Said Hassan: Director/President: Coordinator of employment and skills development program.
I am a survivor and byproduct of War, Poverty and Xenophobia. The civil war which took place in my country of birth in Somalia in the 1990s was a turning point in my life. As a young boy I could vividly remember the gross human rights violations committed during that time, and the huge price paid particularly by women and children as they played the weakest link.
I finished my elementary and high school education in a refugee camp. I was one of the few lucky children who attended and finished their education under such precarious living conditions.
I have obtained graduate degrees in Communication Studies and International Development from the University of South Africa, and the University of Western Cape, both in South Africa. I have many years of working experience with the refugee populations here in the USA and in Africa. At present I am a paraprofessional staff at the Green Bay Area School District and works at Preble High School. I am the co-founder and president of COMSA.
Mahamed Rage, Mahamed: Director/Vice-president: Coordinator of Community integration and Family and individual emergency needs.
I grew up being displaced and a refugee. My life journey of being displaced started at the age of 7 years when the civil war broke out in his country of birth Somalia. In the next two decades, I have experienced many adversities including surviving ethnic cleansing war, starvation/famine, deadly plague and diseases and walked a long distance to get to a safer place.
Despite these adverse circumstances, I have gained grit! and achieved higher education qualifications. I have Masters Degrees in development management and Commerce both from Germany and South Africa. My life experiences have motivated me to become a lifelong community worker. As an educator and community worker, I have extensive experience in working with refugees and immigrant populations. I am the co-founder and vice-president of COMSA. Currently I am an ESL teacher at the Howard-Suamico School District.
Katie Rose: Director/Secretary and Coordinator of Women Empowerment program.
I am a Senior in the Social Work Department minoring in Political Science at UWGB. It is such an honor to be part of the COMSA team, and a privilege to get the chance to serve the Somali families here in Green Bay. As a future social worker, my passion lies with the pursuit of social justice, equality, and empowerment, especially for women and children! My focus on families has led to me volunteer work within Aldo Leopold Community School, World Relief International, Kenya Help, and Freedom House. I am excited to be of service to COMSA, and look forward to working for the Somali community. I am a Board Member and the secretary of COMSA.
Sheikh Hassan: Director/Treasurer Coordinator of youth empowerment program
I am the Imam(priest) of the Mosque in Green Bay. As a religious leader, I have practical experience in community work and development. I have worked with many community based Non-Governmental Organizations (NGos) here in the United States and in Africa, Kenya . I have a heart for children’s education and youth development. I am a Board Member and the treasurer of COMSA.
I am thrilled to be a part of COMSA on their Women Empowerment committee and also as COMSA’s representative on the Brown County Somali Health Coalition. Meeting new people and learning about other cultures has long been one of my interests. I was fortunate to study abroad in college and meet people from many parts of the world as a student at Luther College. In recent years the refugee crisis led me to learn as much as possible about refugees and speak to others about the importance of welcoming immigrants and refugees into our communities and homes. I am a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Green Bay, along with my husband Erik, and three daughters. Caring for refugees has been a strong calling in my faith and I am grateful and excited to have this opportunity to serve the Somali community of Brown County. When I am not busy as the ‘CEO’ of my home, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee with friends, camping, singing at my church, and photography.
Said Ahmed is the coordinator of legal and immigration services and interpretation and translation services.
Coordinator of Women Empowerment program.
Currently I am a student at St. Norbert college, in De Pere, Wisconsin specializing in the medical field. I knew that I wanted to become a doctor from the day when I first volunteered with the United Nations twice at the age of 12 and 13. In addition, I have a nursing Assistant degree from Bellin College and I am qualified as a Medicine Passer. Besides from working hard towards my education, I am a passionate community worker and activist with extensive community experience. To mention a few of the many places that I have volunteered in the past four years include American Red Cross, Lambeau Field, The Green Bay Mosque and Suamico District Board. I am excited to work with COMSA and make a positive impact in our community.