Founder and President Shmuel (Samuel) Joseph Tamo was born in Little Rock, AR as a member of the diasporic Assyrian nation - an indigenous group originating over 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia. He double-majored to acquire his B.A. in International Studies - Diplomacy & Sociology with an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Minor from the University of Central Arkansas and Norbert O. Schedler Honors College. By 2014, Shmuel earned an MA Social Justice & Human Rights - NGO Management at Arizona State University. In the following seven years, Sam taught 6th grade world history and coached middle and upper school cross country in Little Rock, AR. 

His personal life experiences as a stateless indigenous person and his travels to indigenous sites throughout the Americas highlight his passion for indigenous culture and preservation.

Treasurer Oliver Sobik received his BA in economics from the University of Central Arkansas in 2010 followed by an MBA in 2012 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a result of his experience and reputable financial acumen he earned the title of Senior Executive Assistant to the President with Steven Landers Auto Group. 

Additionally, Oliver acquired his MAT from the University of Central Arkansas in 2016 followed by a BS in Business Administration with a focus on Accountancy from Auburn University in 2020.

Oliver immigrated to the United States from Germany in 2006 and has demonstrated a passion for multicultural exploration throughout his studies and, of course, in his personal life.

Header Image: Totora-built island and house along with pottery depicting a typical Uros home on Lago Titicaca.