STAFF & BOARD

Melineh Kano

Executive Director

Melineh has been with RefugeeOne since 1985 and became Executive Director in January 2013.

​She has overseen the creation, implementation, and evaluation of all RefugeeOne programs and growth from a 3-person staff to today’s 40+. Additionally, Melineh has helped develop many national initiatives, such as the creation of HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management for Refugees and the provision of technical assistance to newly-formed Mutual Aid Associations locally and nationally.

As an Armenian refugee from Iran resettled by RefugeeOne in 1984, Melineh has a deep personal connection to her passion for creating a welcoming community for refugees from around the world. She received her degree in Business Management from the University of Rome and is fluent in five languages (Armenian, Farsi, French, Italian, and English).

Executive Team

  • Jan Douglas, Director of HR
  • Ermias Ghiliazghi, Director of Finance
  • Maya Oyarbide-Sanchez, Director of Wellness
  • Zlata Paratusic, Director of IT & Operations
  • Helen Sweitzer, Director of Resettlement
  • Rich Van Hees, Director of Development

Board of Directors

Jennifer Borrell

Jennifer Borrell

President

Ilya Sheyman

Ilya Sheyman

Vice President

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Treasurer

Talla Saghafi Mountjoy

Talla Saghafi Mountjoy

Secretary

 Amynah Ali

Amynah Ali

Sonia Bobra

Sonia Bobra

Anne Brody

Anne Brody

Oi Eng-Crandus

Oi Eng-Crandus

Rebecca Carlins

Rebecca Carlins

Diana Fulaza

Diana Fulaza

Julie Grafe

Julie Grafe

Catherine Guthrie

Catherine Guthrie

Gary Kaufman

Gary Kaufman

Douglas Meyer

Douglas Meyer

Evan Moilan

Evan Moilan

Michael Petersen

Michael Petersen

Stacy French Reynolds

Stacy French Reynolds

 Bradley Schmarak

Bradley Schmarak

Kruti Parikh Shah

Kruti Parikh Shah

Steve Varick

Steve Varick

Debbie Kobak

Debbie Kobak

Hartwig Zakin

Hartwig Zakin