Our Team


Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, PhD
Executive Director

Sr. Rosemary Jeffries, a Sister of Mercy, is the Executive Director of AAC:SS. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Conference, including the management of committees and staff, and oversight of the strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors. Sr. Rosemary works closely with numerous African women religious leaders engaged in the ministry of caring for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She oversees program development for the education of women religious in Africa whose mission is breaking the silence surrounding HIV/AIDS, and ending the social stigma that prevents people trapped in poverty from seeking help.

Sr. Rosemary is the former president of Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ, a private Roman Catholic institution founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy. During her tenure (2001-2015), Sr. Rosemary advanced Georgian Court from college to university status. She also served on numerous philanthropic and academic Boards.

Sr. Rosemary holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Georgian Court College; a master’s degree in religious studies from Princeton Theological Seminary; and a master’s degree in public communications from Fordham University. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Fordham University.

Eneless Chimbali, SBVM
Senior Program Officer

Sr. Enelless Chimbali, SBVM a Senior Program Officer for AACSS and currently establishing AACSS Office in Malawi-Africa. She is also a student of Notre Dame University pursuing Executive Masters in Non-Profit Administration. Worked as the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa-ACWECA (www.acweca.com). And the Secretary General for Association of Women in Religious Institutes of Malawi. Sr. Enelless is passionate about transformation, collaboration, and networking through the goal of AACSS that brings together women religious for listening, learning, and collaborating for preventing and responding to the pandemic. This is done currently through the Technology Pilot Project that is being done with the Association of Women in Religious Institutes of Malawi – AWRIM that will give sisters opportunity to access internet in their communities for learning and on-going formation.

She hold Bsc Hons in Business Information Technology from Greenwish University – United Kingdom, Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies majoring in Business Management and Diploma in Business Communication with NCC – United Kingdom, Diploma in Secretarial Administration and Certificate in Biblical Pastoral Ministry from the Biblical Institute – Rome. With 17 years experience in Administration and Project Management.

Administrative Staff

Mildred Rossiter, RSM
Treasurer, Director of Finance

Kathleen Curnym, RSM

Volunteer Staff

Marjorie Hale
Assistant, Donor Management Relations

Elizabeth Scanlon, RSM
Consultant in Programming and Planning

Joanne Whitaker, RSM
Project Director – Training for Sustainability

Mary Beth Peabody

In-Country Leadership

Standing, left to right: Sr. Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Executive Director, AAC:SS-USA; Sr. Gloria Tenthani, SCO, AAC:SS Chair, Malawi; Sr. Judith Chakabveyo, SJI, AAC:SS Chair, Zimbabwe.

Seated, left to right: Sr. Teresa Namataka, SKM, AAC:SS Chair, Uganda; Sr. Lucy M. Esedebe, OLA, AAC:SS Chair, Nigeria; Sr. Momo Hortense, SHU, AAC:SS Representative, Cameroon; Sr. Mayon Sylvain, RSM, Program Director, AAC:SS-USA; Sr. Lontia Siakalambwa, SHS, AAC:SS Chair, Zambia.

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