Board of Directors and Executive Officers
APPEAL, Inc. has a seven-member Board of Directors that is responsible for governance of the organization, and four executive officers—Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, Secretary, and Treasurer—who are responsible for managing APPEAL's operations. Each of the Directors and Officers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to APPEAL that makes each of them a valuable asset to the organization.
Dr. Kelechi Egwim - Board Chair and Executive Director
Dr. Egwim is a professional scientist with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, with Full Signature Authority. He has been active as an organizer and volunteer in numerous community activities and organizations for approximately 20 years, including being the Founder and President of the Ibeneche Scholarship Foundation, Vice President of Avutu Development Union, Coordinator of the Manhood Training Program at Ujamaa School, President of the Men’s Group at All Saints Igbo Anglican Service, Financial Secretary with Obowo Development Union, an organizer with United Black Community (UBC), and an organizer with the Washington DC Citywide Kwanzaa Planning Committee. He has engaged in the planning and execution of numerous events and projects with these various organizations, and has been a presenter in many of them as well. Dr. Egwim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Howard University.
Brandon Green - Board Member, Assistant Executive Director, Acting Treasurer
Mr. Green is a professional accountant with approximately 20 years of experience in the area of corporate financial accounting. In his employment with KPMG, one of the leading public accounting firms in the industry, he specialized in non-profit entities. He has been employed at Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc, a Fortune 500 hospitality real estate company, for 13 years, where he has served as a senior accountant responsible for an international portfolio of luxury hotels. He has also specialized in financial accounting and reporting in the areas of corporate and municipal bonds, senior notes, and convertible debt issuances, including several multi-currency credit facilities, mortgages, and derivatives, all totaling more than $5 billion. His experience also includes being an internal auditor for several hotels under Host, auditing hotel financial reporting and internal controls for SEC compliance under the Sarbanes Oxley Act. He is a founding partner at TARG Associates LLC, an accounting firm that specializes in accounting and tax services for small and developing for-profit and non-profit companies. Mr. Green has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University.
Akua Oparebea Johnson – Secretary
Ms. Johnson is an experienced procurement officer and purchasing agent in the public and private sectors, and also has work experience in customer service. Moreover, in 1991, she formed Cultural Exposure, Inc. to help bring greater awareness of African culture to people of African descent in America, and began assisting the Upcounty African-American Heritage Committee in Germantown, Maryland with their Annual African American Gala. She soon became the lead organizer of this event, which continued through 2005. As a member of Division 330 of the UNIA & ACL, Akua continued assisting with the organizing of cultural events designed to educate and empower people of African descent. Seeking a better understanding of African culture, she became a member of the Temple of Nyame. Working with the African Traditional Spiritual Coalition, she played a lead role in organizing Sacred Healing Circle events in 2012 and 2013. Beginning in 2011, she has organized Pan-African Meeting of the Minds to facilitate community and personal development. Ms. Johnson has completed coursework at several colleges and is currently pursuing a degree in Organization Management.
Anthony T. Browder – Board Member
Mr. Browder is an accomplished cultural historian, author, publisher, lecturer and education consultant. He is the founder and director of IKG Cultural Resources, has done extensive research on ancient Egyptian history, science, philosophy and culture, and is the author of six publications, including the best sellers From the Browder File and Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization. His publications are used in classrooms around the world. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, Japan and Europe on issues related to African and African American History and Culture, and has conducted study tours to Egypt, West Africa, South Africa and Mexico since 1987. He is the director of the ASA Restoration Project, which is funding the excavation and restoration of the 25th dynasty tomb of Karakhamun in Luxor, Egypt. Mr. Browder is the first African American to fund and coordinate an archeological dig in Egypt and has led five archeological missions to Egypt since 2009. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Howard University.
N’Maat Ankhmeni – Board Member
Ms. Ankhmeni is an accomplished accountant, business professional and business leader. Her experience includes work as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for four of the top public accounting firms in the industry, including Deloitte & Touch and Ernst & Young. She worked as an internal auditor for The Long Term Credit Bank of Japan. She founded and managed her own business as a personal financial analyst, and is currently the chief financial officer of a travel business, the treasurer of a non-profit organization—Global Alliance for Education and Health Services, which conducts service projects in various countries—and the president of a local chapter of a professional women’s organization. She serves as Tour Leader for The Africa Group, whose mission is to conduct tours throughout the world and celebrate the culture and history of Black people globally. She is also an educator, teaching children Technology, Science and Math for The Learning Tree Cultural Preparatory School and teaching adults the NY State Life Insurance Pre-licensing course for Primerica Financial Services. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Accounting, from Howard University.
Frank Narmer John – Board Member
Mr. John is an independent businessman, a real estate appraiser and a consultant. He is Founder and Principal of Washington Appraisal, a successful business for 20-plus years. His clients include some of the largest national and regional mortgage lenders. He has served as an Expert Witness on real estate matters for AARP, District of Columbia Government, and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells), among other law firms. He is also Founder and Principal of Washington Capital Investments, a real estate investment fund that invests in multifamily properties in selected markets in the U.S. He was previously an Account Representative with IBM, responsible for marketing IBM hardware, software and services to large telecommunication companies. He was a member of a marketing team thatgenerated more than $100 million in revenue on an annual basis and supported one of IBM’s largest customers, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Mr. John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University in Computer Information Systems.
Harrine Freeman – Board Member
Ms. Freeman is an experienced personal finance professional and financial literacy advocate. She is an experienced educator that teaches financial literacy to children and adults across the country. She provides financial counseling to clients to help them with various financial issues such as paying off debt, credit restoration and planning for retirement. She has served on various boards and committees. Ms. Freeman is a freelance writer and has appeared in numerous media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise and Daily Finance. In addition, she is author of the best-selling book, How to Get Out of Debt: Get an "A" Credit Rating for Free. She is a member of Credit Professionals International, American Association of Daily Money Managers and American Association of Individual Investors. She was honored as one of Black Enterprise's Top Financial Minds and as one of the “20 Hottest Influencers in America,” by The Urban League. Ms. Freeman had an extensive career in IT working in the public and private sector prior to working in the financial industry. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of the District of Columbia.