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Our Staff

African Service's staff and board members reflect the communities we serve, representing more than a twenty countries and speaking over twenty-five languages.

We possess diverse backgrounds and expertise in medicine and nursing, epidemiology and biostatistics, social work, law, education, policy advocacy and community organizing, program development and evaluation, development and communications. Together, they work to meet the changing needs of the African community and have remain a trusted partner to immigrant communities in the New York City and an ally to people living with HIV around the world.


Asfaha Hadera, Founder 
Joyce Ollunga, Executive Director 


Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy and LGBTQ Programming

Aida Diallo-Diagne, Director of Housing             

Afi Akakpo, COVID-19 Outreach Specialist

Chrystelle Ade Touvoli, Supervising Family Social Worker

Emily Goldberg, Health Education Officer

Franco Torres, Supervising Attorney

Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator                     

Mulusew Bekele, Director of Program Operations

Paola Roche, Administrator 

Ralford Goulbourne, Fiscal Manager

Willa Murre, ESL Coordinator


Abdoul Nikiema, Fiscal assistant

Adama Traore, Patient Navigator 

Adizatou Maiga, Family Case Manager

Ailsa Hoayek, Housing placement Assistant 

Aminat Sabak, Senior Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator 

Bath Bilissalou, Legal Assistant 

Bineta Diouf, Case Manager

Bobby Molano, Legal Assistant

Carine Lagahi, Housing Placement Assistant

Corinne Sweeney, Paralegal

Danait Yemane, HBV Project Coordinator

David Corrigan, Legal Advocate 

Danney Salvatierra, Staff Attorney

Daouda Ndiaye, Patient Navigator

Emmanuel Ndabishuriye, Data Entry Specialist 

Ibrahima Sankare, Outreach and Testing Assistant

Issoumaila Zou, Testing & Outreach Assistant

Kyle Pearce, Senior Attorney 

Lucia della PaoleraDOJ Accredited Representative

Mada Sene, Family Case Manager

Nathalie Weeks, Mental Health Counselor 

Rokhaya Gueye, Testing Center Assistant

William Pugliese, Staff Attorney 

Wilkenson Joseph, Peer worker

Yacine Gassambe, Receptionist / Food Pantry Coordinator