Janet Asante Sullivan : Co-Founder, Program Director

Janet Asante Sullivan

Co-Founder, Program Director

Janet Asante Sullivan is an accomplished human resource professional with 14 years of experience recruiting, managing, training, and developing employees for non-profit, private, and public firms. Janet has led strategic human resource efforts to enable companies to achieve success with a high performing and motivated workforce. Janet understands what employers are looking for in employees. She brings that knowledge to key Guiding the Journey programs. Janet specializes in organizational development, executive and personal coaching, workforce development, youth and adult training.

Janet was inspired to establish Guiding the Journey by her own story of a child of hard-working Ghanaian immigrants. The turning point in Janet’s life was when she was selected for a program called Early Identification Program (EIP) during her freshmen year in high school. The program identified high school students who showed academic potential. The students participated in a 4-week academic enrichment program each summer at George Mason University for four years. Participating in the program during the critical years of high school tremendously helped Janet prepare for college and acquire first hand experience on college life, goal setting, professional and social skills. This experience made Janet vow to help African immigrants develop essential skills that will prepare them for success in the U.S.

Janet holds a BA from George Mason University. She is certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Human Resource Professional (PHR). She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Human Resources Management degree with the University of Denver. 202-888-1756 ext. 2
Clarissa Bannor : Co-Founder, Executive Director

Clarissa Bannor

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Clarissa BannorCo-Founder, holds a M.A. in Arts Management and a B.A. Global Affairs (Global Economy & Management) from George Mason University. Clarissa brings a wealth of knowledge from her past experiences as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs for George Mason University. In this capacity, Clarissa managed the student and young alumni programs. She worked closely with various campus offices including, the Admissions office, office of diversity programing and services, the office of international students and programs, and the financial aid office, just to name a few. She also hosted events and programs that helped students transition to life after college and into the professional arena. Clarissa connected with alumni business leaders to bring key professional education programming to students and alumni. Clarissa understands the university setting and how to connect students to resources to help them reach their academic, career and life goals. In addition to her achievement in the university setting, Clarissa is passionate about African art, literature, fashion, and media. In 2007, Clarissa merged her creative talents with upcoming African artists in both the U.S. and abroad to create Runway Africa, a premier fashion exhibit held at the French Embassy spotlighting African inspired fashion, art, and literature. Clarissa is inspired by Africans who challenge the status quo and pursue their life dreams with vigor and unabashed passion. As a result, Clarissa is a freelance writer and marketing consultant for aspiring artist who are interested in bringing their creative message to the forefront. 202-888-1756 ext. 4
Mabel Obinim : Educator & Outreach Director

Mabel Obinim

Educator & Outreach Director

Currently teaches in the Fairfax County School System in Northern Virginia. She holds a B.A. in English Secondary Education at George Mason University. Her education included in-classroom and community involvements. She served as Vice President for GMU's African Sudents Association and as a board member of Teachers of Tomorrow, a campus organization aimed at promoting education studies and college involvement in local high schools. Her passions and interests for all things African show with her involvement with youth and young adult ministries at the Church of the Living God. As Guiding the Journey's Outreach Director, Mabel hopes to share her insight, advice, and knowledge with other African youth.