Meet the team
Board members of the Eritrean Development Foundation
Dr. Fickak Habtes, DPA, MHSA, MPH
Fee Fickak Habtes, DPA, MHSA., MPH; has been an excutive in the public and private sectors. He was appointed by the governor of Illinois in charge of Health Care Assesment and Screening for the State of Illinos. Dr. Habtes also served in differnt positions as Senior Public Service Administrator (SPSA). He disbursed 3.5 billion dollors budget for the Ilinois Department of Transportation.
Among many other professional duties, Dr. Habtes served as a professor at the University of Illnois at Springfied and Excutive Vice president for Concordia College Alabama. He is a professional speaker nationally and internationally by providing training and seminars for wide range of professionals.
Raphel "Kip" Mackey, MA
Kip Raphael Mackey has concentrated for the last 46 years in various efforts
to assist in the development and independence in Eritrea, East Africa. He has remained committed and active through the Eritrean Relief Committee in conjunction with Eritrean Relief Association, formed in 1975. This led to the birth of the current daughter organization
The Eritrean Development Organization in 1999. He currently works in the capacity on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair.
The highlights of this involvement include the 1985 Vaccination campaign in the Anseba region, liberated Eritrea, Pedagogy instruction, Teacher’s Training Institute, and 1992 Asmara Eritrea.
MATIAS Esl instructor for deployed former women combatants 1996, Asmara. Field assessment surveying with Vision Eritrea 2006 Central Eritrea. Survey for emergency needs in Emba Matera Camps in Dubube Zone. He had the honor of visiting the Kerkebet Maternity Clinic in 2019. The primary funding was through the Eritrean Development Foundation, EDF, The construction for the complex began in 2008 and ended in 2018.
In 1986 he was awarded the Martin L. King Justice award, Western Ky. University In 2004 the Humanitarian Award, Eritrean Relief Committee, and in 2018 Certificate of Appreciation from the OEA Organization of Eritrean Americans.
Kip Raphael currently resides in Louisville Ky. He is a retiree and has enjoyed teaching and counseling hundreds of young people in middle school and High school for 36 years. Kip Raphael holds a BA, in Education, and a Guidance and counseling /Education MA.
He now is involved as an instructor with a focus on Substance Abuse and Mental health issues at Mindful Direction Counseling center. He is state Certified in Substance Use Disorder and Mindful studies for anxiety and depression maladies.
Luwam Nemariam, RN, BSN
Luwam Nemariam was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She has a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing and is currently working as a Travel Labor and Delivery Nurse. Luwam has a passion for maternal health and volunteering. She has experience leading various organizations both within the Eritrean community mentoring youth and outside. Luwam is an active member of the Young Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ) and joined the Eritrean Development Foundation in 2020. Through her experience, she has taken part in coordinating community outreach events which include development, fundraising, entertainment, and location logistics both here in America and in Eritrea.
Asmait Solomon, MHA
Asmaít works in healthcare quality improvement and resides in Dallas, Texas. She has over a decade of experience leading Eritrean youth, organizing community events, and developing educational materials. She is also an active member of the Young Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ) and the Eritrean National Public Diplomacy Group. Asmaít joined the Eritrean Development Foundation in 2020. She is passionate about preserving its history and culture and honoring the legacy of its martyrs.
Seble Tsehaye has been an active participant of the Eritrean Community in several cities from
the East Coast to the Midwest for some years.
She was an Assistant Political Officer before her transition into Finance at the Embassy of
Eritrea in Washington DC, where she currently works. Seble serves in various organizations – People’s Front for Democracy and Justice(PFDJ), National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), and Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF). Seble is a member of the Central Committee for NUEW and Board Secretary for the NUEW-USA. Prior to joining the Embassy, her experience was within the discipline of Human Resources/Organizational Development, serving as a strategic partner for leadership teams. Seble earned her bachelor's from Boston College - Carroll School of Business.
Dr. Aida Abraha, PhD
Dr. Aida Abraha was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Eritrean mother, and father. She attended Nazareth School, all Girls Catholic School, and received her high school diploma in May of 1980. Right after high school, she came to the USA and enrolled at Chicago State University in 1981and received her BS in Chemistry in 1985. After working for a couple of years, Dr. Abraha enrolled in a Ph.D. program at
Loyola University of Chicago and received her Ph.D. in 1992. After working for a few years as a
postdoctoral fellow at John’s Hopkins and Northwestern Universities, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at Chicago State University (CSU) in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 2002. She went through the promotional ranks and received her tenure and full professorship. After teaching for two
decades at CSU, she retired in July of 2021 to start the second phase of her life. She still works part-time at CSU. Dr. Abraha joined the Eritrean Development Foundation in 2021. She also has a nonprofit organization for special Needs Children in Ethiopia.