Apollo Karara, M.S.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Apollo came to Maine over 10 years ago from Rwanda, where he was Mayor of a large district (3 x the population of Portland) that suffered greatly from the genocide. He was forced to leave Rwanda after he was recognized internationally for his work leading reconciliation on a district-by-district level, thus bypassing funding for the national government.
In 2011, Apollo met Co-Founder, Stefanie Trice Gill, MBA, soon after publishing his Masters Thesis in community development, entitled: English Proficiency for Economic Reliance for Immigrants in Portland, Maine.
Together, Apollo and Stefanie launched MANA in 2012, and with it, efforts to improve the social and integration of foreign-trained professionals in Maine.
After moving to Texas in 2015, Apollo has since returned to Maine where, in 2018 he re-joined the board and his colleague, Stefanie, left the board to lead IntWork, a recruitment agency that focuses on matching Maine companies with foreign-trained STEM professionals.