Board of Directors

Theo Majka has been a sociology professor in the University of Dayton’s International Studies program since 1981. His researches helped persuade the Dayton City Council to adopt a “Dayton Immigrant Friendly” initiative in 2012. Also called “Welcome Dayton,”

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Theo Majka PhD

Dr Sara Paton is an associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Paton is the director of the Master of Public Health Program, where she teaches epidemiology, community health assessment, and guest lectures in a variety of courses.

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Sara Paton , PhD

Grace Mukunzi is a professional accountant with an extensive experience in managing grants and sub-grants. She holds a master's in accounting information system from strayer University _USA.

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Grace Naelle MUKUNZI, MBA

Athanase Muntu is a policy analyst, bearer of public and private sector values and competencies. He has a demonstrated history of working in cross-cultural settings in Africa and The United States.

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Athanase Muntu, MPA

Zephrin Bagambiki was born and raised in Rwanda. He has a master's degree in Historical Sciences from Picardie University (France) and a bachelor's degree in English from University of Birmingham (UK)

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Zephrin Bagambiki , MA

Donald Bahizi has over 40 years leadership experience of project management at all levels with proven leadership in portfolio, program and individual project

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Donald Bahizi, MCSE, MPM, MISM, MBA

Jean de Dieu MUKUNZI is the founder of Ebenezer Healthcare Access. He has experience in initiating, planning,implimenting, monitoring and closing healthcare projects. Jean has more than 15 years experience in healthcare and he is a certified professional project manager (PMP)

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Jean de Dieu MUKUNZI, MPH, CHW,PMP

Born and raised in Rwanda, Albert holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a Masters’ degree of Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI).

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Albert Mugiraneza MBA

Dr. Gabriela Pickett is the Director of International Education at the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development. Gabriela is also Vice-President of the International Cities of Peace. She is fluent in Spanish and board member of Welcome Dayton.

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Gabriela Pickett Ph.D

Melissa Bertolo works for Welcoming America, a national non-profit organization that works to build more inclusive communities, where everyone, including immigrants and refugees, feel as though they belong.

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Melissa Bartelo, MSW, MPH

Loic Kiza graduated from Wright State University with a Master of Science in nursing which allowed him to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner.

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Loic N. KIZA RN, CNP

Amy is an experienced pharmacist. She is a clinical faculty at Physicians Assistant Program at University of Dayton. She has a doctorate in Pharmacy from University of Kentucky.

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Amy Christopher, PharmD, BCPS

Marie Josiane Dusabe is an MBA graduate student with a concentration of Healthcare Management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Wright State University.

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Marie Josiane Dusabe MBA Candidate