Toni first assisted BILD's Bosnia projects in 2001 when she was living in Tuzla with her husband John, a Fulbright scholar at Tuzla University. Toni helped create a fundraising request resulting in $135,000 from the World Bank for BILD's development project Nova Inicijativa. In 2009, Toni was a teacher at the Tuzla-Doboj Summer Institutes. Toni continues to contribute to Bosnia projects as Secretary/Treasurer of SEEDS, BILD's international sponsor based in Ithaca, NY, USA.
Muhidin Lelić is originally from Tuzla with 14 years experience teaching engineering and computer science courses at Tuzla University. Muhidin is now the New Product Development Manager at United Technologies Corporation in Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA. Muhidin has consulted BILD's education projects since 2001. In 2008, Muhidin became a member of SEEDS' Evaluation and Oversight Committee.
In 2003, COL Ronald Lee Cobb (ret.) was the Command Chaplain of the 13th rotation of US peacekeepers based in Tuzla, Bosnia. During his deployment, he met BILD's staff and contributed to BILD's projects especially practical projects bringing people of different faiths together. Ron and his wife Kathleen are regular contributors to BILD's projects and were guests at BILD's staff member Emina Jašarević's wedding in 2007. Ron continues his service to Bosnia as a SEEDS Board member.
As an ESW volunteer (Engineers for a Sustainable World) from Cornell University, Doug spent the summer of 2003 in Tuzla contributing to BILD education projects by teaching information technology skills to high school and university students. Doug made a return trip to Bosnia in 2004 as part of BILD's ongoing relationship building with Cornell University. Since January of 2006, Doug has continued his service to Bosnia as President of SEEDS.
Emina began her career with BILD as a volunteer in BILD's community service projects in 2003. By 2005, Emina became BILD's program coordinator responsible for all aspects of BILD's operations. Emina now lives in Germany with her husband Dragan and contributes to BILD projects via the internet. Each year, Emina and Dragan make a goodwill tour to the Divic women's association and the Nova Kasaba elementary school.
In 2003, Osman helped establish the first self-sustaining computer center ever started with BILD-funded equipment. Osman created the software, the system administration, and created a culture of transparency and accountability at STARnet. Osman has consulted BILD on every information technology initiative since 2003, and even now from his office in the Middle East, Osman advises BILD, for example, helping BILD establish a computer center at the Tuzla Association for the Hearing Impaired in 2008.
In the fall of 2003, David Vest, during a two year residency in Tuzla, volunteered to teach the computer classes started by Doug Mitarotonda. Also, David created software to support BILD's projects and web-based software available for local non-profit organizations. In 2008, David opened a Bosnian office for his UK-based software company Mythicsoft at the Tuzla business center BIT. David was a teacher at the 2009 inaugural session of the Tuzla Summer Institute.
LTC Rick Ebb was the Deputy Command Chaplain of the 15th rotation of US peacekeepers based in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 2005. During his deployment, he continued BILD's interfaith initiatives and became an avid contributor to BILD programs. Rick looks forward to returning to Bosnia one day as a civilian volunteer, currently serves on SEEDS' Evaluation and Oversight Committee, and helps raise private donations for BILD's projects.
Sebastian Huber is both an educator and a business leader in the areas of information technology and business management. Sebastian is Management Projects Assistant to the Executive Board at Montblanc International GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. Sebastian first visited Tuzla representing Intersystems in 2005. He returned for Emina Jašarević's wedding in 2007, taught business courses at the Tuzla Summer Institute (TSI) in 2009 and 2010 and is now TSI's European representative.
In 2007, Amel Dervišević became the manager of the computer center STARnet. Amel and volunteers from STARnet have been instrumental in helping BILD's projects, for example, providing all the technical assistance for the new computer center at the Tuzla Deaf Association in the summer of 2008. In addition to contributing to BILD's information technology projects and Nova Inicijativa, Amel assists BILD's lead staff person Ivana Knežević on a wide range of projects.