Staff Profile

Mr. John O. Kollie  is the Founder and Executive Director, responsible for the management of the Liberia Media  for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI), including the staff, project activities and finances. John O. Kollie has been the Executive Director LMDI since its establishment.  John is a Liberian journalist with more than 18 years of media working experience. He has received awards for his journalism and astute practice of the profession from the Press Union of Liberia, PUL and was awarded the prestigious National Endowment for Democracy, NED Fellowship at the International Forum Democratic Studies in Washington D.C. in 2006.  John also works for Radio France International (RFI) as one of its senior English correspondents in West Africa. He works for the BBC World Service Trust (WST) as one a team of eight reporters from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea covering the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor before the UN backed Special Court for Sierra sitting at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Before his departure rather recently, John was engaged with the Washington Based Search for Common Ground supervising the media activities of the organization’s multi media Liberian project called the Talking Drum Studio based in Monrovia. At Search’s TDS Liberia, John also produced and presented two key popular Talk shows; ONE STEP BEYOND and POLICY ISSUES. John was the lead moderator of 2005 radio presidential and legislative town hall debates sponsored by the E.C. Bilateral and Carter Center.   John also works for the U.S. based accountability group, the Global Integrity (GI). He corresponds for Radio Netherlands.  John is an astute radio and TV program producer and presenter.  At the moment John produces and presents the LMDI’S DIALOGUE, our Outdoor Interactive Policy Dialogue Forum Radio and TV program. He moderates the LMDI’S “DIALOGUE”.
Under his leadership, LMDI is making rapid progress and is implementing several media development, democracy and development oriented projects in partnership with foreign and local groups. John O. Kollie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Communication with many certificates in journalism and media in peace building from institutions in West Africa and around the World.
Ms. Cindy Collins is an American social scientist, educator, and development consultant living and working now in the U.S. She is the Program Officer of the LMDI. She formerly developed curriculum and taught international relations and quantitative/qualitative methods at American University’s School of International Service, as well as at Wellesley College and Brown University, where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively.  She has served as a consultant to UNOCHA, a trainer-of-trainers for UNDP, and a program design/ M&E trainer for the Peace Building and Development Institute at American University.  In addition, she is a former enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army.  Her most recent project relates to the integration of ICT solutions in program design and M&E in order to reduce program costs and produce more reliable evaluations of program effectiveness.
Mr. Tonia Gibson is the Finance Officer  who manages the accounts payable; payroll and other financial transactions as well as Memoranda of understanding developed with partners of LMDI. Tonia Gibson has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and has been serving in this position for five months now.  Gibson has extensive working experience with leading international groups like the U.S. based DYNCORPS which has most recently been involved in training the Liberian army. He also worked with the Liberia Media Iniatiative for Peace, Democracy and Development ( LMI) as Administrator.
G. Hamilton Karsor  is head of our Drama Department. He is a Playwright with more than 20 years of experience in Drama production. Hamilton is a candidate for Bachelors’ degree in Theology. Mr. Karsor is the founder of the National Campaign for Cultural Identity Inc( NACCI).
Moses G. Kollie is the Media Officer of the LMDI. He is a practicing journalist and astute radio producer and presenter. Moses is candidate for Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the University of Liberia. Mr. Kollie served as reporter of the Liberia Media Initiative for Peace, Democracy and Development ( LMI). He holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from the Lincoln College of Professional Studies located on Clay Street. He has obtained a certificate on Elections Reporting from the Mass Communications Department of the University of Liberia and the National Elections Commission.
Ms. Anita Gubi is Acct. Clerk of LMDI. She has worked with the Helping Hand Inc in Ganta, Nimba County as Accountant from 2008-2010. Ms. Gubi also worked at the Liberia Media Initiative for Peace, Democracy and Development ( LMI) as Acct. Clerk from September 2010-January 2012.
Taweh B. Johnson is an intern reporter of LMDI. He is a young Liberian who has obtained many certificates in Broadcasting. In  2009, Taweh graduated from the Salvation Army Vocational and Technical Training School and Obtained a certificate in six month Computer Software. In 2010, he served as an intern at the Liberia Media  Initiative ( LMI ). Taweh has also got training in Quick-Start Web Creation, Social Media and Open Source Software Trainings and got outstanding performances in these trainings which were offered by iLab Liberia.
Jeff  Tarune is reporter of the LMDI. Jeff started broadcasting at Radio Monrovia in 1997, after graduating from the AME Zion High School in Monrovia. He worked briefly with two community radio stations: Stone 105 FM and Radio Peace 96 FM both in Harbel, Firestone from 2002-2004. In 2005, when the independent Star Radio was opened, Jeff was employed as a producer and presenter. He presented “We Too Have A Voice”, a program designed to discuss the lives and affairs of disabled people in Liberia. Jeff is the first visually impaired person who has been given the chance to work with radio stations; because of his own determination.
Diggs Glaydor is Office Assistant at LMDI. He  worked at the Liberia Media Initiative ( LMI) for three years. He has obtained a certificate in basic insurance training as Field Agent from the Securisk Inusurance Company. He is presently in the General Agriculture Department  of the University of Liberia.
Norah Perkins is the Receptionist of LMDI.  In 2009, Norah was part of the Student Vacation Job Program organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Norah served as receptionist at the Liberia Media Initiative ( LMI) from 2009-2011.

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