Karim Koumbassa has been a part of the Guinea Kids Education Fund from its inception in 2007, and he helped to found the organization. His roles with GKEF include Guinea Communications and Liason, Cultural Consultant and Advisor, and Executive Director of Program Management in Guinea. His commitment and dedication to GKHEF go beyond all calls of duty. These children are his family, neighbors, and community in Guinea.
Drummer, dancer, choreographer, director, and instrument maker from Guinea, West Africa, Karim has worked extensively with some of the best and most renowned artists from his country. His immense love and appreciation for African culture drive Karim to be a fantastic teacher and performer.
Chisula Koumbassa is a healthcare professional by training with an emphasis on public health, community health, and education. Chi is a new member of Guinea Kids after marrying Karim in 2018. Her primary goal has been to make Guinea Kids officially a nonprofit organization recognized by the State of Washington and establish the much needed 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. For Mrs. Koumbassa, expanding her husband’s original dream of educating Guinea Kids to incorporate healthcare needs and education will be a legacy worth building.
Vicky Sattler, RN, Ph.D., has a background in emergency nursing, community health, and global health. She is a staff nurse in the emergency department at a level 2 trauma center and an instructor at WSU College of Nursing. She has taught community health clinics, physical assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and environmental health. Her international experience includes developing international immersion courses for nursing students, organizing medical mission trips for health professionals, and partnering with foreign institutions of higher education for research and educational purposes.
In 2019, Vicky had the privilege of joining Guinea Kids after meeting Chi at WSU. Guinea Kids is an organization that strengthens communities through improved health and education, which resonated with Vicky.