Congolese women survivors of war need a voice to reach the international community. A voice to claim back their lives, to fight for their dignity and freedom and to hope for a better future for themselves and their children. Kaleba is their powerful voice. She earned a degree in Business Management from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida and is pursuing a post-baccalaureate medical program at the University of Miami.

Vicky Sinahamu- Ngoie
Vice-President/Executive Board member

Vicky Sinahamu-Ngoie is a Project Manager and an Independent Consultant in Emergency Management with extensive experience in Mitigation Planning , Business Development and Organizational Leadership.

As a former FEMA Mitigation Planner and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project Manager for the State of Florida, Mrs. Sinahamu-Ngoie has coordinated and provided technical assistance  to Local and State Municipalities, Universities and Tribal officials on their preparation, revision or update of mitigation plans for compliance with Federal regulation requirements.

As the FEMA point of contact for the State of Florida, she worked direclty with her counterparts throughout the nation  providing training,guidance and support for State Emergency Management initiatives.

In her previous position, Mrs. Sinahamu served as a Project Manager for Hurricane Jeanne in the State of Florida where she managed over 200 projects.

With over 15 years of experience in Business Development and Project Management,Mrs. Sinahamu has been a positive influence in her community by volunteering her time and knowledge assisting non-profit organizations and supporting teachers at Orange County Public Scholls. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership.

Regine Beaubeauf
Director/Executive Board Member

Regine M. Beauboeuf, a fundraising professional and non-profit administrator, serves as Director of Annual Giving at Florida Memorial University.  Since the early 1990s she has spent much of her career in West and Central Africa directing U.S. and European assistance to development and relief projects that combat poverty, victimization and injustice.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (B.S. International Economics) and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Relations), she has worked with local and international non-profit organizations, government agencies and public health professionals to increase the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations.

With over 15 years of experience in building stronger communities, helping individuals become more self-reliant, and satisfying the aims of philanthropists, she assists Hear Congo in the organization’s collaborative and advocacy efforts.

Advisory Board Members

Sharie A. Blanton, Advisory Chair
Managing Director, Conscious Connections

Sharie Blanton is the Managing Director of Conscious Connections, L.L.C a social enterprise focused on non profit and small business strategic success. Parlaying over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit and private sectors in North America and Africa, her management philosophy is centered around how to build and run organizations based on best management practices while delivering high impact services.

Sharie received degrees in Sociology and African Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Current Conscious Connections clients include the Foundation for Salvadorian Education (FESA), Habitat for Humanity of Great Miami, Alonzo Mourning Charities, Educate Tomorrow, His House Children’s Home, University of Miami/Global Institute- Project Medishare, Food for the Poor and Global Reach

Dr. Maria-Cristina Espinoza-Alguera
President and CEO of CAVE Solutions

She is originally from Managua, Nicaragua and has lived in the U.S. since 1980. Currently, she serves as President & CEO of Cave Solutions an education and training consulting firm that specializes in personal development for the individual and talent development at the corporate level. She is a former assistant professor at one of the top 5 business schools in Latin America, Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) and former Dean of Innova College Business School. She is a former financial services executive, having served as Vice-President of Risk Management and Marketing at Citibank’s divisions for Hispanic Markets and for Latin American consumer banking and as Senior Manager of Risk Management and Marketing at American Express’ European markets division. Dr. Espinoza-Alguera holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berk8eley, M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and Texas A&M University, respectively. She also holds pecialized certifications for The Switch On Your Brain: 5-Step Learning Process and Career Direct Assessment.She resides in South Florida with her two children and enjoys reading, running, and fishing. Her desire to serve Hear Congo stems from her own experience and her passion to empowering  women who can heal from their own strength.  She believes that God wants His children to live abundant lives.

Muakana Solange Hepburn, Advisory Committee Member
Congolese-American Chamber of Commerce, Public Relations & Marketing Director

Muakana Solange Hepburn, a native of DR Congo  shared the vision of Hear Congo. As the foundation team was striving to develop a holistic program to the women and children in DRC, Mrs. Hepburn contributed tremendously to the growth of the foundation. She  currently serves as a liaison between the Chamber of Commerce and local or international business entities to promote entrepreneurship, commerce and trade. She identifies opportunities to raise awareness about the significant impact of global economy on the State of Florida and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mrs. Hepburn creates and designs all Marketing Campaigns and implements community realtion initiatives. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management from Birnam Business College in South Africa

Dr. Sylvia Gleason
Co-Founder and Coordinator, Project Congo ,Goma
Medical Adviser for Hear Congo

Dr Sylvia Esser-Gleason is an Emergency Medicine physician in various Emergency Departments in the Dayton, Ohio area. She attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did postgraduate training at Grandview Hospital in Dayton Ohio. She has been a practicing physician for over 25 years. She first became involved in central Africa through Bridge to Rwanda and its orphanage in Muhororo Rwanda. She is the current program coordinator for the Bridge to Rwanda Sponsor Our Students Program and is involved with several organizations working on human rights and needs issues.

Gauri Kulkarni, Advisory Committee Member

Gauri Kulkarni is a marketing professional and currently works as a consultant helping businesses with their marketing and financial activities. She graduated with her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management (consistently ranked #1 in International Management) in Phoenix, Arizona. Market research and analysis, supply chain analysis, project management are some of her interests. Since graduation she worked in San Diego for a while and later moved to the Bay Area with her family. When she is not working she’s spending time with her family, traveling and getting her hands on her keyboard. She is currently assisting Hear Congo in the organization’s financial activities and advocacy efforts.

Dr. Yesim Darici, Global Advisor

Dr. Yesim Darici received her Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985. She worked at Amoco Research Center, Naperville, IL and at West Virginia University, Morgantown as a research associate before joining the Florida International University Physics Department in 1987. She is an experimental Solid State Physicist and her research interests are in SPR, nanotechnology and structural and electronic properties of complex materials. In 2011 she became the Director of Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and she is one of the co-PIs of NSF grant for the advancement of women faculty in STEM fields at FIU. She received two teaching awards one from the Florida International University Foundation in 1997 and one from Florida State University System. She served as the Elected Education Officer of National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) and also served on the Committee on Minorities for the American Physical Society (APS). Currently she works with the South Florida community leaders for the empowerment of women and girls.

Mrs. Dibab Saba Eshetu 

Mrs. Dibab Saba Eshetu is passionate in advocating globally against women trafficking. She is working with entities in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa to coordinate efforts to end violence against women. Ms. Eshetu is also a prominent business woman leader in Ethiopia where she serves as the Regional Managing Director and Managing Partner for Sonia Enterprise International Trading Group based in Addis Ababa. She is responsible for developing international business opportunities, bilateral and multilateral linkages/ agreements, as well as liaison with government and international agencies.

She obtained her Secondary School Leaving Certificate from Black Lion Comprehensive School, Addis Ababa in 1994. Subsequently, she obtained her Diploma from DAS Computer Engineering in Computer Studies, a Diploma in French Studies from Alliance Francaise and a Diploma in Personnel Management from The Commercial College of Addis Ababa and pursuing her Leadership Education at the Leadership Institute. As a social entrepreneur, Ms. Eshetu is also lending her expertise to the organization in empowering women and girls with business skills so they can become independent economically.