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Kyra Turner Zogbekor

Kyra Turner Zogbekor

Founding Director

Kyra Zogbekor completed her Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College in Social Work and Social Research after attendingHampton University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. From 2001-2003, she served in Peace Corps Togo as a Girls’ Education and Empowerment Volunteer. Kyra is currently Africa Region Manager of Girls’ Education for the not-for-profit organization, Room to Read, Inc. Formerly, she served as executive director of Pathways Togo and manager of community-based services for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. Kyra has received several awards, including the Emerging Leader Award from Bryn Mawr College Alumni Association, a Fulbright Scholarship to Ghana and an Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International. In 2012, she was selected by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Smith College, and the U.S. State Department as a Women in Public Service Project Fellow. Kyra lives with her husband, Messan, and son, Xavier in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Laurie Segel-Moss

Laurie Segel-Moss

Founding Director

Laurie served as a Girls’ Education and Empowerment Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa from 2001-2003. Laurie has over twelve years of experience developing and implementing educational and capacity building programs in the U.S. and abroad. Throughout her career, she has taught high school English, developed educational and peace building curricula, and managed a variety of development programs. Currently, Laurie is the Operations Manager for USAID’s Environmental Communication, Learning and Outreach (ECO) program at Training Resources Group, Inc. Laurie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Julia McNally

Founding Director

Julia McNally served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar from 2008-2009, when Peace Corps evacuated due to a coup d'etat. She then transferred to Togo, where she completed the second year of her service. When she returned to the U.S. after Peace Corps, she met Kyra Turner-Zogbekor and Laurie Segel-Moss and had the privilege of founding Pathways Togo with their partnership, friendship, and support. In 2015, she stepped down from an active board position to assume the role of Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society's Queens Neighborhood Office and to prepare to welcome her second child. She currently lives in Sunnyside, New York with her husband and co-RPCV Charles and her children Charlie and Rosa.