Our board

Neguse Tsehayu, board presidentNegusa Tsehaya, Board President, is from the Tembien Province in Ethiopia. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1996. They lived in Boston, Massachusetts and St. Paul, Minnesota before making their way to Denver, Colorado in 2001. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado reminded them of the mountains in Tembien – they knew they had found their new home.

While in Ethiopia, Neguse worked as a trainer for the government. Dissatisfied due to the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, he made the decision to come to the United States. While in Denver, he has driven for Uber as well as owned and operated his own import/export business.

Neguse lives in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood with his wife and three children. He attends the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He is dedicated to the Ras Alula Development Organization and the members’ efforts to improve the lives of the people of his home country through education and sustainable program development.

Current board members

RADA’s leaders meet regularly throughout the year. All formerly resided in Ethiopia’s Tembien Region.

Neguse Tsehayu President 720-589-8302 CO
Mulugeta Zenebe Vice President 240-821-2469 D.C.
Hailegebreal Girmay Secretary 720-275-9247 CO
Tsigabu Weldekidan Treasurer 214-562-4173 TX
Surafiel Negash Internal Auditor 651-352-3110 MN
Rishan Grebregorgis Public Relations 408-648-6575 CA
Weldu Gebreyesus Public Relations 408-648-6575 PA
Meresa Gebrehiwot Board Member 206-673-0940 WA
Goitom Araya Board Member 416-907-8887 Canada
Merisak Gebrehiwot Board Member 61-46-925-5284 Australia
Sandra Tangney Development Associate 720-363-5343 CO