Ann Allen

Ann Allen, Board President
Faculty, Lemoyne College

An educator and former editor, Ann Callaghan Allen currently teaches public relations and advertising in the Communication and Film Studies Department at Le Moyne College. Her 15-year career in higher education also includes teaching and advising at the State University of New York colleges at Morrisville and Oswego. Before entering the field of higher education, Ann spent 15 years as a reporter and editor in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area. She joined the Board of Directors for Hope for Ariang at its founding and currently serves as board president. In addition, Ann has provided public relations and marketing services as a volunteer and as a board member for a number of local non-profits in the Central New York area.

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Diane Zigo

Diane Zigo, CSJ, Ph.D. is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Albany NY Province. She is currently an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and serves as the Associate Chair of the Education Department at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY.  She has been an educator for over 30 years, first in middle and secondary schools in Upstate NY, and then as a teacher educator in higher education for the past 13 years.  In addition to her professional teaching assignments, she has worked in a variety of other educational programs in Appalachia; Nogales, AZ; urban Albany; and the Albany County Jail and Penitentiary.  Her primary ministry has been English and literacy education, with a particular focus on accessible education for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and diverse cultural experiences.  She is currently chair of the Hope for Ariang Board’s Education Subcommittee, charged with working towards sustainability of Ariang Primary School and assisting in the development of curricular and instructional tools.  In addition to service on the Hope for Ariang Board, Diane is a member of the Board of Trustees of The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, where she serves on the Educational Programs and the Mission and Values committees.

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Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis has been a Decorative Artist since 1993. Throughout her career Cynthia has given back to the community through volunteerism in local organizations such as Operation Hope and Habitat for Humanity and is a contributor to Bridgeport’s Lighthouse After School Program and many Autism organizations. She has served as a board member for the Trumbull Academic Challenge for Excellence, an organization that supports the academic and social Justice clubs at Trumbull Schools. Cynthia is currently a board member of Hope for Ariang, an organization founded by one of the Lost Boys of Sudan with a mission of bringing primary education to war victims in South Sudan. She founded the program “Interns of Hope” to lead high school students in fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns for this cause and other human rights issues. She is currently a Carl WiIken’s Fellow (class of 2011) with Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition in Washington, DC.  She is the founder of The Sudan Canvas Project, an effort to raise funds for microtrade finance for the education of women in Ariang village through involvement of the art community.

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Philip Bousquet

Philip S. Bousquet, Esq.

Member, Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC

Phil is a member of the firm and serves on its Board of Managers.  In addition to handling a broad range of business matters, his practice concentrates in the areas of economic development, tax planning and advocacy, and mergers and acquisitions of closely held businesses.  Phil advises clients regarding the structure, formation, and financing of business entities, and has worked extensively with Brownfield tax credits and other tax incentives for economic development.

Prior to attending law school, Phil developed and taught youth programs for the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse City School District, and a local youth service agency. He has served several boards and committees including serving as Board President of the former Metropolitan School for the Arts. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees as Secretary of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) and on the Board of Directors of HOPE for Sudan Foundation, Inc., and is on the finance committee of both organizations.

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Barron Boyd

J. Barron Boyd is currently serving as Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at Le Moyne College on leave from his position as Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Global Studies.  He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rhodes College with a BA (Hon.) in International Studies and received his MA and PhD from the University of South Carolina in Government and International Studies.

At Le Moyne College he teaches courses on South African politics, international human rights, US foreign policy, and international politics. He has also taught in the graduate program of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.  Boyd’s research interests include South and southern Africa, and he has written about the international politics of the region and, most recently, the process of constitutional development in post-apartheid South Africa.

Dr. Boyd has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships—one to study Political Mythology at Yale and another at SUNY-Buffalo on International Human Rights. In addition, he was a member of the Yale University Southern African Research Program, and in 1994 was an international observer for the first post-apartheid election in South Africa.  In 2001, he led the team that wrote a successful Department of Education Title VI grant to enhance global education and language study at Le Moyne by creating a Center for Peace and Global Studies.  In 2006 he wrote a second successful US Department of Education Title VI grant titled “Globalizing the Le Moyne College Core Curriculum.”

In 2004 Boyd planned and wrote a Fulbright-Hayes Group Study grant which took 14 social studies teachers from Central New York on a five week study tour of South Africa.

Formerly a two-term chair of the International Studies Association’s International Education Section, Boyd served four years on that Association’s Governing Council. He is also the Chairperson of the National Committee of International Studies Program Administrators and is a consultant with the US Department of Education.

In addition to being on the Hope for Ariang Board, he is a member of the Central New York Fulbright Association Board or Directors.

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Mary Lu Moriarty

Mary Lu Moriarty, SPHR, has been teaching at SUNY Jefferson for ten years in the Business Division, where she has taught Human Resources and Principles of Management, as well as coordinating the business internship program.  She has served on numerous committees at Jefferson, including the planning committee for the Mayor’s Ball, which is the major fund-raising event of the Jefferson Foundation.  She is currently serving as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was recently chosen to receive its Distinguished Service Award.  She previously held the office of vice president of the North Country Human Resources Association and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources who has taught a certification preparation course for other Human Resources professionals for several years.  Mary Lu has been involved with Hope for Ariang for several years, and co-chaired the Re-Building Hope committee for the Syracuse film premiere.   In addition to her work with the Hope for Ariang Foundation, she has also served for approximately twelve years on the Executive Advisory Board of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, working to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation.

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Radio interview with Doris Smith

WHUS, Storrs, CT
Radio interview with Doris Smith

Gabriel being interviewed on the radio

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Gabriel Speaks at the Samara Lectures

Samara Lectures
THE Power of HOPE: A Lost Boy Helps Rebuild Sudan

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David Morse discusses Gabriel Bol Deng and HOPE for Ariang

David Morse, author, activist and journalist, discusses Gabriel Bol Deng and HOPE for Ariang on his website. Read >>

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Dr Boyd on Bridge Street


Dr Barron Boyd speaks about HOPE on the news

Central New York’s local Bridge Street talked with board member, Dr. Barron Boyd, about the school’s progress and the food shortage crisis. more >>

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