The MAPSJ board of directors work with the South Sudanese community in Portland, Maine, high school guidance counselors at Portland High School, administrative staff at Southern Maine Community College, and interested community organizations and individuals who are committed to Progress through Education. Overseas, our board members work in both South Sudan and Uganda.
President and Medical Director
Dr. Charles Radis (with previous James Angelo Scholars, Pacifique Jabiro and Ater Ater)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Radis is the co-founder of MAPSJ and has a long-term commitment to sustainable Public Health educational projects both in Maine and in Africa
South Sudan Coordinator MAPSJ
Robert Ambrose Owot is the coordinator for MAPSJ in the Kiryandongo United Nations refugee settlement in northern Uganda. He is the chairperson and founder of a sister non-profit of the Maine-African Partnership for Social Justice in Uganda, The Partnership for Community Organization, which seeks to improve refugees lives through education, vocational training, and peace-building.
Daniel Crothers (with daughter Fiona)
Co-founder of MAPSJ and third year Ross Medical school student, student doctor Crothers traveled to South Sudan in 2012 and assisted in the training of 16 traditional birth attendants through an innovative program developed through the Massachusetts General Hospital. A year later, he helped coordinate a First-Aid training program for 50 villagers in the Kit River Region.
Margaret Allo is the health coordinator and secretary for the Partnership for Community Organization, a sister organization of MAPSJ in the United Nations Karyandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Sandra K Radis, a retired clinical social worker and co-founder of MAPSJ, is the treasurer and secretary of MAPSJ and student liaison for the James Angelo Scholarship for Social Justice.
Benson Komakech is the education coordinator and computer trainer for the Partnership for Community Development, a sister organization of MAPSJ in the Kiryandongo United Nations Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
James Angelo Scholarship for Social Justice coordinator
Chomba Kaluba, a graduate from Bates College, coordinates services and follow-up with James Angelo Scholarship scholars at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine
Jackline LaJara is the vocational coordinator for the Partnership for Community Development, a sister organization of MAPSJ in the United Nations Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. She has recently formed a women’s entrepreneur group that is selling their products—body gel, candles, table place settings–in the refugee settlement.
REFERENCES 1. Rajesh Kumar Rai, Ally Ahmed Ramadhan, Theodore Herzl Tulchinsky. “Prioritizing Maternal and Child Health in Independent South Sudan” Maternal and Child Health Journal August 2012, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 1139-1142