Dr. Darlinston G. Johnson
A diligent servant of God, Bishop Johnson has given his life to fulfilling the Great Commission and raising up devoted leaders and disciples who live lives of purpose and passion. He serves in several leadership capacities in various cutting-edge organizations. He is the Founder and CEO of Frontline Ministerial Alliance, and the Chairman of the African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network. In addition, Bishop Johnson is the Founding Chairman of the African Immigrant Caucus, an organization whose mission it is to mobilize African immigrants politically, empower them to take their seat at the table of power and give them a voice in shaping policies that affect them.
A scholar, Bishop Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 1981. In 1984, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and received The Outstanding Master of Divinity Student Award. In 1986, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2009, Bishop received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bishop Johnson is the author of several books, The New You: Discovering Your New Life (2021), Grace that Overcomes: Life Transforming Devotions (2016), Light For Your Journey: Essential Building Blocks for a Successful Life (2008), formerly published as ABC Back to Basics: Essential Building Blocks for a Successful Christian Life (2002), Anointed for the Marketplace (2008), This One Thing I Do (2006), Good-bye Worry (2003) and Sexual Purity (1999).
His blog, “A Moment of Grace” presents insightful truths based on the Word of God and his own experiences. People in more than 150 nations read it. His television ministry airs locally and internationally to a potential audience numbering in the millions.
Bishop Johnson has received numerous recognitions from religious institutions and civil governments, including being presented the Key to the City of Douala, Cameroon, the Key to the City of Monrovia, Liberia, and the Key to the City of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He is married to Pastor Chrys Johnson, M.A., his partner in life and ministry.
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Stanton B. Johnson
Stanton is a focused and accomplished leader and business executive with over twenty-five years of technical and general management success in both the domestic and international markets. He is the former President and CEO of Maxam North America, a subsidiary of Maxam Corporation Inc., a global explosives company based out of Madrid, Spain.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Mining and Mineral Engineering from Montana Technological University, Butte, Montana and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the University of Phoenix, Salt Lake City Campus. He previously worked for Mining Services International as Vice President of Operations and Technical Services respectively. He also served as Senior Mining Engineer for the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Republic of Liberia, prior to joining the Bong Mining Company, a German-owned joint venture, where he worked for over 10 years as a Section Head within the Mining Department.
Currently, Stanton is retired and serves his local church as Chairman of the Deacon Board. He is an effective leader with the ability to lead cross-functional teams and is skilled at developing meaningful internal and external business relationships. He is proficient at strategic planning, negation and decision making and project management and has excellent leadership and communications abilities. He is an adaptive team player with the ability to engage several projects simultaneously.
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Allen is a seasoned business man and innovator. He has over thirty years of experience in the insurance and hotel industry. He has founded companies in real estate, hospitality, and technology. He is the former President Director General of Beneficial Life Insurance Cote D’Ivoire now called Prudential Beneficial, a regional life and general insurance company with offices in several Francophone countries.
He founded Urban Marketing Group, which built the Urban Financial Center, the Urban Plaza Complex, the Urban Chateau Hotel currently named Villa Hotel, the Urban Renaissance Hotel currently named Eco Hotel, and other hotels in Liberia. He serves on the board of Comprehension Realty, a Liberian owned property management company. He is an advisor at Lokoro Diamonds. Allen is passionate about orphans, education and women’s rights; he continues to champion and support these causes.
In 2006 Allen and Dr. Dennis Harper collaborated to create the Liberia Renaissance Education Complex in Duazon, a school that gives gifted students a high quality education at an affordable price. LREC is funded by the DEAR Foundation. Allen is a founding member of Harvest International American University, and one of five founding advisory board members. HIAU has partnered with Oral Roberts University to provide a high quality and affordable education not only for Liberians, but also for people worldwide. HIAU is scheduled to begin on site online classes in Liberia and worldwide in October 2022.
Allen is the founding Chairman of Gmolah Technologies, a private non listed IT company which specializes in telecoms integration. He is a 1983 graduate of St. Joseph’s University, B.S. Accounting. Allen is a proven innovator. He makes things happen.
Dr. Dennis Harper
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Dr. Dennis Harper is widely recognized as one of the world’s eminent leaders in the field of technology in education. Dr. Harper has been instrumental in bringing computers and the Internet into thousands of schools in more than twenty nations. Dr. Harper is the founder of the student-centered technology support model, where youth aged 10 to 18 provide substantial support for (1) their teachers’ technology integration, (2) their peers’ technology literacy, and (3) maintaining the school’s technology infrastructure.
Dr. Harper first began his work in instructional technology in 1967 and he applied these principals at the secondary level in Los Angeles, Australia, Germany, Spain, and at the American Cooperative School in Monrovia, Liberia before completing his Ph.D. in International Education at the University of California in 1983. His doctoral dissertation stemmed from research conducted at the National University of Malaysia where he set up the nation’s first computer lab dedicated to training primary and secondary teachers how to incorporate technology into their lessons to improve student learning. Based on this study, Dr. Harper published the book “Computer Education for Developing Nations,” which has acted as a guide for many countries.
After acting as the Supervisor of Math, Science, and Technology Education at the University of California Santa Barbara for four years, Dr. Harper came to Singapore’s Institute of Education. Here, Dr. Harper worked for two years with IE staff to establish an instructional computer facility and an educational technology curriculum that impacted the nation’s primary and secondary schools. After leaving Singapore, Dr. Harper moved on to Helsinki University in Finland where a similar program was established before moving to the University of the Virgin Islands where he established the Caribbean’s first university degree in educational computing and distance learning network.
Dr. Harper then returned to his native country, where for the past 25 years he has developed the Generation YES model of technology infusion. The first five years of this model’s development were funded by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Olympia School District. Dr. Harper then founded the nonprofit Generation YES organization. Generation YES programs are based on constructivist pedagogy, authentic assessment, and strong participation of students in reforming schools. Generation YES programs have been recognized as one of only two programs ever to be categorized exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education.
Generation YES, under the guidance of Dr. Harper, built and opened the Liberian Rennaissance Education Complex (LREC) in the West African nation of Liberia in 2008. Working with President Ellen Sirleaf, Liberian youth now have a 21st century school to move their nation forward.
Dr. Jeffery Harper
Founding Advisory Board Member
Dr. Jeffrey Harper received his Doctorate in International and Comparative Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Virginia. He is currently Professor and Director of Institutional Research and Development at the International College, King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok.
Dr. Harper has been in the field of international education for 37 years in Congo (DRC), England, Scotland, Singapore, and Thailand. He taught Comparative Education, Global Education, Economics of Higher Education, and Soviet Education at the University of Virginia. Additionally, he was a consulting evaluator of the Yale University Center for International Studies on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI Office. Dr. Harper was instrumental in the implementation of the (US) National Security Education Act. He has many publications and conference presentations in International and Comparative Education.
Michael L. Mathews
VP of Technology and Innovation at Oral Roberts University
Mike is currently the VP for Technology and Innovation at ORU, where he has served for the past 7-years. (Mike) has over 24-years of experience as a senior-level IT executive bringing creative solutions that value the end-users of education, technology, and business process management. These solutions have benefited the end-users of higher education, manufacturing, and high technology company products. Mike spent 12-years working at Cray Research where he trained hundreds of supercomputer engineers across major industry sectors.
Michal has held positions as a VP of Innovation, chief information officer, general manager of CIOs, chief strategist for innovation, business development officer, trainer, teacher, and vice president of academic services for leading corporations and higher education. Mike has been a CIO within higher education and corporate training for over 19 years. Below are the list of awards and recognition that the outside world has recognized during the past five years. Mike has spoken in nine different countries during the past five years to education governments and leaders on educational modalities
Mike is the author of three books and hundreds of articles on education and technology that is shifting the world-view for everyone. .
Michael was named the 2021 Leading Education Technologist by Chief Information Officer Reviews, 2020 Top 20 Business Leaders by Industry Wired, 2019 Top Ten Innovators by Industry ERA, one of America’s Top 30 Education innovators in 2017, and a 2018 CIO 100 Award Winner.
Dr. Albert White
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Dr. Albert White is a physician currently working in the State of Alabama. He serves as Medical Director for Hospital Epidemiology at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he has been since 1993. He previously served as the Area Health Officer for Public Health Area 3 for the Alabama Department of Public Health and retired from that position on January 31, 2017. Dr White is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases.
Dr. White received his early education in Liberia where he attended many schools. He graduated from high school, (CWA) in 1970. He attended the University of Liberia and graduated from the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in 1978.
After completing internship at J.F.K. Hospital in Monrovia and government service at Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Dr White joined the Staff at Firestone Hospital in Duside, Liberia in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Edwin M. Jallah, who was one of my mentors.
He and his family moved to the U.S. in 1983 when he sought graduate medical education. He completed an internal medicine residence program at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Alabama in 1989 to do a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at U.A.B. in Birmingham, Alabama. This was completed in 1992.
Part of Dr White’s research project during residency and fellowship involved studies in West Africa, including Liberia, working on the treatment of River blindness using the drug ivermectin. That treatment is now the standard of care. This was very rewarding as that project was recognized in the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015, Dr. W.C. Campbell.
Dr White is a Fellow of the American College of Physician and Member of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He has served on the State of Alabama Advisory Councils for STD and TB. He is the past President of the Medical Staff and past Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa with about 385 physicians on staff. Dr White is currently a Physician Advisor and Champion for Continuous Documentation Improvement (CDI), for our facility.
Dr White is a member and currently serve as Vice President of the Liberian Medical Association-USA; a group of Liberian medical professionals, not only doctors, who live and work in the U.S. The group keeps in touch with their colleagues at home and support the activities of the Ministry of Health, the Medical School and other organizations with outreach programs in Liberia.
Dr White’s hobbies are fishing, motorcycle riding and singing. He also enjoyed playing soccer and coaching young soccer teams over the years in Tuscaloosa. He is an Amateur Radio licensed operator with a general class license, and the call sign KJ4OAM (Kilo, Juliet, 4, Oscar, Alpha, Mike).
Dr White is grateful to God for the opportunities he has afforded him over these years. He is married to his wife, Ngawa Anna White, and they celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in March, 2021. The Whites have 3 adult sons, Sargent, Timothy and Kevin, who are all college graduates. They are members of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, under the leadership of Pastor Vernon Swift and serve in various ministries there.
Dr. Albert Coleman
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Dr. Albert B. Coleman last served as President of the United Methodist University (UMU) in Liberia. As President he served as the Chief Executive Office. At UMU, he first served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, responsible to provide leadership for all academic programs in support of the University’s mission, which is to enhance academic excellence.
Before joining the United Methodist University, (UMU) he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Education through a World Bank funded project. In this position he supported and coordinated the improvements in the Education Sector of Liberia and assisted in coordinating and enhancing donor’s confidence for resources mobilization. He is a lifelong educator. Dr. Coleman served as Vice President of Government Relations and Strategies with Communities In Schools of Georgia, (CIS) in the U.S.A.
In this position he was responsible for providing strategies and understanding to local CIS affiliates in building relationships with Federal and State Elected Officials and their offices. His focus was to increase their awareness and create funding opportunities that supported and enhanced efforts to reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate in Georgia. He also served CIS as Director for Community Development, responsible for the expansion of the CIS concept in Georgia and ensured training and technical assistance were also provided to local CIS programs in the area of Community Development. He was also responsible for Federal Grants, which were passed through to local CISGA affiliates. Before the 1990 war in Liberia, Dr. Coleman served as Assistant Minister for Teacher Education in the Ministry of Education, and Country Team Leader for the USAID Improving Efficiency of Educational Systems Research Project (IEES).
Dr. Coleman completed his High School education at Lott Carey Baptist Mission in Brewerville, Liberia. His B.Sc. in Education at Cuttington University College in Liberia and later matriculated to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, U.S.A., where he completed his M.Sc. in Teacher Education and Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Dr. Albert Coleman is married to Mrs. Magdalene Bailey Coleman for over forty years and has three children, Malbert, Alma, & Alicia. He brought his passion for quality education to the UMU and improved academic excellence by putting in place a Five Year Plan of Action.
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