Bess Palmisciano went from West African tourist to partner when she founded RAIN in 2001. Previously an attorney, Bess has spent the last decade dividing her time between Niger and the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. She was named by New Hampshire Magazine as one of the state's "Remarkable Women of the World" for 2011.
Julia has a writing and acting background in international theater and film. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from San Diego State University and studied with The Actors' Studio in NYC. She is a certified MT and began her career in non profit development with the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2007.
Jenny holds a BS in Business Finance from the University of Utah. She worked in the banking and finance industry for over 20 years. Most recently, she was with the training and consulting organization Franklin Covey, involved in the implementation of leadership programs for elementary and middle schools in the New England area. Jenny resides in Portsmouth NH with her husband, son and coterie of pets.
RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to make a lasting difference in Africa.