Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board
Jackie was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and recently became a citizen of the United States. She has made it her life’s work to return to the Congo one day and extend a helping hand to those in need. She recently took a mission trip to her homeland and was deeply inspired by her love and passion for the displaced children of her country. She has made it her mission to make a difference in the lives of those children. So began the imagining of Les Enfants Baobab, a non-profit organization to help get the street children of the Democratic Republic of Congo off the streets and into homes, giving them a chance for a bright future.
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer and Board member
Alison Ferrell-Lucero was born in Flint, MI, but has been a California resident for 15 years. She has accomplished many things here, one of which was to start her own business, an Independent Record label titled 'Ear Peace Records' which evolved into a platform for street artist to display their art and up and coming musicians to show their talents. Through Ear Peace Alison worked with non-profits such as Rock, Paper, Scissors, a collective devoted to helping inner city youth explore their artistic talents and stay off the streets. She also started her own chapter of Dining for Women a nonprofit dedicated to raising both money and awareness for grassroots programs for women & children internationally. Recently she worked at one of Berkeley's oldest non-profits La Peña Cultural Center organizing and assisting with production of cultural events and fundraisers. Alison has been involved in Les Enfants Baobab since conception and is dedicated to enriching the lives of these wonderful kids. Her passion for change, and making a difference in this world is what drives her. She is currently pursuing her degree in Environmental Science focusing on Society & Environment, and she hopes to use that degree to make a difference in how we as a global society view and use our natural world.
John ryan Elward
Secretary and Board member
Born in San Francisco and raised in Novato, Ryan is the husband of Jackie, founder of Les Enfants Baobab. Ryan met her while teaching in a ministry training school in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. After a couple of years working with churches, teaching and encouraging leaders in Russia, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He can now be found raising his three children or inside of a book. He is a devoted husband and father. He is also passionate about seeing shifts in culture that better life for everyone, especially children.
Linda Mazzariello serves as a worship leader at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, CA. She has a heart to lead people closer to God through music, and to engage with women who want to live out their purpose and be in close community with one another. Together with her husband, Jeff, who is a pastor, they have been serving in ministry for over 30 years. When they are not working or hanging out with their four grown children, they enjoy traveling, running, and good food. They currently reside in Novato, CA.
Vice President and Board Member
Originally from New York, Alissa spent her time refining her passion for creating Art and Architecture. She relocated to California 20 years ago to continue her studies, and never left. Her experiences led to an overwhelming interest in the formation of communities for groups of under-served populations with unique needs. She has become a local activist and has always had a strong desire to be part of a collaborative group of individuals that work toward positive change in the world. She currently lives in Santa Rosa with her small but beautiful family.
Stu is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and relocated to the Bay Area with his mother in late 2000. He is a father, a husband and a helper who's purpose in life is to bring goodness and love to as many people as possible. Stu's professional background is very diverse, as he has done decades of work as an artist, an entrepreneur and a businessman. As an artist, he has toured the world as a hip hop artist opening for world-renowned acts Del the Funky Homosapien and Deltron 3030. As an entrepreneur he had the opportunity to found and run an art gallery/record store/community event space with his wife Alison called Ear Peace Records. As a businessman he helped George Zimmer (formerly of Men's Warehouse) to startup a new online tailoring business, at which Stu was direct supervision of 20 in-house employees and upwards of a thousand independent contractor tailors Nationwide. As a helper and spreader of love, Stu is currently caregiving for the blind and deaf elderly as well as volunteer teaching middle-school aged children in an inner-city after school arts program in the city of Oakland. Les Enfants Baobab is a new focus for Stu, but as with the rest of his life he is dedicated to bringing love and positivity to the youth in Kinshasa and beyond.