Board of Directors

Dr Dinah Baah-Odoom: Chairperson of the Board

Dr. Dinah Baah-Odoom is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry in Ghana. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ghana as well as a Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD), focused in CPsychol from The University of Birmingham.

She has been very instrumental in the Ghana Health system as well as the NGO sector focusing on health related issues. Some positions she has held are: lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana; Deputy Director, Ministry of Health, Ghana. She is currently the registrar at the Ghana Psychology Council.


Dr Lesley Casely-Hanford: Member

CEO Olinga Foundation/ Social Development Consultant (Ghana)

Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford is the Director and Principal Consultant of Associates for Change (AfC), a research and consulting firm based in Ghana, West Africa. Dr Casely-Hayford has been conducting evaluations and research studies for the last 25 years across Africa and Asia.

She has led several multi sectoral evaluations, programme design and research studies for governments, donors and civil society agencies in the south particularly across the education and social sectors. Her work has focussed on using mixed method, results based management and gender equity approaches.

She has led large scale, cross cultural teams for UNICEF, WFP, DFID, USAID, CIDA along with several civil society partners including WAAF, CARE, Action Aid, Concern, and CCFC.

She has led several research studies on basic education, gender equity, social policy, decentralisation, health and public sector reform.

Associates for Change and Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford have been associated with WAAF for over 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the last five years.
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Dr Rose Jones Walls: Member

Country Director, University of California Ghana Center

Dr. Rose Walls was born in the United States of America. She is the current Resident Director of University of California Education Abroad Program at the University of Ghana Legon.

She is also a part time Senior Lecturer at Department of Social Work at the University of Ghana Legon, Post graduate degrees in Law and Social Work.

Dr Rose Walls is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and author of several books on topics ranging from Social Policy, HIV/AIDS, Counselling, Cultural Adjustment, Domestic Violence and Working with Children.

Her work includes work in the private and public sector and has included work in community development, family law, child welfare, drug court, mentoring, policy analysis consulting, higher education, clinical counselling and building sustainable communities.


Genevieve Dorbayi: Member

Executive Director, Enhance Initiative Community Mobilization, Treasurer, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases

Genevieve is an advocate for both the HIV and TB affected communities and has been very active in various activities related to empowering these communities.

Having suffered TB herself, she is very much aware of issues related to the conditions and ensures to position herself in various ways that allows her to speak and act on behalf of her own as she always puts it. From setting up her own foundation empowering HIV positive women, to be self sufficient as well as fight stigma, she has worked as a model of hope at various health institutions. She has also climbed up to be more heard at the global level where she has held positions such as the treasurer of the Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, membership of the Global Coalition of TB Activists and a Ghana CCM member representing People who have lived with TB.


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.