Staff & Board of Directors

Charles Ahovissi

Charles Ahovissi is a professional artist, dancer, drummer, choreographer, educator, stage costume designer and tailor. He is an approved teaching and performing artist through the Nebraska and Iowa Art Councils. Charles began his dancing career in 1984 when he joined the National Ballet Company of Benin, West Africa. In 1987, Charles left the National Ballet and joined the Super Anges Dance Troop that toured extensively throughout the world performing and teaching traditional African dance and music.

In 2006, Charles established ACC. This organization provides Charles the freedom to share his knowledge and love of Africa through traditional dancing, drumming and arts to foster a better understanding of Africa’s diverse and beautiful cultures. Charles and ACC promote unity by offering students social and physical activity through dancing and drumming during public performances, school assemblies, residencies and workshops.

Jessica Fagnon-Chait

Jessica’s love of the arts began early in life through her involvement in dance and theater. In 2014, after witnessing a dynamic, high-energy performance by African Culture Connection, she was awestruck. Shortly after, Jessica began training and performing with ACC. For Jessica, the best part about performing with ACC is getting the chance to share a unique art and tradition with our community here in Nebraska and beyond. In 2023, Jessica turned her passion of arts and culture into a career when she began as the Assistant Executive Director for ACC. Previously, she served as an educator for 20 years in Denver, Mexico, and Omaha, where she taught English as a Second Language and Special Education. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Public Affairs at Indiana University and her Master’s in Education at the University of Colorado. Her favorite hobby is learning new languages, even if it is just a few words!

Heather Henderson

As Operations Manager for the ACC, Heather is responsible for the oversight of daily administrative functions as well as grant writing. For 20 years, she dedicated her career to working with youth, especially those identified as “at risk.” Heather applied her expertise in the areas of behavior modification, life skills training and counseling. She then transitioned into an administrative role where she has continued to develop her skills and knowledge in the areas of leadership, policy/procedure writing, organization and much more. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later attended Bellevue University where she received her master’s degree in Counseling. Heather is also a certified Life Coach and author of two books.

Board of Directors


MONICA WELLS, Vice President

BIDONG TOT, Secretary

SAM DICKSON, Treasurer

CHARLES AHOVISSI, Executive/Artistic Director





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