Meet the team

Guinea Exchange prides itself on growing and empowering our Guinean staff. Our goal is to support Guinean locals in the work that they themselves design and deem important to their own communities.  

 
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Mamady Mansaré

Program coordinator

Mamady is our fearless leader. He handles all of the details and implementation of our programs. He has a deep understanding of the culture and needs of the people of Guinea. 

Mamady is also the lead flute player for Les Ballet Africains in Conakry Guinea coming from a tremendously long lineage of flutists.  Mamady and his wife Sarah Lee split their time between Seattle, WA and Guinea West Africa. They teach dance classes all over the country and share Guinea culture everywhere they through their organization One World Drum and Dance. They lead cultural trips to Guinea every year, hosting guests in their home and villages. Please consider joining them on one of these trips (See Partner Organizations). 

Video: Meet Mamady Mansaré

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Kelly Ann Brown

founder 

I was encouraged to start Guinea Exchange in 2013, after my second visit to Guinea, West Africa where I studied the dancing and drumming of tribal cultures there. Those experiences inspired me to make a commitment to give back to these communities that bring so much joy through their artistic expression.  I travel to Guinea often to oversee projects and reconnect with the Guinean culture. My trips have given me opportunity to become familiar with the people, culture and needs of this region. My 25 years experience in finance as a bookkeeper, business woman and Treasurer of a non-profit Montessori school ensures Guinea Exchange's fiduciary transparency.  Back in the US, I work to expand the love for Guinean culture in Montana through sharing West African dancing and drumming in elementary schools, dance/drum classes, performances and fundraisers. I am wholeheartedly dedicated to the people of Guinea and the way of life they represent.

 
We are directly connected with these communities through our love of Guinean drum and dance
 

EDUCATION

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Lamiya Camara

Education

ADRIEN

Education

Bengaly

Education

TRADE

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fodé mansaré

Vocation

LAZANZI

Vocation

ADAMA DJIALO

Bakery of Dembayara

HEALTH SERVICES

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Dr. facinet sylla

Surgeon

DR. mamady DiANÉ

Doctor

Hadje Woreba

Nurse, Midwife Dembayara
 

VOLUNTEERS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Emily Sandefur

Kathyrn Bowen

Dani Doane

Sarah Budeski

Kendall Levinson

Samantha Hyde