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Franco Bonghan

CEO & Executive Director

Franco Bonghan serves as Executive President of Novelty Tax & Accounting LLC, a Houston based Accounting Firm specialized in Corporate Taxes and Litigation, Income and Franchise Taxes. Mr. Bonghan has organized several Tax clinics for low income families and is a regular volunteer at the Houston Food Bank and the Habitat for Humanity. He also serves as Executive Director of Franco Records, a record label based in Houston Texas providing cutting edge marketing, value added Promotions and Public Relations, also developing talent for the undiscovered voices. He is Executive Director of Bright Light Projects, an international NGO with a mission of using music as a catalyst for sustainable Development in Sub-Sahara Africa through collaborative partnerships with local NGO’s and Common Initiative Groups (CIGs) in respected countries. Mr. Bonghan holds a dual Masters in Accounting & Financial Management from Keller Graduate School Of management.

Dr. Eric Tanifum

Director of Fundraising and Resource Mobilization

Dr. Tanifum holds joint appointments as a manager of basic science research at Texas Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His Research efforts have resulted in the development of facile chemistries for the preparation of Several complex bioactive molecules, small molecule libraries for the NIH Molecular Libraries- Small Molecule Repository, and a biotech startup company. In addition, these efforts have Attracted funding from both foundation and federal sources including grants from the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health to develop new techniques to Detect the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. His Community organizing and outreach activities span over two decades in the US and the Cameroons in Central Africa. He has led several initiatives which have benefitted Underprivileged groups including school renovations in different parts of the Cameroons, and Dotation of supplies to the orthopedic and blind centers at SAJOCAH Bafut in the Southern Cameroons. Dr. Tanifum holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Utah State University and a B.S. in the same field from the University of Buea in the Southern Cameroons.

Dr. Marvin N. Gobina

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Marvin Gobina has been a Doctor of Pharmacy for 10 years. Graduating from Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2007, Dr. Gobina has since served as a clinical pharmacist for Kroger, both UHS and HCA Health Systems, as a clinical consultant through Pharmacy Care for numerous nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities throughout South Texas, and now as a pharmacy manager and owner of GPS Pharmacy.

 Day in and day out, Dr. Gobina works with patients, counseling them on their medications, discussing medication interactions, and helping patients select the most appropriate medication regimens for their ailments. His avid need to help others led to the founding of the Julie Ebenye Gobina academic scholarship that is awarded to deserving female students in Cameroon

Fatimaah J. Menefee

Chair of PHPA (Public Health, Policy & Administration)

Fatimaah J Menefee holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of London-Queen Mary and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a concentration in Sociology from Texas Southern University.

Prior to ESE & SEGYE, for over a decade, she worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in applied public health, public engagement, and community relations.

Most recently, she was the Community Engagement Liaison for the Harris County Public Health Department in Houston, Texas- the third most populous county in the United States (4.34 million people). In this position, she executed all outreach and engagement between the public and the Office of Communications, Education, and Engagement. 

Previously, she served as Officer of Public Health Education for the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. With this position, she handled all public health promotions and education, public health engagement and social media development for the department. She was also a former board member with the: Anchorage Women’s Health Commission, Anchorage STD/HIV Advisory Committee, Let’s Move Task Force by First Lady Michelle Obama and part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 task force to help build a healthy Alaska.

Her past professional experiences include: Community Relations Liaison for the City of Houston’s Childhood Immunization Program, Parent Educator Liaison & Child Abuse Neglect Investigator for the State of Texas.

 

Director of Psychiatry & Counseling

We are glad to have Dr. Nicolas Nguh Santo at Bright Light Projects (BLP). Dr. Santo earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), his Masters (MSC) – First Class Hons Degree) in Psychology from Capella University Minneapolis-Minnesota.

Dr. Santo is currently on Research Mission at World Health Organization Research Center for Mental Illness (ARO Neuropsychiatric Hospital) Abeokuta Nigeria. His core areas of specialty include: Psycho- education, counseling, evaluation, treatment planning, Counseling/therapy, Crisis Intervention / Assessments. Dr Santo has vast experience working with all populations (children, adults and adolescence), experience working with Immigrant Population in the United States of America, he is Knowledgeable in Evaluation and Research, using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Dr. Santo is CEO of Association of Psychological & Psychiatric Services for Cameroon (APPSCAMR), a Psychological and Psychiatric Counseling Services providing Behavioral, Mental Health Awareness, Assessments, Diagnosis, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psycho-pharmacological Treatments

Dr. Santo is Certified Member of California National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI), Member of Capella University Psychology Club, Member of American Psychological Graduate Association (APAG)   

Dr. Santo is Fluent in English, French, German and Nederland’s. Eloquent, critical and creative writer, good at ethical decision making, compassionate, fatherly, bold, innovative and intuitive, good therapeutic skills, and excellent at problem solving.