Our 2014-2015 Board Members Are:
President: Jameelah Sharrieff-Ayedun
Jameelah Sharrieff-Ayedun is a founding member and Executive Vice President of Nigeria’s pioneer and leading credit bureau operator, CR Services (Credit Bureau) PLC, aka CreditRegistry. For its trailblazing efforts, CreditRegistry is recognized as one of Africa’s Top 20 most innovative companies by Financial Technology magazine.
Jameelah is best known for being an “Executor”. She gets the job done and those who work with her often find themselves saying ‘Can we just clone her’. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience developing a reputation as the executor, Jameelah also finds time to enjoy life, travel and try new things. Being a native of Mississippi, this small town southern girl has a thirst for adventure! She has lived in Lagos since 2008 and prior to that she lived in Shanghai, China working for Microsoft Corporation.
With a passion for success, family and serving others, Jameelah was naturally drawn to The AWC and has been serving for 5 years! Jameelah is a mother of three fantastic children and was blessed to find her soul-mate, Mr. Taiwo Ayedun.
1st Vice President – Outreach & Community Service: Sheila James
I am a chemist/professor, but fell in love with small children when I went to drop off my three year old daughter, who is now a freshman in college, to daycare. My friend who owned the center, needed someone to teach the kindergarten class for a day. I volunteered, became certified, and have taught early childhood education ever since. Teaching young minds is my passion. I also enjoy working in the church, reading and singing spiritual songs.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, Leroy James for twenty nine years, and am the proud mother of three awesome young women, Unique, Royal and Destiny. It will be an honor to serve as 1st Vice President for The AWC, because the duties of the office, which center around charity and giving scholarships to the youth, are applicable to my life goals.
2nd Vice President – Fundraising: Patrenia Onuoha
Patrenia Werts-Onuoha works at Shell Nigeria as the Head Real Estate Strategy and Portfolio Management for Nigeria. Her team is responsible for Acquisitions, Disposals, Master plans, and Commercial Opportunity realization for the multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio in Nigeria. She has passions for service, history, and her family. Patrenia is a proud mother of five ranging from 23 to 7 years old and wife to Dr. Nnamdi Crescent Onuoha. She has been in Nigeria for 11 years. She brings board capabilities and experience as a graduate of Leadership Lancaster (PA), BOD for Leadership Lancaster, chairing the Executive Orientation Series; BOD for United Way Nigeria, chairing the Women’s Leadership Council; as a past partner in Phillips Consulting Firm, has the business and company networks to continue to grow and consolidate the Fundraising base for the Club. She has enjoyed being a member of the club for over 5 years.
Patrenia has a reputation as a ‘Turnaround Queen’, people-oriented technical problem-solver, natural connector of people and opportunities. Patrenia, a native of Winston-Salem, NC holds a MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She is a Certified High Performance Organization Facilitator (DDI) and a Member of MIT’s Society of Organizational Learning (SOL). She was the winner of the 1998 Jefferson Award for Extraordinary Public Service for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA and 2004 Winner of the Nobles West Africa Achievement Award.
3rd Vice President – Operating Revenue: Beth Teal-Adedeji
Beth Teal-Adedji has an MBA and a Master’s degree in Human Resources. Beth has been working in Human Resources for the past 15 years in various organizations in the US and is currently employed with Shell in Nigeria. Beth is currently involved in ‘Each One, Teach One’ as a volunteer teacher in Lagos Public Girls’ school and is on the Executive Board of her children’s Montessori school. Originally from Connecticut, Beth has been living in Nigeria for the past 8 years with her husband and 2 children (ages 4 and 7) in Lekki. Beth enjoys reading and photography. Beth’s desire is to support The AWC’s sustainability and presence in the Lagos-community and is committed to serving on the Board.
Secretary: Lola Masha
Lola is the Regional Manager for OLX across West Africa. Globally, the OLX brand is one of the world’s leading free, online classifieds platforms with 123 million unique users across 107 countries, generating traffic of over 1.8 billion monthly page views or 60 million per day.
Prior to joining OLX, Lola spent 4 years at Google leading various Product Partnerships efforts across EMEA and Emerging Markets. Lola was one of the earliest Googlers in Sub-Saharan Africa when the technology company began its operations in the region. Lola shaped the regional strategy, executed on several core initiatives and led business development efforts with key SSA partners including the telcos, OEMs, digital content providers and local entrepreneurs.
Lola brings significant leadership experience in business development, entrepreneurship, operational transformation and product development across several industries including technology and financial services. In addition to Africa, Lola has substantial international working experience in North America, Europe, and Asia. She also worked in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company, where she spent time advising senior executives on extensive strategic management topics. Lola holds a Doctorate degree in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Treasurer: Frances Duke-Mathews
Frances has been a member of The AWC for almost four years. She previously served as Assistant Treasurer of The AWC and is currently serving as the club’s Treasurer. Frances has worked in the Aviation and Banking Sectors and is currently pursuing additional studies in Public Relations. Frances enjoys walking, tennis, going to the gym and taking salsa dance lessons. She has a wonderful daughter in the fourth grade who keeps Frances busy.
Assistant Treasurer: Charlene Preszler-Bartolo
My name is Charlene Preszler-Bartolo and I have been living here in Lagos with my husband and four children for almost three years. I attended the FAWCO (Federation of Women’s Clubs Overseas) convention in Brussels, Belgium and really enjoyed hearing about AWCs all over Europe and Morocco and look forward to sharing this information with the board and with The AWC here in Lagos. I have gained professional business experience through my years working in the law profession and look forward to applying this knowledge in the office of Assistant Treasurer for The AWC-Lagos during this next year. Last year I served on The AWC Nominating Committee and also was part of the Small World USA dance group and also have offered my assistance to The AWC social and fundraising committees. During the hours that my children are in school, I do some part time telecommute consumer law practice and recently have become involved with some pro bono public interest law work here in Lagos. Additional activities that keep me busy during the hours while my children are in school include yoga, book club, Bible study, some quilting, and have assisted with activities at my children’s schools. I look forward to a positive year for The AWC-Lagos during this upcoming year.
Communications: Jamie Bridgeman
Jamie moved to Lagos in June 2013 from Fort Worth, Texas. Before moving to Lagos, she was working on a marketing degree from Texas Women’s University and hopes to continue that endeavor upon return to the States. The activities she enjoys in Lagos are book club, running club, and visiting local schools. Her hobbies include baking, cooking (even though she is not that good at it), scrap booking, reading, and exercise. She is the mother of two girls.
Membership: Annalisa Alexander
Lisa and her husband, Richard, have been living in Lagos for four years. Richard is employed with ExxonMobil and this is their second time living in Lagos. Since her most recent arrival in Lagos, Lisa has been active in The AWC with both the membership and social programs offices. She previously served as the club’s newsletter editor from 1993 to 1996. Lisa moved to Lagos from Equatorial Guinea. She has two children and one grandson in Dallas, Texas.
Membership: Olako Agburu
Olako Agburu has always had an insatiable desire to live and work in Africa. She moved from London to Nigeria in January 2012 and has visited several countries across the continent since her arrival. She is currently the Market Access Manager for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Nigeria Pharmaceuticals. In this role, she provides strategic and operational direction for the growth of quality medicine to untapped segments of the market. She primarily engages healthcare professionals across urban and semi-urban Lagos to deliver innovative value propositions to improve health outcomes, whilst proactively identifying access opportunities through effective planning and development of sound business proposals. Prior to joining GSK, Olako was the Administrative Manager for the Critical Care Division in the Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Olako holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London, an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Human & Organization Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Olako is a natural extrovert with a kindred spirit. She enjoys building relationships with people from different cultures and serving others through volunteering. Olako is a certified yoga instructor and has practiced yoga for more than 9 years. She teaches in various studios and gyms across Lagos. Her other interests include travelling, attending comedy shows, creating yummy smoothies and training her puppy (a Lhasa Apso).
Social Programs: Unique James
Unique James is an international wardrobe stylist, creative consultant, and published editor. Having received her Business degree from Howard University in 2011, she has been able to successfully merge her business background with her love for everything fashion. Her recent venture to Nigeria in September 2013 has been full of adventure and has given her a greater outlook on life. Her hobbies include photography, traveling, and thrift shopping.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead !