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

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.”

Julia Schacht

Julia Schacht

Program Associate

 
Julia Schacht is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change and a Minor in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has discovered a passion for addressing food insecurity in Los Angeles and advocating for the integration and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her free time, Julia loves to cook, enjoy the California sun, and take part in her community garden. Julia Is eager to apply her passion, knowledge, and energizing spirit to make a positive impact. Schacht currently works from iACT’s main headquarters in Southern California and is excited to be part of the team.
 
Why Julia Acts:
“iACT because an individual is more than just their circumstances or experiences. I believe everyone deserves to feel hopeful, respected, and valued. iACT because it could be my family fleeing from violence and I would want them to be met with kindness and compassion. ”
 
 
Katie-Jay Scott

Katie-Jay Scott

Executive Director

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.”

Gabriel Stauring

Gabriel Stauring

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

Oumda Al-fateh Tarbosh

Program Coordinator

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.

REFUGEE STAFF

PROFILES

Remy

Remy

Cebestin

Cebestin

Jean-Claude

Jean-Claude

Vénérand

Vénérand

Nestor

Nestor

Diomède

Diomède

Djimil

Djimil

Adeline

Adeline

Jeane

Jeane

Goodeberth

Goodeberth

Peline

Peline

Innocent

Innocent

Virginie

Virginie

Ernest

Ernest

Nathanael

Nathanael

Daniel

Daniel

Violette

Violette

Innocent

Innocent

Delphine

Delphine

Esther

Esther

Jannette

Jannette

Eliana

Eliana

Jean-Marie

Jean-Marie

Anaclet

Anaclet

Irene

Irene

Chantal

Chantal

Etienne

Etienne

Claudine

Claudine

Emery

Emery

Happy

Happy

Hilaire

Hilaire

Pascal

Pascal

Beatrice

Beatrice

Anita

Anita

Deo

Deo

Denise

Denise

Leubain

Leubain

Diane

Diane

Diane

Diane

Renovat

Renovat

Enoch

Enoch

Shadrack

Shadrack

Edyssa

Edyssa

Audrey

Audrey

Remegie

Remegie

Claude

Claude