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Meet Our Team

Patrick Kearns

Executive Director

Patrick is an experienced organization leader, program and business developer...

Anelize Nader

Deputy Director

Anelize is a leader, a systems thinker and connector...

Michael Bartunek

Senior Farm Manager

Michael Bartunek is an experienced organic farm manager. He...

Will Brown

Development Director

Will is an experienced writer, strategic thinker, and project manager...

Lar Doe

Ohio City Farm Site Manager

As an experienced farmer and team leader, Lar Doe has led the day-to-day operations of Ohio City Farm since 2012. Lar Doe is a former refugee from Burma who now calls Cleveland home with his family.

Kim Wheeler

Teen Response Program Manager

Kim Wheeler has always strived to give voice to those overlooked...

Kate Nickley

Youth Mentoring Program Manager

Kate works alongside Youth Mentoring Program Family Liaisons...

Becky Trout Ashenfelter

Corner65 Director

Becky is a New Jersey native who moved to Cleveland in 2011...

Noah Toumert

Head of Content Creation

Noah Toumert was born in Cleveland and joined The Refugee Response in...

Kristen Mekota

Operations Manager

Kristen is the Operations Manager for The Refugee Response. She...

Khoon Thomas

Program Coordinator

Khoon Thomas received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics...

Liliia Mamrokha

Language Support Specialist

I got my Master Degree in Translation. I speak English, German, Russian and Ukrainian. In 2013 I set up my own Language School in Ukraine...

Rachel Ramos

Farm Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Rachel brings a love of vegetables and many years of experience...

Maria Bozak

Program Coordinator

Maria is a licensed school counselor with extensive training and experience working...

Toni Sablack

Mentor Resource Coordinator

With a passion for life-long learning about the beauty and challenge...


Family Liaison

Mohammad supports enrollment, communication, and ongoing...

Nahla Abuhamdi

Family Liaison

Nahla Abuhamdi joined The Refugee Response as the Family Liaison...

Nazila Halim

Program Assistant

Nazila was born and raised in Afghanistan. She was resettled in Cleveland...

Sage Petrone

Teen Navigator

Sage (she/they) is a member of the Teen Response team based at John Marshall High School...

Sabzina Muhibzada

Teen Ambassador

Sabzina is from Afghanistan. She was resettled in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as a refugee...

Nelson Baguma

Teen Success Coach

Nelson is a former refugee from DR Congo who moved to Cleveland in the summer of 2019...

Jenelle Cozza

Teen and Family Navigator

Jenelle is a licensed School Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with teens in US public schools, and most recently at an international school in Kyiv, Ukraine...

Amber Sellers

Adult Tutoring Program Manager

After being in and out of the Cleveland area throughout her life, Amber unpacked her backpack and bought her own furniture in 2017. Since 2008, she has taught English in...

Julie Myers

Head of Administrative Operations

Julie is a mom, gardener, and doula. She brings her organizational support experience to the Refugee Response team...

Kavugho Mwengesyali

Family Liaison

I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2000 I moved to Uganda and...

Tommy Frost

Pathways Coach

Tommy grew up in Yorkshire before moving south to study a BA in English Linguistics at King's College London...

Amy Moniot

Director of Education

Amy holds advocacy and inclusion close to her heart and has built a career...

Eugenia Batina

Ukrainian Student and Family Liaison

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, she has endured the hardships brought upon by the war in her homeland...

Susanna Pasichnyk

ESL instructor

Susanna brings her expertise as an ESL Instructor to the Teen Response team where she will work primarily with Ukrainian students...

Carolina Coloma

Spanish Speaking Navigator

Carolina Coloma was born and raised in Lima-Callao, Peru. She is the proud mother of two children....

Karin Hudson

ESL Instructor

Karin is an empathetic and versatile ESL teacher. She has over 15 years of experience teaching all aspects of ESL...


Farm Team Member

Heh Si

Farm Team Member

Aline Musimbi

Farm Team Member

Tantine Mukonge

Farm Team Member

Nar Rai

Farm Team Member

Ha Nee

Farm Team Member

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