It’s been a long run for our founder, Bill Rogers. The eldest of 4 children born into a village in Kakata, Liberia in 1985, Bill acquired leadership skills quite early. He decided to strike out on his own, wanting more than what his village had to offer him. He often saw professional track & field athletes run through the town and would eagerly trail beside them. He even received encouragement from their coaches to pursue athletics, but Bill had a major problem. Read more about Bill’s story here
Our Operations Manager, Ashely (“Flashe”), is a native of Port Arthur, TX. As a longtime resident of Austin, she has been heavily involved in community engagement and development. She has founded programs such as the Young Urban Art Meisters, teaching visual and performing arts to youth to enhance their global perspective, teach them to be socially conscious, and train them in entrepreneurial leadership. Most recently Ashely founded The Central Texas Environmental Equity Collaborative, an organization dedicated to work surrounding international incidents of environmental racism and injustice. She also serves as the co-chair of Travis County Green Party and commissioner on the Austin Bond Election Advisory Task Force.
Our Finance Manager, Marvey, was born in Liberia west Africa and serves as the Financial Secretary for the Liberian Community Association of Dallas/Forth Worth. Previously, he worked for Ecobank Liberia Limited in West Africa as Operations Officer. He is passionate about financial planning and personal development. He is working on becoming a financial consultant. He enjoys spending his free time with his children and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. He also loves giving back to the community and become involved with BRYF to do just that.
Our Events Manager, Momolu, is a multifaceted young entrepreneur that has spent the last decade of his life dedicated to branding, management, and behind the scenes mentoring. Through mentoring several international artists and being a co-founder of BusyBoyz entertainment (2015), he is leaving his mark in the visual arts and entertainment realm. In addition to management Moe, (nick name), works directly with one of Minneapolis’s hottest Afrikaan, Reggae, and Hip Hop night clubs; Club Bantu. Momolu is also an advocate for youth in Liberia through the network Girl Power Liberia (Sponsor/Mentor). In his leisure time he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, attending church programs, going on long bike rides, playing basketball and jogging.
Our Liberian Country Manager, Emmanuel, has been a dedicated and committed team member of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation since it’s inception in Liberia.He lives in Monrovia with my family and also has a daughter named Jackie Kpoto. He has a passion for humanitarian work and community service. He is fully committed to BRYF’s vision. The founder, Bill Rogers, has been a great mentor to him throughout his life. He has learned a lot and made valuable connections through the Bill Rogers youth foundation’s many community services programs in many part of Liberia. He urges all Liberian youth to get connected to help move Liberia forward.
Our Liberian Finance manager, Christina is passionate about developing her home country Mama Liberia through initiatives, which seek to nurture the talents of the youth. She holds a bachelor of Business in Accounting (BBA) from the University of Liberia. She has worked local and international NGOs in Liberia such as Action Aid Liberia, Kid’s Educational Engagement Project, It Takes a Village Africa and Shalom Inc.
Our Liberian Events Manager, Emmet is a native of Grand Bassa County Liberia. Emmett graduated from St. Kizito Catholic School in Grand Bassa and went on to study Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in international diplomacy. Due to his love of working with children and the community, he became a devoted social humanitarian . he has spent over the last 16 years working in building community resilience against disaster and how to cope after the impact of disaster. Currently, he serves as the county coordinator for Grand Bassa County on the Public Health Initiative Liberia (PHIL) team. He also serves as an international trainer for PHIL and the Liberian Red Cross.