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APP Staff

Rachel Gresk, Director of the Academic Preparatory Program

Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (In progress)
M.A. American University
B.A. St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Rachel Laribee Gresk joined APP in the Fall 2009 as a teacher in the Level 1 pilot program. She has previously served as deputy director of APP and assumed the position of director in September 2013. She is a 2009 graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in international development; she has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from St. Mary’s College in Maryland.  Rachel is currently earning a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Zimkitha Mpatheni, Deputy Director of APP

M.A. Portsmouth University
B.A. Stellenbosch University


Zimkitha Mpatheni received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and an MA from tbe University of Portsmouth. She earned her CELTA certificate from the International Training Institute in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been a member of APP since January 2013.

Ahmed Aram, APP Coordinator

Office: B-F2-37b. Ext: 1930.

Ahmed Aram is an AUIS alumnus. He graduated in 2018. Ahmed is an IT major with a minor in Business Management. Though he graduated in 2018, he has more than three years of work experience, and has held reputable positions. Ahmed is in charge of managing students’ records mainly. Ahmed is always there to assist APP students with student-teacher interaction and help them access study tools if they have issues. Ahmed’s major interests in IT lies in CCTV, surveillance, and Video Management Software systems. He chose to work for AUIS because he enjoys the university and respects how it functions as a whole.