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Board of Directors

 

EXECUTIVE

Lisa Marie Johnson – President and Director of Operations 
On January 1, 2010, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Lisa Marie Johnson was named President and Director of Operations of Mary’s Project Catholic Publishing Inc. A native of New York and Co-founder of Mary’s Project, Lisa Marie is a Candidate for the M.A. in Moral Theology at Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia. A Catholic Educator and Certified Catechist through the Archdiocese of Chicago under the formation program of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Lisa Marie spent seven blessed years serving Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church in Religious Life as a Benedictine Missionary Nun of Pontifical Rite. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Media Communications from Jacksonville University in Florida, where she was recruited on a tennis scholarship and played four years of N.C.A.A. Division I Tennis, becoming the #1 Singles Player and Team Captain her senior year. Going on to play the Pro Satellite Tennis Circuit, Lisa Marie become a U.S.P.T.A. Certified Tennis Professional the following twelve years. During her tennis career, Lisa Marie resided in Memphis, TN, working five years on  European and American tours as the Tour Director and Executive Assistant for Gospel and Soul Legend the Rev. Al Green. With a missionary and journalism spirit from youth, Lisa Marie has traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, England, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, and throughout the U.S.A. 

 

Lisa Marie Johnson – President
CEO/Founder, Executive Director  
Mission HOPE South Sudan Director
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Village in South Sudan with Bishop Ezekiel Diing Ajang and Clergy.

A native New Yorker and Co-founder of Mission HOPE South Sudan, Lisa Marie is a Candidate for the M.A. in Moral Theology at Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia. An Educator and Certified Catechist through the Archdiocese of Chicago under the formation program of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Lisa Marie spent seven years as a Benedictine Missionary of Pontifical Rite. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Media Communications from Jacksonville University in Florida, where she was recruited on a tennis scholarship and played four years of N.C.A.A. Division I Tennis, becoming the #1 Singles Player and Team Captain her senior year. Upon graduating, Lisa went on to play the Pro Satellite Tennis Circuit and had a twelve year career as a U.S.P.T.A. Certified Tennis Professional. During part of her tennis career, Lisa Marie resided in Memphis, TN, where she also worked on European and American tours for five years as the Tour Director and Executive Assistant for Gospel and Soul Legend Al Green. With a missionary and journalism spirit from youth, she has traveled to Kenya and South Sudan in Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, England, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, and throughout the U.S.A. 

 

Robert A. Johnson, C.P.A. – Treasurer, Accounting and Finance
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Robert A. Johnson is the founder of ROBERT JOHNSON CPAs, LLP. A native Long Islander, Robert earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure University and his Certified Public Accountant designation. With over 28 years of compiled experience, Robert has extensive knowledge of individual and corporate taxation and specializes in Estate and Trust taxation. He also specializes in Accounting and Auditing of State and Local Governments, as well as 501 (c) (3) Not-for-profit Charitable Organizations. Robert received a Certificate of Achievement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Governmental Accounting and Auditing and is a member in excellent standing of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on the Board of Directors of several charitable and civic organizations. Robert and his wife Anne have five children.

 

Atem Garang Juowei - Director and Secretary
Mission HOPE South Sudan Building Construction Manager
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In June 2011, Atem "Ajith" Garang Juowei was appointed the South Sudan International Coordinator and Building Construction Manager for our Library Educational Center Building Project in the Ajoung Community, South Sudan. Atem Juowei comes to Mary's Project with incredible experience taken from his employment at Gage Brothers Construction and Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, SD, where he worked in production since 2008. His high work ethic and hands on experience has made Atem a valued and integral management leader of Mary's Project Building Construction Team for Mission HOPE South Sudan Library Educational Center Building Project. From 2001-2006, Atem received his first employment after resettlement at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel gaining invaluable experience in customer service and hospitality. In 2007, Atem was certified as a Medical Assistant from Lincoln Tech Institute, Boston Massachusetts. Atem with Lisa Marie Johnson and Mary's Project Mission HOPE South Sudan team returned to South Sudan during Christmas 2011-2012 for the historic reunion of the Lost Boys and the kick-off of Mary's Project "Ajoung Library Educational Center" in the South Sudan village of Atem's birth. See the CBS Feature Story: Mission HOPE South Sudan Follow up - The Lost Boys.


 

Omar Suber - Director

Director of Education & Media Production

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Omar Suber is the Director of Education and Media Production. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014, and comes to the project with vast experience and knowledge in event and media production, project management, marketing, community outreach, and education program development for youth and adults. As a native Brooklyn, New Yorker, Omar was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville. Growing up in historic Brooklyn, one of New York City’s 5 boroughs known for indie music, art, culture and nightlife, Omar is a master chef, barber, author, vegan and fitness guru. He has participated and appeared in music videos with the legendary Michael Jackson, the Fugees and Public Enemy. Omar has catered/produced culinary events for high profile officials and politicians, and styled hair for NBA players and artists such as Mychel Thompson, Anthony Mason Jr., Patrick Ewing Jr., Dexter Pittman and Fabulous. Leading our team on education program development and media production, Omar is responsible alongside our Building Construction Manager, for the planning and construction of the Library Education Center in South Sudan, Africa. The multi-faceted 2 story Library will serve a population of @90,000 children and adults in the greater Ajuong Community, Paliau Village, South Sudan, Africa. 100 Acres of land has been given to the project by the Republic of South Sudan, and the architectural plans and groundbreaking have taken place.

As an entrepreneur and author, Omar is an integral part of the non-profit management team as a leader and director.

 

Rob Kessler - At-Large
Mission HOPE South Sudan Project Developer
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Robert Kessler comes to Mary's Project as active South Dakota Air National Guard where he has served his country for the last 12 years on the 114th Fighter Wing Fuels Flight as fuels technician and trainer. Robert earned his B.A. in History and Political Science with a Secondary Teaching Endorsement from the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a 5th generation carpenter with over 22 years of construction experience in both residential and commercial construction. His experience and expertise serves as an integral asset and leadership position in the Library Educational Center Building Project in South Sudan. Robert Kessler is a lifelong Catholic and member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls where he serves as a 10th Grade Religious Education Instructor for Confirmation Class. He is married to his wife Laura, who is a pediatric RN at Sanford Children's Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. They have three children Tate 9, Ella 6, and Jack 19 months. Rob and Laura are expecting their 4th child in May 2012. Robert is very excited about his new role as Military Outreach Coordinator and Prayer Warriors Program Director, as well as Project Developer for Mission HOPE South Sudan Library Building Project. He looks forward to continuing his duty doing the Lord's work and helping humanity.

 

Angelina L. Milillo - Committee Chair
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
Fundraising and Public Relations
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Ann Milillo is a 40 year active member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ann has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years with nonprofit charities. In 2007 for the 50th Anniversary celebration of Rockville Centre Diocese, she was awarded the first Saint Agnes Medal of Service, instituted and officiated by the Most Rev. William Murphy, for her selfless and caring service. She accompanied the 2007 Diocesan pilgrimage group to Rome and the Vatican lead by Bishop Murphy and the Bishops of Rockville Centre. As the current Vice President of the Society of St. Vincent Depaul local chapter, Centerport, NY, Ann has held office as both President and Treasurer for the previous 15 years. In 2009 she worked to organize the St. Vincent Depaul Friends of the Poor® Walk where her member organization raised just under $75,000.00 to assist the needs of the poor in local Long Island communities. (SVDP Fall 2009 Newsletter featuring Friends of the Poor Walk). Ann is a strong advocate and proponent of strengthening core family values in local community. She has served as Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader and Religious Education Teacher of many years. She is the wife of an Army Veteran and sister of three brothers who served in the United States Marine Corps, Navy, and Army. Ann currently lives on Long Island where she is the proud grandmother of ten children.

 

Cathy A. Corrigan - Committee Chair
Director of Volunteer Program
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Religious Education Instructor, Eagle Scout and Military Mom


 

MARY'S PROJECT - MISSION HOPE SOUTH SUDAN PROJECT TEAM:

 

Lisa Marie Johnson – CEO/Founder, Executive Director  

Mission HOPE South Sudan Director

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Atem Garang Juowei - Managing Supervisor, Co-Founder

Mission HOPE South Sudan Building Construction Manager

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Omar Suber - Director

Mission HOPE South Sudan Director of Education & Media Production

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Mary Athou Dau
International Mission Coordinator

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Paul and Tammy Laut – IT Web Design and Support

Ethos Web Service / Catholic Website Design / Catholic Website Hosting

 

Rob Kessler - Military Outreach Director
Mission HOPE South Sudan Project Developer
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Lisa Benson – Consultant, Public Relations

Lisa Benson Consulting, LLC


Joel Arends – Attorney, Legal Services

Arends Law Firm

 

 

SOUTH SUDAN ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

Honorable Deng Dau Deng – Minister of Twic East County, South Sudan

Honorable Dau Akoi – Commissioner of Twic East County, South Sudan

Rt. Rev. Ezekiel Diing Ajang – Bishop of the Diocese of Twic East, Episcopal Church of Sudan

Mary Athou Dau - International Mission Coordinator

Abraham Deng Ajok – Primary School Teacher, Paliau Primary School

Peter Maboir Majok – Medical Assistant, Paliau Medical Center

Deng Maboir – Director of Security, Paliau Village

Achol Garang Juowei – Director of Hospitality

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Michelle Petrasko – Youth Volunteer Director

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Michelle is a Senior at O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD, and Mary's Project Youth Volunteer Director. 

 

ART SERIES: "The Lost Boys Of Sudan." Help us build the Ajuong Library Education Center and Sponsor an Education Program

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As Seen on CBS News:

"EYE On Keloland" News Feature 

 

 

 

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Thank you for your Mission HOPE South Sudan support! DONATE HERE FOR: Sponsor Education; Library Education Ctr. Building Project; Village Outreach.

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