ROOTS of South Sudan Organization

ROOTS of South Sudan is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the women and children of South Sudan. 

The organization was incorporated as a state of Washington non-profit on March 4, 2011 and filed for IRS 501 (c)3 status on May 3, 2011. IRS 501(c)3 approval was granted on March 30, 2012 with an effective date of March 4, 2011.

ROOTS of South Sudan is governed by a ten member board with extensive experience in non-profit management, fundraising, and international issues.

ROOTS of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of the ROOTS PROJECT, a South Sudanese non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 2010 by Anyieth D'Awol.  All funds donated to the ROOTS of South Sudan will be used to support the ROOTS PROJECT's services, facility, equipment and learning materials; to provide members with job skills, literacy and numeracy training; to provide health education and examinations; and to provide a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn.

The Board of Directors

ANYIETH D’AWOL, Founder the ROOTS PROJECT

LLB LAW, LLM Human Rights, Anyieth has a history of working with women and recording their problems with HIV/AIDS, security and conflict.  She has worked as an independent researcher for the Clingendael Institute documenting HIV/AIDS in post conflict South Sudan.  In 2006/07 and 2008/09 Anyieth was a Human Rights Officer for UNMIS (United Nations Mission in Sudan).  In 2009 she founded the ROOTS PROJECT with the aim of providing a secure environment for women to pursue economic independence through traditional crafts.  Anyieth is South Sudanese by birth.  She has lived in Norway, Tanzania, China, England and Sudan.  Anyieth is also a US citizen.

 

FRANK MCKULKA, President/Treasurer

BS Chemistry/MBA FinanceFrank completed a 28 year career with BASF in 2006.  At the end of his career he was a division president with responsibility for $5B in sales and 5000 people across the NAFTA region.  He was a board member of BASF USA and a member of several global oversight committees for BASF AG.  For the past ten years he has served on the board of CLEARCorps USA, a national 501c3 corporation, as finance chair and former board chair.  It is funded by private and public funds.

 

KAREN PERRET, Secretary

BA Anthropology, JD Law, Karen practiced law for 30 years in Seattle and Paris.  Her concentration was in business and commercial transactions, wills, trusts and estate planning with a focus on international matters.  She has worked with clients in Africa to create a non-profit providing health services in the Congo basin.  Karen has served on the boards of the World Trade Club of Seattle and the French American Chamber of Commerce.  Karen retired in 2002.  She is an inactive member of the Bar Association of Washington State and Paris, France.  During 2010 Karen co-chaired a 29 person statewide Advisory Committee to revise the training guidelines for Guardians ad Litem.

 

TIMOTHY MCKULKA,  Director 

BFA Photography, Tim is a photographer, editor and multimedia storyteller who lived and worked in Sudan and South Sudan for over seven years with a variety of international organizations.  He has produced and edited two books of photographs and stories about Sudan and South Sudan – We’ll Make our Homes Here: Sudan at the Referendum and A Shared Struggle: The People and Cultures of South Sudan.  His work has been published in periodicals and newspapers worldwide.  Tim presented his work at the Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington, DC and has exhibited in a number of galleries.  Prior to his work in Sudan, Tim was a freelance photographer based in New York who had worked in over 20 countries.  He is a founding member of both the ROOTS Project and the Roots of South Sudan.

 

KATHRYN A KANE, Director 

BA Education/MA Educational Psychology,  Kathy has been involved in education for over 40 years, including a teaching career at many different level; elementary, middle school and college education classes.  Kathy has always been an advocate for children and their healthy overall development.  Kathy has also been an active community volunteer ranging from Junior League to Girl Scouts.  At the current time she is an active guild member of Childhaven, the Association of Catholic Children in Seattle, WA. and continues a substitute teacher in the Seattle schools.  Kathy brings her interest in travel, education, children and the needs of others to the Roots Board.

TERRI GAFFNEY, Director

BA Education, MA Transforming Spirituality, Terri is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Seattle University and has a private practice in spiritual direction.  Terri serves as co chair of the Executive Advisory Board of STM and is a member of the Seattle University Committee for Jesuit Mission and Identity.  Terri is a member of the Advisory Board of Full Life Care and is an advocate for mental health issues including homelessness.  Terri has travelled globally, including Africa.

 

VIRGINIA YOUNG, Director

BFA Colorado College,  Ginnie has 20 years of experience building brands for both large and small organizations.  Prior to starting her own company, she worked for J. Walter Thompson, creating national campaigns for Fortune 500 clients.  Ginnie founded Colorhouse Paint, www.colorhousepaint.com, a green lifestyle brand, offering premium Zero VOC paint since 2005.  Colorhouse has earned recognition as a Top 10 Green Building Product from Sustainable Industries Journal, an Editor’s Product Pick from Architectural Record and a BEST Business Award from the City of Portland, OR.  Colorhouse is sold on www.homedepot.com, amazon.com and through independent green building supply stores .

SUSAN HENOCH, Director

J.D. 1978, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey.   Ed.M. 1975, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  B.A. with Honors 1970, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Bar Membership-  New York State, 1982

Employment-  2001 - Vice President, Coggeshall Restoration, Princeton, New Jersey Providing design, client relations and mediation services for residential/commercial construction company in New York City 

2002- President, Light Heart LLC, Princeton, New Jersey.  Founded company for design, manufacture, marketing and sale of patented invention and for representing and selling work by twenty five New Mexican fine and folk artists throughout Northeast U.S.

1999-2001 Coordinator, Youth First! Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1997-2001 Program Coordinator, New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Volunteer Work  -  2008- Current Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Directed the 2008 Art Team, high school student artists participating in site design and decoration; annual participation in artist training, logistics, booth set up and as a full-time booth assistant during the Market

KATHY GUNDESEN, Director

Education:  Bachelors in Education from Western Washington University. 

Professional Experience:  20 years in the Baking / Food Manufacturing Industry in Product Development, Sales and Marketing roles; including working with national and global retailers.  

Community Service:  I have dedicated time and energy to various charitable organizations in the last 25 years, here are a few highlights.  Participated as a judge at the annual Washington State High School DECA competition for multiple years, worked with Junior Achievement teaching business lessons in elementary schools, mentored inmates at juvenile detention centers through the organization Prison Fellowship, held an appointed position on a Community Police Advisory Board for the city of Poulsbo (1996-1998), helped develop a corporate giving committee at the H.C. Brill Co., am currently an art docent and a board member of the PTA at Cathcart Elementary School in Snohomish.

PAMELA TAYLOR, Director

MS & PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi State University
MA, Curriculum & Instruction, Governors State University
BA, Social Work, Chicago State University

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Seattle University

Dr. Taylor has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana, and held academic positions at Mississippi State University, and the City Colleges of Chicago. She is a member of the Planning and Scholarship Committee of the Washington Alliance for Black School Educators, an advisory board member of Seattle University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  Dr. Taylor’s research interests center on multicultural education and social justice, and she is a frequent speaker and contributor to academic journals on these topics.

 

Funding Sources

Funding for the ROOTS PROJECT in Juba, South Sudan has come from a variety of sources. These have included the French Embassy in Sudan, PACT, the Van Arden Fund of the Tides Foundation, Norwegian Peoples Aid and a large number of private donors. The donor group is global and includes a significant group that has donated through the US based Roots of South Sudan non-profit organization.

In addition to donations the Centre sells its locally made products through the gift shop in the Centre and other venues throughout Juba. The ROOTS PROJECT’s products are currently sold through home and public shows in the US.  These shows are an effective way to tell the story of the PROJECT and generate significant interest and funding for the CENTRE.

In July 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 the Roots Project participated in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, where many traditional jewelry pieces were sold and have applied to participate in 2017.

The CENTRE also hosts fundraising events at their location in Juba. One of these is known as the ROOTS JAM and for an entrance fee provides dinner and entertainment. Videos of these can be seen on the ROOTS PROJECT Facebook page

Help moms at The ROOTS PROJECT care for their children.

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