About Us

  • Wokie Daboh – Founder and Executive Director

    During her first trip to her family’s homeland of Liberia in 2010, Wokie learned that what appeared to be abandoned buildings, we schools that had been destroyed after 14 years of civil war. As she took a deeper look, she saw that not only were schools were destroyed, but students and teachers passionate about education didn’t have the resources to be successful in the classroom. As Wokie did more research she learned that this was an issue that plagued the country. For every 1 text book there are 3 students, only 3% of primary and secondary schools have electricity and 50% percent of schools were destroyed during the civil war.

    Wokie soon decided she wanted to help make a difference for those students and teacher in Liberia. In 2013 she started non-profit organization Project Blackboard with a mission to rehabilitate classrooms and provide students and teachers educational tools and resources. In providing this support to students and teachers, Project Blackboard hopes to also raise the educational esteem for young Liberians, encouraging them to look to education to make the greatest difference and impact in their lives.

    Wokie Daboh’s background is in human capital management where she has worked for a global consumer packaged goods company and fortune 500 retail organizations. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communication with a minor in African-American Studies and Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota. Wokie has also been the title holder for Miss Liberia Minnesota – 2004 and Miss Black Minnesota 2007.

    EMAIL: Wokie@projectblackboard.org

  • ELAINE PEABODY – EDUCATION CONSULTANT

    Mrs. Peabody was born in Harper city, Maryland County. Her education degree was earned from the University of Houston. Her degree, combined with a Texas teaching license and over 20 years of teaching experience in elementary (primary) education, as well as the joy of instructing and mentoring new teachers, has allowed her personal educational growth to continue. In addition, she has earned her qualifications as both a teacher of the Gifted and Talented, and English as a Second Language student.

    Her teaching career has been geared toward the empowerment of elementary school children using modern, student-oriented learning methodologies. Her career in education has afforded her opportunities to teach diverse groups of students, including those with learning disabilities, those who performed at grade level, and those who were gifted and/or exceptional. She believes her experiences will enrich the culture of the foundation and she looks forward to facilitating all types of learners; offering individualized and extracurricular support; and integrating effective teaching materials.

    EMAIL: ElainePeabody@misdmail.org

  • KATE DOUGHERTY – SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

    Katie Dougherty grew up in the eastern suburbs of St. Paul, in Mahtomedi, and is now attending her first year at the University of Minnesota. There she is studying Non-profit Strategic Communications and Art. In the past, Katie has volunteered with Students Today Leaders Forever on the university campus, worked with the Liemandt Foundation on neighborhood building Peace Dinners in North Minneapolis for many years, was a leader in high school volunteer clubs, and is excited to now be involved in Project Blackboard. Katie’s interests lie in community building, stronger education, art education, and children’s development and would love to find a career in the communication department of an organization where she can develop those interests. Alongside a love for philanthropy Katie considers herself an amateur artist, with a love for sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and chalk board art. When school isn’t taking over all of her free time she enjoys spending it in the art studio or planning camping trips to fulfill in warmer months.

    EMAIL: Katie@projectblackboard.org