Nancy A Jameson

I was born in WV, USA, reared in South Point, OH, USA.  

Received BA in Elementary Education from Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Received MA in Elementary Education from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 

Elementary Teacher for 18 years and retired in 2010

Volunteer Work for Elizabeth's Hope Pregnancy Resource Center

Volunteer Work with Kairos Prison Ministry International

 

Dr. Negero Djaleta

Born and reared in Gimbie, West Oromia where he did his primary and junior secondary education. He complete his senior high and junior college at the Ethiopian Adventist College. He traveleld to Norway in 1973 where he worked for the Norwegian Publishing Company and sold Christian literature from door to door every summer in order to pursue his education in England; Beirut, Lebanon and the Philippines.

He holds a BA in History with Theology and Education as minors and an MA in Pastoral Theology at the Seventh Day Adventist Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He also attended the University of the Philippines where he earned another Master and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration. After his graduation, he returned to Ethiopia and served as a principal of Akaki Mission School for seven years where he provided a successful educational leadership. He fled the country of his orini to seek political asylum in the united States in 1992.

In the United States, he pursued a two year post graduate training program in Clinical Pastoral Education and worked as a chaplain for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction where he touched the lives of hundreds of inmates to make a positive change in preparation for release back to their communities to become productive and law abiding citizens. 

Dureti "Mimi" Tadesse

I was born and raised in Oromia, Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, I experienced discrimination based on my ethnic background and Christian belief. I am Oromo, and Oromos are discriminated in Ethiopia starting since they were forcefully occupied by Abyssinians in the late 1880s till today. As a women, I also experienced first-hand gender discrimination, dehumanization, imprisonment, torture and marginalization against women. I was afforded the opportunity to change my life after I came to United States, where I witnessed the achievement of women and the opportunities that are open to women. This has only fueled my passion and dedication to make a difference in the lives of women in Oromia-- my place of birth.

My husband and I came to United States in the early 1990s and applied for Political asylum. We were granted political asylum and eventually became naturalized citizens. My husband and I lived in Dallas, Texas. This opened opportunity that we never experienced before. For the first time in our lives, my husband and I experienced the true meaning of freedom. The freedom to dream and work to achieve our goal. The freedom to education, the freedom to expressing our Christian religious believes, the freedom to voicing our political beliefs, and the freedom to entrepreneurship. I took advantage of what this country afforded me. I worked in several private sector jobs where I started at the bottom and moved up the ladder to eventually supervisory positions both in Dallas and after I moved to Columbus, Ohio. My husband and I also started a few family businesses, and we are still at it.

I was able to educate myself while working. I am a computer Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE). I also have associate degree in Business administration from Columbus State Community College, Columbus OH, and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Franklin University, Columbus, OH. Currently, I'm working for Danny’s Car Service.

My husband and I have over 19 years nonprofit/volunteer work experience facilitating the assimilation of immigrants from Oromia region of Ethiopia into American workforce and culture. I am familiar with national, state, and Columbus-area charity networks, and worked with some including Catholic Charities USA, International Friendship INC, Lower Light Ministries, Victory Mission, and the Columbus Mid-Ohio Food Bank. I went on Mission trip to Uganda and Oromia (Ethiopia) from June 26 to August 10, 2012 and Mission trip to Uganda March 31, 2011 to April 14, 2011 with New Life Church Gahanna leadership team. Currently, I am a committee member for Human Trafficking awareness in New Life Church called “Eyes Wide Open.” 

In 2013, I started Christian based Nonprofit Organization called “C.G. Women’s Empowerment (CGWE)” whose mission is to empower women in Oromia (Ethiopia) Africa.  In March 2014, we travelled to Oromia, Ethiopia and launched C.G. Women’s Empowerment (CGWE).

See Dureti (Mimi)'s Prison Experience by Ethiopia’s Communist Regime