Ellen Andrews has been the Director of the CWS Durham Office since December 2014. Ellen began working with refugees at CWS in 2009; first as an Employment Specialist, and then as the Employment Services Coordinator, managing our refugee employment programs. In her current role as office Director, Ellen manages the overall and daily operations of the Reception & Placement, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, RAP, TAGD and Immigration Services programs at the Durham office and provides leadership and supervision to direct services staff. Ellen holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Soni Muragizi joined CWS as a Refugee Case Manager in July 2016. His journey in supporting refugee resettlement began in 2007 with the UNHCR as an outreach officer in Kenya, training refugees in preparation for their resettlement to other countries. He arrived to the US in 2012 and worked as an over the phone interpreter with TeleLanguage providing interpretation in English, French, Kiswahili, and Kinyarwanda. He began working with CWS in 2014 as an interpreter, joined our ranks as an AmeriCorps Employment Specialist in 2015, and transitioned in 2016 to his current case manager position.
Monique Lohmeyer joined CWS as an Employment Specialist in April 2015 and moved to the PC Case Manager Position in 2016. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from UNCG. From 2013-2014 she participated in The World Race and traveled in 11 countries in 11 months. Working alongside local non-profit organizations in each country, she assisted in projects ranging from building schools to assisting in medical clinics, from visiting IDP camps in Haiti to aiding women leaving the sex industry in Thailand. She speaks English and German.
Krista Camp joined CWS as the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program (CHEP) Case Manager in November 2016. Before working at CWS, Krista served in the Peace Corps for 2 years in Ecuador. Krista holds a BA in Psychology and Politics from Washington and Lee University. She speaks English and Spanish.
Jen Skees is the Employment Services Coordinator. She began working at CWS as the Preferred Communities Refugee Case Manager in January 2014. Prior to working for CWS, she conducted trainings on cultural competence, human rights, and non-profit management throughout New York City. Jen has advocated for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers at the International Institute of New Jersey and the United Nations. She holds a MSW in International Social Work and Human Rights and a BA in Visual Art. She has lived and studied in Nepal, Austria, Ireland and Guatemala. She speaks English and intermediate Spanish.
Nandini Sridhar joined CWS as an Employment Specialist in August 2017 after completing a year as an AmeriCorps ACCESS member with CWS Durham staff. Prior to working at CWS she served as an AmeriCorps member at IRC Miami. She holds a duel BA in International Studies and Spanish Language and Literature from UNC-Charlotte (’14).
Jourdi Bosley joined CWS as the Community Resource Coordinator in April 2015. She earned a BA in International Studies and a certificate in Human Rights from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. After cycling across the country after college, Jourdi focused on developing her bike mechanic skills to merge self-sufficient transportation with refugee empowerment. She worked with CWS as a volunteer and later as an intern, building a partnership with the Durham Bicycle Co-op to connect refugees with their own two wheels. She speaks English, beginning Arabic, and beginning Swahili.
Sijal Nasralla joined CWS in July 2016 as the Refugee Organizer for the Durham and Triangle area upon finishing his M.A. degree in Global and Middle Eastern Studies from UNC- Chapel Hill. Since moving to the central part of NC in 2012, he has been an ESL instructor, case manager, advocate, organizer, and filmmaker among refugee networks in the Triad and Triangle. His community organizing position utilizes co-sponsorship development, conversation groups, integrated voter engagement, community outreach, direct action, and meeting with representatives to make NC a more welcoming place to new arrivals.
Immigration Legal Team
Kelly Chauvin serves CWS as the Immigration Services Coordinator, and began at our site as an Immigration Counselor in September 2013. Prior to that, Kelly served with the NC Immigrant Rights Project and El Centro Hispano working in immigration law with a focus on immigrant rights and fighting racial profiling. Before working in immigration, Kelly served in the Peace Corps for 3 years in Guatemala. Kelly holds a BA in Psychology. She speaks Spanish and has lived and studied abroad in Spain and Guatemala.
Rebecca Schaeffer serves as an Immigration Counselor at our legal office. Rebecca served as an Employment Specialist for the CWS Durham office beginning in June 2010. Before joining CWS, Rebecca worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in Washington, DC. Rebecca holds a BA in International Relations with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She speaks French and Arabic, and has lived and studied abroad in England, France, Jordan, and India. In addition to working full-time for CWS, Rebecca is enrolled in the Weekend Executive MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Cas Cogswell is a part-time paralegal at the CWS Immigration office and joined the legal team in June of 2015. Prior to CWS, Cas worked at Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy as a Research Project Manager on a national high school dropout prevention initiative. Before moving to Durham, Cas served as a Project Manager with the Seattle Workforce Development Council, developing programs that increased family opportunities to self-sufficiency. In addition, Cas has worked as an ESL Instructor at Durham Technical Community College and with McDonald’s English Under the Arches program. Cas has traveled in Central and South America, Spain, and India and speaks Spanish.
Alyssa Clauser joined the CWS immigration team in October of 2016 as a paralegal. She holds a BA in Political Science from UNCG and a MA in International Studies from NCSU. During her studies, Alyssa specialized in researching immigrant and refugee policy in the United States. After completing her BA, she served a year as an AmeriCorps ACCESS member at a nonprofit in Asheville, where she worked as an immigration legal assistant and employment specialist. Alyssa has studied abroad in Sweden. She speaks English and is a beginner Spanish speaker.
Clarissa Bacon joined CWS in 2017 as the NC Accounting Assistant for both the Durham and Greensboro offices. Her background is in non-profit accounting. She is a long time resident of Durham and has traveled extensively. She holds a BA in Accounting with a minor in History from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.