The Gbomai Bestman Foundation Inc. is dedicated to improving the health and well being of mothers and children through pre and postnatal care, nutrition, child healthcare, family planning, and health education to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in West Africa, Liberia.
It is our vision to provide free, simple, and comprehensive health care to new and expectant mothers in the rural areas of Liberia that is comparable to standards in more advanced countries so that socio‐economic class is not a barrier to good health; where child mortality is on the steady decrease, whereby giving each child the opportunity to live beyond 5 years of age.
Through our mission and vision we hope to empower the women of Liberia to make their health a priority, to ensure the safe delivery and healthy start of Liberia’s future leaders.
Gbomai Bestman‐Johnson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, having earned a Bachelor of Science In Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Management . In 2001, she launched Compassionate Nursing and Health Care Agency (CNHCA) as an entrepreneurial venture in the organization and management of health services. Recognized as a top tier Nursing agency, CNHCA is experienced in staffing medical facilities, nursing homes, and private homes, based in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.
In the 1980s, she moved to the United States as a young expecting mother, in pursuit of higher education because she understood the correlation between education and success. Honing her innate sense of strength and resilience, she worked her way through college while her beloved country, Liberia, was torn apart in the midst of a senseless and brutal war. Gbomai struggled to reconcile her separation from family members still in Liberia with her acculturation into American society. However, the dark reality of the conditions in Liberia quickly set in when she was informed of the death of her mother and brother. Grief stricken, her father suffered from a stroke shortly afterwards. As a resident alien of the United States, unable to offer physical consolation to family members, all she could do was rely on eyewitness accounts of the displacement and suffering of those living through the 1989 massacre. It took bold determination and great audacity for her to make the strides she has to become a successful entrepreneur. Channeling the strength of her late mother, who withstood the perils of female inferiority that highlighted Liberian culture in the 70s and 80s, Gbomai found her source of inspiration. Through courage and perseverance, she embarked on an education at Howard University as a single mom and began a career in the health sector.
As she was once a young, single mother, she is all too aware of the shame and resentment that can accompany unplanned motherhood. She understands that society places a stigma on adolescent mothers, which when internalized, could become detrimental to their will to preservere and future successes. Yet she encourages these mothers to be audacious, and often times defiant, of the status quo that attempts to stifle their potential.
She established The Gbomai Bestman Foundation a commemorative venture, altruistic in nature, to serve as a repository for the memory of her mother Izetta Roberts Bestman, the lost souls of Liberia’s massacre, as well to honor her personal trials and tribulations as a young mother. Most importantly, this foundation seeks to address the negligence of women in the rural areas of Liberia. She believes that it’s time to give back to the country that taught her life lessons as an adolescent, providing her with a keen understanding of the sacred bond of motherhood as well as a sound foundation of womanhood.
Gbomai is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, and the Who’s Who Historical Society of Professionals. She is happily married to Bodger Johnson, also a graduate of Howard University and an entrepreneur. They have four beautiful children and live in Sandy Spring, Maryland.
Nichole Bestman currently attends the School of Business at Howard University as a Junior seeking a B.B.A in International Business with a Marketing concentration. Through many facets of her university, including the 21st Century Advantage Program as a Team Leader and executive board positions in associations at her university, she has had the opportunity to develop the leadership and project management skills she has transferred to her work with GBF. As a Management Team Leader (MTL), she led her team to a first place victory in a business plan competition with Ford Motor Company during her sophomore year, and credits that humbling experience with teaching a great deal about human relationships and how to manage them for sole purpose. To date, she has completed internships in the areas of New Business Development, Marketing Research, and in the fashion industry of which she plans to use her competencies developed in these arenas for a career of entrepreneurship.
Various forms of the arts, fashion, and humanitarianism have always inspired her. Coupled with a hint of “woman power” she has always admired in her mom, Gbomai Bestman, she has always marveled at 21st century women that exhibit such style and yet lobby for issues of substance. After working with various, non-profits including College Summit in DC, and especially the Macdella Cooper Foundation in the summer of 2009, she was eager to join her mom in a nonprofit venture as Projects Director for the Gbomai Bestman Foundation. Through this position, she hopes to mobilize young women her age to give back to women like them across the globe, in the very country that has inspired her the most, Liberia! For the women that have been disappointed and overlooked by circumstances in Liberia, her dream is that they can echo one of her heroines, Eva Peron, that once said, “I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have”, and feel empowered to change their situation.
Aside from her studies, she authors a personal blog on fashion & humanity and is currently supplementing her education with a study abroad experience in France at the Euromed Management business school.