Our Staff and Board of Directors


Bob Oehrig, Executive Director

Refugee Arrival Services:

Michelle Eberhard, Director, Refugee Arrival Services

Kisongo Mbeleulu, Resettlement and Outreach Coordinator, Refugee Arrival Services

Kristina Shirokova, Refugee Cash Assistance Eligibility Coordinator & Resettlement Specialist

Immigration Legal Services and Employment Services:

Christine BurtonDirector, Immigration Legal Services and Attorney at Law

Timothy PaulsonImmigration Counselor, Immigration Legal Services

Ashlyn Vosika-Scherzberg, Immigration Counselor, Immigration Legal Services

Tracy Nelson, Immigration Assistant, Immigration Legal Services

Anya Yastremski, Employment Counselor, Refugee Employment Services

Ashley Burkhardsmeier, Job Developer, Refugee Employment Services

Ministry Programs:

Wendy Meyering, Program Director, Refugee Life Ministries

Akram Matta, Church Team Coordinator, Refugee Life Ministries

Jenny Klem, Church Team & New Neighbor Coordinator, Refugee Life Ministries

Rebekah Phillips, Volunteer Coordinator

Mike Neterer, Director, Somali Adult Literacy Training

David Pestel, Associate Director, Somali Adult Literacy Training

Melissa Hassman, Outreach Program Developer, Somali Adult Literacy Training

Dennis Murnyak, Coordinator, Community Gardening

Board of Directors

Ms. Debbie Nauman, Board Chair
Church Relations Specialist, Operation Christmas Child

Rev. Mark Bendell

Mr. Gilbert Coleman, Board Treasurer
Retired, Peterson Custom Software

Mr. Patrick Flowers, Board Secretary
Manager, Water Quality Xcel Energy

Pastor Jean Pierre Gatera
International Association for Refugees

Ms. Naomi Krueger
Resource Developer, Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Mr. Chuck Martel
Vice President, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota

Mr. Art Morrow
Executive Director, MADD Minnesota

Mr. Cher Moua
Cru Inner City

Mr. Carl Nelson
President, Transform Minnesota

Rev. Robert Oehrig
Executive Director, Arrive Ministries

About Arrive Ministries

Arrive Ministries provides Refugee Reception and Placement Services, Refugee Employment Services, Refugee Cash Assistance, Immigration Legal Services, ESL classes and tutoring, community development programs and other outreach services unique to various refugee populations and their needs and challenges.

Arrive Ministries Affiliates