The Iraqi Student Project: Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

The new Board of Directors was elected May 30, 2016, at the ISP Alumni Reunion

RosalieRosalie Riegle, ISP President. Rosalie is Professor Emerita at Saginaw Valley State University (Michigan) where she has taught English Language and Literature since 1969.  She is also a published author. Her most recent books are Crossing the Line: Non-Violent Activists Speak Out for Peace (2013) and Doing Time for Peace: The Voices of Nonviolent Families and Communities (2012) for which she received the “Choice” Award from the American Library Association. She has written extensively about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. Among her many volunteer efforts are the following: War Resisters League National Committee, Su Casa Catholic Worker, and the Iraqi Student Project (Chicago, DePaul, 2009-present).

DickelleDickelle Fonda, ISP Secretary. Dickelle has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for more than forty years, specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety and depression, stress and anger management, personal growth, self-esteem, conflict resolution, relationship and communications issues, and women with cancer. She holds professional membership in the following organizations: National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, National Breast Cancer Coalition, National Women’s Health Network, and the Interracial Family Network. Dickelle developed the Adolescent Rape Prevention program for the Chicago Public Schools. She is a life-long social activist and co-founder in 2003 of the Northshore Coalition for Peace and Justice.

RosalieMary Sotir, ISP Treasurer. Mary earned a degree in journalism, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University. She then worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, the West Los Angeles Independent, the Waukesha (WI) Daily Freeman, and for the Lerner Newspapers (Chicago and suburbs). Mary’s volunteer service is extensive: Iraqi Student Project as a member and treasurer of the ISP DePaul core group supporting Safana Alomary (see below); tutor in ESL (English as a Second Language); Global Volunteers, teaching conversational English to students in Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica. She is also coordinator of Peace & Justice Ministry at St. Athanasius Parish, which sponsored Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak for a discussion of the crisis in Syria.

Founders of The Iraqi Student Project

Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, Founders of ISP, Damascus, Syria  (  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.