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The Wells International Foundation (WIF) believes in the power of EDUCATION to improve lives. 

Imagine the child whose eyes light up when she reads about women scientists – never having encountered one in her world…

Imagine the women entrepreneur who, after years of working ungodly hours to grow her business, realizes there’s a way she can spend more time with her family AND bring home more money…

Imagine the college student who is ecstatic about applying for his first passport to participate in a study abroad program…

Through our six Strategic Focus Areas (SFAs), we empower individuals to envision better lives and provide the tools required to build them.  The common thread among our SFAs is EDUCATION.

If you care about:

  • Literacy
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Travel / Study abroad
  • The Arts
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Global health and wellness

then you’ll be inspired by the work we do!

Click here to learn more about our SFAs.

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Our Founder

monique-at-palais-garnier27A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Monique Y. Wells is passionate about Paris and about empowering individuals – especially women and persons of African descent.

As an African-American resident of Paris, veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, world traveler, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast, Dr. Wells realized that though she and many others can enjoy what the City of Light has to offer, there are also many who cannot. Additionally, she knows there is a vast need to expose minorities to educational and cultural opportunities that will allow them to have a richer, more fulfilling life.

This is why she founded the Wells International Foundation.

Our Board of Directors

Winnie Anderson

Winnie Anderson is a business development coach for entrepreneurs who have experienced trauma. She helps coaches and consultants position and pre-sell their offerings, as well as profit from their expertise. A Sherlock Holmes aficionado, she spots what’s missing from the sales process and what’s needed to help prospects decide to buy. Winnie is also an author, podcaster, and trainer. She is the host of Let’s Talk Tech, the podcast and Facebook group that demystify technology for solo entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Theresa Lloyd

Theresa Lloyd is a partner at Lloyd Resource Management Associates (LRMA), a team of award-winning DoD Financial Comptrollers, Resource Management Analysts, financial software IT Developers, and Program Quality Managers. She is a life-long math, science, engineering, and arts advocate and a manager of math, science, engineering and technology professionals. Theresa has made a career of leading teams, organizations and business to define, measure, analyze, and improve themselves. She believes that STEAM education, women’s empowerment, art and travel are “essential to our being.”

Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves has been a confirmed Francophile since he first traveled to France in 1975 to learn the language, see the country, and pursue a diploma in French language, literature, and civilization. He moved there permanently in 1992. Tom is the co-founder of Discover Paris!, a travel service that specializes in tours and activities featuring African Diaspora Paris and Gourmet Paris. He is also the author of Paris Insights – An Anthology and Dining Out in Paris, two books that reveal multiple elements of French culture.

Francis Van Wyk

Francis Van Wyk is a Web designer, mentor, and consultant for women solo entrepreneurs who wish to clarify their marketing message and use online and off-line marketing strategies to consistently and authentically promote their businesses. In her “previous” life, she was a scientist and laboratory manager at a large petrochemical company in South Africa. That life ended when her husband accepted a job offer in Saudi Arabia, and it was there that she discovered the power of the internet and what it means to work virtually. Francis and her family now live in Doha, Qatar, where she continues to work with solopreneurs and small businesses through her online business, Create Client Chemistry.