Who We Are
Where is Ouelessabougou?
Ouelessebougou Alliance was
founded in 1986 to give Utahns the
opportunity to serve a specific
African community – knowing that
their assistance was going directly to
the people for whom it was intended.
In the mid-1980’s, Mali faced the
same devastating drought and
famine as Ethiopia and Sudan, but
received much less international
assistance. Mali was considered one
of the three poorest countries in the
world. A group of Utah community
leaders were concerned and through
their partnership with Africare in
Washington, D.C., they traveled to
Mali to identify the area of greatest need. The rural area of Ouelessebougou was selected as a partner not only because of its
dire circumstances, but also because it had the greatest potential for long-term sustainable impact.
The Alliance began by addressing the most basic human needs. Drinking and irrigation wells were constructed and healthcare for
families was offered. In later years, education and economic development programs were added to further opportunities for growth
For over thirty years, the Alliance has provided sustainable programs that not only improve the quality of life for villagers today
but also for generations to come.
Meet The Team
The Alliance’s Malian staff is the key to our success in Ouelessebougou. Our Field Director and Program Coordinator work diligently with villages to help them set and reach their health and education goals.
Anounou was born and raised in Bamako, Mali. After graduating from high school, Anounou moved to the U.S. to study Economics and International Trade. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, then returned home to begin his career. He has been the Alliance’s Field Director in Ouelessebougou since 2000
Teningnini was born and raised in Ouelessebougou, Mali. She has worked for the Alliance since 2000 and plays a significant role in facilitating our programs. Teningnini works directly with Village Health Workers and Education Councils in order to fulfill the work of the Alliance and ultimately influence change in village communities.
Our U.S. staff is kept very small to minimize administrative costs. They help create and evaluate projects, communicate with Malian staff, coordinate committees and volunteers, raise funds and educate community groups about Ouelessebougou.
Judy fell in love with Ouelessebougou Alliance when she first volunteered in the mid 2000’s. Inspired at a Gala Auction, she quickly developed a deep respect for the Alliance’s mission for sustainable development. This led to years of volunteering and in January 2017, she joined the Alliance full-time as Executive Director.
Outreach & Events Coordinator
Emily graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Public Administration and emphasis in Nonprofit Management in 2002. She has worked for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. and the Lupus Foundation. Emily is a published writer and has successfully owned and operated her own business.
Jen graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Public Relations. Soon after graduation Jen worked for the Utah Food Bank and then in 2003 she began her work for the Ouelessebougou Alliance. Jen was the Executive Director for eight years. She has been married for 13 years and is enjoying motherhood with her three children.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
The Ouelessebougou Alliance is successful, in part, because of the dedication of our Board of Directors. These prominent community leaders all serve on a volunteer basis and offer a wide range of talents and assets to support the Alliance.
Danene Torgerson, Board Chair*
Project Manager, Elite Handscapes
Talatou Abdoulaye, Ph.D.
Ombuds & Coordinator of Conflict Resolution, Utah Valley University
President, Advanced Community Services
Audit Associate, Tanner LLC
Founder, Cazier Capital
Retired African Affairs Political & Military Expert, United States Air Force
Carl Dempsey, Marketing*
Chief Revenue Officer, Wedding Line
Alyson Deussen, Events*
Former Director of Operations, Utah Food Bank
Jonathan Dudley, Treasurer*
Audit Senior Manager, Tanner LLC
Addie Fuhriman, Ph.D., Programs*
Former Dean of Graduate Students, Brigham Young University
Utah State Board of Education
Assistant to Advancement Vice President, Brigham Young University
Richard Loomis, Fundraising*
Premier Agent, Prudential Financial
Head of Brand Growth & Global Insights, Qualtrics
Business Owner, Moss Rock Arts & Design
Dr. Paul Olson, M.D.*
Ophthalmologist, Utah Valley Eye Center
PTA Coordinator, Brookwood Elementary
Retired Director of Temporal Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
*Executive Committee Member
Financials & Annual Reports
Our resources are spent to address the urgent and long-term needs of the villagers. Our donors can feel confident knowing their assistance goes directly to serve the specific community of Ouelessebougou.
Annual Report 17-18
Annual Report 16-17
Annual Report 15-16