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.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Clarissa Bannor, Co-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.
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.