Sartell woman, originally from Ghana, is Books For Africa's president

Rosemond Owens’ ticket out of Africa was a good education, and now she helps others in her native country by providing free books.

The Sartell woman and Ghana native is the first African woman to be elected president of the St. Paul-based Books For Africa.

“I have had fundraisers for Books For Africa, and many area residents have donated thousands of dollars to Books For Africa,” she said.

Owens was introduced to Books For Africa while at the University of Minnesota by her mentor, a health policy analyst for Hennepin County; her mentor sat on the BFA board.