Over the past decade, Annie Nolte-Henning has launched and operationalized refugee programs across the globe and currently oversees a team of 40 across the Americas focused on community sponsorship, protection and community building. She joined CSH in March 2023 as Executive Director shaping strategy, programs and partnerships. Over the past decade, Annie has launched and operationalized refugee programs across the globe and led teams across the Americas focused on community sponsorship, protection and community building. She has a rich background in global human resources and private sponsorship implementation, most recently as the Director of the Americas at Alight, a global humanitarian organization co-creating solutions with displaced people. Annie launched Alight’s bi-national program in private sponsorship and job sponsorship alongside the Shapiro Foundation, providing end-to-end support for refugees on the move. She received her Master’s in Public Administration and is based in Minneapolis with her husband, Nolan, and 2-year-old son, Luther.
Basma Alawee is a Deputy Executive Director for the Community Sponsorship Hub. Prior to that she was the National Campaign Director for We Are All America at National Partnership for New Americans. Basma led organizing efforts in more than 21 states to push for policy changes and support for the inclusion of refugee and immigrant communities. But her impact doesn’t stop there. In 2019, she founded WeaveTales, an organization that develops storytelling training programs and amplifies the voices of over 300 refugees and immigrants.
Basma’s passion for advocacy is rooted in her own experiences as a former refugee from Iraq. Her tireless work has earned her numerous accolades including the Jacksonville EVE Award in 2020, Athena40’s “40 Under 40” in 2021, and Grant Thornton’s Purple Paladin in 2022. She is a co-designer of the US Refugee Advisory Board, where she previously served as the first refugee advisor on the US Government Delegation to UNHCR’s annual Executive Committee.
Basma Alawee is a true champion for the rights of refugees and immigrants, using her own story to empower others and effect change on a national level. As a partner, leader and advocate, she is committed to centering lived experiences in inclusive policy design and decision-making. In her role, Basma creates space for diaspora communities and new actors to participate in the Welcome Corps and welcome refugee families arriving in America with the promise of freedom and opportunity.
Jeremy Haldeman serves as Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Policy, where he leads all community sponsorship programs, the practice and research teams, and organizational advocacy efforts. He joined CSH in October 2023 bringing more than 20 years of policy, advocacy, and community building experience, having worked at the intersection of domestic and international affairs. Jeremy has a long background developing and implementing a wide array of U.S. government initiatives, previously serving as a senior staff member in the U.S. Congress, and as the Associate Director of the Peace Corps. Jeremy also brings a unique set of experiences in community building, working as a political organizer on multiple electoral campaigns; as the lead attorney on a community development initiative in St. Louis, MO; and, most recently, building and leading a new external partnerships program at Alight. Jeremy is based in Washington, DC.
Chase Kimball serves as Chief Technology Officer of the Community Sponsorship Hub. In prior roles, Chase has driven tech transformation within the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the White House, and the Pentagon, along with several other mission-driven organizations. Most recently Chase held senior product management and operations leadership roles at a startup focused on national defense. Chase lives in Washington, DC, where he serves as bishop of his local Latter-day Saint congregation. Chase’s great-grandmother was a refugee.
Isil is the Associate Director of Processing, Welcome Corps at the Community Sponsorship Hub where she is responsible for the management of the screening of Private Sponsor Groups, Airbnb.org, and The Sponsor Fund. Prior to joining CSH, she led Episcopal Migration Ministries' Community Sponsorship program where she built and expanded the co-sponsorship and partnership capacities of the affiliate network. She also brings in 7 years of supervisory experience as a Participant Support Manager at AFS-USA Intercultural Programs where she oversaw case, volunteer, and process management as well as compliance, quality assurance, and intercultural learning in international student exchange programs. Isil's refugee resettlement experience includes case management at The IRC in New York, and Cultural Orientation at ICMC in Turkey, where she is originally from. Isil holds a BA in French and International Relations from Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey, and an MPA from the City University of New York. She speaks English, Turkish, and French.
Beyza Burçak Klein is the Community Engagement Officer at the Community Sponsorship Hub where she is supporting local and national outreach strategies for the Welcome Corps Program. Beyza has been working in the workforce development, refugee settlement, and immigration advocacy fields for the past 6 years, leveraging her experience as an immigrant as well as her professional background in journalism.
Prior to joining CSH, Beyza worked at Upwardly Global first as an Employment Services Advisor supporting immigrant and refugee professionals reestablishing their careers in the United States. Later, she served as a Partnerships & Volunteer Program Officer managing relationships with volunteers & employer partners. Beyza was very proud to lead the rapid response portal project for Ukrainian refugees providing free access to career tools for newcomers.
Beyza holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston where she wrote a thesis on the post-resettlement needs of refugee women in the state. In addition to her work, Beyza is also committed to uplifting the voices of our diverse immigrant and refugee communities through storytelling, art, and film.
Stephanie Clegg brings nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector across workforce development, philanthropy, tax policy and independent news organizations. Her work has centered on translating complex research into digestible formats for a variety of audiences, including legislators, funders, partners and advocates. Creative communications is both a professional and personal passion. In 2012, Stephanie coordinated the first U.S. exhibition of Poster for Tomorrow, an international art exhibit centered on human rights issues including the freedom of movement. She is a published artist and serves on the board of Jobsite Theater, a nonprofit professional theater company in Tampa, FL.
Courtney Cook is a Team Lead with the Welcome Corps Application Screening Team. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to the economic integration of refugees and immigrants. She has over 8 years of experience in refugee resettlement with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she oversaw employment services for newly arrived refugees in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to joining CSH, Courtney worked in the field of international higher education, working on a high-volume admissions and enrollment team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a research focus on refugee access to higher education.
Shireen Ebrahim is the Program Officer for Policy and Practice. Prior to CSH, Shireen worked in the humanitarian field for six years as a Protection and Gender-Based Violence Specialist with the UN Refugee Agency, Danish Refugee Council, and other non-governmental organizations in Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the Americas. Working on projects supporting asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, and conflict-affected populations, she provided technical expertise to field teams on case management, violence prevention & response, and community-based initiatives. She was responsible for coordinating with various local and national stakeholders, facilitating trainings and capacity-building workshops, and advocating for emerging needs as well as broader state policies. Following her experiences abroad, Shireen was eager to transition to working domestically in the U.S. refugee resettlement and community sponsorship space. Shireen is a proud Iranian-American and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gio Exume is a Data Analyst at the Community Sponsorship Hub, driven by her passion for leveraging data to drive social progress. Her focus is on identifying trends and crafting data-driven solutions. Before her role at CSH, Gio interned in international development, serving on The Hunger Project's Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team. Gio holds an M.A in Social Research and Analysis from Montclair State University and a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University.
Nele Feldmann is the Associate Director, Welcome Corps on Campus at the Community Sponsorship Hub where she is leading the organization’s work to launch private university sponsorship of refugee youth in the United States. She previously served as the Executive Coordinator of the Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways and as the Head of Student Emergency Initiatives at the Institute of International Education where she supported the creation of higher education pathways for refugee students globally. Nele has more than eight years of experience in designing, managing, and supporting programs that expand access to higher education for international, refugee, and displaced student populations. Nele graduated from the University of Bonn in Germany with a master’s in Translation for Arabic and French and a bachelor’s in Political Science. She worked and studied in France, Egypt, and Syria.
Aubrey Grant, PhD(c), MPP, began working in refugee resettlement in 2009, serving as a case manager for Church World Service in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over the past decade she has held various refugee resettlement roles in research, policy, practice, and advocacy. Aubrey received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a Master of Public Policy from American University, and is completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Esmeralda Hoscoy, Associate Director of Support and Oversight at the Community Sponsorship Hub, has a strong personal connection to the mission of growing the role of communities in the protection, welcome and integration of refugees and forcibly displaced people. As a first-generation immigrant, Esmeralda understands the complex challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America. Before assuming her post with Community Sponsorship Hub, Esmeralda spent the past 10 years managing non-profit programs and served economically disadvantaged people, immigrants, refugees, day laborers, and individuals with mental health challenges. She is the previous Regional Director of Westchester County for Catholic Charities of New York, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and has also worked internationally as Director of Volunteers at Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Esmeralda is bilingual and bicultural and is driven by her passion to empower immigrant communities. She holds an MPA from the State University of New York at Albany and currently serves as a Board Member of the Westchester Women's Agenda where she works to improve the lives of women by advancing racial, economic, and social equity for all.
Strategist, Sponsorship Expansion and Coordination
Lucretia is a Strategist for the Community Sponsorship Hub. Prior to this, Lucretia served as a program lead for the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations from 2016-2021. In that role, she supported a number of global portfolios focused on expanding rights and protections for refugees and other forcibly displaced people and deepening investment in community-centered initiatives that encourage more welcoming societies. She's also held positions with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Public Agenda, and the International Action Network on Small Arms. She holds a master's degree in international relations from New York University, and bachelor's degrees in political science and international studies from Loyola University Chicago.
Jenny LaMotte is the Program Officer for Capacity Building and Support and works closely with the Welcome Corps network of Private Sponsor Organizations. Prior to joining CSH, Jenny managed a refugee resettlement program in Philadelphia, where she also co-chaired the Philadelphia Regional Refugee Providers Collaborative and oversaw implementation of the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program. Jenny also has experience in immigration legal services, community engagement, and social care technology. Jenny holds a dual master’s degree in public policy and social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Theo Lowrey is a Team Lead on the Application Screening team. She started working in refugee resettlement in 2016 as a volunteer at a local resettlement agency. She went on to work for Episcopal Migration Ministries, where she managed EMM’s national refugee integration programming. Throughout her career, she has focused on building institutional memory for staff to provide the best possible support to clients. She loves creating new tools and procedures and finding new ways to use and analyze data on Excel. Outside of work, she loves to play in bands, cook, and read challenging books. She has a BA in Middle Eastern History and Music Composition from Bard College and speaks Arabic and English.
Dawood Mayom is the Program Officer of Welcome Corps on Campus at the Community Sponsorship Hub, where he manages the day-to-day program aspects. Prior to coming to the U.S., Dawood served for 10 years supporting refugees and immigrants in different roles at Psycho-Social Services and Training Institute in Cairo (PSTIC), Terre des Hommes Program, a UNHCR Implementing Partner. Most recently, Dawood worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Matching Grant program intern, Intensive Case Manager and Resettlement Casework Supervisor in New York, Virginia and Iowa, respectively. In May 2022, Dawood received an M.A. in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, concentrating on Policy Practice in International Social Welfare and Services for Immigrants and Refugees. Dawood earned his first M.A. in Public Policy from the American University in Cairo, School of Global Affairs, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Cairo-Egypt 2017-2019, after receiving a dual B.A. in law and economics from Cairo University in 2014.
Mira Mendick's experience in refugee resettlement began in 2016, managing volunteers and a community sponsorship program at the local level, leveraging the outpouring of support during the Syrian crisis. Mira has spent the last few years doing similar work, focused on community outreach and supporting community engagement in resettlement, on the national level at USCCB and HIAS. Mira has her MPA with a focus on nonprofit management from Clark University.
Kit O’Connor began working in refugee advocacy at Amnesty International USA first as the volunteer Legislative Coordinator for Vermont and later as a Campaign Organizer in the Refugee and Migrant Rights Campaign. In these positions, they fostered leaders in local communities to take actions designed to proclaim “Refugees Welcome.” They later served as a Victim’s Advocate for a local resettlement agency in Kentucky. Most recently, Kit served as a Program Associate in Case Processing for the Sponsor Circle Program. Prior to work in refugee advocacy, they were an educator and involved in various social justice organizations. Kit holds a a bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard.
Kelly Olivo is the Program Associate, Sponsor Experience at Community Sponsorship Hub. As an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), Kelly served two years at a refugee resettlement agency in southwest Houston. She enjoys contributing to meaningful and impactful work and has experience in volunteer management, federal grant management, election administration, and census enumeration. Kelly holds BAs in International Affairs and Philosophy from the University of Georgia and received her Masters in Human Rights from the University of London. Outside of work, Kelly can usually be found reading, volunteering, or hanging out with her dogs.
Melissa Pearson is the Human Resources Manager at the Community Sponsorship Hub. She began her career in New York supporting nonprofits and high-growth startups. Melissa has improved HR processes related to recruitment, onboarding, benefits, payroll, compliance, and culture. She holds a Master of Arts in I/O Psychology with a focus in HR from Brooklyn College. Outside of work, Melissa loves to volunteer and travel.
Lauren Ramirez has been involved in the non-profit field for over 8 years. Her time in refugee resettlement began in 2020 where she oversaw the implementation of the Reception & Placement, Matching Grant, and Preferred Communities programs. In these roles, she managed grants and compliance, and provided technical support to field staff. Lauren earned her bachelor’s in business administration and certificate of nonprofit management at Texas A&M University.
Bisma Y. Sheikh is the Program Officer for Welcome Corps at the Community Sponsorship Hub. Prior to that, she worked in international education for nearly 10 years, where she led efforts to create inclusive higher education pathways for the most marginalized students and committed herself to advocating for populations historically excluded in education including low-income, first generation, students of color, rural, and immigrant and refugee students.
As the daughter of immigrants, Bisma’s passion for immigrant and refugee resettlement and integration led her to grassroots advocacy during Operation Allies Welcome in 2021. Working alongside diaspora groups and local volunteers, she joined as an early welcomer for Afghans arriving in the US. She also co-led a community-based sponsorship that resettled two Afghan refugee families into her rural Virginia community. Combining her background in education and advocacy for refugees, Bisma has spoken at conferences encouraging the college and university admissions community to create accessible pathways for refugees and immigrants.
Bisma is committed to elevating and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience as refugees and immigrants in this space. In her role, Bisma will lead the coordination of Welcome Corps consortium members, while remaining true to her immigrant background by lifting up diaspora voices in welcoming refugees. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University.
Anne Sweeney is an advocate, strategist, and systems builder with over 20 years leadership experience working with international organizations and nonprofits, especially those that advance the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She joined CSH in 2024 as Director of Welcome Corps where she leads the Welcome Corps program and its complementary Welcome Corps on Campus. She brings a diverse background in refugee resettlement and protection, from resettling newly arrived refugees in the U.S. to working with the U.S. refugee processing entity in Nairobi, Kenya and with UNHCR in Tanzania and Geneva. In 2008, Anne co-founded and scaled Heshima Kenya (now RefuSHE), the first organization of its kind dedicated to empowering unaccompanied and separated young women and girls and their children. Most recently, Anne was the Senior Advisor for Client and Community Impact at Catholic Charities in Chicago. She holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a Certificate in Forced Migration from Oxford University.
Heather Triscik, in the role of Director of Finance and Operations at the Community Sponsorship Hub, leverages over 25 years of comprehensive experience in driving transformative change, operational excellence, and financial strength across diverse sectors, including startups and nonprofits. Having honed her expertise at esteemed organizations such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce, Heather is deeply passionate about effecting positive social change. Her strategic foresight seamlessly integrates with operational efficiency, not only enhancing financial performance but also empowering nonprofits to effectively fulfill their missions. This commitment to impactful leadership has been instrumental in driving sustainable growth and fostering meaningful change within the nonprofit sector.
Possessing a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor's in Finance and Economics, Heather is enthusiastic about contributing to the Hub's mission of protecting, resettling, and integrating refugees and forcibly displaced individuals. She is dedicated to implementing efficient systems, adeptly managing financial resources, and optimizing operational processes to further the organization's goals.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Heather enjoys spending time with her two teenaged daughters and finds joy in traveling, hiking, running, and playing tennis.
Joe Williams is a highly experienced grants and contracts professional with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has a proven track record of success in managing complex grants and contracts, and has a deep understanding of the grantmaking process. Joe is a highly effective communicator and negotiator, and has a strong ability to build relationships with key stakeholders. He is also a highly organized and detail-oriented individual, with a strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
In previous roles, they managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of grants and contracts from US & foreign governments, multilateral organizations, and private & family foundations; developed departmental policies and procedures; prepared & presented monthly reporting, and ensured compliance with funder policies. When not at work, you’ll find Joe camping with the family, hiking, and reading.
Corey Wilson is the Development Manager at the Community Sponsorship Hub. Specializing in fundraising strategy and creative donor communications, she has dedicated her career to helping non-profits create enduring impact. Corey began her career in higher education fundraising, and has since worked for a diverse range of non-profits, including environmental, advocacy and human services organizations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Scripps College.