AJUME WINGO, PhD
Dr. Ajume H. Wingo is a Prince from Nso, a Kingdom in the North West Region of Cameroon. He is a Professor of Philosophy; Associate Director of the Center for Values and Social Policy; and the Director of the Law and Philosophy Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Ajume is the author of Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States published by Cambridge
Ajume hopes PridePads Africa will inspire women around the world to unite in supporting its mission to help free girls from senseless obstacles and empower them to change their communities for the better.
STEPHANIE CARTER, JD
Wallaroo Hat Company
Stephanie Carter is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist and visionary. In 1999, Carter became one of the early pioneers of the sun protection apparel movement when she launched Boulder, Colorado based Wallaroo Hat Company. Since Wallaroo Hat
Company’s debut over two decades ago, Carter has grown the company into a leading global brand and certified B Corporation.
Carter is passionate about projects that have a global impact and she is one of the co-founders of PridePads Africa. She has been working alongside Professor Wingo for the last two years to bring menstrual hygiene education and access to sanitary pads to girls and women in Cameroon.
MARY F. SHACKELTON, MPH, ND
Holistica Integrative Care
Mary F. Shackelton, MPH, ND is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor who has been providing integrative and naturopathic care to patients in Boulder for over 20 years. She owns and runs an integrative clinic in Boulder, Holistica Integrative Care. The focus of her clinical practice is on chronic disease, environmental medicine with an emphasis on women’s health. Dr. Shackelton is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine, Colorado Association of Naturopathic Medicine and the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine.
As a co-founder of Pride Pads Africa, she brings her commitment to serving others and strives to make a significant impact on the educational outcomes for women and girls in Africa.
Marisa is a professional movement and circus artist based out of Boulder, CO. She is co-owner and performer of The Fractal Society, a circus arts collective, and is also the Resident Manager of the Boulder Circus Center. Circus arts has taken Marisa around the world, and with her troupe she has produced community and circus arts projects in Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Tanzania. A desire for a career change in the field of International Development (and more specifically, sexual and reproductive health and rights) inspired her to return to school. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University. Marisa is honored to be a part of the PridePads Africa team, serving the women and girls of rural Cameroon and advocating for quality Menstrual Health and Hygiene.
Jordan Campbell is a writer, photojournalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker with a focus on humanitarian and social justice activism. In 2018 he founded Ramro Global® an emerging media and film production company that advocates for worldwide humanitarian action through powerful story narratives—from global health solutions, disaster response, women’s empowerment, peaceful conflict resolution to the global refugee crisis. Campbell’s passion for humanitarian action is born from decades of international adventures and climbing expeditions to Nepal, India and Tibet where he experienced underserved populations and profound global need. Campbell hopes to serve the wonderful people of Cameroon and greater Sahel through his board membership at Pride Pads Africa.
Celeste Carter is currently a full-time student at American University in Washington D.C. Since she first met Professor Ajume Wingo in 2015, Celeste has been incredibly influential and invested with PridePads. Celeste is incredibly passionate about ensuring girls everywhere have equal opportunities for education and access to sanitary products. Working for PridePads has been transformative for Celeste, as she has learned so much about empowering other women, and through her work has found empowerment for herself. Her aspiration is to impact the lives of women for the better, quoting, “if I can change the life of just one girl, it will be enough.”
In this second half of life, I have focused on education. At the elementary level, I teach outdoor and global education while focusing on stress management and sustainability at the secondary level. I am a well-being coach for individuals who are ready to live a more balanced life. I believe in advocating for those who don’t have a voice. I love traveling and in particular to India where I received a 500 hour yoga certification. When I’m not planning trips for the company I am outside in the vegetable garden, playing with my Bernese Mountain Dogs or going fishing with my boys.
Derek Gerleit studied Astrophysics and minored in Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a nationally registered EMT-IV and worked for Holistica Integrative Care. There he met Mary Shackelton in 2016. After working at her clinic for 3 years, he heard about the project she was a part of and immediately asked how he could help with PridePads while it was being developed. He was hired as the Director of Ground Operations for PridePads Africa, and moved to Ngaoundere Cameroon for 7 months. There he helped to establish the non-profit. Derek is passionate about bringing menstrual health education and sanitary pads to the women of Cameroon. After having worked in the medical field, he wanted to normalize menstruation. After living in Ngaoundere and helping initiate the production he is deeply invested in success and growth of the project, and hopes that the world will continue to support these women that are fighting everyday to prove themselves, fighting for the education of their children, and fighting for change in their country.
Alex is an Ohio native but for two years called Cameroon her home. Her journey with women’s rights began during her undergraduate studies at Miami University as a Peer Advisor for women. Her passion continued to deepen while working with the Peace Corps in a rural community in the North of Cameroon—not far from the PridePads Headquarters. She co-facilitated summer camps and after school programs that empowered females in the community. It was during this time she met the founder of PridePads and learned about its mission. She believes the best way to help women is by giving them the tools they need to improve their own lives, and she thinks Pride Pads does exactly that. She has a profound love and appreciation for Cameroonian women and hopes that PridePads is able to transform their future into one of prosperity, independence and stability.
Mimi is a former student of Ajume’s at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied philosophy, anthropology, and Hindi and Urdu. She is a former teacher with Teach for India and lived in Pune, India for a year before college. While there, she became interested in girls’ education and health, particularly within rural communities. This opportunity to work with PridePads is enabling her to learn more about development, female empowerment, the non-profit sector, and Cameroon.
Media Relations Specialist
Jill Hammer brings 32 years of Media Relations experience to PridePads Africa.
She is the founder of HammerINK Media Intelligence, a full-service PR, event planning and social media firm.
Jill is no stranger to social causes and has been working for decades to advance the civil rights and freedoms of LGBTQ kids and adults. She has coordinated events and media campaigns for GLAAD, the Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Jill’s entrée into activism came at sixteen years old, when she organized a national letter writing campaign urging then President Reagan to acknowledge the AIDS crisis. So yes, she has been at this a while.
When Jill watched the PridePads Africa video she was moved to tears, and knew she needed to use her philanthropic experiences and writing & public relations skill set to help the girls and women of Cameroon.
Jill is a recent addition to the PridePads Africa team. Her focus is securing media coverage for the organization and generating awareness through the PridePads social media channels.