Our Fugees Family of educators, administrators, and professionals are all champions of our mission of Leveling the Playing Field for young refugees. Across multiple campuses and a network office, they ensure that every student who commits to the Fugees Academy Creed receives every tool they need to achieve success. Use the buttons above to learn more about our team.
LUMA MUFLEH, CEO & Coach
Luma Mufleh is the inspirational CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education, and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Luma is a 2016 Top 10 CNN Hero whose story has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, ESPN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and more. According to Tom Brokaw, the Fugees are “a perfect example of what this nation is supposed to be about, which is to provide a refuge for the refugees.”
The Fugees’ story began in 2004 when Luma took a wrong turn while driving through the town of Clarkston, Georgia and noticed a group of boys playing soccer in the street. She learned that these children were refugees from war-torn countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan. That summer, Luma made fliers announcing tryouts for the Fugees soccer team. In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much larger — a school, a tutoring program, a summer camp, a college prep program, and, most importantly, a community and support network. The Fugees were chronicled in the bestselling book “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John.
A lifelong social entrepreneur, Luma has created several programs and initiatives that have gainfully employed, educated and empowered refugees and immigrants in her community and beyond, with the Fugees Academy serving as a national model for refugee education. While only 20 percent of refugee students graduate from high school in Georgia’s DeKalb County, the Fugees Academy has a 90 percent graduation rate. These types of results helped earn Luma the 2016 Cournelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute.
A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Luma received her U.S. citizenship in 2011. Her story – and the story of the Fugees – illustrates both the American dream and the very real challenges of integration and discrimination that so many face today. Luma received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College and recently completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
EMILY FUTRANSKY, Chief Academic Officer
Emily Futransky is the Chief Academic Officer for Fugees Family, Inc. Since 2011, Emily has worked with Fugees students and staff in roles ranging from volunteer, teacher, curriculum consultant, professional development coach, and mentor. Emily served as accreditation coordinator during the 2012-13 school year, leading the organization in a rigorous self-study process, which ultimately led to Fugees Academy earning its designation as a SAIS and AdvancED-accredited independent school. Prior to joining Fugees Academy, Emily was the founding Assistant Upper School Head at the Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, New York, where she previously taught students with language-based learning disabilities for eleven years. Her belief in the importance of access to excellent education for all children is at the heart of her work, and she is thrilled to focus her energies on the Fugees Academy network. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College and a M.Ed. in general and special education from Bank Street College of Education.
TIFFANY BEVERLY, Director of School Leaders
Tiffany Beverly is the Director of School Leaders and is based in Columbus, Ohio. Tiffany earned a B.A. in Psychology from City University of New York and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. She served as a Teach for America Corps’ Member in Miami, FL. where she taught for two years. Tiffany joined Fugees Academy as a teacher in 2012, served as the Vice Principal of Fugees Academy from 2016-2018, and the Principal for the 2019 school year.
MALCOLM CREAGER, Accounting Manager
Malcolm “Mac” Creager is the Accounting Manager of Fugees Family, Inc. Mac attended Otterbein University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Ohio. He gained experience in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer for a regional CPA firm in Columbus, Ohio. Mac also served as a Corporate Tax Auditor for the City of Columbus and has over 18 years’ experience working as the CFO of social service non-profit agencies in the central Ohio area. He is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, a graduate of The Community Action Leadership Academy, and a regular contributor to the Licking County Humane Society.
JANEYA HISLE, VP of Operations
Janeya has over 20 years of experience in business services, operations and management of independent schools and non-profit organizations. She has worked extensively in the Pennsylvania charter school community and has experience in virtually every function of school operations - from budgeting and risk management to food service and lesson planning.
She received a B.S. in Communication Sciences from Howard University and an MBA with a dual concentration in Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University.
Janeya is a certified Project Management Professional, a member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and an active volunteer for several youth organizations. Her lifelong mission is to help build and operate highly effective, joyful places of learning where children and families are respected and empowered.
RAPHAEL MULEMBA, School Leader
Raphael Mulemba is a School Leader of the Fugees Academy in Clarkston. Born in D.R.Congo, he fled the 1996 war in Congo to a camp called Nyarugusu in Tanzania. He lived there for 12 years before his family was resettled in the United States in 2008. He joined the Fugees (soccer team) in 2009 as a player and then assisted as a coach and a summer intern. He speaks Four Eastern African country languages; Kibembe, Tchiluba, Kifuliro, and Swahili. Prior to coming back to Fugees, he served as a Processing Coordinator at TPI Composites and also as Swahili interpreter for Lutheran Services Resettlement Agency and Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa.
BETH LUCAS, School Leader
Beth Lucas is a School Leader at the Fugees Academy in Clarkston, GA. She previously taught Middle School English for 2 years at the school. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis. Beth began her teaching career in 1993 working with inner-city youth in Memphis and has since taught in a variety of settings all around the country. Her previous job before coming to work at Fugees was working with ELL students on the US-Mexican border
LEWIS MAKOR, School Leader
Lewis Makor is a school leader in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Khartoum, South Sudan, he fled to Egypt with his family when he was eight years old. At age eleven, Lewis, his siblings, and his parents came to the United States through the UNHCR refugee resettlement program. In 2004, he joined the Fugees Family soccer team in Clarkston, Georgia. Being part of the team is what helped Lewis become fluent in English, and also what gave him the confidence to start speaking up. After graduating from Tucker high school in 2013, Lewis played soccer for Georgia Gwinnett College and continued coaching young Fugees. He continued developing his technical and leadership skills as part of a construction team in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2019, he joined the leadership team of Fugees Academy, where he focuses on character- and community-building, student life, athletics, and recruitment. He is fluent in Arabic.
CELESTE FURGUSON, School Leader Fellow
Celeste Ferguson, a Fugees Academy School Leader Fellow in Columbus, Ohio, is passionate about ensuring that every single child has access to high quality, meaningful K-12 educational opportunities. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Fugees, Celeste taught English and Social Studies in Mexico, Los Angeles, and Columbus. While in Los Angeles, Celeste served as a founding teacher and Head of School at Endeavor College Preparatory School supporting high quality educational experiences for K-8 students in East Los Angeles. Furthermore, as a Teach Plus Fellow, Celeste participated in research to inform and shape national policy designed to support the retention and development of highly effective teachers. She is an instructional leader who is driven by the belief that excellent education is key in opening the doors of opportunity and hope.
KEVIN NAHABAKOMEYE, School Leader Fellow
Kevin Nahabakomeye is a school leader fellow in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Gitega, Burundi, he fled to Tanzania with his family at the age of 2. He lived there for 2 years before his family was resettled to the United States. In 2006 he joined the Fugees Family (soccer team) before becoming a coach and summer intern. Before his return to Fugees, he attended college at Georgia State University where he studied international business and was an after school teacher at a school In GA. He is fluent in Kirundi and Swahili. Kevin will be moving to Cleveland to open the third Fugees Academy.