MEET THE STAFF
The iACT staff is a lean, nimble team ready to adapt to the situation at hand.
MEET THE STAFF
Souleyman Adam Burma
Refugees United Soccer Academy Manager
Coach Souleyman was the captain of the original 2012 Darfur United Men’s Team (DU) that traveled to Iraq. He returned to his camp with pride, energy, and the determination to share the skills he had learned through DU with the children of his camp. Souleyman works alongside coaches Issag, Sadiya, and Thouhilia to manage the program on and off the field.
Why Souleyman Acts:
“Football, to me, is everything. Football is support. Football is health. It means relationships and it means peace.”
Sports Program Manager
Amy is a recent graduate of Queen’s University Belfast where she received a MA in Global Security and Borders, and she previously earned BA degrees in Government and Foreign Affairs and Philosophy in the U.S. Amy first joined iACT as a volunteer in 2015 due to a focus in her undergraduate studies on issues pertaining to conflict and migration. As a life-long soccer player, Amy soon became a fan and supporter of Darfur United. She is now a full-time team member working primarily with iACT soccer programs, including helping with outreach and development of the Refugees United Soccer Academy and the Darfur United Women’s and Men’s teams. Amy also holds a National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches and a Youth Module II License from U.S. Soccer.
Why Amy Acts:
“iACT because it is essential to continue to work towards more just and equitable care for all people, and I feel energized by iACT’s willingness and commitment to reimagine a humanitarian system that affirms and centers refugees as active agents in humanitarian responses.”
Team and Operations Manager
Danielle Kercher is a graduate from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Psychology. Through her work with populations suffering from mental health issues, youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities, and at-risk youth providing crisis interventions and trauma-informed care, Danielle brings a grounded work ethic centered around patience, compassion, and empathy. She uses her attention to detail and organizational skills to manage iACT’s internal operations, provide logistical support to U.S.-based and international programs, onboard volunteers, and maintain donor and community partner relations. She currently works from iACT’s main headquarters in Southern California.
Why Danielle Acts:
“Because surviving isn’t living. We are all human beings and we need more than just food, water, and shelter. We need to feel safe, to feel connected, to have purpose, and to have opportunities to realize our potential.”
Program Manager, Storytelling & Relationships
Why Sarah Acts:
“I act because it is only by luck I was born in the most powerful country in the world. With power comes a great deal of responsibility. No one should be burdened or held back because of the hand they are dealt. Access should be granted to all.“
Katie-Jay Scott graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. She also holds a certificate in Executive Management from the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Through her positions as founding Board of Peers member of Education Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator with “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon, and founding Coordinator of the Portland Coalition for Genocide Awareness, Scott brings extensive leadership, community organizing, facilitation, and organizational development experience to iACT. She is a trainer, facilitator, and mentor. She began volunteering with iACT in April 2007 and been with the organization since. In January 2019, Scott became the Executive Director of iACT. She currently serves on Healing Dialogue and Action’s Advisory Board, a CA-based organization that creates healing with survivors, people who have experienced incarceration, communities impacted by violence, and advances transformative justice working towards a world free from violence. As Executive Director, she oversees international and national programs and campaigns, partnerships, fundraising and development, advocacy and policy, and engages iACT’s extensive team of volunteer experts and technical advisors. Scott brings a strong social justice lens to iACT’s work.
She has practiced yoga and mindfulness for over 15 years. She is trained in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Healing Yoga, and recently completed Off the Mat and Into the World’s Action and Purpose Leadership Intensive. She believes mindfulness and mindful movement are tools that can support trauma transformation. Scott has traveled and worked in countries in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Why Katie-Jay Acts:
“I feel we are all part of one community and one humanity. It’s a value that runs deep and I feel obligated to not only share this but to help build the next generation of leaders. I’ve always felt that I will leave this world a better place, and each day there is something I can do to work towards this. Educate. Activate. Empower.”
Founder, Chief of Vision and Strategy
Gabriel became involved in supporting populations displaced by genocide and mass atrocities out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes that the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, can bring about meaningful change. He graduated from California State University at Dominguez Hills with a degree in Behavioral Science, and previous to founding iACT, Gabriel worked as a Family Consultant, providing in-home therapy for abused children and their families. In addition to making over 30 trips to refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Central African Republic, Gabriel has spearheaded campaigns such as the 100-Day Fast for Darfur, Darfur Freedom Summer Vigils, Camp Darfur, Darfur Fast for Life, as well as iACT’s innovative and award-winning programs such as Little Ripples, the Refugees United Soccer Academy, and Darfur United. He is featured in The Enough Moment, a book written by activist John Prendergast and actor Don Cheadle.
Why Gabriel Acts:
“Because it’s personal. I am a father and cannot help but thinking what it would be like if it was my kids sitting in the middle of the desert, with so much danger and so little hope. I know so many refugee fathers,mothers, and children. They are friends. I must act.”
Oumda Al-fateh Tarbosh
Al-fateh Tarbosh is the Program Coordinator for iACT, an international organization whose mission is to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. Tarbosh oversees iACT sports, education, nutrition, and human rights programs across five refugee camps in eastern Chad. Before becoming a refugee in camp Goz Amer, eastern Chad, Tarbosh was an accounts manager and traditional leader, or oumda, in his village in Darfur, Sudan. Since becoming a refugee in 2003, Tarbosh has served as a primary school teacher and an English teacher, and has maintained his traditional leadership role as oumda for his community in camp Goz Amer.