Board of Advisors

Board Members

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Henry B. Mathia Jr.

As a youth coming up under his father’s wings, striving for excellence in life endeavors has always been the standards set by Henry Sr. Henry jr. started his academic career by attending BO School, a top-ranked competitive boarding school in Sierra Leone. As a young adult in the United States, he enrolled in the U.S. military active duty and has served multiple tours prior and during his naval reserves status. After serving his full active duty term he was accepted to the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota where he graduated with honors in criminal justice. If you know Henry like his family does, you’ll know that he goes by “big junior” because he takes his gym workouts serious and he is quite big. If you know him like his family does you would know as the elder of his brothers and sisters he sets the ultimate standard for being a productive member to society, and he never misses to give a birthday, mother’s day, or Christmas day gift to his family and friends. Today he still remains in the naval reserves and has been over 15 years, and has continued to serve in the criminal justice sector in bettering our communities for the greater good. We’re honored to have him on our advisory board. 

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Born in Springfield, IL, Andrew has been one of the original supporters of our first sister website which has now expanded into He helped shape some of the original ideas of the organization to come to life today. He moved to Minnesota in 2005 to study Music Production at McNally Smith College of Music. After a few years of owning a recording studio and touring the country playing music, he decided to take up a career in real estate. Andrew is now a realtor for Century 21. With Andrew’s combination of creativity, thoughtfulness, and drive, we’re honored to have him serve on our board.



Sheila Podtburg

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, she moved to Minneapolis upon acceptance into the University of Minnesota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography. She is currently with Royal Credit Union as a Mortgage Underwriter and has been with the company for approximately 4 years. If you ask Sheila who is the love of her life, she would tell you her 4 year old son Shujaa (who is the biggest fan of anything Paw Patrol). She also plays bassoon in Silver Lakes Symphonic Winds, a community band which helps raise scholarship money for high school students pursuing a degree in fine arts. We’re honored to have her on our advisory board.


Gasumu Lahai

Gasumu biography coming up soon…..



Chimezie Maclord Akaya

Maclord biography coming up soon…….


Francis Gedang

Alicious H. Mathia, Founder & Chair

Freetown, Sierra Leone was his birthplace, Ghana is where his mother’s side of the family is from with grandfather from Nigeria. After spending some of his childhood in Sierra Leone, Alicious grew up in in DC-Maryland and Minnesota. In Maryland he went to Bucklodge middle school and Highpoint high school until the 10th grade. In 2000 the family relocated to Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota where he finished high school at Tartan high school. In 2012 graduated with a B.S Economics degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato where the original idea for Murhero Foundation Inc. derived, which was and still is Those who know him know that he’s a positive, calm-collected guy and to good extent naturally reserved but can be outgoing and fun to be around. Growing up he admired businessmen like Sean Combs, Bill Gates, and Russell Simons. Following similar footsteps, he’s an aspiring businessperson and philanthropist. In his own words when asked what made him create the foundation, “The idea came to me in college. It came naturally really, being that I was born and spent some of my childhood in a underdeveloped country, I know how scarce opportunities can be for kids with smarts and the drive to achieve.  So I wanted to be part of a project that contributed to that end, that spoke volume about who I am, and just use my fortunate upbringing here in the U.S and just trying to pay it forward to some of those unfortunate youth that I once was.” He recently completed his Master’s of Business (MBA), quantitative analysis concentrate in June of 2016 at SNHU. Enjoys photography, playing basketball, golf, and a fan of the Twins and Ravens. A fun-fact about Alicious is that he once wanted to rap in his teens, but as you can imagine books got in the way instead.

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