Sally is a cultural broker working with refugees being resettled within Treasure Valley in Idaho. She works with service providers in medical, legal and social service settings. Sally was raised in Kenya and served as a banker with a major international bank. She also worked on several other teams within the bank including, the IT systems implementation team, the training and member support team, and the financial and product sales team.
Sally, an alumni of Boise State University, now lives in the USA with her spunky daughter. She enjoys the parental challenge of mixing and matching the western and Kenyan paradigm into one that works for both of them. Sally enjoys cooking and sharing authentic ethnic meals with friends, old and new. Sally loves to worship and make a joyful noise to the LORD. She anchors her life on Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you….”
Dr Suzzette Lirio Ona, D.M.D
Dr. Ona received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College in 1989 and went on to work as a chemist/biochemist until 1994. After her work as a chemist she went on to Harvard School of Dental Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998. She then went on to do a year of residency at the University of Washington Hospital where she worked in depth treating medically, mentally, and physically challenged adults and children in the operating room and in an emergency room setting.
After her residency in Washington Dr. Ona and her husband of 26 years, decided to settle in Michigan. Dr. Ona has been practicing for 18 years and states her husband has been her biggest encourager. She has owned her own practice for the last 16 years. In spite of a busy lifestyle between her dental practice and loving her family she still manages to squeeze in time participating in other entrepreneurial ventures. Dr. Ona owns a commercial building where she has mentored other business owners. She is also a part business owner of a dental website company.
Dr. Ona is mother to Elizabeth, an alumnus of the University of Michigan. Elizabeth is a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse at the U of M Hospital System.