Mary St. John has been the Durham Program Director since the Durham CWS Immigration and Refugee Program office opened in January 2009. She has served in refugee resettlement for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant to ministries of health and education in Africa and Asia. Mary holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Computer Science. She taught English in the Peace Corps in Morocco, and has also lived in Thailand and the Caribbean. Mary speaks French and intermediate Persian. She and her husband live in Durham.
Kelly Cohen-Mazurowski has been the Community Resource Coordinator for CWS since June of 2012. Kelly works to recruit and mentor volunteers, to connect congregations and community groups with new arrivals, to create fundraising and awareness events, and to manage our web presence. Kelly graduated with a BA from Wheaton College, IL and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She speaks French and a little Polish and has studied and worked abroad in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. She lives with her husband in Durham.
Rosy Gautam has been part of the CWS Durham team since Feb 2012. With over 5 years of experience working for a non-profit organization based out of Toronto, Rosy enjoys working as a Refugee Case Manager for CWS. She was born in Nepal, spent most of her teenage years in Toronto and she currently lives in Raleigh with her husband. Rosy is fluent in English and Nepali. Her passion for people and her birth place Nepal is the main reason she takes pleasure in assisting clients of CWS.
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 lives in Durham and speaks both Arabic and English.
Bryan Parrish began working as a CWS Refugee Case Manager in November 2013. Before joining CWS, he worked as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in Pembroke, NC and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. Bryan graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies from Penn State University. He speaks Spanish and lives in his hometown of Hillsborough.
Jen Skees began working 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.
Elgiva Wood became the first School Impact Coordinator on staff at the CWS in October 2013. In her role Elgiva works to connect refugee families with local school systems and parenting resources. Elgiva has a certificate in ESL Teaching from Duke University and is currently working toward a Master’s in English with a concentration in TESOL at ECU. Previously, she taught at Durham Literacy Center and Durham Tech. Born in the UK, she relocated to the States in 1998 and now lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children. She learned French and German in school.
Ellen Andrews is the Employment Services Coordinator with the CWS Durham Office. She has been working in refugee employment services with CWS since September of 2009 and works on both the Matching Grant and RAP employment programs. Ellen holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham.
Mandy Maring began working as an Employment Specialist for CWS in March 2012. Prior to that she worked in human resources and staffing in Madison, WI. Mandy holds a BA degree in both Psychology and Human Development with minors in French and Political Science. She has studied and lived in Senegal and New Zealand. She enjoys volunteering and has taught ESL in Cedar Rapids, IA and Orange County, NC. Mandy is currently living in Durham.
Lacey Hendrix began working as an Employment Specialist at CWS in January 2013. Her first interaction with refugee populations was when living abroad in Egypt teaching English to displaced Iraqi, Sudanese, Palestinian, and Eritrean refugees. Before joining CWS she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for World Relief and as an Americorps Member for CWS in 2010. Lacey now lives in Wake Forest with her husband and two children.
Edwin Harris began working as the ESL Instructor at CWS in January 2014. He first worked with refugees as a volunteer teacher at CWS in 2013. He has taught English in Costa Rica and Chile. Edwin holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. He speaks English and Spanish.
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. Rebecca lives in Durham with her husband.
Kelly Chauvin joined CWS as an Immigration Counselor in September 2013. Prior to that, Kelly worked with the NC Immigrant Rights Project and El Centro Hispano working in immigration law with a focus immigrant rights and fighting racial profiling. Before working in immigration, Kelly served in the Peace Corps for three years in Guatemala. Kelly holds a BA in Psychology. She speaks Spanish and has lived and studied abroad in Spain and Guatemala. Kelly lives in Durham.
Erum Agha joined CWS as the Accounting Assistant in June 2013. Before joining our office she worked as an office manager for a local business. Prior to that she worked in the banking and finance industry in Canada. Erum has volunteered at local nonprofit organizations teaching mathematics to adults pursing basic job skills and has also organized events for immigrant women at a local community center. She is passionate about promoting women’s education in developing countries. Presently, Erum is enrolled for a graduate degree in Social Work. Erum speaks English, Urdu, and Punjabi.