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.
Nasseer Naji started working as a Refugee Case Manager at CWS in February 2013. Before coming to CWS, his first job in the US was as a Cargo Agent at American Airlines. In Iraq he worked for seven years as a Material Control Specialist for Kellogg Brown and Root, a contractor for the US Department of Defense. Nasseer has a BA in Agricultural Science from Baghdad University. He speaks both Arabic and English.
Samantha Kubik has worked as a Refugee Case Manager with CWS Durham since April 2014. After living in Alexandria, Egypt for five years, she returned to NY and earned her BA in History and Arabic. Her passion for justice, equality, and opportunity serve as a foundational platform in refugee resettlement. Samantha speaks English and beginner Arabic.
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.
Wayde Marsh joined CWS in July 2016 as a Case Manager. He holds a BA in Politics and Religion from Washington & Lee University and a MDiv from Duke University Divinity School, where his studies focused on trauma, exile, and displacement in the Hebrew Scriptures and early Christian texts. Wayde worked with CWS as a volunteer beginning in 2014, before working as an intern in the Immigrant and Farmworker Program of the NC Council of Churches, where he helped build and educate religious coalitions to fight for immigrant rights in NC. He speaks English, intermediate Spanish, intermediate German, and beginning Arabic.
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.
Erin Edmiston began working at CWS in the fall of 2013, transitioning from intern to Employment Specialist. She works on the TAP-F employment program, providing targeted employability services to increase employment upgrade opportunities for new arrivals. She graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BA in Psychology and minor in American Sign Language. Erin’s first experience working with refugees was as an assistant teacher for the Doris Henderson Newcomers School- a school for refugees and 1st generation immigrants. Erin has also worked in Northern Ireland researching the region’s political/ ethnic conflict and in Botswana teaching sign language.
Erin Chesson began working with refugees at CWS in 2014 as a part-time AmeriCorps ACCESS Member, transitioning to Employment Specialist in July 2015. Erin holds a BA in Global Development Studies with a minor in French and a TESOL Certificate from the University of Virginia. She has studied and lived in Senegal and Haiti. She speaks English and intermediate French. Erin lives in Wake Forest with her husband.
Emily Millsaps joined CWS as an Employment Specialist in November 2015, and transitioned to ESL instructor in July 2016. She holds a BA in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Geography from the University of Kentucky. She has lived and studied in Costa Rica and Mexico. She began working with refugees as a volunteer ESL instructor at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She also worked as an Americorps member, mentoring youth and working as an interpreter.
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
Rebecca Schaeffer transitioned to CWS Immigration Services Coordinator in March 2012. Prior to that, 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.
Kelly Chauvin joined CWS 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.
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.
Sandi George is the Accounting Assistant on the CWS team. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from NC State in 2012. After graduation, she and her husband decided to start their family, and she spent the next few years at home raising her son full time. When the timing was right, she decided to pursue a career that would be both meaningful as well as fulfilling, and began working at CWS in October of 2015.