Peter Garang Deng, Founder/President
Peter Garang Deng's dream is to help orphans to fulfill theirs. Peter had been thinking of ways to help orphaned children before he learned how to write back in 1996. When Peter finally found himself in the land of opportunity (USA), he realized that the time was right. On January 25, 2010, he founded the New Sudan Jonglei Orphans Foundation (NSJOF) to raise funds and provide scholarships to orphaned children. He earned BS degree from Champlain College and MBA from Plymouth State University.
Robert W. Bloch, Board Chairman
Directing the BYOBiz Program at Champlain is arguably Robert’s third career. Upon graduating from Cornell University with a liberal arts degree, he tried to start a magazine business targeting college students. Although the venture failed, he was hooked on a business career. The experience helped him to “know what he didn’t know”, and he concluded that he needed to fill in a few blank spaces in his business education. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and embarked on a career in the corporate world focusing on marketing. His first job was assistant product manager for the Kool-Aid business at General Foods Corporation, now part of Kraft, Inc. That career culminated with a five year stint as the Chief Marketing Officer for Marriott’s worldwide hotel business. From there it was on to a series of entrepreneurial ventures, some very successful, some not so much. Robert first worked with Peter as a student in BYOBiz and remains a mentor and advisor. In Bloch's own words, "It is an honor to serve on Garang’s Board of Directors and to contribute in a small way to his success with this important social venture."
Mr. Scott Harris, Secretary
Scott Realized in the 2010 that something was missing in his life, what was missing was how he can help people that needed his help most. Within 2010 Peter, founder of NSJOJ invited him to join and help out with the founder. Scott was excited to join and help, now he serve as the secretary of the board with Scott Baker. Mr. Scott is currently purusing his bachelor degree at Burlington College. Mr. Scott love ski boarding and selling T-shirts. "I joined the New Sudan Jonglei Orphans Foundation to do something constructive with my life." Said Scott.
Scott H. Baker, Board Secretary
Scott H. Baker has researched in, and written on, political development issues in China, most of Europe, Nigeria, and Turkey. He has conducted first-hand research on democratization issues within the Commonwealth, European Union and NATO, and has studied the relationship between economic and political disenfranchisement and conflict in Northern Ireland for the UN University Institute for International Conflict Research (INCORE). Scott presently serves as an International Advisor for a Nigerian NGO, the Center for the Environment, Human Rights, and Development (CEHRD), where he also conducts research on political and economic development issues in Nigeria. He also co-founded and serves as a Board Member to Global Reach Partnerships, which is a non-profit dedicated to empowering resettled refuges in the Burlington, VT, area. Scott also serves on the Board of the New Sudan Jonglei Orphans Foundation (NSJOF), which provides private school education and boarding for orphans in southern Sudan. Driven by this interest in the utilization of conflict studies within economic and political development frameworks, he teaches International Business at Champlain College (US), where he also serves as Assistant Dean of the Division of Business. Scott also serves as Faculty Advisor for Champlain’s International Development Club, which raises funds for micro-lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Teal Forall Scott
Mr. Teal left his home in Vermont to train at a Japanese Buddhist monastery when he was 19. As a child, seeing people create such suffering in the world tore him apart. H wanted to face the problem directly, and upon learning that monasteries are built for that purpose, he began searching immediately. After visiting teachers for some time, H found a true Zen Master, Shodo Harada Roshi, with whom he was fortunate enough to train for four years, and under whom he was ordained. He also trained, and served as head monk, at Sariputta Boudh Vihar, an Ambedkar Buddhist monastery in southern India, where he worked for the rights of those born into the lower castes and helped to raise thirty boys with the understanding that we are all inconceivably valuable, regardless of family circumstances. He led peaceful protests and organized community efforts to overcome the injustice of the caste system. He further trained at Hemis Gompa, a Kagyud Tibetan monastery in the far north of India, and Xue Feng Si, an ancient Ch'an monastery in eastern China. Since returning to the US, he have had the honor of participating in several Native American ceremonies, including the Sun Dance and a cycle of vision quests. He taught mindfulness techniques at King St Center to a group of inspired, and inspiring teenagers. He is the founder of The Center for Mindful Learning. In 2010 he was honored to join the board of NSJOF which he described the opportunity as follow. "It is a blessing for me to have the chance to work with Peter on this excellent project to bring education to children with the greatest need."
Mr. David Leo-Nyquist, Board Member
David Leo-Nyquist has spent the past 33 years as an educator, working as a middle-school and high school teacher, a college-based, teacher-educator, and a school change coach. He has a PhD from the University of North Dakota and lives in Shelburne, Vermont.