Board of Directors
A native of Western New York, Bob Little received his B.S. in Finance at Canisius College before moving to Boston, MA, where he earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. After graduating, Bob worked as a corporate lawyer in New York City for six years before moving back to Buffalo in 2016 with his wife, a California native. In 2017, Bob made the transition from attorney to entrepreneur, becoming the owner of Choco-Logo Confectionery Design.
Bob is passionate not only about chocolate, but about the opportunity to give back both through his business and his work with local charities. Bob is excited to be supporting the incredible work done by ICA to provide education and empowerment to children in need around the world.
Adam was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His love for science and math, combined with his appreciation for architecture, buildings, and bridges, set him on an engineering career path. Upon graduating with his MS in Structural Engineering from the University at Buffalo, he began working for a worldwide engineering and contracting firm. His work took him around the globe working on projects in several countries, including, Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. Through these travels he gained an appreciation for other cultures and the urge to give back to others was born.
In 2014, he returned to the University at Buffalo to obtain his MBA and pursue a career in his next passions, business and finance. He currently works at M&T Bank in the Financial Planning and Analysis department. He hopes to apply these skills in growing ICA to continue providing the much needed support for the children in the DRC.
Chantele Thompson, a Buffalo, NY native who has committed her life and professional career in service of her community. Chantele received her Master of Public Administration and Master of Education from Regent University and her Bachelor of Psychology from Canisius College. Currently, Chantele serves as the Assistant Director of Ambulatory Services at Erie County Medical Center’s YOU Center for Wellness, where she and her team serve persons living with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Prior to this role, Chantele served at Oracle Charter School and New York States Office of Mental Health’s Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Chantele has served in a volunteer capacity serving on the Western New York Independent Living Center, Buffalo Niagara Frontier Council, and New Life Restoration Center’s Community Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. Chantele is most proud of her work as Founder and Director for Eniola Sister’s Enrichment and Mentoring Program serving girls in the city of Buffalo from 2008-2017 with over 200 girls completing its programming.
As an ordained minister, Chantele has completed international missions in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Haiti, and Dominican Republic. Chantele is the extremely proud and doting mother of one son, Quentin, affectionately known by family and friends as “Turk” who she looks forward to including in her service to ICA.
Liz Wilhelm was born and raised in Western New York. She graduated high school from Mount Mercy Academy and earned a B.A. in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo.
Liz spent seven years in Cleveland, Ohio before returning home to Buffalo in 2003 for a position at M&T Bank. She previously held a variety of roles in Accounting, Education, Technology, Finance, Employee Benefits and HR and currently is a certified Organizational Change Manager.
Liz enjoys playing volleyball and loves to travel. She has visited more than twenty countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Liz has been a volunteer for International Child Advancement since 2017 and is pleased to join the board and continue the mission of ICA.
Lembe Tayilo was born in the DR of Congo, and grew up in several cities around the world. Lembe has an MBA in Management, a BA in Sociology, and an AA in Social Sciences. She is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Certified Retirement Coach, a Certified Training and Development Specialist, a graduate of Executive Life Coaching, and of Kingdom School of Ministry. She is training to become a Chaplain.
Lembe spent over twenty seven years in international development. She worked for the United Nations Development Program in Africa, and non-profit organizations in the United States, holding positions in executive support, administration, logistics, procurement, supply chain management, recruitment, training and capacity development. Lembe has traveled to over thirty five nations and speaks four languages. In her international career, coaching, mentoring and volunteering activities, she connects with people of different cultural backgrounds. As a missionary, Lembe travels to various nations empowering communities for change and transformation through the Gospel message of the Bible. She lives in Texas.
Lembe joins International Child Advancement because of her passion to provide innovative strategies, to empower children through education and several chances for success, and to build strong, healthy and happy families.