Our Leaders

Dr. Prince Ellis
Dr. Prince Ellis is a Ghanaian native currently working as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Cincinnati. Besides teaching, he is the CEO/President of PERN Learning Solutions, a founding member of APNET, and a board member of Afram Plains Foundation. He also volunteers in different organizations and believes in giving back.
Frederick Odame
VP, Stragetic Partnerships
Frederick Odame was born in a little remote Village in Ghana (Afram Plains). He grew up without most of the basic life amenities we enjoy today and at age 13 he didn’t’ know how to read or write. He is the Vice President for Business Banking at PNC Bank, founder of Afram Plains Foundation, member of NKU Alumni Council, a founding member of APNET, and adjunct faculty at UC Clermont College.
Ruth Nduta Ellis
VP, Communication
Ruth Nduta Ellis is a Clinical Operations Consultant at TriHealth, a multiple-hospital system in Cincinnati. Ruth’s passions include community service and folk music and dance. While at DePauw, she co-founded a world music and dance group that still thrives. Ruth is a co-founder of the African Professionals Network. ​
Angella Maingi
VP, Community Engagement
Angella Maingi a native of Nairobi, Kenya is an information Technology professional. Angella is passionate about volunteering, she is currently a mentor with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC). She believes in empowering youth through love, education and guidance, and has also been a long-term volunteer with the Little brother's friends of the Elderly, Cincinnati Chapter.
Phyllis Thompson
VP, Networking
Phyllis Hogue-Thompson is a Cardiac Sonographer at the UC Health West Chester Medical Office Building. She has been a cardiovascular professional for more than 18 years. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development in April 2015.
Oter Amon
Oter A. Amon is a native of South Sudan. He left Sudan for Egypt after high school due to civil war. Oter later arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts as a refugee and started learning English as a Second language in Boston. Oter feels that he has come a long way and is grateful for his progress. His mantra is “I struggle with a purpose in mind and success is a matter of choice.”
Isabelle Kalubi
Coordinator, Special Events
Isabelle Kalubi was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Brown University in Providence, RI. After completing her undergraduate degree, she came back to Cincinnati to teach Elementary French at the Seven Hills School for two years before teaching French at Antioch College’s Education Abroad Arts and Culture program in Bamako, Mali.
Abigail Masunga
Coordinator, Mentorship
Abigail Masunga was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She moved to the United States where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Capital University in Columbus, OH and her Master of Science in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati.
Kennedy Mihigo
Coordinator, Mentorship
Kennedy Mihigo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and emigrated from Congo to Syracuse, New York in 2001 with his immediate family. After college, Kennedy moved to Cincinnati to work as an Engineering Designer at General Electric. Kennedy Joined APNET shortly after arriving in Cincinnati, and since has been an active member as well as assisted planning of multiple events. Kennedy is looking forward to an APNET future of great mentoring engagement within the local community.
Olu G. Jegede
Coordinator, Immigrant Resources
Responsible for connecting APNET members to local resources available for immigrants new and old as well as refugees. Act as a community liaison between APNET and African country organizations.
Arthur Walton
Coordinator, Career Development
Knowledge of the job market and human resources needs for organizations; Corporate America Develop connections with partner organizations to serve as potential employers for APNET members Individual that understands human resources needs for organizations and match individuals appropriately; offer referrals and job openings Work closely with mentorship coordinator
Eva Munyasya
Coordinator, Membership Engagement
Eva Munyasya is a native of Kenya who attended Walnut Hills High School. She graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Economics and BFA in Interior Architecture. Eva brings energy, enthusiasm, and humor to motivate APNET members to build relationships with the community.
Open Position
Coordinator, Business Development
Connect APNET with the Cincinnati Business Community and raise funding from business partnerships Responsible for research, application, and administration of grants APNET can qualify for many grants.
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Open Position
Coordinator, Social Media
Developing strategies to increase the APNET’s fan base and engage online presence using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, etc; Create relevant content and interactive media experiences through the social sites.
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Open Position
Coordinator, Communications
Develop and proof content for APNET Newsletter using Mail Chimp; Responsible for preparing press releases and distribution to appropriate media outlets; Lead and execute ongoing public relations (PR) needs, be strongly engaged in APNET Events.
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