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. Anounou directs operations in Ouelessebougou, oversees the delivery of our programs, manages the local staff and facilitates the partnerships with the villages, contractors, other NGOs and government officials. He also works closely with the Utah staff and board to determine overall program strategy and delivery. Anounou is deeply committed to the work of the Alliance and creating sustainable programs in the region of Ouelessebougou. Anounou lives in Bamako, but spends his work week in Ouelessebougou. His is married to his beautiful wife Gundo and has four adult children, all who currently live in Utah. He is the proud grandfather of two.
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. She trains the villages’ Health Matrons and Apprentices in areas of sanitation, nutrition and disease prevention. Teningnini supervises the Alliance’s Days for Girls micro-enterprise at the OA compound and educates thousands of women and girls on women’s health education and feminine hygiene solutions. She also makes necessary preparations for annual medical expeditions and helps facilitate access to specialized health care. Teningnini and her husband Leonce live in Ouelessebougou. She is the mother of three daughters.
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. She is passionate about working with the Mali staff and Utah board to transform the quality of life in Ouelessebougou, one program at a time. Judy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Utah. She has nearly 20 years of experience in community and corporate relations, development, volunteer and event management. Her experience includes work at Special Olympics Utah, Thanksgiving Point and Ticketmaster. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and teenage daughter.
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. Jen currently works part time as the financial manager for the Alliance. She has a love for the people of Mali and a great respect for the work of the Alliance as it continues to help the villagers of Ouelessebougou become self-sufficient.