SOMALI AMERICAN UNITED COUNCIL - To Empower and Educate
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Mohamed Ali Abukar
Mohamed Ali Abukar
Founder / President. Dr. Mohamed Ali Abukar, a native of Somalia, currently resides in Phoenix. Dr. Abukar holds a BS degree, two MS degrees including a certificate in Journalism, and a Ph.D. with a major in Public Administration and an emphasis in Agricultural Extension Management. Dr. Abukar’s experiences include formal and non-formal education for both adults and youth; he has had many opportunities to work with a culturally diverse group of people in different working and learning environments. Dr. Abukar has an established reputation for ethical management, proven leadership based upon a record of honesty and integrity, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to handle the challenges of managing complex organizations.
Melody Harmon
Melody Harmon
Melody Harmon has been working with SAUC for the last two years. Ms. Harmon was honored to be elected Chair of the Board Development Committee in 2011. Ms. Harmon is a local criminal defense attorney who uses her knowledge in that area of law to assist the Somali Refugee community in situations where they come into contact with the legal system.
Jack Salvatore
Jack Salvatore
Jack Salvatore is a practicing attorney in Phoenix with over 30 years experience. He is also a former investigative reporter and news anchor for television stations in Phoenix and Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Phoenix with his wife. Attorney Salvatore is the Chair of SAUC Board of Directors.












                                    BOARD OF DIRECTORS & EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF SAUC FOR 2014: 
      
All Directors and Officers will work on volunteer basis with no benefits and have all expressed their interest and commitment for the Vision and mission of Somali American United Council of Arizona. 
 
Attorney JACK SALVATORE                                                                     Chair BD  
Prof. MOHAMED ABUKAR                     Founder/ Council’s President & CEO         
ILYAS SHEIKH MOHAMED                                                               Secretary BD               
YASMIN YASSIN AHMED                                                                    Treasurer BD                                   
ISSE AHMED                                                                                           Board Member   
SARAH GAUMER                                                                                   Board Member
ABDI ADAN HAJI                                                                                   Board Member            
ADAN SAMANTAR                                                                                 Board Member
AYUB ABDULKADIR                                                                             Board Memeber
     The corporation will maintain Directors and officers to limit legal liability, and the Council’s President/ CEO will be in charge of the day-to-day corporation’s operation as per Article II, section 3 of the SAUC-AZ’s By-Laws. 
 
Prof. Mohamed Ali Abukar:                              Founder/ President & CEO   

     Volunteer Executive team as selected by the President/ CEO         Case Workers & Program Managers as selected by the President/ CEO.

    THIS HAS BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & ELECTION COMMITTEE FOR 2014