Our Team

the people behind Operation Broken Silence

Full Time Staff

Mark Hackett, Executive Director. Mark began working on Sudan issues in 2007 after an eye-opening conversation with a genocide survivor from Darfur, Sudan. Since then he has overseen the steady growth of our organization. His work and story has been featured by over 100 news, media, education, and non-profit organizations. 

Mark makes sure our on the ground programs stay on the rails and that our movement remains focused on our end goal of closing our doors one day. He’s one of only a few Americans to have visited frontline areas in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during the war.

Scovia Wilson, Recruitment Director. Originally from southern Sudan before independence, Scovia fled her country as a young girl during the war, grew up as a refugee, and eventually ended up in Memphis, TN to pursue a higher education. 

A public relations professional by trade, Scovia now leads our efforts to introduce people to the crisis in Sudan and mobilize them for action. She recruits fundraisers, activists, event hosts, and donors to our movement for peace and justice in Sudan. Her positive attitude and passion are contagious to all who hear and meet her. 

Katie Barber, Fundraising Enthusiast. Katie is a photographer by trade who stumbled into her mad fundraising skills as she raised money to be part of our 4th documentary film team. Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, Katie landed in Memphis when her husband took a teaching job here. That's also where she discovered us! 

Katie supports our fundraisers, donors, and event hosts in raising funds for our life-changing on the ground programs. She's one of only a few Americans to have visited Nuba refugee camps on the Sudan/South Sudan border.

Sudanese Staff. We employ a small number of Sudanese on the ground who manage and work in our life-changing programs. These are some of the most dedicated, trustworthy, and inspirational people we have ever met. All of them have been creating positive change in Sudan years before we came along. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable to the success of our work and mission.

Since their safety is our top priority, we do not publicly list their names or locations and do not respond to requests for information about them.

Volunteer Support Staff

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Jacob Geyer, Photographer. Jake is an aspiring artist who devotes himself to writing, cinematography, and photography. He studies communications, and foreign languages. He is all about adventure, international travel, and the pursuance of beauty. 

Born in Pittsburgh but Memphis-raised, Jacob is compassionate, and sympathetic; his goal is to encourage those around him to better themselves, and their environment. He has travelled with our full-time staff to South Sudan for media projects.

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Josh Boyd, Videographer. Josh is a Nashville, TN-based freelancer specializing in camera assist, graphic design, and video/photo editing. He has worked in the production field since 2010 on a variety of projects ranging from professional commercials to documentary films.

Josh's attention to detail and eye for design can be seen in just about everything he works on, including our films and visual communication. He has travelled with our full-time staff to South Sudan for media projects.

Aaron Baggett, Videographer. Aaron is a freelancer in the creative realm. He wears multiple hats as a Camera Operator, Photographer, Editor and Web-Developer. Aaron graduated from the University of Memphis Fall 2013 with a Degree in Spanish. He studied abroad his sophomore year in Uruguay where he studied Spanish and Communications. There, he met his wife and became fluent in Spanish. Aaron is an outgoing and positive person, he's never met a stranger. He loves adventures and has traveled to ten different countries. 

He has travelled with our full-time staff to South Sudan for media projects.