Community Advisory Board Members

Glory Brissett

Glory Brissett

Community Advisory Board Member

Glory Brissett is Executive Director and founder of LesAngesGardien LLC International based in Cleveland, Ohio and three different countries in Africa,
Les Anges Gardien is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children, widows, and the needy who are facing life threatening and terminal diseases worldwide. The organization focuses on humanitarian aid, disaster relief, education, and hunger abatement. We also support a number of motherless babies’ homes and schools for handicapped children in Africa.
Glory worked with five different refugees agencies, and in 2012 received a recognition award from Refugee Families Services in Atlanta GA for stopping children trafficking in refugee communities. Glory has partnered with Global Cleveland for Immigrants Heritage Year 2016 and 2017. Glory was a panelist for Freedom from Fear and shared the struggle of learning to trust again after fleeing the trauma of war. In 2017, Glory was selected by OHIO Channel Radio Cleveland, On The Sound of Ideas for Cleveland for helping with primary elections results and analysis. Glory is a 2007 graduate of UNILAC and is pursuing a career in Business at Cleveland State University. Glory Brissett is a Woman Leader in Glory be to God Ministries International.
Glory is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is married with three children, and speaks nine languages from seven countries in Africa.

Melaak Rashid, MPA

Melaak Rashid, MPA

Community Advisory Board Member

Melaak Rashid is an Nonprofit Consultant specializing in grant writing, organizational development, Human Resources, Compliance, and Cultural Competency Training, as well as holds positions as the Development and Community Outreach Director for Smart Development, Inc, and Fund Developer for the Spanish American Committee. Melaak has over 7 years experience as a nonprofit professional helping bring in over 15MIL to minority-led nonprofits to further their work and missions and small businesses across Greater Cleveland and connect diverse residents in need to the services they need to lead more stable, healthy, thriving lives. Previously, Melaak was the Human Resource Director for 3 years at United Funding Group and Secure Lending, providing customized HR services to ensure businesses and organizations are providing the best work environments for their employees. Melaak received her bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Politics from Cleveland State University as well as her Masters in Public Administration with certificates in Urban Planning and Nonprofit Management from The Levin College of Urban Affairs. Currently, she is a phD candidate in Public Affairs focusing on developing a cross-sector model elevating nonprofit, private, and public sector relations in achieving intersectional outcomes in community and economic development. As a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Melaak is tied to her community through her continuous volunteerism through Islamic Center of Cleveland, Al-Omary Mosque, Global Cleveland, Cleveland Women’s Group, Ibn Sina Clinic, and beyond as well as leads in being a trusted-voice for the local Arab American and Arab immigrant community in Cleveland.

Agnes Igodan

Agnes Igodan

Community Advisory Board Member

Growing up abroad in 2 African countries allowed me to see the world through a different lens from others who only have a Western world perspective on life. As an undergraduate Economics student at The Ohio State University, I held a special bond with international students. Not only did I live in the International House dormitory but I also volunteered as an English language conversation partner for Japanese and Chinese students who wanted to practice their English. I also worked one-on-one with a Ukrainian student to introduce him to American and University campus life. It is no surprise that I am now in a volunteer role at The Refugee Response here in Cleveland, Ohio. The mission and purpose of Refugee Response aligns extremely well with my passions and interests. My goal during my one year assignment on the Community Advisory Board is to increase awareness of the organization among my peers and assist the Refugee Response in furthering their 2021 objectives. Immigrants are the heart of the United States of America and I'm proud to be one from Nigeria and South Africa.