Meet the Team

"My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together. "

- Desmond Tutu

Maria Russo Photo

Maria Russo

Exec Director/Co-Founder

David Abimana

Project Officer

Rodrigue Shyaka


sydney robles

Sydney Robles

Programming + Comms Intern





Anthony Russo, Board Chair 

Anthony is the co-founder of Humanity Unified and a photographer, web designer and humanitarian. When he’s not out shooting in the streets of NYC or Philly, he’s likely hanging with Maria and their chihuahua, Dolce. You can find his work on The Culture-ist and on Instagram: @lifedezigned @thecultureist


Camille Yameen

Camille Yameen

Camille Yameen is a Marketing and Communications professional whose portfolio is full of diverse communications experience from all around the world. She began her career in Las Vegas working for a prestigious Public Relations agency after obtaining her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Bradley University. After a few years, she traded her office space for open countryside and joined the Peace Corps where she served in rural Madagascar as a Community Health Advisor. She is a professional speaker and travels the country presenting to tens of thousands of high school students about leadership, small acts of service, and fostering true, meaningful friendships. She currently resides in Peoria, Illinois and is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Center for Prevention of Abuse, a not-for-profit that provides free and confidential services to survivors of abuse in Central Illinois. She is passionate about blending her worldly experiences with her passion for development.


Dr. Deb Courtney

Deb Courtney, PhD, LCSW, MA is a professor at CUNY, The City University of New York (New York City College of Technology) in the Health and Human Service Department. Her research and clinical specialties include trauma treatment, spirituality and wellness, and global service. She also is the creator of the internationally sold therapeutic tool, The EMDR Journey Game, which helps make EMDR, an evidence based trauma treatment, more accessible to young clients during their healing process. Deb is Co-Owner of Pine Grove Country Day School, where her siblings and she take pride in creating an environment where children are educated and nurtured to foster their confidence and love of learning. 


Ayda Rezaimalek

Ayda comes from a professional background in business management and healthcare administration. She received a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Northern Arizona University. Ayda is passionate about organizations that support women's and children's health, education, and entrepreneurship in developing countries. Her personal mission is to combine philanthropy, travel, and culture in ways that make this world a happier place to live. She is currently a Program Manager for a nonprofit hospital (Henry Mayo Newhall), spearheading a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring hyperbaric technology to the wound care department. Working closely with the TranTien Foundation, she has traveled to Hue, Vietnam educating local physicians on wound care techniques and shadowing surgeons during an annual mission. Ayda is also a world traveler, backcountry enthusiast, sister, wife, and a soon-to-be mommy.



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