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 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 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
Prof. MOHAMED ABUKAR Founder/ Council’s President &
BERRY WERBLOW Vice Chair
ILYAS SHEIKH MOHAMED Secretary
YASMIN YASSIN AHMED Treasurer BD
MS. NORA CASTANEDA Board Member
ISSE AHMED Board
SARAH GAUMER Board Member
ABDI ADAN HAJI Board
ADAN SAMANTAR Board Member
AYUB ABDULKADIR Board Member
MOHIYADIN HASSA Board Member
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