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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:

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
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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
   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

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
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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

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

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.
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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
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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

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.
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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
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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.
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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.
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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 ( is a suite of national Web
sites that help businesses, job seekers, students, and workforce professionals find employment
and career resources and Workforce3One ( 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
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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

 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

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
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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

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
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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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