Board of Directors

Dr. Vera Opata – Chair

An experienced and devoted individual with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry in Ghana. She holds a (PhD), Doctor in Philosophy Epidemiology and Disease Control from the University of Ghana as well as a member of Ghana College of Physicians, Public Health- Reproductive and Child Health from Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also a Doctor of Medicine from Lvov State Medical Institute of Ukraine.

She has been very instrumental in the Ghana Health System in ensuring the implementation of government HIV policies. Some positions she has held are; HIV coordinator for GAR, Deputy Director Public Health for Greater Accra, Head of Communicable Disease Hospital (CDH), Senior Medical Officer at LA General Hospital. She is currently the Municipal Director of Health Services.

Dr Vera is involved in training of health staff; supervision of health facilities and she is the key person in developing regional HIV specific plan. She is a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS reduction from mother to child.



Dr. Emmanuel Maurice Ankrah – Vice Chair

A highly organized and efficient individual, whose thorough and precise approach to projects has yielded excellent results. He holds a post graduate certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ghana Institute of Management Public Administration, Barrister at Law from Ghana School of Law. He also graduated from Vinnitsa State Medical University in Ukraine. He has practiced medicine in Ghana since 1998.

Dr. Ankrah is involved in preparing training manuals, seminar and conference materials for training in Medical Law and Ethics for many years. Some areas covered for over the years include Medical Negligence, Confidentiality, Consent, Blood transfusion, Handling of dead bodies. Some institutions he facilitated for medico-legal training are; the Teaching Hospitals (Korle-Bu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale), Quasi Government Hospitals, Medical and Surgical Skills Institute.

Dr. Ankrah is a healthcare practitioner, specializing as a General Practitioner (GP). He was called to the Ghana Bar Association in 2006 and has been practicing Law since then. He is also the Managing Partner of KuukuaA Legal Consulting Company Ltd and the head of Legal department Ghana Health Services.



Mr. Ronald Pickings

Graduated from Cleary University, Howell Michigan and was awarded a certified Public Accountant Certificate from the state of OHIO in 1986. He was the Vice President Finance for Kent Adhesive Products Company, Ohio and was directly responsible for all aspect of information system and accounting.

Other positions Mr. Pickings have held are: Service and Administrative Manager, Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation at Medina-Ohio, Senior Analyst, Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation at Toledo and an Accountant. Mr. Pickings is the CEO of Solar Utilization Network (S.U.N) Ltd.

He has accomplished numerous tasks such as; successful installation and implementation of a state of the art software system that connected the production area with the office, inventory control system, standard costing; accounts receivable “tickler” system that automatically informed management of past due accounts receivable and customer tracking notes that provided the sales and marketing team with up-to-date data regarding their customers; a system that would “flag” order entry personnel during order entry if the customer’s account was past due, maintained a 1A Dun and Bradstreet credit rating; significantly improved company cash flow.

Mr. Pickings have been associated with WAAF for many years contributing tremendously to the wellbeing of the facility.



Mr.  Paul Sowah

Demonstrated competences in building experiences over the years. He managed a very key project integrating community decision and participation in the management of natural resources in the Sunyani forest area. As an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mr Sowah studied B.Sc. Natural Resources Management. He holds a PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa from Leadership, Technological University of the Americas (TUA), Suriname.

He has accomplished numerous successes such as; developed a monitoring and evaluation format for the Brong Ahafo Regional forestry, modelled a system of integrating individual values to develop an effective management team that saw to the achievement of organizational objectives, Leadership construct that integrates varied competences that are isolated as unique brands of leadership. This was to identify each of these unique brands as emanating from the existential context of a situation which allows the leader to demonstrate any competence.

Mr Sowah has worked with WAAF and IHCC in so many ways. The organization has profited from his knowledge and hard work.



Mrs. Elsie Gaisie – Ahiabu

Currently the Programme Coordinator of the California State Universityat the University of Ghana center. She holds an MPhil degree in Social Work and is currently a final year doctoral candidate at the Regional Institute of Population Studies of the University of Ghana. Her concentration is women, children and sexuality.

The first part of Elsie Gaisie- Ahiabu’s career was spent mostly in activities relating to community service through the founding of a local non-governmental organization called DeSMAS and which stands for Deprived Single Mothers Assistance Scheme(DeSMAS)afforded her the unique opportunity to apply the principles of her skills as a social worker in assisting single mothers in deprived communities.

Other positions she has held are; field supervisor at Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at the University of Ghana and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), HIV and AIDS Project Coordinator and consultancy services.

Elsie has acquired appreciable level of skills in consultancy, research, monitoring and evaluating and has developed the tact of being a good team player in managing various people of diverse backgrounds to achieve value for money


Eddie Dane Donton

President WAAF

Founder, CEO/Hospice

Administrator, Care One Hospice, Riverside California, USA

Founder, West Africa AIDS Foundation, Founder, International Health Care Center

Eddie Donton is a leader in community mobilization and empowerment for improved access to health services for under-served and vulnerable populations.  He has extensive experience in developing and delivering community-based education and care programs for HIV/AIDS and associated illnesses. Mr. Donton has established care facilities in both the USA and Ghana and has over the years been active in providing access and guidance to community mobilization for HIV care service delivery and negotiating relationships with private sector partners. He is the founder of the West Africa AIDS Foundation and its onsite clinic the International Health Care Center.