APP Staff | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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.

Mahmood Qahtan Adnan, APP Student Record Coordinator

Mahmood Qahtan Adnan graduated from American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in 2018 with a B.Sc. in Information Technology and a minor in Business Administration. Adnan has been an active member in the AUIS community and received several awards for his volunteer work and academic performance. He was previously an intern in the Academic Preparatory Program and joined the team as a staff member after graduation. He is primarily responsible for managing APP student records.

Danaz Mohammed Hamma-Sidiq, APP Intern 

Danaz Mohammed Hamma-Sidiq is a student at AUIS from Sulaimani. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering as well as reading, especially non-fiction, books on his major of study IT, and on psychology and human behavior. He is  currently undertaking self study to learn the basics of web design and believes independent learners develop creative ways to find solutions to problems, which can translate to beneficial skills in the workplace.  In his capacity as APP Intern, Danaz assits in managing events and APP-related programming.