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Marisa Stam Executive Director marisa@selamtafamilyproject.org

Marisa stepped in to lead Selamta in 2014. She has been a part of the Selamta family since 2008 when she visited for the first time and fell in love with our families. Marisa served as a board member for two years prior to joining the staff. Marisa’s leadership experience was developed through her years in corporate retail management at Target Corp and Starbucks Coffee and in organizational development as Outreach and Development Director at Curtis Lake Church in Maine. Marisa and her family – husband, Aaron and kids, Lucas and Lily – now live in south-central Florida and love new adventures.





Abel Solomon Ethiopian Director abel@selamtafamilyproject.org

Abel joined Selamta in 2007 and in 2008 he became Selamta’s Ethiopian Director. Abel oversees all operations in Ethiopia and manages relations between Selamta and the Ethiopian government. Abel recently earned a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Addis Ababa University. When Abel first learned about Selamta through a friend he became a volunteer because he was motivated to help children in need. Abel says, “Working at Selamta brings joy to my soul.” His joy flows out and into the lives of our families and staff.





Dureti Dede Assistant Director and Psychologist

Dureti works with our moms and children to ensure their psychosocial wellbeing. She also leads a team of Selamta staff who are integral in the holistic care of our families and individuals.





Yonas Geleta Finance, Facilities & Technology Manager

Yonas recently joined the Selamta family. He is a seasoned financial professional and comes to Selamta with a wealth of experience and a desire to engage in work that matters.





Zelalem Hailu Education & Enrichment Manager

Zelalem oversees all school-related and after-school activities for our kids. Knowing the struggles, gifts and talents of each of our students, Zelalem provide opportunities and enrichment for our youth to grow and thrive.







Estegenet Mulugeta Psychologist

Etsegent works one-on-one with our Forever Families to see that they have the psychosocial resources they need to to be healthy and whole. She also provides resources and counseling to our Outreach Families so that everyone we serve can enjoy a very bright future.





Lensa Tefese Staff Nurse

Lensa operates our Selamta clinic open 4 days a week to serve the immediate needs of our families. Lensa also works with our families to facilitate health and hygiene education for the overall wellness of our Selamta Family. She’s tough on germs!





Eskedar Sisay Wendimneh Head Mother

Eskedar works directly with our Selamta Moms to navigate through the ups and downs of raising incredible children to become engaged young adults and productive Ethiopian citizens. Her love and grace shines through her interactions with our families.