Our team consists of medical, tourism, and non-profit professionals familiar with West Africa and with decades of clinical, business, and educational experience in the United States and Canada.

Board Members

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Thaddeus P Ulzen, MD

Physician, Professor at University of Alabama School of Medicine, Mental Health Education Consultant

Tuscaloosa, AL

Dr. Ulzen has been involved in Global Health Education since 2005 as a practitioner, administrator, and an educator. He has overseen the work of over 200 medical volunteers ranging from undergraduate students to medical specialists who have worked in the Elmina area or taught at the University Of Cape Coast School Of Medical Sciences in Ghana. He was a Yale/Johnson & Johnson Scholar in International Health in 2007.


Adwoa Ulzen Setrakian


Indianapolis, IN

Mrs. Setrakian holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and a master's degree in education. She has years of experience as a secondary school French teacher. She has also worked in community development as the Training Institute Coordinator for the Regional Baha’i Council for the South Eastern and Atlantic United States.

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Edward S. Ulzen

Civil Servant at City of Toronto, Writer

Toronto, Canada

Mr. Ulzen is a playwright and adult educator. He is involved in strategic planning for the Elmina Java Museum.

Koby Koomson, CPA

Private Business Consultant

Bethesda, MD

Mr. Koomson is a native of Elmina and formerly Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States. He is now a private business consultant and lives in Bethesda, MD.

Edwin N. Omaboe

Senior Partner, Global Impact Insurance Brokers

Accra, Ghana

Mr. Omaboe is the Secretary of the Board in Ghana. He studied French and Spanish and was formerly Secretary of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ghana

Francis Baffour

Retired Financial Analyst, Federal Treasury Department

New York, NY

Mr. Baffour is a native of Elmina, Ghana.

Leslie Bruce-Lyle, MD


Irvine, CA

Patricia Ulzen-Asenso


Haymarket, VA

Foundation Staff


Lucy Cofie Obeng

Curator at Elmina Java Museum

Elmina, Ghana

Mrs. Obeng is the curator of the Elmina-Java Museum. She is a teacher by training and has been educated in museum studies through programs offered by the Commonwealth Association of Museums.

Kweku Ulzen

IT Consultant

New York, NY

Mr. Ulzen manages the online presence of the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation. He is an IT consultant and data engineer by trade.