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iACT Moves Forward With New Leadership 18 Months After Loss of Founders



May 24, 2023

iACT Moves Forward With New Leadership 18 Months After Loss of Founders

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2023 - iACT, a Los-Angeles-based international nonprofit, is proud to announce Sara-Christine Dallain as our new executive director.

Sara-Christine has been a part of the iACT community for more than a decade. She worked alongside iACT founders Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott from 2012 to the end of 2019, and together they developed and grew iACT’s foundational programming the Refugees United Soccer Academy and Little Ripples early childhood education program.

“I feel deeply honored to be the first to step into this leadership role following the irreplaceable Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott. I stand committed to fulfilling iACT's mission of supporting refugee and conflict-affected people worldwide by centering people and relationships, investing in our organizational systems, and resourcing refugee and community-led humanitarian action.

As we welcome Sara-Christine, iACT is also overjoyed to name two new members to its board: Rachel Veerman and Lena Adishian.

Our new board members bring with them ties to Mexico and Armenia, two communities where iACT works, as well as a shared vision and commitment to a humanitarian system grounded in relationships and refugee leadership.

Rachel Veerman has been involved in iACT since its inception. As the sister of iACT founder Gabriel Stauring, she brings to the board not only a deep passion for the work, but a sense of iACT culture and unparalleled institutional knowledge.

Lena Adishian joined iACT’s core volunteer team in 2019. As a descendant of survivors of the Armenian genocide, she feels a deep connection to the work of iACT and a passion for helping communities the way her grandmother was helped when she was in need.

Today, 243 men and women across refugee camps and displaced communities in Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Armenia and the US-Mexico border, lead iACT programs that reach more than 12,700 children per year with education and soccer.

With a growing board of directors, a new executive director, and the consistent leadership and experience of our global team members rooted in the communities we support, iACT aims to double our reach and impact over the next three years.

Contact our team at to find out about the many ways you can get involved.


About iACT

Based in Los Angeles, iACT is an international organization with a mission to inspire a more mindful humanitarian system. Our vision is a world where the dignity, humanity, and rights of conflict-affected people are recognized, affirmed, and supported. iACT facilitates refugee-led education, sports, and leadership programs around the world. For more information visit:


Corrie Hulse

Communications Manager


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