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Program Associate



“From the first day I joined the organization as a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, I have been urged to leave a trail encompassing qualities of leadership, scholarship, diversity, citizenship, and shown in more ways than one how they play a key factor in changing the lives of those around us. Because of the abundant presents from my Imara Roose mentors, I am able to gratefully travel the walkways of life and call myself an amazing force to be reckoned with. Now, as a college student, I’m excited to return and pay it forward”


Nana Gyabaah-Kessie is from Prince George’s County Maryland by way of Tema, Ghana. She is a stellar senior student at the University of Pittsburgh. She is expected to graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with minors in Africana Studies and Chemistry, and certificates in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine and Life Sciences Research. At Pitt, Nana is an undergraduate researcher in the School of Medicine’s Department of Developmental Biology and volunteer at the Hillman Cancer Center. She is  also an undergraduate teaching assistant for Biology. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the President of the African Students Organization, the Vice President of Some of God’s Children Gospel Choir, and the Vice President of Ignite InterVarsity Black Campus Ministries.


Nana spends her summers researching at the National Institutes of Health and being involved in her community both at Pitt and at home in Maryland. One way she gives back is as a mentor and tutor for Gwen’s Girls Inc. With anything she is involved in, Nana makes sure to express her role as a fierce leader. Whether being an older sister or a Board of Presidents member for the Black Action Society, she never forgets to listen for and tend to the needs of those around her.

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