South Sudan Leadership Counsel
BISHOP PHILLIP A. CHOL, Jalle Diocese
Bishop Philip Akuok Chol serves as a faith leader with the Reformed Episcopal Church of South Sudan since 2004. Bishop Philip was born in Jalle Payam and is now primarily based in Bor town where he leads his current congregation. Bishop Philip was in Kakauma with the Lost Boys and Girls, including with Michael Kuany. Throughout his life, he has planted hope in the hearts of people who have suffered through continued struggle for independence and peace. He believes that planting faith and hope in people is the first steps toward bettering a country in crisis, but education is still needed. He hopes for a better education system in his country so a new generation of educated people could see life. That is why he works with Rebuild South Sudan as a civil society leader and uses his knowledge and experience to make a difference in the lives of young children.
Board of Advisors
JOHN BUL DAU, South Sudan and Lost Boys Advisor
John Bul Dau received his Associates Degree from Onondaga Community College in 2004 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs at Syracuse University in May 2011. He was featured in the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired of Us and co-authored his autobiography, God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir, along with Michael Sweeney. Most recently, he co-authored with his wife, Martha, a young adults book called Lost Boy, Lost Girl. He has founded three non-profit organizations and is a professional speaker. Between 2001 and 2006 John held multiple jobs including working as a server at McDonald’s, a factor inspector and a security officer at St. Joseph Hospital Health Center. He has received numerous awards including the 2007 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award. John speaks five languages and currently resides with his wife, Martha, and their two daughters and son in Syracuse, New York.
JILL KURTZ, Design Advisor
Jill is an green building consultant by trade, photographer by passion, and a traveler by heart. After working a year in India as a non-profit architect, she realized true sustainability is not a trendy gimmick but a strategy survival in the developing world. She has started her own sustainable buildings consulting firm in Berkeley, CA and is committed to linking projects and people in the west with the needs of the developing world. She has designed schools, hospitals, community shelters and orphan homes in India and Sudan as well provided green building consulting services for Cisco and Dropbox in the Silicon Valley.
Jill served on the board for six years (2010-2016) and now consults on an as needed basis with Rebuild South Sudan.
ZOE MULLERY, Organization Advisor
Zoe’s involvement with Sudan began when she accompanied Rebuild Sudan founder Michael Kuany there in 2007 and experienced firsthand both the cultural and spiritual treasure of Southern Sudan as well as the devastation wrought by the long war. Zoe has taught creative writing for twenty-three years, mostly in the context of prisons or residential drug rehab programs. In both settings she has witnessed the power of the written word to help develop minds and hearts—something she would love the children of Southern Sudan to have the opportunity to experience. Zoe currently teaches at San Quentin State Prison and lives in an intentional Christian community in San Francisco with her 14-year-old daughter.
TREY COOPER, Communications Advisor
Trey serves the organization with over a decade of experience in multi-media production, copy-writing and editing. After earning a diploma in a film direction and production from Vancouver Film School, Try went on to work in Broadcast Journalism in the Airforce. After serving in the Airforce for six years he obtained his B.A. in Emerging Media and Communications from The University of Texas. Trey grew up in Peru, and brings an important international perspective to this team. In his spare time he writes and spends time with his son.
The Sustainable Hope and Development Team on the Ground
SAMUEL KUAR KUOL, Program Officer
Samuel is a youth from Jalle and an expert on the needs of the community. He is a skilled administrator and communicator in our organization, whether it is pulling together a list in excel, coordinating staff for training, writing reports or photographing life in Jalle. Last year he traveled around to talk to the residents of the Jalle and find out about their experiences and immediate needs.
PAUL CHOL, Finance Officer
Paul is from Kolnyang. He is talented in the sciences, holing a B.Sc. in Math and Physics from Juba university and a B.A. in Economics from Makerere University. His professional background in Juba is in the banking industry.
JOYCE KEJJI, HR Intern
Joyce graduated from Uganda Christian University with a B.A. in Human Resource Management. In addition to her internship with us, she runs operations at Friendship Guest House in Juba. Joyce is serious when it comes to work, but her free time she can be found laughing often.
YUOT DUT AKECH, Contract Photographer and Videographer
Yuot is a youth from Jalle working to make a difference through visual arts. He does photography and videography when Rebuild South Sudan has an event on the ground. In his spare time he works on his own original film compositions on life in South Sudan. His goal is to promote peace through documentaries; his is especially interested in working on concerns of cattle raiding.
Volunteers & Interns
SUSAN ESSWEIN, Director of Education
Susan’s passion for education was ignited when she and her husband opened a private school in their home over 25 years ago. Since then, she’s had the privilege of teaching agriculture at a Bible Institute in Bolivia, South America, initiating after school programs in Bolivia, Arizona, and California, founding and teaching at home school co-ops in Arizona and California, leading youth service teams to Belize, Central America, and tutoring high school and college students n the Bay area in ESL and other subjects. Susan felt honored to help develop and share the student-centered curriculum during the 2015 Teacher Training in Bor, and looks forward to continue partnering with the resourceful and resilient South Sudanese educators.
MICHAELA WONG, Communications Website & Design Volunteer
Michaela Wong is a Communication Studies major at San Francisco State University. She was born in Wuhu, China as part of the one-child policy introduced in 1979. At five months old Michaela was adopted and moved to Los Angeles, California where she grew up to be intrigued with how she could help others. Michaela had the opportunity to serve as a Youth Ambassador in Nicaragua. It was here that she learned that in order to help others, we need not to impose views, but instead listen, be a partner and a resource in order to meet the needs of a community. She is now delighted to learn and be a resource for the South Sudanese people by working with Rebuild South Sudan.
JENNY PROSA, Finance Volunteer
Jenny Prosa is a detailed record keeper and professional administrator. Her background is in social work, which has not only given her a vision for social justice in the world, but also makes her an effective and compassionate communicator within the organizations she supports. She is passionate about photography, and is responsible for the art on our 2016 winter holiday cards. When she’s not taking pictures and organizing details, she’s probably cooking an immaculate dinner for her friends and family.
AMY FOOTE, Record Keeping Volunteer
Amy Foote is an opera singer and music teacher in San Francisco, where she received her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her attention to detail makes her an excellent technical musician and a fantastic record keeper for Rebuild South Sudan. Her predisposition toward social justice drives her to support and contribute to Deborah and Michael Kuany’s vision for education and peace in South Sudan. Amy is a proud member of the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society.
RENATA BROWNE, Executive Administrator
Renata Browne is an educator and aspiring social entrepreneur in San Francisco, where she has lived since 2008. She has been volunteering with Rebuild South Sudan since June 2014 and keeps many of the behind the scenes details in order. In 2015 she was an integral part of coordinating the Rebuild South Sudan Teacher Training. Her drive to see a healed world makes her passionate about education, economic sustainability, and peace in South Sudan. She works in the San Francisco Unified School district as a paraprofessional. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University.
WINDY TRAN, Research Volunteer
Windy Tran is a Humanities major at San Francisco State University. She is originally from Garden Grove, California but now a new resident of San Francisco. Windy has always has a passion for helping others in fact, various programs she has volunteered for taught her the value that education has, and the impact that it has on others. Rebuild South Sudan gives her the opportunity as a researcher to bring the South Sudanese community scholarships to further their education.
CAROLINE SCHULBERG, Communications Volunteer
Caroline Schulberg is a junior at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. Her vigor for social change, determination to spread peace, and desire for partnering with South Sudanese working for change motivates her to work with Rebuild South Sudan. As a sophomore, Caroline studied the crisis in South Sudan as her final project. As a result, she wants to draw the attention of her generation to the South Sudanese story through social media and blogging. In addition to supporting media communications for RSS and being a student, Caroline passionately writes her own lifestyle blog.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast
How To Get Rid Of Dandruff