VFOM has a new board president!

FOM new president, Lydie Alapini-Sakponou, in 2012, with then Malian Ambassador Mamoun KEITA, Segou Project Manager Robin Poulton and the ambassador’s Chief of Protocol, during our annual National Mali Day program.

VFOM held its annual board meeting on October 26, 2017 and elected a new president and vice president. Ana Edwards, who has served as president since the formation of the sister city relationship with Segou MALI in 2009, has shifted to vice president and organizational representative on the Richmond Sister Cities Commission. “I happily and proudly yield the leadership position to Lydie Alapini-Sakponou. She was a founding member of the organization and has a long record as an outstanding educator in Chesterfield County schools. Lydie will bring warmth, experience and a keen talent to the job.”

The board also welcomed a new category, Student Board Member, and with it three new members from Virginia Commonwealth University, all of whom worked tirelessly to make the Africa Business Conference a success.