Board of Directors | Global Refuge

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New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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Leadership

Board of Directors

Our Board is committed to uplifting and walking alongside refugees and immigrants. We believe that strength is found in diversity and pride ourselves on prioritizing inclusion of refugees and immigrant leaders.

  • Bryn Parchman, Chair

    CEO (retired), Port Discovery Museum (Baltimore, MD)

  • Muhsin Hassan, Vice Chair

    Awards Director, Lever for Change (Chicago, IL)

  • Michele Speaks, Secretary

    Co-Chair, Warnock Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

  • Dennis Weickert, Board Treasurer

    CPA, Retired (Alpharetta, GA)

At-large Members

  • Matuor Alier

    Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Moorhead Public Schools (Fargo, ND)

  • Diane Batchik

    Independent Advisor, Diane Batchik Consulting (Columbia, MD)

  • Bishop Sue Briner

    Bishop, ELCA Southwestern Texas Synod (Seguin, TX)

  • Habib Enayetullah

    Senior Vice President – Real Estate & Asset Management, Hilton Worldwide (McLean, VA)

  • Bishop Paul Erickson

    Bishop, Greater Milwaukee ELCA Synod (Milwaukee, WI)

  • Nathan T. Glusenkamp

    Chief Quality & Registries Officer, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Chicago, IL)

  • Rev. Dr. Yared Halche

    Facilitator for Mission Engagement, Southeastern District LCMS (Ellicott City, MD)

  • Muhsin Hassan, Vice Chair

    Awards Director, Lever for Change (Chicago, IL)

  • Virginia Hultquist

    Manager for Lutheran Engagement (retired), Thrivent Financial (Greensboro, NC)

  • Tammy Jackson, ELCA

    Senior Director, Ministries of Diverse Cultures and Communities (Chicago, IL)

  • Bryn Parchman, Chair

    CEO (retired), Port Discovery Museum (Baltimore, MD)

  • Pastor Ginny Price

    New Hope Lutheran Church (Columbia, MD)

  • John R. Moeller, Jr.

    CEO, Inspiritus (Atlanta, GA)

  • Clarance Smith

    VP, Operational Risk Manager at Huntington National Bank, Retired (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Michele Speaks, Secretary

    Co-Chair, Warnock Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

  • Dennis Weickert, Board Treasurer

    CPA, Retired (Alpharetta, GA)

President’s Council

The Council provides Global Refuge President & CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah with strategic advice related to the organization’s key priority areas and its efforts to effectively fulfill its mission and vision.

Meet our President’s Council

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