Carl Nelson, Acting Executive Director

Christopher Nelson, Development Director

Kate Shermer, Communications Director

Estera Nyquist, Administrative Coordinator


Direct Program Services

Rebekah Phillips, Director of Refugee Services

Audelia Kouame, Program Coordinator, Refugee Cash Assistance and Resettlement

Hannah Schmokel, Housing Resource Coordinator

Refugee Employment Services

Briana Williamson, Employment Counselor

Reception and Placement 

Ruth LePage, Reception and Placement Program Manager

Danielle DeRose, Reception and Placement Case Manager

Zachary Hall, Reception and Placement Case Manager

Corinne Kurambil, Reception and Placement Case Manager

Immigration Legal Services

Ashlyn Vosika-Scherzberg, Immigration Legal Services Counselor

Allegra Drobnick, Immigration Counselor

Tracy Nelson, Immigration Assistant


Church Mobilization Ministries

Wendy Meyering, Director of Church Mobilization Ministries


Adam Cheney, Rochester Area Coordinator

St. Cloud

Samantha Grimsley, St. Cloud Area Director

Melissa Oler, St. Cloud Area Coordinator


Jenny Groen, Willmar Area Coordinator

Good Neighbor Program

Kelsey Manfred, Good Neighbor Program Director

Matt Blackford, Good Neighbor Coordinator

Kayla Hall, Good Neighbor Coordinator

Madeline Kertzmann, Good Neighbor Coordinator

Akram Matta, Good Neighbor Coordinator

Education Programs (including SALT)

Sem Lafleur, Education Programs Manager

Brad Henkel, SALT

Melissa Petersen, Language Resource Coordinator


Board of Directors

Carl Nelson
President, Transform Minnesota
Acting Executive Director, Arrive Ministries

Chuck Martel, Board Chair
Senior Vice President of RWD Solutions and Operations, ConcertAI

Mindy Conradi, Board Vice Chair
Retired Pilot, Delta Air Lines

Patrick Flowers, Board Secretary
Manager, Water Quality Xcel Energy

Rev. Mark Bendell
Interim Pastor Ministries

Pastor Jean Pierre Gatera
International Association for Refugees

Jill McFarling
Senior Vice President of Fraud Analytics and Strategy, U.S. Bank

Cher Moua
Leadership Development & Strategic Partnership, Cru Inner City

Natalie Schmidt
Elementary Ministry, Emmanuel Covenant Church