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.
Naw Diana Ler Yee joined CWS as a Refugee Case Manager in Feb 2014. She was born in Burma and resettled to the US in 2007. She graduated from UNC Greensboro in December 2013 with BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Naw Diana loves working with a diverse community. She speaks Burmese and Karen.
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.
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.
Mandy Maring is the Employment Services Coordinator. She 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.
Erin Edmiston began working at CWS in the fall of 2013, transitioning from intern to Employment Specialist. She works on the Matching Grant employment program and the new TAG-D program-promoting social and cultural adjustment through Drivers Ed and CPR training. 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 regions political/ ethnic conflict and in Botswana teaching sign language.
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.
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.
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.