Sando Karneh, is a naturalized US citizen of Liberian descent; Sando believes education is the key to improving lives, removing socioeconomic barriers, and harnessing opportunities.
Sando sees himself in many of the children H.E.A.L Inc. now supports. He was one of these kids. He vividly remembers growing up in Liberia, he lived in a home without running water or in-doors plumbing. He grew up facing similar and identical odds as these kids: no shoes to wear and; sometimes just one meal a day. His parents, however, instilled perseverance and hard work. They also valued education as the key to improvement. They sacrificed to keep him in school. His experience as an underprivileged child contributes largely to his level of compassion and desire to help.
As a refugee, he escaped civil-war-torn Liberia and migrated to the United States in 1998. With little resources to his name, he relied on and immediately took advantage of the Job Corps program in North Texas to start learning about and assimilating in to the United States – his adopted country. The support of the Job Corps program provided him the leverage to pursue the next level of education.
He later earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science degree in Management with concentration in leadership from Strayer University.
Sando has worked in financial services industry for the last 13 years; earlier as a Registered Stock Broker, Stock plan Administrator and now a Consulting Manager with E*TRADE Financial. He is married and lives with his family in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Lindamae McLemore is a Liberian American whose desire is to make an impact on the future generations. As an educator, Ms. McLemore values learning and believes that education is essential to the achievement of any country. She believes that with the support of a community, children have a greater chance to become a positive change within their environment. Having experienced the beginning of the devastating war in Liberia, Ms. McLemore has seen the horrific impact on the people of Liberia who were left to live through the results their country now faced. Her love and passion to see people lives transform has led her to become a co-founder of H.E.A.L Inc.
Ms. McLemore believes that to see positive changes within the many communities throughout Liberia, and the metro Atlanta area, the educational and socioeconomic barriers of the underprivileged must be removed and their basic needs must be met. She has served throughout her church for many years as well as various areas throughout her community. She believes that H.E.A.L Inc. has become the support to remove the barriers that exist, and NOW is the time! Ms. McLemore currently teaches for the Gwinnett County Public School system and resides in the Lawrenceville, Georgia area with her husband and children.
H. Finda Thornes
H. Finda Thornes is a Liberian American with a passion to serve humanity. Most of her formative years were in her country of birth. After migrating to the United States she immediately found opportunities to serve in any community where she resided. She worked in many capacities at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and later received a Pre-natal health coach certification from Emory University. Ms. Thornes, a life coach, a motivator, and a loving mother to her son, R. Archie Williams III.
Finda’s devotion to serving humanity is incomparable. She is a founding member of a non-profit organization, THE WOMEN OF F.I.R.E, (Friends Integrated for Remarkable Excellence) serve as service coordinator at her church for many years, volunteers with Hosea Feed the Homeless and many other humanitarian organizations.
Ms. Thornes, having experienced the devastating war in Liberia, understands the impact it has on children who were not opportune to migrate to a country of refuge as she fortunately did. Her passion to care for others motivated her to become a co-founder of H.E.A.L Inc. Finda believes that by encouraging the individual growth of children in Liberia, she will foster in them a sense of self-worth, instill the belief in the greater good, and a better society. She works tirelessly to ensure that the underprivileged men, women, and children in both Liberia and Atlanta are provided the support they need.