Barbara is the director and founder of Iskashitaa Refugee Network. She is the drive and vision behind Iskashitaa's work and is always working to improve services for refugees.
Natalie previously served as Iskashitaa’s Community Liaison, strengthening existing bonds and creating new partnerships between Iskashitaa and community organizations. A U of A graduate with a degree in molecular and cellular biology, Natalie has been involved with HIV/AIDS education in the U.S., Tanzania, and Mexico. She was the Director of Education and Community Relations for Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), but stepped down in order to dedicate more time to working with Iskashitaa. As Iskashitaa's Development Director, she is looking forward to continuing to learn from the diverse refugee population in Tucson.
Kate Faschan arrived in Tucson in August 2012 as Master of Public Health candidate and a Peace Corps Fellow attending the University of Arizona. Kate served as an HIV/AIDS educator in Swaziland, Africa. There she worked with orphan and vulnerable children as well as under-privileged adults to provide health education as well as life and business skills to those struggling populations. Her service in Africa made her aware of the need for people to have a chance to develop themselves. She offered this opportunity to Swazi's by facilitating experiential education in fields such as agriculture and food preparation, language skills, arts and craft skills, nutrition, exercise, and personal empowerment. Kate was thrilled have found Iskashitaa because Iskashitaa's mission mirrors her Peace Corps efforts. She looks forward to continuing community development with Iskashitaa.
Grace received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. As an undergraduate she volunteered as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor in public schools, in addition to interning for political campaigns, a congressional district office, and state environmental protection agency. After graduating, Grace worked for Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, where she conducted environmental education, and as an ESL Instructional Assistant at a junior-senior high school. Grace is currently a graduate student in the University of Arizona's Teach Arizona Master of Education program, and an intern at Doolen Middle School. She is excited to build relationships within Iskashitaa and serve the Tucson refugee community.
Eric Hubbell - Harvest Support
Natanya Siegel - Farmer's Market Support
Paula Schlusberg - Crafting Support
Joanne Finch - Harvest Support
Jane Ruggill- Mentor
Sue Troutman- Photographer
Jo Anderson - Harvest Support
Alyssa Caraway - ESL Teacher
Rachel Wehr - ESL Teacher
Ken and Barbara Newman- Food Redistribution
Roy Debise- Food Workshops
Faeza Hillman- Cooking Demonstrator
Dayla Sarkees- Speaker's Bureau
Marie Bampamulolwa- Cooking Demonstrator
Priscilla Mendenhall- Special Events
Interns Spring 2013:
Laura Kurtzburg- Social Media Intern
Cathleen O'Brien - HCET ESL Intern
Sloan Sonksen - HCET Harvest Intern
Angela Wu - HCET Harvest Intern
Ty Trainer - Action-Based Education Curriculum Development Intern
Rossalynn Dauer- Office Clerk, Goodwill Intern
Danielle Macias - Office Clerk, Goodwill Intern