About Us

Lango Association of North America (LAONA) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri, USA in 2013. The Association was granted a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code in August 2014.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Lango Association of North America is to promote the Lango social, cultural, educational, and economic progress of the Lango in North America and internationally.

Board of Directors

During the Lango Association of North America (LAONA) Convention which took place on June 24-26, 2016 in Nashville, TN, a new Board of Directors was elected, Seven (7) Board Members, consisting of Four (4) Officers (ChairVice ChairSecretary and Treasurer) and Three (3) regular members. Find below a list of LAONA board members.

Chair  Florence Ocen
Vice Chair  Denis P. Opito
Secretary  Rehema Apio
Interim Treasurer  Sylvia Nyana Owiny
Member  Charles P. Owot
Member  Tom O. Opito

Prof. Thomas R. Omara-Alwala

Immediate Past and Founding Chair


Executive Committee

The four officers serve as the members of the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all the powers and authority of the Board of Directors in the intervals between meetings of the Board of directors, and is subject to the direction and control of the full Board.

Events Committee

Functions include but not limited to:

  1. Planning events and set goals for successful attendance and financial outcomes
  2. Volunteering time and talent in putting on the events
  3. Helping with solicitation of donations for events and draws
  4. Maintain assessments of events’ success and failure

Finance Committee

Functions include but not limited to:

  1. Developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, fundraising plans, and the annual budget
  2. Presenting budget to Board of Directors. The Board must approve the budget, all expenditures and any major change in the budget
  3. Developing and presenting annual report showing income, expenditures, and pending income. The financial records of the organization are public information that is available to the membership, Board members, and the public.

International Programs Advisory Committee

Functions include but not limited to assisting with:

  1. Implementation of all LAONA International Programs
  2. Drafting guidelines and procedures for LAONA participation in international work, which includes travel regulations, salary benefits while in overseas assignments, member selection for long-term overseas assignment
  3. Selection of persons to serve on external evaluation teams
  4. Developing library resources on international programs
  5. Exploring linkage possibilities and establishing linkages with Developing Countries by identifying countries and traveling to some countries
  6. The development of language capability of members interested in participating in international programs
  7. Coordination of workshops and seminars
  8. Reviewing all international program proposals

Women’s Forum

Functions include but not limited to:

  1. Educating women in the different fields of health, culture, mental hygiene, recognition of violence in the family, and the rights of women and children, and increasing literacy of children and their mothers
  2. Fostering leadership development
  3. Serving as a platform for professional women to meet and assist one another with individual, professional and business objectives
  4. Providing women professionals a forum in which to interact and learn from successful women leaders from around the world

Education and Scholarship Committee

Functions include but not limited to

  1. Assisting educational institutions with the development and review of long-range education program plans
  2. Reviewing analysis and research of information that is utilized in the development of the education program plans and define program benefits
  3. Reviewing and evaluating existing and proposed education programs and policies and make recommendations to BOARD OF DIRECTORS for approval.
  4. Assisting with special events and other educational programs
  5. Recommending policies and procedures which facilitate the administration of student grants-in-aid: scholarships, performance awards, athletic awards, and other subsidies that do not require financial reimbursement on the part of the student;
  6. Recommending scholarship/financial assistance criteria that will be used to determine student eligibility for the receipt of an award;
  7. Developing and maintaining an informational inventory of scholarship opportunities available through the use of Association resources;
  8. Assisting, upon request, the LAONA Membership in identifying students eligible to receive scholarship and/or financial assistance;
  9. Encouraging students receiving scholarships/financial assistance to aspire and achieve in academic performance
  10. Acting on behalf of the Chair of the Association in making decisions about specific granting-aid awards on an ongoing basis.

Youth Committee

Functions include but not limited to:

  1. Empowering young people (between the ages of 15 and 24 years) to be the best they can be
  2. Ensuring the developmental and educational needs of the youth in the Association are met
  3. Identifying needs, interests, and attitudes of the Youth in the Association.
  4. Identifying youth-serving programs and organizations in North America
  5. Representing the Association’s youth in all aspects.
  6. Developing a strategic direction for the youth and monitoring its implementation
  7. Promoting opportunities for youth participation within the association
  8. Developing and monitoring polices on youth
  9. Providing opportunities for Youth to contribute to the decision-making of the Board of Directors
  10. Advising the Board of Directors on matters of interest to the Youth in the Association