Board of Directors
ACF’s US board members are committed to the mission of the organization and perform their duties because of their passion for the work and the locals in rural Morocco. They do not earn salaries and all of their travel to Morocco and expenses in Morocco are paid for personally. The US board runs the organization without a paid Executive Director. Therefore, all donations directly support the programming in Morocco and do not pay for western management salaries.
Susi Dokken, President
Mrs. Dokken has believed in the Atlas Cultural Foundation’s mission since learning about it in 2009, and has since worked closely on its vision and strategy. Susi was a pilot, domestic and international, for United Airlines for 17 years. Since her retirement, she has dedicated her life to aiding people throughout the world. Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include managing the day-to-day business of the organization, attending meetings of our board of directors, fundraising, and voting on board decisions. Mrs. Dokken receives no compensation of any kind.
Ann Justin, Vice President and Education Director
Mrs. Justin is the vice president and oversees our education initiative. Mrs. Justin has a B.A. in Fine Arts. She helps oversee our community education initiative. She grew up in Turkey, Colombia and Thailand with her father who was a pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health. Her career as an artist includes, making costumes for Broadway, “plein aire” pastel paintings, and photography. She also volunteers for an organization which collaborates with Bolivian women to design and craft knitwear for distribution in the U.S. She first went to Morocco in 2010 and now brings a group of artists each year who offer art workshops at our elementary school tutoring program. Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. Her additional duties involve meeting and special event planning and management. Mrs. Justin receives no compensation of any kind.
Cloe Medina Erickson, Founder and Treasurer
Mrs. Erickson is the organization’s founder and treasurer. She has a B.A. in Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Montana State University. She has extensive experience in community development and cultural preservation. Mrs. Erickson has lived in Morocco part-time for more than ten years, is a legal resident of Morocco, and speaks Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, and Berber. Mrs. Erickson oversees our initiatives on the ground in Morocco and has developed partnerships with the local tribes, authorities, and the Moroccan Ministry of Culture. Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include financial record keeping, accounting and reporting, attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. Mrs. Erickson receives no compensation of any kind, and performs her duties on an “as needed” basis.
Leigh Taggart, Public Health Director
Mrs. Taggart is the public health initiative director. She has a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Vermont, a B.S.N. in Nursing from Westminster College of Salt Lake City, and a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in International Health from the University of Montana. Mrs. Taggart has worked in critical care for over 20 years in the ICU and Emergency Department. She also works as the project leader in injury prevention for the State of Montana. For the past six years, she has been working in rural Uganda on a public health project that focuses on post-war recovery and empowerment for families and specifically women displaced by the war in Northern Uganda. Mrs. Taggart develops and directs our public health program and travels to Morocco each year to implement our annual community health awareness days. Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. Mrs. Taggart receives no compensation of any kind.