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.
RAIN is thrilled to welcome Bonnie Welch as Director of Individual Giving. Bonnie comes to us with a global dossier, starting with a successful career in healthcare management. She relocated to Nigeria in 1993. The poverty she observed there inspired her to apply her leadership, fundraising and organizational skills to assist humanitarian organizations. Bonnie then worked with a USAID funded agency, served as President of the American Women’s Association, and founded Small World, the largest fundraising event in West Africa, bringing 50+ countries together on International Women’s Day to promote peace and raise funds for Nigerian NGO’s. Back in the U.S., Bonnie has worked with CARE USA, among other organizations, as a Major Gift Fundraiser. We’re truly fortunate to benefit from her leadership as we enter an exciting new phase of RAIN’s history.
Whitney holds her BA from Goddard College and has a Masters in Culture and Development. She caught the travel bug early in life and enjoyed living in Asia and Europe for 15 years. After settling down in the Philippines she launched an international school and began a social enterprise that makes jewelry out of recyclable materials that continues to flourish today. She is happy to settle down in the Seacoast where she grew up with her husband and energetic lab.
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 with the training and consulting organization Franklin Covey, implementing leadership programs for New England elementary and middle schools. 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.