The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Marijana Ababovic is a Consultant with ISED Solutions, technical assistance providers for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Microenterprise and IDA programs. Ralph Achenbach is the Chairperson for the San Diego Refugee Forum. He directs the language access advocacy initiative of the Refugee Forum and convened a regional stakeholder symposium on the topic: SDRefugeeForum.org/conference. Haji Adan is the Literacy Program Coordinator for the Somali Bantu Community Organization of Syracuse, New York. At the organization, Mr. Adan connects Somali Bantu and other refugee clients to a variety of social service providers through bridging case management and mentoring to youth. He was an instrumental member in the design of the organization’s successful Saturday youth enrichment partnership, which weekly serves between 100 and 130 Somali Bantu youth. In addition to his work at the organization, Mr. Adan is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Humanities from Onondaga Community College. Tessie Ajala is the Project Coordinator for the MAA Innovations in Technical Assistance (MITA) under the Center for African Refugees and Immigrants (CARI), a division of Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) T. Alexander Aleinikoff is the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Aleinikoff served as Dean of the Law Center of Georgetown University and the Executive Vice President for Law Center Affairs. He has had an extensive career in government service, holding numerous senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs, and General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He has been a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and the Migration Policy Institute. He was also a professor on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Aleinikoff is the author of numerous publications in the areas of immigration, refugee and citizenship law and policy, as well as on constitutional law, statutory interpretation and race discrimination. The most recent books he has authored or co-authored include: Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship; Citizenship Policies for An Age of Immigration: Process and Policy; and Modern Constitutional Theory: A Reader. In February 2010, Mr. Aleinikoff assumed his current position as the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Abigail Alexander is the Director of Research and Training for the National Partnership for Community Training and FL Center for Survivors of Torture, program of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc. Supreet Anand directed ELL programs for the MD Department of Education and supervised ELL programs for Prince George’s County schools in MD before working for the federal Department of Education. Jade Anthony has experience in pre-k through higher education administration in the public, non-profit, and federal education sectors. Ann Barbagallo has been serving as the Acting Director of the Office of Family Assistance in the Administration for Children and Families since January 2009. In that role, Ann Barbagallo has responsibility for the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF’s) largest formula grant The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies program and the ACF’s largest discretionary grant program. Specifically, she has responsibility for the administration and oversight of: 1. The $17 billion Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF or assistance for low-income families) which includes Tribal TANF and the Native Employment Works programs. 2. The $150 million Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program. 3. The 10 Tribal TANF/Child Welfare Coordination grants and the 4. The $5 billion TANF Emergency Contingency Fund that was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Ms. Barbagallo has worked in the Office of Family Assistance in various roles since January 1985. Prior to that, she worked as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Finally, she began her professional career as an Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) case worker for the State of Florida. During her tenure with the State, Ms. Barbagallo also served as a protective services worker and as the Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Conversion Coordinator for Region X (Broward County). Ms. Barbagallo has a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Science in Education from the University of Maryland. Jean Marc Jean Baptiste is the founder and Executive Director of the Haitian American Public Health Initiatives, an MAA based in Mattapan, MA. Jean Marc Jean Baptiste is a former chair of the Massachusetts MAA Coalition. Sanja Bebic is the Director of the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Berket Benti, is a Refugee Youth Leader and high school student in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Yacouba Jacob Bogre is the Executive Director of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV) and manages all aspects of the organization’s operation. Mr. Bogre became Executive Director in January of 2009 and has overseen the organization’s precipitous growth in both programs and revenue, even during a period of national recession. Mr. Bogre holds a master’s in law from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, where he served as a legal counsel in that country’s House of Representatives. Mr. Bogre is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Champlain Class. Mr. Bogre moved to the United States in 2003. Leo Brandenburg is a Policy Analyst at the Office of Income Security Programs at the Office of Retirement & Disability Policy of the Social Security Administration. Gerald Brown was named the first Director of the new Utah Refugee Services Office, Department of Workforce Services in 2009. He previously served as Senior Program Analyst for ISED, funded by ORR to provide technical assistance to refugee community organizations, and has worked directly with refugees – Kosovo refugees in Macedonia (IOM), Haitian and Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay, and through UNHCR with Bosnian refugees in Croatia, and Iraqi refugees in Saudi Arabia. Gerald was an asylum officer in New York City where he was featured in the award-winning PBS documentary, A Well-Founded Fear, and has served as a Program Director for a national volag. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heather Burke is the lead for the domestic program with the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant branch at CDC. She is also the lead for the Middle East Program. She works closely with the state refugee health program as well as overseas partners on issues related to health screenings, surveillance, and outbreak response. Prior to joining the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Ms. Burke was posted to Nairobi, Kenya where she helped set up the CDC Global Disease Detection platform which included what is now the Africa regional refugee health program. Ms. Burke completed graduate degrees at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Yolanda Butler currently serves as Acting Director of the Office of Community Services within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Acting Director of OCS since November 2008, and Deputy Director of OCS since April 2006, Dr. Butler serves as an executive manager and advisor for 9 highly visible block grant and discretionary community and social services grant programs (including one Presidential initiative program) that total some $8 billion. Prior to her positions in OCS, Dr. Butler served as a senior advisor on legislative, regulatory and budget policy in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB) where she worked on key social services and community programs, and advised political and career staff for the Office of Community Services and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. She also spent time working with then-Senator Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois on human services and economic development issues in 1998 and 1999. Dr. Butler also has a long-standing association with the Office of Community Services having entered Federal service in 1996 as a Presidential Management Intern in OCS. Dr. Butler received the doctorate in Political Science (concentrating in American Government and Public Administration) at Howard University in 2006. She completed the master’s degree in American Government and Public Administration at Howard in 1996, and most recently in 2008 received a certificate from the Key Executive Leadership Program in Public Administration at American University. She is a 1994 graduate of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors College at Jackson State University (JSU). With a strong commitment to public service and professional development, Dr. Butler has participated as a mentor in the HHS Career Mentoring Program since its inception in 2004, and has executed a number of initiatives to improve workforce development within the Office of Community Services, and to ensure continued quality program administration with OCS’ State, community and faith-based partners. Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao was born on March 13, 1967 in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. His father, an officer with the South Vietnamese Army, was imprisoned by the Communists. At the age of eight, he escaped to America with two of his siblings. He learned English, thrived in school, and earned a physics degree from Baylor University before he began studying for the priesthood. Congressman Cao first arrived in New Orleans in 1992. He left to earn a Master's degree in philosophy from New York's Fordham University, returning to Loyola University to teach philosophy and ethics. As he prepared for priesthood, his faith was strong. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies However, his confidence in government's ability to care for those in need weakened by the day. Before long, Mr. Cao ended his quest for priesthood in a personal crusade for social justice. In Washington, DC, he became an advocate for refugees, future Americans who embody a "can-do" spirit and strong work ethic. In pursuit of justice for all, he attained a law degree from Loyola Law School. He became the in-house legal counsel for Boat People S.O.S, Inc., an organization helping poor Vietnamese and other minorities. In 2002, he was chosen by Archbishop Alfred Hughes to become a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressing women's rights in the Catholic Church, social justice, child abuse, and the Catholic response to Hurricane Katrina. Congressman Cao lost both his home and law office to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With his wife and two daughters, he moved temporarily to Westwego and began rebuilding. Like so many others, Congressman Cao battled insurance companies and government bureaucracy to restore his home and business. He helped residents of New Orleans East stop plans for a landfill that would have devastated their community and co-led the fight to get electricity and telecommunications restored for returning residents. In 2007, Governor Jindal appointed Congresman Cao to help ensure fair voting as a member of the Board of Elections for Orleans Parish. He was also elected to lead the Louisiana Republican Party both on the parish and state levels. Congressman Cao was elected as a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. On December 6, 2008, Congressman Cao was elected as Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District Representative making him the first Vietnamese-American elected to United States Congress where he serves on the Committees on Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform. He currently resides in New Orleans, LA with his wife, Kate, and 2 daughters, Sophia and Betsy. Committees and Subcommittees Homeland Security, Deputy Ranking Member Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee on Water Resources and Enviornment Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and District of Columbia Carol Chandler-Rourke is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (MORI). At MORI, Ms. Chandler-Rourke is responsible for managing statewide human service programs for refugees and immigrants including: Elder Refugee Services, Citizenship Assistance, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program, Initiatives for Ethnic Community-Based Organizations, Translation and Interpreter Services, and Refugee Youth Adjustment Services. She is also responsible for managing interagency agreements with The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies the MA Office of MassHealth, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Children and Families. Dr. Christopher Coro is an Education Program Specialist at the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). In this position, Dr. Coro and oversees the implementation of various research and technical assistance activities in the areas of adult reading, adult English language learning, English Literacy/Civics education (EL/Civics), adult numeracy, career pathways, college readiness, and teacher quality for OVAE’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy. Prior to joining the U. S. Department of Education, Dr. Coro directed a large, comprehensive adult education program at Northampton Community College in eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to extensive experience in adult education leadership and professional development, he has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher—11 years as a high school modern language and social studies teacher and 6 years as an adult ESL instructor. Dr. Coro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Communication Arts from Hofstra University. He also holds a Masters of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in adult education—both from Capella University Paul F. Cushing is the Regional Manager for Region III within the Office for Civil Rights under the Department of Health and Human Services. As Regional Manager, Mr. Cushing directs enforcement efforts of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for programs receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services. Belay Embaye is the Program Manager for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Microenterprise program under the Division of Community Resettlement. Beth Frank is the Protection Solutions Program Manager for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – Chad. She has been serving the Darfuri population in eastern Chad from May 2009-May 2010. Peggy Gilbert is a Senior Program Advisor for the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) Solutions. She provides technical assistance to the thirteen grantees in the Office of Refugee Resettlements Wilson-Fish (alternative refugee resettlement) program. Anne Goforth is a Program Officer for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Ms. Goforth has worked with refugee, internally displaced, and other war-affected populations for almost 12 years. She began her career as a volunteer with a small human rights organization in Croatia, leading a project for elderly and disabled persons, before joining IRC in 2000. She’s served IRC in various countries, including Croatia, Bosnia, Indonesia, and Jordan, as well as in the US, as the HQ and donor focal point for IRC’s Horn & East Africa programs. She has worked extensively in program development, coordination and grants management, as well as oversight of civil society and community development programs. Ms. Goforth recently joined IRC’s US Programs in New York to oversee Project SOAR. She has also taught ESL in NY and Prague, where she was also an ensemble member of a repertory theatre company. She has an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University and speaks Croatian. Lauren Goldberg is the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Projects (RAPP) Project Coordinator for the Kentucky Office for Refugees, Catholic Charities. She has worked with Catholic Charities/Kentucky Office for Refugees in some capacity since May 2009. She earned her B.A. in Border Studies at Prescott College. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Mark Greenberg is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Before joining HHS, Mr. Greenberg directed the Georgetown University Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, a joint initiative of the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In addition, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). He previously served as the Executive Director of CAP's Task Force on Poverty and as CLASP’s Director of Policy. During his career, Mr. Greenberg has written extensively on issues relating to federal and state welfare reform efforts; workforce policy issues affecting low-income families; child care and early education policy; tax policy; poverty measurement; and a range of other low-income issues. In addition, he frequently provided technical assistance to state and local governments regarding poverty reduction strategies. Prior to coming to D.C., Mr. Greenberg worked at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in Florida and the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Greenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Neil Grungras J.D., is the Executive Director of Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM). ORAM is the only refugee organization worldwide focused exclusively on refugees escaping sexual and gender-based persecution. David Hansell is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Hansell served from 2007-2009 as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the state agency charged with oversight of support programs and economic assistance for low-income New Yorkers. From 2002-2006, Mr. Hansell served as Chief of Staff of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA). From 1997-2001, he was the Associate Commissioner for HIV Services at the New York City Department of Health, and subsequently served as Associate Commissioner for Planning and Program Implementation. Prior to his government experience, Mr. Hansell served in a range of positions at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, including Director of Legal Services and Deputy Director for Government and Public Affairs. From 2000-2006, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New York University Wagner School of Public Service. He has also been a consultant on health policy and social services issues to a wide range of governmental and non-profit organizations. Mr. Hansell is a graduate of Haverford College and Yale Law School. Among other honors, he is a recipient of an Outstanding Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and a State Leadership Award from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Jessica P. Hansen is the Program Officer on the Supporting the Successful Integration of Burundian Refugees program at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Prior to joining USCRI, she was an Education Program Officer for Mercy Corps, a Program Specialist for the Women’s Refugee Commission (part of the International Rescue Committee), and a Program Assistant for Medecins Sans Frontieres. She also interned with UNHCR’s DC office and the Centre for Refugee Research in Sydney, Australia. Her field work has focused primarily on gender-based violence against displaced populations in Southeast Asia and East Africa. She holds a MSW in International Social Development with a focus on refugees and forced migration from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and a BA in International Politics from the University of Central Oklahoma. She studied abroad as an The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies undergraduate at the University of Leicester, UK. She currently works as a volunteer to support youth in Lugufu refugee camp and provide university scholarships for refugee youth Stacie Hiramoto works for the Mental Health Association in California and has been a mental health advocate for many years. She facilitates the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). Maliha Imami is a Program Manager for The Alliance’s Interpreter & Health Services. She earned a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska with a focus on Global Inequality. Ms. Imami has worked on international human rights issues since 1991. Peter Janssen is CFO/COO of Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning with expertise in day- to-day operations, financial management, strategic planning, growth strategies, cost control, turnaround situations, business development and systems integration. Buti Kale is currently the UNHCR Deputy Regional Representative in Washington, DC. He has worked with the UNHCR since 1992. He held assignments in Burundi, Tanzania, the United States of America, Canada, Congo (DR) and Côte d’Ivoire. In addition, he has undertaken several missions, including leading a team of lawyers to determine the status of Rwandan refugees in Angola. Mr. Kale is a resource person for the UN Early Warning and Preventive Measures Capacity Building Course and has trained UN, Government and NGO officials in several countries, including Sénégal, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa. Before his reassignment to Washington, DC in December 2009, Mr. Kale was the Deputy Representative for the UNHCR Côte d’Ivoire and has served for several months as Representative ad interim pending the arrival of the newly appointed Representative. Mr. Kale is a lawyer who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Law at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, and a Master of Philosophy in Public International Law at the Université de Nancy II (France), where he also obtained his Doctorate in Public International Law (specializing in Conflict Resolution). Fluent in English and French, Mr. Kale is married and has four children. Dr. Patrick Kanyangara is a Psychosocial Care Professional in charge of Gender-Based Violence and Child Protection programs. He is working with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Chad. Kevin Kelly is the Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group of Ethiopian Community Development Council, former ORR Microenterprise and current IDA provider. One of ORR’s four IDA technical assistance providers for its partnership with Assets for Independence. Susan Kyle is a Program Officer at the Office of Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Department of State and manages the Reception and Placement program for various resettlement agencies. Prior to working at PRM, she worked as a Contract Program Analyst at the Office of Refugee Resettlement for over three years where she managed and monitored various State Administered and Wilson Fish programs. Before working at ORR she was the Research Coordinator at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom for the Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal study. Ms. Kyle has her Masters from the School for International Training and her Bachelors from Kenyon College. Dr. Joan Lombardi, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role she provides overall policy coordination for the Head The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Start and Early Head Start Program and the Child Care and Development Fund, as well as serving as the liaison with the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies. Dr. Lombardi has spent almost four decades dedicated to the needs of young children and their families. She has served as an advisor to a number of foundations, national and international organizations, helping to create innovative policies to improve the conditions for children and families. She served as the founding chair of the Birth to Five Policy, a group of national organizations dedicated to shifting the odds for at risk children ages 0-5. Joan served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration and as the first Director of the Child Care Bureau. She is the author of numerous publications including : Time to Care: Redesigning Child Care to Promote Education, Support Families and Build Communities (Temple University Press, 2003) and co-editor of A Beacon of Hope: The Promise of Early Head Start for America’s Youngest Children (Zero To Three Press, 2004). In 2004, Joan launched the Global Leaders for Young Children program in partnership with The World Forum Foundation which has provided leadership support to early education leaders around the world. Jan Losby is the Director of Research and Evaluation at ISED Solutions. She has been conducting social science research and program evaluations for 20 years. Colleen Mahar-Piersma is the Associate Director of the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Emmanuel Martinez is a Senior Case Manager at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). Prior to joining the CAST team, Emmanuel worked with unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. He has extensive experience providing crisis intervention and comprehensive case management to survivors of human trafficking and unaccompanied children. Alejandro Mayorkas is the new Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). President Obama nominated Mayorkas for the position on April 24, 2009, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on August 7, 2009. As the Director of USCIS, Mr. Mayorkas leads the agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security charged with operating the largest immigration system in the world. Mr. Mayorkas is responsible for a workforce of more than 18,000 people located in approximately 230 offices throughout the world, and he oversees a budget of approximately $3 billion. Immediately prior to becoming the Director of USCIS, Mr. Mayorkas was a partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He advised boards of directors and executives, led internal investigations, and litigated bet-the-company matters covering a wide array of industries. He served as a member of O’Melveny & Myers’ worldwide governing Policy Committee and as Chair of the firm’s Values Awards Committee and the Warren Christopher Scholarship Committee. In 2008, the National Law Journal named Mr. Mayorkas one of the ―50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.‖ In 1998, Senator Dianne Feinstein recommended Mr. Mayorkas to be the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate, Mr. Mayorkas became the youngest U.S. Attorney in the nation and the first in the Central District of California to be appointed from within the Office. Mr. Mayorkas The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies led an office of 240 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of cases of national and international significance. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights and as a member of the Subcommittee on Ethics in Government. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Mayorkas served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Section, overseeing the training and trial work of all new Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Criminal Division. He has received numerous awards and commendations from federal and local law enforcement for his work as a federal prosecutor. Faith McCormick is the Director of Programs in the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining ADD, Ms. McCormick worked closely with State legislators as the Department’s liaison to the National Conference of State Legislators. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for most of her public service career, during which she has worked in the Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary and the Social Security Administration. She has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill assisting in legislative affairs. Ms. McCormick started her tenure at ADD as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner in October 2001, and is currently the Director, Office of Programs, overseeing formula grants and staff involved with the Developmental Disabilities Councils, Protection and Advocacy agencies and the Help America Vote Act. From January 2, 2009 to April 3, 2010, she served as the Acting Commissioner, ADD. In addition, she is trained as a Certified Emergency Response Team member and manages ADD’s participation in ACF’s Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response and Disaster Case Management activities. Early in her career, she had the privilege of being a respite provider for 4 years for a young lady with an intellectual disability. Ms. McCormick holds a Masters in Public Administration Kristin McSwain is the Chief of Program Operations for the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency. As Chief of Program Operations, Ms. McSwain oversees the day-to-day operations of the Corporation’s programs including the Social Innovation Fund, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps State and National. Ms. McSwain was appointed the Director of AmeriCorps State and National, the largest of the Corporation’s programs, in August 2006 and named Chief of Program Operations in October of 2008. Ms. McSwain has spent her entire professional career in national and community service. After graduating college in 1991, she enrolled as a corps member with Teach for America, serving as a fifth-grade teacher in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. She continued to promote quality education through Teach for America and Citizen Schools as a staff member. In 1997, Ms. McSwain joined the staff of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, initially directing Learn and Serve and AmeriCorps programs before her appointment to Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance in 2003. Ms. McSwain is a strong advocate of community service and volunteering and an active participant in many volunteer and charitable organizations. She has served on the boards of Boston Cares, Friends of the Children Boston, and the GreenLight Fund. Prior to coming to the Corporation, she was co-chair of Voices for National Service. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Ms. McSwain received her bachelor’s degree in Religion from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Tom Medina is the Washington State Coordinator of Refugee Resettlement. He works for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) as the Chief of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) which administers services to promote economic self-sufficiency and social self-reliance for refugees and immigrants throughout the state. Mr. Medina began his career in state service as an eligibility worker for public assistance programs over 21 years ago. After working in the field for seven years, he transferred to DSHS headquarters where he worked as a Public Assistance Policy Analyst and as the Supervisor of a Policy Development and Operational Support unit. Mr. Medina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Washington State University Anchi Mei is the Manager of Food Security and Community Health for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego. She manages IRC San Diego’s Food Security and Community Health Program. Previous to IRC, she was an urban planner in the Bay Area. Jennifer Micker is a Program Assistant at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), working with the Preferred Communities and Supporting the Successful Integration of Burundian Refugees programs. Prior to joining USCRI, she served as a full-time volunteer through an AmeriCorps program in Chicago, IL. During her year of service, Ms. Micker worked as a case manager for asylum seekers and refugees at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, a program of Heartland Alliance in Chicago, IL. Ms. Micker graduated from Villanova University where she studied Pre-Med and majored in Spanish. She also studied at the Universidad de Cádiz and the Universidad de Sevilla, both in Spain. Darko Mihaylovich has been the Director Migration and Refugee Services since 2006 and has worked for Catholic Charities since 2000. Mr. Mihaylovich administers the Kentucky Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Program. Abdi Mohamoud is a former refugee and the Executive Director of Horn of Africa Community. He has been a leader within the East African community in San Diego for the past 14 years. Reverend Dr. Sid L. Mohn is President of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. Since 1980, Dr. Mohn has been involved in refugee resettlement, asylum protection, and international work with migrant communities. The Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights is the lead organization in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s HIV pilot program. Lyn Morland is the Assistant Director for Technical Assistance for the Children’s Services Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS) under the Migration and Refugee Services/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Luma Mufleh is the founder and Director of Fugees Family, Inc., which incorporated as a non- profit organization in 2006. Ms. Mufleh has coached soccer for over 10 years, and is currently the head coach of the Fugees Soccer teams. She has owned two small businesses: Fresh Start for America, a cleaning business employing refugee and immigrant workers, and Ashton's, a coffee shop and café. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Sidi Awo Mwalimu is the Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Somali Bantu Community Association in Utica, New York. The organization gained its 501(c) 3 status this year and serves a community of 47 Somali Bantu and other refugee households. Mr. Mwalimu arrived in the United States in April 2004 and became a U.S. citizen in June of 2009 Anne Mwangi-Wambugu is the Country Director for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK). She is involved in identifying vulnerable refugees- with a focus on LGBTIs- in need of resettlement. Previously Ms. Mwangi-Wambugu served as a Protection Assistant in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Carmen R. Nazario is the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services. Carmen R. Nazario was an Assistant Professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, where she taught social policy and coordinated the Social Work Practicum at the School of Social Work. Ms. Nazario has vast experience in public service with a focus on improving services to children and families within the United States and around the world, dating back to 1968. From January 2003 – December 2008, she served as Administrator of the Administration for Children and Families for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where she led an agency of 4,000 staff with a budget of over $220 million. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Resident Investigator for the Jordan Poverty Alleviation Program, where she developed and implemented a national poverty reduction strategy for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and advised leaders in the nation on the delivery of social services. During the Clinton Administration, she first served as Associate Commissioner for Child Care in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and later became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Ms. Nazario joined the Clinton Administration after serving as Secretary of Health and Social Services for the State of Delaware from 1993-1997, and, prior to that, she was the Director of Social Services in Norfolk, Virginia, and Loudoun County, Virginia. Ms. Nazario has held a number of national leadership roles, including Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Public Welfare Association, President of the National Council of Local Public Welfare Administrators, and Secretary of the National Council of State Human Service Administrators. Ms. Nazario is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1967, and was awarded her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in 1973. Eskinder Negash is the Director of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Negash brings nearly 30 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants, and managing non-profit social service agencies. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide. USCRI aims to advance fair and humane public policy, facilitate and provide direct professional services, and promote the full participation of migrants in community life with a network of through 35 social service agencies across the U.S. and overseas. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Before joining USCRI, Mr. Negash served as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles for 15 years. Founded in 1914, the International Institute is a non-profit, public benefit organization whose mission is to help immigrants and refugees adapt to a new culture and become self sufficient. The International Institute’s programs include immigration, legal assistance, refugee resettlement and employment, pre- employment training, CALWORKs employment program, childcare, early childhood education, senior citizens’ services, and child nutrition programs. Mr. Negash served as a board member with several non-profit organizations, including two years as chair of the Joint Voluntary Agencies Committee of California, chair of the California State Refugee Advisory Council, board member of Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Negash is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, CA. Irina Nikishin is the International Services Program Director for the Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) in Atlanta, Georgia. She oversees day to day operations of Refugee Resettlement, Healthy Families and English Language, Civics and Citizenship programs. She started working at JF&CS in 1991- the same agency that resettled Irina and her family in 1978. Irina was involved in piloting the Healthy Families program in 2002 that since then was awarded the Best Practice model by ACF as well as Best Practice in the State of Georgia by Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF). Loc Nguyen is Director of Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Department. Beyond his salaried position, Mr. Nguyen has also volunteered much of his time and resources in the last 30 years to travel to places such as the refugee camps in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and to Vietnam to review and assist the refugee resettlement programs. Loc is also an accomplished music composer. He composed "Saigon, Vinh Biet" (Farewell Saigon) which gives expression to the experience of refugees and their quest for freedom. This song has been broadcast in Vietnam and many other countries through BBC and VOA and most recently in a full-length feature film called ―Green Dragon,‖ based on Loc Nguyen’s early life as a refugee in America 35 years ago. Rhiba Noor, is a Refugee Youth Leader from Somalia. She attends George Washington University where she was awarded a 5-year scholarship. Thomas Pabst is a Refugee Services Program Specialist at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Department of Health and Human Services. At ORR Mr. Pabst handles inquiries from the field on the immigration documentation presented by asylees, refugees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, and others seeking eligibility for ORR benefits and services, for EADs and Social Security cards, and for federal public benefits. Mr. Pabst responds to a broad range of inquiries from the ORR staff, refugee service providers, the public and other government agencies on immigration and policy matters, and is the ORR liaison with the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Social Security Administration. Mr. Pabst developed ORR guidance on refugee employment, and on Cuban parolee family members and eligibility for benefits. Mr. Pabst produced guidance on eligibility of Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants for ORR benefits and services, and serves as an expert on Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant benefit eligibility and related issues. Mr. Pabst served for 15 years in the Foreign Service of the State Department, for 2 1/2 years with DHS, and 1 1/2 years with the government of California. He has also served abroad as an Instructor of Economics and Business Law for the University of Maryland and for U.S.C. While The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies abroad with State, Mr. Pabst adjudicated the full range of immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications in three overseas postings; Mexico, Portugal, and France. Domestically with State, Mr. Pabst worked in the Office of (High Technology) Export Controls, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Mr. Pabst has a B.A. in Social Science from U.C.L.A., a J.D. from U.S.C., and an M.A. in Economics from U.S.C. Mr. Pabst is an attorney licensed in California. Nyssa Parampil is an Associate Director for USCCB/MRS for the Anti-Trafficking Services Program, and has been involved with the program since 2004. In this capacity, she provides overall direction of MRS services targeted to victims of human trafficking. She oversees the US Department of Health and Human Services/ORR Contract that provides case management to foreign national survivors of human trafficking throughout the United States. Ms. Parampil has been with USCCB/MRS since 2002, and has been involved with the refugee resettlement and unaccompanied children service programs. Prior to coming to USCCB/MRS, her work has been focused on immigrant and migrant populations in both rural and urban settings. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, she was a clinician in Boston, providing crisis counseling to children. She earned her MSW at Boston College. Ellen Di Placido is the Director of Staff Development at St. Benedict’s Education Center where she coordinates the LEP program. She is active on Boards of Directors for agencies that support low income families in the City of Erie. She began working for Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in 1972, where she served as Employment & Training unit supervisor and Income Maintenance Administrator and was responsible for staff development and a team of supervisors, teaching a course for newly promoted supervisors across the State. Ms. Di Placido retired from state government in June 2004. Ms. Di Placido received a degree in education and French from Westminster College, and taught high school French before moving to Erie, Pa. Henley Portner is a Program Analyst in ORR’s Division of Budget, Policy and Data Analysis. She currently works on mandatory grant allocations and budget development. Stephanie Kay Richard is the Policy & Legal Services Director at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), where she provides direct legal services to survivors of human trafficking and technical consultation on human trafficking cases nationwide. Ms. Richard has also worked as an attorney at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. She is the author of State Legislation and Human Trafficking: Helpful or Harmful?, published in the Michigan Journal of Law Reform (Feb. 2005). Laverdia Taylor Roach serves as Acting Executive Director of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), United States Department of Health and Human Services. The Committee, established and continued by Executive Order, has the responsibility to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics related to intellectual disabilities. Having served in the Administrations of eight Presidents, Ms. Roach’s career as a professional public servant spans over 35 years during which she helped author regulations for the Americans with Developmental Disabilities Act, worked as Senior Developmental Disabilities The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Program Specialist and Acting Director of the University-Affiliated Facilities Branch of the Office of Developmental Disabilities, and served as Acting Executive Director of the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation (renamed the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2003). As Acting Executive Director of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Ms. Roach serves as policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, and the Secretary of HHS in matters relating to the field of intellectual and related disabilities and citizens diagnosed with these disabilities. She is responsible for management, direction, and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the President’s Committee, assuming the leadership role for supervision of staff and administrative functions; and planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating special initiatives, including the preparation of the Committee’s mandated Annual Report to the President. She also serves as the Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Committee’s quarterly meetings. She represents the Committee in constituency group and interagency collaborative activities, on ad hoc committees, and at special meetings in the private and public sector with a stated purpose to improve the quality of life that is experienced by citizens with intellectual disabilities. Prior to her government experience, Ms. Roach worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Southern University and A& M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she taught courses in Speech Pathology, Audiology, General Speech, and Psychology. Ms. Roach is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and holds membership in many national and local professional and civic organizations. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University and A&M College and a Master of Arts degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She pursued post-graduate studies at Syracuse University and the University of California at Los Angeles. Ambassador David Robinson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Guyana from 2006- 2008, Deputy Chief of Mission in La Paz, Bolivia from 2003-2006, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Asuncion, Paraguay from 2000-2003. Other overseas postings included the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Iceland. In addition, he has served in a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, including as Special Coordinator for Venezuela policy. Ambassador Robinson was born in Hartford, CT and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds masters degrees in theology and national security strategy. He is married to Donna Lewis Robinson. They have two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school. Norm-Anne Rothermel is currently the State Refugee Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has been involved with the Refugee Resettlement Program since 2002 and has been employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for over 31 years. In addition to working in the Refugee Resettlement Program, she has worked in the Office of Fraud, Abuse, Investigation and Recovery and the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement. While working for the Commonwealth, Ms. Rothermel also served for 10 years with the 193rd Air National Guard working in their intelligence unit. She was involved in missions throughout Europe, the U.S. and South Korea. Norm-Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Theresa (Terry) Rusch was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Russian and a Master's degree in Library The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Science. (Later in her career she was awarded a Masters degree in National Security Studies by the National Defense University in Washington.) After finishing university, Ms. Rusch worked as a Russian-speaking Exhibit Guide in the former Soviet Union with the United States Information Agency. From there she was employed with the Public Schools of Madison, Wisconsin. She then joined the Foreign Service and served in the Soviet Union and the Philippines. Upon her return to Washington, she worked on implementation of the new asylum provisions contained in the Refugee Act of 1980. She joined the Bureau for Refugee Programs (now Population, Refugees and Migration) in 1983 where she was assigned to the new Office created to oversee the Reception and Placement program. Ms. Rusch became the Director of Refugee Admissions in 1989 where she has managed both the overseas and domestic aspects of the Department of State’s responsibilities under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program worldwide. She was deeply involved in addressing the Cuban, Haitian and Kosovo crises as well as the impact of the events of September 11, 2001 on the Refugee Admissions program. A primary focus of her Office at present is the admission of Iraqi, Burmese and Bhutanese refugees to the United States. Bryan Samuels is the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Samuels has spent his career formulating service delivery innovations and streamlining operations in large government organizations on behalf of children, youth, and families. His commitment to public service is largely motivated by his own success in overcoming great personal hardship during his eleven and half years of growing up in a residential school for disadvantaged children. This experience helped shape his commitment to serve children who lived in foster care and reinforced his belief that dedicated people and well-designed programs can make a dramatic impact on the lives of at-risk youth. As Chief of Staff for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Mr. Samuels played a leadership role in managing the day-to-day operations of the third largest school system in the nation with 420,000 students, 623 schools, 44,000 employees, and a $5 billion budget. His responsibilities include reviewing all policy changes recommended to the Chicago Board of Education and developing a model to address the impact of exposure to violence on student outcomes. Prior to this role, from 2003 to 2007, Mr. Samuels served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the nation’s third largest child welfare agency. While Director, he moved aggressively to implement comprehensive assessments of all children entering care, redesigned transitional and independent living programs to prepare youth for transitioning to adulthood, created a child location unit to track all runaway youth, and introduced evidence-based services to address the impact of trauma and exposure to violence on children in state care. As a result of his efforts, DCFS established the lowest caseload ratios for case managers in the nation; reduced the number of youth ―on run‖ by 40 percent and number of days ―on run‖ by 50 percent; decreased the use of residential treatment or group homes by 20 percent; and eliminated the number of past due child protection investigations by 60 percent. Prior to 2003, Mr. Samuels taught at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, while also providing technical assistance to state and local governments to improve human service delivery to vulnerable populations. Mr. Samuels holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Elina Sarkisova is a Program Officer at the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Having joined PRM/A in November 2008 following completion of the Career Entry Program (CEP) as a paralegal in the Office of the Legal Advisor (L), Elina currently serves as the Program Officer for Europe and Central Asia. She manages processing of Iranian religious minorities in Vienna, of P2 ―Lautenbergs‖ (among others) in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and a varied caseload in Europe. Ms. Sarkisova also covers processing of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) recipients who elect to receive resettlement benefits overseas. Kathleen Sebelius Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest civilian departments in the federal government, with nearly 80,000 employees. Since taking office, Secretary Sebelius has been a leader on some of the Obama administration’s top priorities. As the country’s highest-ranking health official, she played a key role in the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act and is now leading its implementation. She also coordinated the response to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. And under her leadership, HHS has provided a wide range of services from health care to child care to energy assistance to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Secretary Sebelius has answered President Obama’s call to form partnerships across government to improve the lives of Americans. She is the Co-Chair, with Secretary Vilsack, of the President’s Food Safety Working Group. With Attorney General Holder, she chairs the new Health Care Fraud Prevention and Action Team (HEAT). She has teamed up with Secretary Duncan improve early childhood education. And as part of President Obama’s ―Year of Community Living,‖ she is working with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities who wish to live at home. Secretary Sebelius has been a leader on health care, family, and senior issues for over 20 years. As Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, she fought to create jobs, improve access to affordable health care, and give every Kansas child a quality education. In 2005, Time Magazine recognized her achievements by naming her one of America’s Top Five Governors. Before being elected Governor, she served from 1995 to 2003 as the first Democrat to be elected Kansas Insurance Commissioner. In that role, she was recognized as a strong advocate for consumers while streamlining the Department’s budget. For her efforts, Governing Magazine selected her as their Public Official of the Year for 2000. Prior to her service as Insurance Commissioner, she was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995. Secretary Sebelius is the first daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Washington University. She is married to Gary Sebelius, a federal magistrate judge. They have two sons, Ned and John. Robert Shelbourne is the Director, Division of State TANF Policy within the Office of Family Assistance, and the Acting Director, Division of Tribal TANF Management within the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He began his employment with HHS in 1974 after working with the Illinois Department of Public Aid as a caseworker, supervising caseworker, and supervisory quality control specialist. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies Julie Siegel is a TANF Program Specialist in the Office of Family Assistance, within the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She began her employment with HHS in 1993, and has served in the Office of Family Assistance since the inception of TANF. Prior to TANF she worked for the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program. Gayle Smith is the Director of the Division of Budget, Policy and Data Analysis. Dr. Hawthorne Smith is the Clinical Director for Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. He is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Sherry Stanley Escobar is the Assistant Director for the Kentucky Office of Refugees, Catholic Charities. She has been with Catholic Charities since 2007. Ms. Escobar has a BA in journalism and an MA in Sustainable Development, with 10 years of experience working in rural development and agricultural policy in El Salvador. Janet Sten is the Chief of the Division of Workforce System Support (DWSS) in the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA.) She is responsible for direction and support for the workforce investment system including the network of almost 2900 One-Stop Career Centers. Ms. Sten and her staff provide support and technical assistance for the governance processes, capacity building initiatives, and the provision of information, tools, and products for use by the workforce system and its customers. Among the tools and products supported by DWSS and offered by the workforce system are data generation, integration, and analysis to support individual career planning and workforce system strategic planning. DWSS also manages a toll free help line (877-US2JOBS) and two of ETA’s premier Websites. CareerOneStop (www.CareerOneStop.org) is a suite of national Web sites that help businesses, job seekers, students, and workforce professionals find employment and career resources and Workforce3One (www.workforce3one.org) is an electronic learning platform, to support workforce professionals and ETA’s stakeholders. Duke Storen serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach at the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services where he manages external partnerships with public and private organizations and oversees the Agency’s outreach activities. Before coming to FNS, Duke was the Deputy Director of the State Information Technology Consortium (SITC) which provides consulting, event management, training, and IT development services to federal and state agencies in the areas of human and nutrition services. Before SITC, Mr. Storen was the Director of Benefit Programs for the Commonwealth of Virginia responsible for the major safety net and workforce programs. Mr. Storen holds a BA in Social Justice, an MA in Public Policy, and is pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy. Residing in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife and four children, Mr. Storen is actively engaged in coaching youth sports and trying to get his children to bed on time each evening. Barbara Strack joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as Chief of the Refugee Affairs Division in November 2005. Her responsibilities include managing the Refugee Corps and Headquarters staff to support the U.S. refugee admissions program by conducting overseas adjudications and associated policy, training, quality assurance, and anti-fraud efforts. Her previous experience includes both the public and private sectors: she directed a project on immigrant integration at the National Immigration Forum; served in the policy office at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service; worked as counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee; and The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies practiced law in Washington, DC, at O’Melveny & Myers. Ms. Strack is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Brown University. Sokhom Tauch, is a former Cambodian refugee and the Executive Director of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). He has worked in refugee community development services since 1977. He established IRCO as a model multicultural, multilingual community- based organization providing culturally specific services. Elizabeth Teachey is a member of the Enumeration Team of the Office of Income Security Programs at the Social Security Administration. Masha Teverovsky serves as Director of Refugee Family Enrichment programs at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, NY. She oversees implementation of nationwide Refugee Healthy Marriage (RHMP) and Technical Assistance programs. Sara Tompkins is a Reception and Placement Program Officer at the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Ms. Tompkins’ portfolio includes oversight over three national resettlement agencies, and cultural orientation. Prior to her role as Program Officer, she spent two years monitoring refugee resettlement agencies around the country on behalf of PRM. Ms.Tompkins has several years of refugee resettlement experience on both the local and national level, and has practiced immigration law. Ms. Tompkins is a licensed attorney. Kenneth Tota is the Deputy Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the Deputy Director, Mr. Tota serves as the senior advisor to the Director of ORR and provides oversight with regard to all agency operations. Prior to this, he served as Senior Program Specialist at the Immigration and Naturalization Services where, as manager-in-charge, Mr. Tota was directly responsible for the orderly transfer of the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before entering civil service, Mr. Tota was the Cuban Haitian Program Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC and Miami, FL. In this role, he helped to coordinate a series of mass migration response efforts from both Cuba and Haiti. Mr. Tota has Masters in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. Yanki Tshering is the Executive Director of Business Center for New Americans. Currently provides IDAs and Microenterprise loans through ORR funding. Vicki Turetsky is the Commissioner for the Office of Child Support Enforcement within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Commissioner, she oversees the child support program operated by each state and by many tribes. Ms. Turetsky brings more than 25 years of experience as a public administrator and advocate for low-income families. She is a nationally recognized expert in family policy, and has been instrumental in efforts to boost child support payments to families and to establish realistic child support policies that encourage fathers to work and play an active parenting role. Prior to her The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies appointment, she served as the Director of Family Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, where she specialized in child support, responsible fatherhood, and prisoner reentry policies. The author of numerous publications, she was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and has received several national awards. She also has held positions at the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, MDRC, Union County Legal Services in New Jersey, and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. As a division director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, she received one of the state’s first ―reinventing government‖ awards. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Dr. Gladys Vaughn is currently employed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, United States Department of Agriculture, and serves as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. In this capacity, she helps ensure that all citizens have access to the programs and services of the Department. Prior to assuming this position in October 2009, she served for five years as Director of USDA’s Office of Outreach, and six years as National Program Leader for Human Sciences Research in the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)—then known as the Cooperative State Education, Research and Extension Service (CSREES), also at USDA. She has been actively involved with the Office of Refugee Resettlement since the USDA/DHHS Memorandum of Agreement was signed as has worked assiduously to ensure that appropriate USDA programs and services were available to ORR. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, Iowa State University and the University of Maryland, all land-grant schools, from which she earned successive degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a published author in professional journals and other literature in her field. She has traveled to more than 32 foreign countries and is active in social justice efforts designed to improve family well-being and educational and economic opportunities youth and young adults. Jon Vosper is the Economic Development Programs Director for International Rescue Committee, Phoenix, AZ. Currently provides ORR IDA, Microenterprise, and RAPP services to refugees in Arizona. One of ORR’s four IDA technical assistance providers for its partnership with Assets for Independence. He has built a cadre of holistic services that positively impact the resettlement process. Yimeem Vu is the Program Manager for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program. He also works with the Microenterprise and Refugee Agriculture Partnership Project (RAPP) under the Division of Community Resettlement. Shazia Waters is a Program Officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Student Services and Migrant Education. She has degrees in business and a masters in education; has taught at secondary and postsecondary levels; and is Pennsylvania’s Refugee Education Program Officer. Deborah Wigely is a Project Director for California Health Collaborative. She has 15 years experience facilitating partnerships with community elders and implementing youth development and capacity building projects to assist Hmong refugee families in northern California. Roger Winter is a former Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. He was hired by Patricia Roberts Harris, then U. S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, to become the The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2010 National Consultation Biographies first Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement as the Refugee Act of 1980 moved toward enactment and after he served as the Assistant Secretary for Human Services and then Assistant Secretary for Budget and Fiscal Planning for the State of Maryland. In mid-1981, Mr. Winter became the head of the non-governmental U.S. Committee for Refugees, now USCRI and served in that capacity until 2001. In 2001 became the Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance in the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that capacity, became a part of the USG team that negotiated the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended twenty-one years of war in South Sudan and then as Special Representative on Sudan for the Deputy Secretary of State. Mr. Winter is now retired, but remains engaged in Sudan and regularly travels there. George Wright is a Consultant for the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) Solutions. He specializes in organizational capacity development, program design, and earned income strategies, with expertise in refugee and immigrant integration programming. Mr. Wright currently manages ISED Solutions’ Somali Bantu Community Development Project in four Upstate New York cities. Mr. Wright’s experience includes management of an ethnic community-based organization and an international NGO, technical assistance to ethnic community-based organizations, direct service for local resettlement organizations, policy research, and management of numerous federal, state, local, and foundation grants and contracts. Mr. Wright is also an independent grant writer and organizational management consultant. Mr. Wright holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of Essex, Human Rights Center (UK) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Middlebury College. Larry Yungk is the Senior Resettlement Officer for the Washington Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He coordinates UNHCR’s global resettlement policies and programs with the U.S. Refugee Program (USRP), and identifies new refugee populations for resettlement. Adnan Zubcevic is the founder and Executive Director of the Bosnian Community Center for Resource Development (BCCRD), an Mutual Assistance Association (MAA) based at the New American Center in Lynn, MA. He is the current chair of the Massachusetts MAA Coalition.
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