About Us

About Us

The Unity J. McGill Foundation was founded in 2020 to honor Unity J. McGill, who tragically lost his life on December 29th, 2019, while assisting a stranger. Unity was a kind and generous person who not only gave material possessions but also gave of himself. He was born in 1990 in Gbarga, Liberia, during the civil war and emigrated to the United States as a refugee with his family in 1997. Despite his untimely death, his dedication to serving others remains an inspiration, and this foundation was established to continue his legacy of helping others and fulfilling his goals.

Liberia is a country that struggles with poverty, unemployment, and a lack of education. As a result, students in Liberia face many challenges and need extra financial assistance to succeed. Fortunately, the cost of college tuition is only $500 per year, so any contribution can make a big difference in their lives. Our recent trip to Liberia showed us how important it is to invest in their future. A yearly donation of $500 can change the lives of students and their families forever. Scholarships are not enough; they also need access to modern books and resources. Our goal is to build a library with cutting-edge technology that will improve their access to information. We need your support to make this long-term vision a reality.

Dr. Alvin Glay, DBA

Executive Director

Dr. Alvin Glay is a trailblazer in digital marketing, with a passion for leveraging digital technology and science to drive marketing growth for firms. He has expertise in executing marketing strategies across multiple sectors: retail, travel, consumer packaged goods, education, nonprofit, telecom, consumer electronics, health, fitness, financial services, beauty, and fashion. Dr. Glay has successfully led and executed growth initiatives for major U.S. brands such as Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless, Carters, OshKosh B’Gosh, and many other brands throughout his career. Dr. Glay holds a Doctoral in Business from Georgia State University, an MBA from Mercer University, and a BBA in finance from Georgia State. Dr. Glay leads the operations, donor relationships, and funding programs for the foundation. Dr. Glay was born in Liberia, West Africa, and migrated to the United States at the age of 15. Dr. Glay is an avid soccer player and fanatic. You can find him kicking it around Atlanta in the local men’s soccer leagues

Dr. Sheila Korvayan, PhD

Education Advisor

Dr. Sheila Knaff Korvayan holds a Doctor of Educational Leadership. Dr. Korvayan is a Elementary and High School Principal in McDonald Ga. Dr. Korvayan previous experience includes: Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Prekindergarten Director Secondary English Teacher College Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Michael Kempeh, MD

Health Care Advisor, Local Chairman

Dr. Michael Paul Kempeh is a Liberian Doctor currently working with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia. He is a member of the Liberia College of surgeons and he is involved mainly with General Surgery. His goal is to see standardized best surgical practice in his homeland Liberia in the near future. He is the founder of the Donald Paye Kempeh foundation; a foundation that he intends to help breast cancer patients who are impoverished to get standardized treatment of care. Dr. Kempeh is involved with training medical students of the A.M. Dogliotti college of medicine in Liberia.

Dr. Yar Gono

Board Member

Rev. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono, Ph.D. is a Liberian born Moral Philosopher and a United Methodist Ordained Minister. She has had pastoral and academic employment experiences both in Liberia and in the United States. Dr. Gonway-Gono had her primary and secondary education in Liberia and obtained her graduate education in the United States. She is best known for her doctoral research study on three generations of Liberian Women in Atlanta, Georgia: adolescents, college young adults and middle-aged adults and two ethnic groups: Indigenous and Americo-Liberian women. Her administrative service includes current President of the United Methodist University (UMU), where she is leading a team of people to restore, unify and provide sustainable development for UMU to flourish as one of the leading universities in Liberia; founding President of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC), now elevated to Nimba County University (NU). While at NCCC, Dr. Gonway-Gono successfully developed programs and oversaw the development of NCCC from scratch. Dr. Gonway-Gono played a visible role on campus with vice presidents, deans, students, faculty, and staff by regularly engaging in campus activities and events. Under her leadership, Dr. Gonway-Gono advanced the college’s commitment to excellence and student enrollment grew from 438 to 4,729. After leaving NCCC, Dr. Gonway-Gono was focused on developing the Dakeaze Global Women Ministries Foundation (DGWMF), an International (501 (c) (3) NGO to address the health issues of women, children, adolescents, youths, elderly, and the Early Childhood Education in rural Liberia. Dr. Gonway-Gono attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Ph.D. in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, emphasizing Psychology, Ethics of Care, and Moral Education. Her master’s degree includes a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center with emphasis on Pastoral Care and Counseling. She also attended the Gbarnga School of Theology to earn her Diploma in Theology. She is a prominent advocate for student success, quality instruction, increased access to education, and strong strategic and tactical planning.

Dr. Akiah Glay, PhD

Scholarship Program Manager

Akiah Precious Glay holds a Doctorate in Sociology With Emphasis in Conflict Escalation from the Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey, Master in Peace and Conflict Studies: Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland and the Kofi Annan Institute for Peace Studies, University of Liberia. Dr. Glay currently serves as a Gender Officer at the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) the Local Chapter of Transparency International and also serves as an Adjunct professor at the university of Liberia. Her core value is building human capacity which includes but is not limited to "Youth Empowerment, Human Rights Issues, Equal participation and inclusion of all genders in the public sphere. Dr. Akiah Glay oversees the Universities partnerships and local scholarships programs

Mr. Eugene Washington

Operation Advisor

Bachelor of Science (BS)- Network and Communications management. New Life Group –New Life Group International • DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY • DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS EWASH INVESTMENT LLC • DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS EUGENE & SON’S PROPERTY • Managing Director and Founder

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