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Program Manager


Brittany Burns

Brittany Burns is serving with PROPEL as part of an Americorps VISTA year. She holds a Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Emory University, and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, where she specialized in positive youth development. Brittany is especially interested in the experiences of immigrant and refugee youth; she previously worked at Centro Astalli Sud, which runs an immigrant center just outside of Naples, Italy, and at Refugee Family Services in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Now living in Toledo, she splits her time between the administration of the PROPEL program and assisting with employment and anti-discrimination projects at ACCESS in Dearborn, where she eats way too much delicious Yemeni food.

President / Founder


Hussien Shousher

Hussien Shousher is the founder of PROPEL. Since 1998 he has been president of GEM Inc., headquartered in Walbridge, OH. He started his 30-year career in the construction industry as a project engineer for Texaco in Port Arthur, TX. Hussien has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Toledo and resides with his family in Sylvania, OH. He serves on the board of multiple community organizations, including the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Community Foundation, ACCESS-Detroit and the Center for Arab American Philanthropy. He is also a member of Vistage and the Peer Group-National Benchmarking Group.

Our Board


Judy Olive

Judy Olive is a dedicated middle school teacher, having served the Oregon (Ohio) City Schools for over 21 years. She has been employed as a Reading Specialist, 2nd and 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher at Jerusalem Elementary School and, for the last 12 years, as a 7th Grade Language Arts and Math Teacher at Fassett Middle School. She has also coached and judged gymnastics for the USGA and served as a volunteer for the Eastern YMCA’s gymnastics, aerobics and swimming programs. She graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education (cum laude) and a master’s in Elementary Education with a Math Major. She is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.