FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Marie-Laure Nerolel was born in Bebalen, Chad, Central Africa and emigrated to the United States in 2007 to study and to work. Previous to receiving her B.A. of Finance & Management from Institute Polytechnic Le Cotoyen in Cotonou, Benin, Laura also studied abroad in Togo, West Africa. Laura now resides in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2016 she graduated from Park University with her Master's in Social Work (MSW). She is fluent in English, French and her native tongue of Ngambai.
While pursuing her education, Laura has worked in various professional roles, including a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Language Teacher, a Certified Medical Technician, and Health Care Coordinator in a nursing home. She has worked and volunteered in several capacities where she was motivated to meet the physical and emotional needs of those under her care - and always with compassion.
A world traveler, a hard worker and an all-around compassionate individual, Laura's motivation comes from the understanding that even the smallest acts of compassion - done with love - have the power to make a lasting impact on a person's life. She formed the Act of Compassion, Inc. in 2014 with the desire to bring together individuals, communities and organizations of all types, in order to reach out with intentional acts of compassion that will bring strength and encouragement to educate and empower youth toward a healthy mind for a successful life. "Compassion is empathy in action."
DIRECTOR OF ART
As the Artistic Director for The Act of Compassion, Kate Johnson strategically blends her professional training in dental hygiene and early childhood education, with her passion for dance, to engage youth both domestically and abroad. Kate completed high school in Urbandale, Iowa and went on to receive her Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences (Early Childhood Education) from Johnson County Community College. She later received specialized training from Concord Career College to become a Dental Assistant.
Kate's love for God and desire to use her gifts to encourage, educate and empower youth has lead her to do several international outreaches, in Mexico and in India. In Mexico City, Mexico, Kate participated in the "Operation Serve" Dental Outreach. In Nagaland, India, Kate has done humanitarian trips from 2011-2014. Locally, Kate has done art camps and education outreaches for youth in Texas and Missouri. During this time Kate has partnered with local organizations and churches, including: PS 149 Dance Company, Tyler Metro Dance Company, David's House and Full Faith City Church.
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Madrombe brings a varied background to the table to serve as an Advisor for The Act of Compassion. A current resident of Missoula, Montana, Madrombe has recently completed his advanced studies and is eager to get started implementing his knowledge in a practical way with The Act of Compassion. Madrombe earned his Master's in Public Administration from The University of Montana at Missoula.
Previous to that, he completed his B.S. in Business Administration Management from The University of Montana. In addition, Madrombe is a 'Certified Nonprofit Professional' through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in Kansas City.
Madrombe's strengths lie in the sectors of governance, civil society, democracy & civic education, aid effectiveness, rural development, human rights & gender, trade sector support and peace building. A native of Chad (Central Africa), Madrombe is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Born in Mali, West Africa and raised in the Ivory Coast, Bintou migrated to the United States in 2002. She studied at the American University in Washington, D.C, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Finance. In 2013 Bintou relocated to Kansas where she accepted a position working at the University of Kansas School of Business. Bintou's professional and personal experience spans many different arenas, languages and locations. While in the nation's capital, she worked as a Human Resources Manager, attending to the various needs of the company's employees.
Bintou is a passionate and avid advocate of humanitarian work and desires to use her professional skills to enhance socio-economic development, especially in various parts of Africa, where she has traveled, worked and volunteered often. In 2010, Bintou took a life-changing journey to Dakar, Senegal where she and her colleagues conducted a humanitarian, research-based project on Child Literacy. The group was able to collaborate with the Senegalese Department of Education, orphanages and various non-profit organizations in order to implement solutions aimed to understand and improve the problem of child literacy.
Bintou is thrilled to be part of The Act of Compassion where she can use her professional and personal experiences to strengthen and promote the organization's mission to encourage, educate and empower youth toward a healthy mind for a successful life.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
An educated and accomplished woman in the field of education, Medea brings much wisdom and counsel to The Act of Compassion. Her plethora of experience gives her a well-rounded knowledge base - from education - to the healing arts - to business - as well as with international outreach. She will undoubtedly bring many new ideas to develop and oversee the educational outreach programs for The Act of Compassion. Medea is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has an M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Medea has received several awards and honors, including: Saint Joseph Council of Missouri Teachers Association Scholarship (2012); Missions Ambassador to Romania (2008); Appointment-Nebraska Department of Education Task Force for Student Performance (1997-98) and several others.
In addition, Medea also has the following certifications:
Debbie Morrison, PhD
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Debbie Morrison works as an assistant professor of social work at Park University, and also works in private practice in Lee's Summit, MO as a clinical social worker and registered play therapist. Prior to moving to Kansas City, Debbie lived in New Zealand for 4 years and Salt Lake City, Utah for 12 years.
Debbie received her Masters Degree and PhD in Social Work from University of Utah, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from University of Evansville in Indiana. She has co-written articles on refugee's experience of trauma upon arriving in the U.S. and also was active with the Latino population in Salt Lake City, where she was Director of Music for a Latino Congregation at an Episcopal Church.
Debbie and her husband own two psychological services companies - one in Salt Lake City and one in Nelson, New Zealand. Debbie regularly returns to New Zealand to provide trainings to psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists on trauma informed care and treatment. She is experienced in research and grant writing, and founded the New Zealand Trauma Studies Institute. The goal of this institute is to provide low cost, high quality trainings for those working with victims of trauma and abuse, and also conduct research on best practice in trauma treatment.
Debbie live's in Lee's Summit and is a mother to three beautiful children. She loves to play music, exercise, and meditate. She fully believes in and strives to live a life based on compassion, and is excited to be part of the AOC team.