Our Team

Humanity Now is a nonprofit that builds bridges between schoolchildren around the world. Our programs help schoolchildren understand global issues on a personal level, by connecting with schoolchildren in other communities. Where these connections uncover needs, Humanity Now builds programs and marshals resources to help communities gain access to clean water (Ecuador), better health (Senegal), and better education (The Gambia).

We are a recognized 501(c)3 organization, based in Stamford, CT

Board of Directors:

President: Shelley Cryan

Shelley brings her business management experience to Humanity Now. She’s volunteered at Humanity Now’s Senegal site, where Humanity Now supports a grade school as well as a health clinic. Working together with nonprofit Starfish International, Shelley developed and runs a photo entrepreneurship program at Humanity Now’s Gambia education project site, teaching high school girls how to set up and run event and portrait photography businesses. She’s been delivering that program for the past 7 years. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and in 2015 graduated from the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Shelley frequently travels with her adult children, who also volunteer.

 

Vice President: Mary Ross

Mary is a nurse with 38 years experience, much of which has been in Community Health Nursing. Her initial trip to Senegal with her then-8th grade son brought her face-to-face with unmet health care needs in that country. Over the course of four trips to Senegal, Mary has started a health care screening project in Guinaw Rails/Pikine and Toubab Diallow with the Humanity Now affiliates in those communities. She has expanded the screenings and developed a process for follow-up to identified health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. The program supports local health care providers in the Senegalese communities, contributing supplies, support for health care visits, education and medications to the people helped by the project. She holds a BS from Fairfield University (FU), a MSN from Yale University, a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from FU and a PhD in Public Health from Walden University focusing on community health and type 2 diabetes in developing countries. She works full-time as a Director of Clinical Services for a visiting nurse agency in CT.

 

Treasurer: John Llewellyn

John’s travels to do humanitarian work in Ecuador, with his eldest daughter Kelsey, led him to become more actively involved community service and join the board of Humanity Now.  John believes that community service should be a part of each student’s learning and development.  It helps young adults understand who they are, define who they are going to become, and develop a different perspective for them to approach, interact with, and appreciate the world.  It provides them the opportunity to give back to humanity.  John holds his B.A. in Economics from Boston College and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He has over 20 years experience in financial restructuring and consulting.

 

Secretary: Lisa Callahan

Lisa has traveled to Senegal  with her son to do humanitarian work, and has worked on many fundraising projects for health and education concerns. Lisa is a florist and is a graduate of SUNY at Geneseo with BAs in Philosophy and Political Science.

 

 

Past President: Don Morrison

Don has been involved with Humanity Now from the early stages.  He provided a shipping container to transport donations collected throughout Fairfield, Connecticut to Guinaw Rails/Pikine, a section of Dakar, Senegal.  Later, he traveled to Guinaw Rails/Pikine with the oldest of his two daughters where they participated in Humanity Now’s health screening initiative and construction of a new school building for Humanity Now’s  grade school project.  He subsequently traveled to Ecuador with his youngest daughter and other volunteers, helping with the flood recovery efforts and HumanityNow’s clean water initiative for the Ongota community.   Don holds a B.S. in Feed Science and Management from Kansas State University and an MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans.  He has over 30 years of experience trading and shipping animal feed ingredients internationally.

 

Jodi Fournier

Jodi brings over 20 years of human resources and business ownership experience to Humanity Now.  She travelled with her then-7th grade daughter to Humanity Now’s Senegal site and was a key fundraiser for that trip helping to raise over $20,000.  More recently, Jodi established the connection between Humanity Now and our newest community partner in India.  She earned a BS from University of Rhode Island and is a the President of an executive search and placement firm headquartered in NYC.

 

Portia Scott-Thiam

As a middle school science teacher in Bridgeport, CT, Portia brings a deep background in education and child development to Humanity Now’s board. Portia has led student groups to The Gambia, where she had lived for many years before returning to Connecticut. Portia was recognized in 2015 by the Bridgeport Education Fund’s Inspiration Awards for Outstanding Teaching.

Greg Wykoff

Greg Wykoff, with two of his children, traveled to Ecuador in two consecutive years. He saw first-hand the impact that the group’s first visit had on the children within the community living at the edge of the Amazon rain forest. The water filtration devices they provided lead to improved health outcomes for children and their families. Greg joined the board of Humanity Now to help drive similar impact for the communities and students that the Organization supports.  Greg is also involved with Sticks for Soldiers which helps to support wounded veterans through fund raising and lacrosse tournaments. He is a big advocate for experiential learning and connecting students with others across the world. Greg is the president and owner of a consulting and staffing firm. He graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. in Management Science