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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, education and economic development goals.

Anounou Sissoko

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 the local staff and partnering with contractors, other NGOs, and government officials. He also works closely with the Utah staff and board to determine overall program strategy and delivery.

Teningnini Diakite

Teningnini was born and raised in Ouelessebougou, Mali. She has worked for the Alliance in many capacities since she was hired in 2000. With a strong program background, Teningnini works directly with Village Health Workers, Education Councils, and Economic Development Committees in order to fulfill the work of the Alliance and ultimately influence change in village communities. Teningnini also makes necessary preparations for annual expeditions.



Sekouba Traore

Boubou Traore




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 Hut

Judy brings a diverse background to the role of Executive Director. She has over 15 years of experience in community and corporate relations, volunteerism and event management. Most recently she worked as Director of Community Outreach & Partnerships at Special Olympics Utah. As Executive Director, Judy works in partnership with the Mali staff and Utah Board to provide sustainable programs for the villagers of Ouelessebougou. Judy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Utah. She lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Salt Lake City.

Chandler Jordana

Chandler recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprise from the University of Utah. He has also completed BA degrees at Walla Walla University in both International Communications (with a French emphasis) and Spanish Language & Literature. Chandler has four years of experience in the non-profit sector working with refugees, in communications and in development. Chandler can speak several languages and enjoys writing, traveling and making music in his spare time.

Jennifer Beckstead

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 11 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.




The Ouelessebougou Alliance is successful, in part, because of the dedication of our Board of Directors. The Alliance’s Board of Directors meets every other month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

These prominent community leaders all serve on a volunteer basis and offer a wide range of talents and assets to support the Alliance. The Executive Committee, composed of elected officers of the Board, meets monthly and guides the ongoing business of the Alliance.

Board of Directors

Dr. Paul Olson* – Board Chairperson

Danene Torgerson* – Chairperson Elect

Talatou Abdoulaye

Carl Dempsey*

Alyson Deussen*

Jonathan Dudley*

Addie Fuhriman*

Jessica Kallin

Richard Loomis*

Mike Maughan

Nathan Savage

Richard A. Wilson

*Executive Committee Member

Updated 12/2017

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