The governing board comprises a group of generous, talented and, accomplished individuals who donate their time and money to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of the underprivileged in Nigeria. Their unremunerated services are instrumental to the successes NKO Foundation has achieved thus far. Carol Ryrie Brink rightly observed that “the most generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.” NKO Foundation is blessed to have these individuals who give their all without expecting anything in return. May God bless them.
Nonye Uddoh, PharmD, MBA, BCACP
Nonye Uddoh has spent her career focused on improving the health of her community. As the daughter of physicians, she grew up seeing the positive effects that a healthcare provider has on others. She has been selected for leadership programs and nominated for many awards. She volunteers her time to contribute to the online publication SingleCare and participates in local volunteer activities. She received a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from Temple University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Capella University, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Drexel University, and is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care. She currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Lady Clementine Okorji LKSJ
One of the Board of Advisors
Lady Clementine Okorji LKSJ is a Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology currently working with Mainline Medical Group Ltd. in Pennsylvania. She is a committed, cheerful, service-minded individual who delights in seeing others happy and better. She is not only a motivational leader but also a reliable, dependable and broad-minded teammate. Lady Clementine is currently pursuing her Doctoral in Nursing Practice. She is married; has four children and a granddaughter. She loves listening to music and courting a beautiful environment hence her love for decoration.
Dr. Onyinyechukwu C Okorji D.O
Onyinye Okorji obtained her medical degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine due to her immense passion to continue expansion in Nigerian medical system. She is currently practicing Emergency and Internal Medicine combined residency at Jefferson North-East PA. She has always participated in different volunteer organizations from undergraduate into post medical training. She has also led different leadership positions with her most cherished being years devoted to Nigerian American Yong Adults in diaspora USA (NAYA). In her free time, she enjoy dancing, spending time with family, traveling with learning new cultures and working with different outreach programs for the betterment of Nigeria.
Ms. Clark, Deborah
One of the Board of Advisors
“Imitation is the highest form of flattery”. I could imitate icons such as Mother Theresa, Florence Nightingale, or Mother Catherine Drexel. I choose to imitate such nonicons as Jill Coleman, Vera Erdman, Judy Moffat, and Charlotte Campis. These nonicons gave their time, talents, and treasures to meet the needs of persons they did not know, such as me. When our paths intersected, they, yielded to me, but, our paths became one. They encouraged me by example to do unto others what they could never do in return. They freely gave; therefore, I cannot repay them, but, I can pay it forward by doing to others what they did for me. Teaching braille to Nigerian blind children would be “paying forward” with time, talents, and treasures that was freely given to me.
Mission, mission field, or missionary are not religious-exclusive terms. Anyone who identifies a need and forges a plan of action to meet the need has a mission. The “mission field” is the location where the need is, as well as, the person(s) who are in need. The “missionary” is the person who has the desire and intent to dedicate himself or herself to meeting the need, travelling to a near or far location, and reaching the person(s) in need. The need for braille to be available, accessible, and affordable is the mission presented to me by Dr. Cordelia Uddoh. Nigeria is the location where the need is and blind children are the mission fields. Dr. Uddoh discovered that childhood blindness is prevalent due to the lack of Vitamin A. About a penny’s worth would remedy this need. Dr. Uddoh has made it her mission to eliminate this need at the grassroots level by providing Vitamin A, performing surgery to restore sight, and making these children whole. The children who are experiencing blindness as a result of the lack of intervention need a vehicle to communicate, learn, and thrive. This is where I will join Dr. Uddoh on the mission field for battling childhood blindness and its results.
I am honored that Dr. Uddoh believes that I can and will partner with her and NKO Foundation in this mission, on this mission field, and as a quasimissionary. Thanks for the opportunity to freely give my time, travel, and treasures on a mission of mercy, empathy, and compassion.