The Staff of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Children
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Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Inc
Bronx Office
2417 3rd Avenue
suite 205
Bronx,  NY 10451
T: 718-665-2486
F: 718-665-2483
Staten Island Office
T: 718-665-2486 ext 301
F: 718-665-2483

Our Team


Aboubakar Amadou, M.A Case Planner, Bronx

Aboubakar a Case Planner for Children and Family Services Program at Sauti Yetu. Mr. Amadou holds an M.A. in Sociology with a focus on Community Development and an A.S in Anthropology from the University of Kara in Togo. Prior to settling in NYC, Mr. Amadou was a campaign organizer, counselor and project coordinator for African Youth Action and Youth Development Program in Togo, West Africa. He is the author of “Analysis of the community development projects failure causes: case of familial and school latrines building project in Birini (Tchaoudjo-Togo)” and “Nonprofit Organizations’ Contribution of communities-based development: case of Nonprofit Plan Togo in Tchaoudjo and Tchamba(Togo)”. Mr. Amadou speaks English, French, Hausa, Ewe, Mina, Tem (Kotokoli) and Kabye. Email:

Assata Traore, Case Planner-Bronx


Bernice Kari-kari Apau, MSW, Supervisor, Bronx


Christina Jaus, Financial Officer

Ms. Jaus, is the Financial Officer at Sauti Yetu. A native of California, Ms. Jaus manages the organization's book keeping, financial records and liaises with external auditors. She has worked as a bookkeeper for the City of Los Angles and Dwa Fanm in Brooklyn. Ms. Jaus holds a certificate from Columbia University's Institute for Non-Profit Middle Management. She is the co-founder of Black Women's Blueprint, a political advocacy group focused on raising awareness about sexual violence in Black communities. Ms. Jaus is currently working toward an MA in Accounting at Brooklyn College. Email:

Gwen Didier, MA Case planner- Bronx

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Ibrahima Balde, B.A. Case Planner, Bronx

Ibrahima Balde obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in theater from City College.  Prior to working with Sauti Yetu, he worked with youth from low socio-economic neighborhoods. He's a native of Conakry, Guinea and is fluent in English, French, and Fulani.

Jessica Dople, MSW Social Worker Staten Island

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Julia Oakley, MSW, Social Worker- Staten Island

Katrina Schermerhorn, MS, Director of Programs

Ms. Schermerhorn provides administrative oversight and supervision for Sauti Yetu's programs. She grew up in New York City and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University at Buffalo, where she earned a Master's of Science in Human Service Management. Ms. Schermerhorn has worked in child welfare for the past ten years with Administration for Children's Services contracted agencies in Preventive Services and Foster Care. Email: 

Mame Bineta Dabo, M.A. Case Planner, Bronx

Mame Binata Dabo is a case planner for the Children and Family Services Program. Ms. Dabo received a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France. She volunteered with city agencies serving immigrant youth and families in France. Prior to joining Sauti Yetu, Ms. Dabo worked with Baby College and Head Start Programs at Harlem Children Zone. Ms. Dabo is from Senegal and speaks French, Woolof and English.

Maria Mena, Case Aide, Bronx Office

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Mariama Diallo, College Prep Coordinator, GELI

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Neneh Binta Barry, Case Planner, Staten Island

Neneh Binta Barry, Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Peace Studies. She was born and raised in Sierra Leone. In 2000, she was among the first refugees to receive training through the Center for Victims of Torture Refugee Mental Health Project and steadily gained skills and competence. In her fourth year with CVT she became a training supervisor for other refugee mental health specialists. In addition to her passion for social justice and women’s rights, Ms. Barry worked for the Witnesses and Victims Unit at the UN-backed war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone commonly known as the Special court for Sierra Leone. During her time with the tribunal, Ms. Barry provided psychosocial support for the victims of sexual violence and child soldiers. She conducted trainings for protection officers and connected witnesses to other service organizations. Ms. Barry is from Sierra Leone and is multilingual. Email:

Nicole Jean Baptist-Youth Program Coordinator

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Omotoya Ogunire, MPA., Quality Assurance Specialist, Staten Island

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Ramatu Bangura, EdM. Program Director-Youth Program

Ramatu Bangura, Ph.D., is the director of Sauti Yetu's Youth Program. She is responsible for the oversight of Sauti Yetu's youth programs, spearheading local and national advocacy around Educational Access for English Language Learners and SIFI, Early/forced marriage, Youth and Female Genital Cutting and raising funds and supervising all program staff. Ms. Bangura brings to Sauti Yetu nearly fifteen years expertise in youth development work, adult learning and curriculum development for a wide cross-section of urban populations. Ms Bangura has earned a Masters of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on African education and gender. She recently completed her doctorate in International Educational Development with a focus on gender and African migration.
In addition to curriculum development Ms. Bangura has provides training and technical assistance to private and government institutions interested in immigrant youth and/or education and migration.

Saran Kabah, Case Planner Staten Island

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Shelli Branscome, MSW, MA., Program Director

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Sinthia Pena, Case Planner, Bronx

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Trinh Tran, Esq, Staff Attorney

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Zeinab Eyega, M.Sc, Executive Director

Ms. Eyega provides oversight, management, and leadership in developing the strategic focus of Sauti Yetu’s programs and operations. This includes direct services, public policy and advocacy, community engagement and fundraising. She has over sixteen years experience working on issues affecting African immigrant women and girls in the United States and in Africa. Ms. Eyega has developed training and educational materials as well as facilitated numerous cross-cultural competency workshops for health care providers throughout the United States. Her commitment to the advancement of African women and girls was recognized in 2004 by the Open Society Institute, which awarded her the Soros Community Fellowship Award and she was recognized by NYC Mayor Bloomberg during the immigrant week, a celebration of the contributions of immigrants to the City of New York. Ms. Eyega’s current areas of work include but are not limited to issues of gender, race and ethnicity in Africa, in particular the Afro-Arab border lands. Email:

Zelika Compaore, Case Planner, Bronx

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