The Iraqi Student Project: Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

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Kimberly Spallinger, President  (spallingerk@gmail.com) Kimberly received her MA in English with a concentration in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) at Bowling Green State University, where she now serves as Director of the ESOL Program. In 2001 she gained  overseas experience as a workshop leader at An Giang University in Vietnam. From 2000-2002 she served on the Ohio TESOL Executive Board: Region 4 Representative and Higher Education Interest Representative. Her most recent presentation was Beyond This I Believe: Innovative Classroom Activities Utilizing NPR, with Lucinda Hunter and Kate Spike, in March, 2010, at the TESOL Convention in  Boston, MA.

Laura Brenneman, Secretary (brennemanl@gmail.com) During a semester of study in the Middle East Laura developed a desire to work with people in areas of conflict for peace and justice. After being a human rights advocate to members of the U.S. Congress and going to graduate school, Laura directed peace and conflict studies at Bluffton University. Laura holds a master’s degree in conflict transformation and a PhD in theological studies, edits the Studies in Peace and Scripture series, and works as a mediator, conflict transformation trainer, and teacher in Champaign, IL.

Charles Currie, S.J., Treasurer (ccurrie@ajcunet.edu)  Father Currie is the former President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. He has had extensive international experience and has actively encouraged the internationalization of AJCU campuses, traveling to five continents to pursue collaborative efforts in China and El Salvador, exchange opportunities in Cuba, and extensive collaboration with Latin American Jesuit universities. Currently he is  helping develop a new initiative, the Jesuit Commons, which endeavors to link Jesuit education with marginalized populations worldwide.

Shakir Mustafa, Academic Liaison (s.mustafa@neu.edu)  Shakir is Visiting Associate Professor of Arabic at Northeastern University. He grew up in Iraq and taught at Mosul University in Northern Iraq for eleven years. His most recent book, Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology, has been recognized as “one of the most important books in 2008” by The Bloomsbury Review. Shakir’s biography (2001-present) has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, 2001, and Who’s Who in American Higher Education, 2003, 2004, and in the Dictionary of International Biography.

Sarah Dykstra, Coordinator of ISP Support Groups (sarahdykst@gmail.com) Sarah graduated from Boston College summa cum laude with a concentration in Global Health and Development. She currently works as an Econometrics Research Assistant at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. In 2010, Sarah did a summer internship with the Iraqi Student Project in Damascus, Syria. She prepared lesson plans and taught statistics, literature, and yoga. She facilitated the transition of thirteen ISP student to US universities in the fall of 2010.

 

Executive Director

Robert L. Rosser, Executive Director, USA (director@iraqistudentproject.org)  Robert is a college professor with more than forty years of experience in higher education as instructor and administrator. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Linguistics and Literature from the University of Southern California. Robert has taught EFL and ESL in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. With the University of Maryland, he has taught communications and humanities in South Korea, Japan, Spain, Kuwait, and Italy. He is the author of several books on the ministry of lector (communication skills in the liturgical context). Robert heads up the national ISP office in St. Louis, MO.

Founders of The Iraqi Student Project

Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, Founders of ISP, Damascus, Syria  (gabeandtheresa@gmail.com)  Gabe was Director of Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago for more than twenty years. Theresa is a life-long educator and teacher trainer. They have been advocates for the people of Iraq since before the war, traveling to Iraq and reporting on the tragic consequences of the UN sanctions imposed in 1990. They moved to Damascus from New York in 2005 and founded The Iraqi Student Project in 2007. In 2012 they returned to the US because of the increasing violence in Syria.