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Our Team


The Deng Ater foundation is a publicly registered, US based 501c3 non-profit organization that is registered as an indigenous Non Governmental Organization with the Government of Southern Sudan and the South Sudan Relief & Rehabilitation Commission.

Our mission is to provide the opportunity of an education to disadvantaged children by building sustainable primary and secondary schools throughout southern Sudan.

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

U.S. Staff


Abraham Deng Ater
Founder & President - 520.891.9802

Born in Werbuot Village in the Upper Nile River Valley of southern Sudan, Abraham emigrated to the United States in the spring of 2001 from Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and was resettled in the Tucson Arizona area. In May of 2004 he received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Pima Community College and in May of 2006 he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Science and Physiology from the University of Arizona. Upon his graduation in May of 2006 he was awarded the Physiology department's Wildcat Award for having the persistence to succeed in the face of great adversity and in December of 2006 Abraham proudly became a US citizen. In May of 2007 he returned to southern Sudan where he was reunited with the surviving members of his family for the first time in over 20 years. And in January of 2008 he founded the Deng Ater Foundation - Lost boys Schools for Sudan; to build schools throughout southern Sudan, and registered the Foundation an indigenous Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with the South Sudan Relief & Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) and the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) in January of 2009. In May of 2010, Abraham received his Masters Degree from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and he did this all while working a part time job and building the Foundations team as well.


Donald Ray Dains
Co-Founder & Vice President - 520.401.4847

Born and raised in Tucson Arizona, Donald has called Tucson home his entire life. He met Abraham in the Fall of 2002 while attending the University of Arizona, where he later graduated in May of 2004 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, Media Art, Film & Television Production. In May of 2007 he traveled with Abraham to southern Sudan to be a part of his reunion and had a desire to understand some of the current challenges facing the Sudanese people today. After experiencing the great need first hand, they decided to take the necessary steps to create a public non-profit 501c3 organization that would fund an educational process and in January of 2008 together they founded the Deng Ater Foundation - Lost Boys Schools for Sudan, and registered the Foundation an indigenous Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with the South Sudan Relief & Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) and the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) in January of 2009. Donald has traveled extensively around the world and has worked in various fields, most recently, construction project management. His varied work history brings with it a wealth of real world experience and knowledge that lends itself well to the efforts of the Foundation. Donald is currently working as a Freelance Producer for Film & TV and part time on building the Foundations team.


Diane Marie Dains
Co-Founder & Secretary / Treasurer - 520.401.5816

Born and raised in the Bronx New York, Diane has called Tucson her home for 24 years now. She met Abraham in the Fall of 2002 while attending the University of Arizona, where she later graduated in May of 2004 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, Media Art, Film & Television Production. Diane is both a Co-Founder and Secretary of the Foundation and has worked tirelessly to support it's efforts. Diane currently works full time in Real Estate and part time with Abraham and her husband to build the Foundations team.


Andrea Gardner
Community Liaison

Originally from Oklahoma, Andrea moved to Tucson and began volunteering with the Deng Ater Foundation in the summer of 2010 after returning from U.S. Peace Corps service in the Republic of Azerbaijan. She has bachelor’s degrees in International Business and German and a master’s degree in Government. An avid traveler, she has visited 20 foreign countries and, including Azerbaijan, has lived in 3 of them. Andrea considers herself fortunate to have gained professional experience in a variety of areas but feels specifically called to work with disadvantaged people around the world. She currently works with refugees at a non-profit organization in Tucson and serves as the Community Liaison for the Deng Ater Foundation.


Holly Page
Director of Healthcare Education - 209.601.9967

Holly met Abraham in the fall of 2008 as a graduate student while attending the University of Arizona, College of Public Health. Born and raised in California, Holly graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May of 2007 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Health and in December of 2008 with a Masters in Public Health. Holly developed the Foundations first Health Education Initiative and plans to travel to southern Sudan in the near future to help further the Foundations efforts within the townships of Duk County in the state of Jonglei. Holly has traveled to Ghana, Africa where she spent a month working in a local clinic and teaching science classes at a primary school. She looks forward to helping the Deng Ater Foundation grow and being a part of the Foundation’s team.


Rachel Kranch
Director of Community Development - 520.870.0923

Rachel met Abraham in a Masters of Public Health class while attending the University of Arizona's Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and joined the Deng Ater Foundation in the fall of 2007 shortly thereafter. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English from the College of Wooster in 2004 Rachel worked with the Peace Corps for two years in Togo, West Africa as a Community Health & AIDS Prevention Volunteer and in 2009 she graduated from the University of Arizona with her Masters degree in Public Health. As Director of Community Development, Rachel will work to establish and promote community development projects and income-generating activities in townships throughout Duk County, within the state of Jonglei, in Southern Sudan.


Myles Stone
Community Project Engineer - 520.289.0237

Myles joined the Deng Ater foundation in 2008, after spending several years in the construction and engineering fields. He has experience with solar electricity, low-impact construction, water purification and off-grid plumbing systems. He is working with the foundation to develop economical, sustainable and practical structures and utility systems. He has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently a medical student at the University of Arizona.

 

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