Our Teams

Our Team

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

It takes a carefully coordinated effort of field, home office, and volunteers to meet our mission in Madagascar.

First and foremost, it takes the experience and dedication of a trained field professional like Clint Akins and a Malagasy leader like Yolande Fanjanirinarivo.

It takes a committed Board of Directors, Officers and Advisors to give guidance for the financial and organizational support to the Mission.

It takes committed volunteers and associates in both Madagascar and the U.S. to meet this challenge.

Officers

Yolande Fanjanirinarivo Akins
President

Yolande grew up in one of the poorest villages on the western edge of the endangered southeastern rainforest, in what is known as Betsileo country, the second largest people group in Madagascar.

She moved to the capital, Antananarivo in 1992, and as a single mother, worked in the sweatshop factories as a team leader, while maintaining her integrity as a woman in an oppressive context. She has lived the life of the poorest of the rural and urban poor of Madagascar and she knows how to counsel people in maintaining their integrity while struggling for a better life.

Photo of Yolande Fanjanirinarivo

Ira C. “Sam” Bass
Secretary/Treasurer

Sam has worked as a U.S. government contractor on many overseas projects. He is a licensed technician in communications and electronics. His hobbies include acting in Civil War reenactments. Sam worked for the NASA tracking station in Arivonimamo, Madagascar for several years and it was during this time that Sam gained his knowledge of Malagasy life and history. Sam resides in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

photo of Sam Bass

Board of Directors

Clint Akins
Chair

Audria Rogers
Director

Ira C. “Sam” Bass
Director

Mark Walvoord
Director

Advisory Council & Staff

Roland Randriantsoavina
Field Administrator

Juliette Ravelojaona Bass
Advisory Council

Lucia B. Ducan
Advisory Council

Christine Money
Advisory Council

John “Jeff” Scroggin
Advisory Council

Dana Azar
Advisory Council

Elaine M. Damon
Advisory Council

Bill McMurry
Advisory Council

Narisoa Juliette Ranarivelo
Advisory Council

Paul Tankersley
Advisory Council