About the Board
(Co-Founder, Executive Director)
A native of Salem, Oregon, Libby was raised by a close-knit family and learned from a young age to care about other people and the planet. Her educational pursuits led her to a degree in Biology & Psychology from the University of Oregon.
In 2004, Libby began a successful real estate career with the Hasson Company in Portland, Oregon. Recipient of several notable awards, including Rookie of the Year and Top Sales in Portland for consecutive years, Libby was recognized by her colleagues and community as one of Portland's most respected brokers.
Libby's love of adventure and international travel allowed her to summit over 15 peaks on four continents and grow her passion for the outdoors and photography. Libby is a contributing photographer for Getty Images, and she won photography contests in 2009 and 2010 sponsored by Islands magazine for her portrait work.
It was her 2008 mountaineering trip to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro that changed her life. During that journey, Libby's heart never seemed to leave Africa. Working with the orphans in Arusha after her climb, she found it difficult to leave the children and return to her career. Libby's vision and planning for Your Sisters became her passion; she soon made the decision to move her entire life overseas so she could watch her dream unfold.
Today, Libby lives in Tanzania and travels frequently to the U.S. She has become a respected member of the local community, where she is a sister and mentor to many. Libby is intimately involved with overseeing all aspects of Your Sisters and it gives her tremendous pride to know that she is working on a daily basis to empower change for the women and children of Tanzania.
Melinda's strong desire to serve humanity and a love of Africa lead her to Your Sisters. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she's called Portland, Oregon home for more than 20 years. She has lead a successful career in customer service and program management, most recently as a Customer Support Director with Sage North America. Melinda also has an extensive background in the travel industry. Her compassion for customer success and satisfaction, as well as her drive for continuous improvement, contributed to her rewarding career for over 15 years.
After contacting Libby Bailey in February 2013, Melinda traveled to Your Sisters in Tanzania. Visiting the young girls at the orphanage and the women of the Creative Community Program in May of 2013, she returned to Portland energized and committed to help support the work and mission of Your Sisters! Melinda now serves as Your Sisters Communications and Program Manager.
With 19 years experience in corporate and nonprofit management, as well as complex marketing, communications & fundraising strategies, Angie as a proven track record for innovative product development. Her ability to tackle challenging situations and create unprecedented solutions has garnered her an award-winning reputation. She successfully conceived of and initiated the passage of Senate Bill 442 to create the nation's first Wine Country specialty license plate, the second-fastest selling license plate in Oregon history; built the nation’s first Travel Cafe destination visitors center; propelled Portland Opera to 14th in North America and Portland’s Broadway Across America series to “toptier” status in the country; and completed Pentacle Theatre’s $1 million capital campaign, to name a few. But most importantly, Angie’s passion for life, grace under fire, and grit for getting things done have positioned her as one of Oregon’s successful entrepreneurs. Her trip to Tanzania in July 2011 changed her life, and set her on a path of personal commitment to making a difference in the lives of amazing people she has come to love, and in a way that empowers and bolsters African culture. Angie is currently the President & CEO of Travel Salem, a regional tourism agency representing the Mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon.