As a young boy of 9 years in 1987, he got separated from his family in the region of Bhar el Gazel of what is now the world’s newest state, the South Sudan, a country separated out of what once was the Sudan, the then largest African country.
Awak Kondok Malith left his village to escape the civil war raging on inside the Sudan beginning in 1983.After spending time in Ethiopia, Awak was displaced once more, reaching the Sudan in May, 1991, fording flooded rivers, traveling across vast wilderness and through deep forests full of wild animals and passing among war affected communities across the Eastern part of South Sudan.
Awak finally made it to Kenya in June, 1992, where he enrolled in School. In 2002, he was allowed to get to the United States with the aim to continue his studies and live a life away from the constant troubles in the Sudan. Mr. Awak was accepted into the University of Rochester where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics two years later.
Awak finally went back to the Sudan in March, 2010, and was moved by the suffering he saw there despite the end of the civil war and the independence of South Sudan. Mr. Awak is now working hard to try to help in rebuilding the South Sudan after too much war and human suffering.
Mr. Awak Kondok Malith, who graduated from the University of Rochester’s Simon School with a Master’s degree in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management in May, 2011, is the founder and president of the Rochester, NY, based non-profit, New Sudan Aid, Inc.
Carolyn T. Bryson, Board Member
Mrs. Bryson brings eight years of experience as an active Board of Director member with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) in Albany, New York. As a career, professional mediator in private practice, she is also Executive Director of ACCORD Mediation Services with offices in Rochester, Canandaigua and Saranac Lake, New York.
Also a business coach for new entrepreneurs, she is President of ADDENDA Solutions, a career coach and business consultant for small business owners, start-up businesses, non-profits, and professionals who want to grow.
Prior to making her own career change 16 years ago, Carolyn held various mid-high level management positions for a bank and other financial institutions.
Linda Buczek, Board Member, Treasurer
Linda Buczek worked at the Eastman Kodak for 26 years, 5 years of those in finance and 15 years in corporate accounting. Received Bachelors in Accounting from St. John Fisher College in 1999. Passed the New York State CPA exam in 2001. Started at Conlon & Company part time in 2009 to get the public accounting experience required for CPA license. Started full time at Conlon & Company in 2012 and am currently finishing up CPA work experience. Public accounting experience includes corporations, partnerships, and not-for-profit businesses.
Lynn Doescher, Board Member, Secretary
Lynnbrings eight years of experience as an active Board of Director member with non-profit institutions including the Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Mercy Outreach Center, Webster Youth Hockey, and Monroe County Junior Varsity Hockey. As the Executive Assistant to Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester, Lynn is responsible for the administrative support of this office on a daily basis.
Aside from current Board responsibilities, Lynn serves as a leader/side-walker at Heritage Christian Stables for the developmentally disabled, assists at events for A Horse’s Friend, manager of the 2011/12 Webster Thomas Junior Varsity Hockey team, as well as past volunteer responsibilities for Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, Meals on Wheels, Rochester Children’s Theatre and two fundraising marathons for the Joints in Motion Team (Arthritis Foundation).