Who We Are

Sudan Development Foundation Volunteers

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Michael Jok Maper

In Memory of Micheal Jok Maper

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Abraham Awolich

Founder and President

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Peter Keny

Community Outreach for SUDEF

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Julie Elmore

Communications and Administrator

Clinic Staff

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Peter Awol Madier

Director of Kalthok Clinic

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Jamal Ibrahim

Kalthok Clinic Head Nurse

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Elizabeth Nyangeth Aram

Kalthok Clinic Staff

Board of Directors

Board Chair – Achier Mou

Achier has a master’s in global health from Tufts University. He attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate immediately after arriving in the U.S. as a refugee in 2001.

He received his BS in community development and applied economics in 2006.

Achier was born in South Sudan, and his extensive knowledge and interest in the field of community health, disease prevention, and global health are huge assets to SUDEF.

Board Treasurer – George Cross

George Cross is a native Vermonter who left after college and worked for 25 years as a teacher before returning to Vermont to become superintendent of schools in Winooski, Vermont.

During his tenure as superintendent, George and his family had the opportunity to work closely with the refugees from Vietnam, Bosnia, and South Sudan and settle into their community.

George was elected and served eight years as a representative in the Vermont legislature. Over the past ten years, George and his family continued to grow and enjoy the friendship they built with many of the young Sudanese men and women in the community.

Board Member – Dr. Jean-Marie Mujakazi

Dr. Jean-Marie worked extensively in the health field and for nonprofit organizations, internationally.

He served as the director for a nonprofit in Germany, a medical doctor for a Catholic mission, and is currently the outreach director for the Association of Africans Living in Vermont.

Dr. Jean-Marie is passionate about creating opportunities for people to reach their potential and be active, contributing members of their community. He is committed to SUDEF’s mission and has the experience and enthusiasm to help serve our organization.