Awad Abdelgadir, President and Chairperson
Awad A. Abdelgadir grew up in Zawrat village in Northern Province, Sudan. He is the son of Mother Maryam and dedicates projects to his mother’s memory and to all mothers. He runs Nile Valley Herbs, Inc., which produces and markets hibiscus tea and supports humanitarian activity. He taught at The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University and is now retired. He is a member of South Austin Rotary Club.
Keith G. Smith, Vice Chairperson and Board Member
Prior to the formation of Mother Maryam Foundation, Keith Smith assisted in securing grants and raising money for the water project in the village. He is Past President of both South Austin Rotary Club and Austin-Westlake Rotary Club, and past Treasurer and Trustee of The Girls School of Austin. He is Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Prosperity Bank, and lives in Westlake Hills with his wife and two children.
Steven R. Hake, Treasurer and Board Member
Steven R. Hake is an attorney engaged in the practice of business law in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is admitted to the Bars of Massachusetts, Washington, and Texas and has been in private practice since 1978. Steve is a member of the Rotary Club of Austin and has established close ties with Rotarians in Africa, Australia, and Mexico. After working many years to assist projects in the village, he and his wife visited Az-Zawrat and attended a welcoming celebration at the Kolomiseed Health Clinic.
Linda Boxberger, Secretary and Board Member
Linda Boxberger is a researcher and consultant specialized in Southern Arabia and Sudan. She has a Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a past Secretary of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and was for many years a member of its Board of Directors. She has documented village life in northern Sudan and the various development projects supported by the Mother Maryam Foundation and its directors since 1988.
Kyle Overby, Board Member
Kyle Overby was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He earned a Master in Global Policy Studies with a focus in International Development from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on development projects in Latin America, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. He has made trips to Az Zawrat, Sudan with the Mother Maryam Foundation. He currently lives in Barcelona, where he runs an American high school called AESA Prep International.
Leah Goetzel, Board Member
Leah Goetzel is a student at University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with the Mother Maryam Foundation since third grade, primarily by organizing school supply drives, and raising money to build a middle school. Leah has also raised money for the foundation through connections with the Rotary Club in Marburg, Germany.