Kelsey LeBrun Keswani
Co-founder of RAIN International and Interim Director of Refugee Resettlement for Catholic Charities of Oregon. Nearly 20 years of experience managing programs for refugee and migrant populations, including programs for such vulnerable populations as survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, torture and genocide. Has providing trainings and technical assistance on migration narratives and policy throughout the US and Europe. Holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and FEMA-certified as a first responder. US Peace Corps Volunteer in Crimea, Ukraine. Speaks some Russian, some French and a little Hindi.
Sugandha "Rupa" Pai
Thrive Program Coordinator
Over 20 years experience as an architect with special emphasis on the aviation industry. LEED accredited Architect, Project Lead and Project Manager on a variety of projects including fire and aviation industries. Currently an entrepreneur running own consulting and contracting firm. As an immigrant from India, understands the critical importance of changing the narrative about migration among our youth, and works intensively with RAIN’s Thrive Program building programs to influence cross cultural understanding. Has seen kids lives changed by it! Fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani.
Psychologist and co-director of the Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), which provides training and research on the impact of human rights violations on LGBT mental health. Member of the volunteer Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights since 2005. Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. Co-Editor the book “Sexual Conversion Therapy: Ethical, Clinical and Research Perspectives.”
Currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Brown University, Wright is a former Fulbright-Hays and National Science Foundation fellow specializing in gender, migration, intimate labor, and development in South Asia. She was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India where she earned a Master’s degree in Development Studies. Previously a visiting lecturer at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea. Bilingual English-Hindi.
Over twenty years of management experience and has been directly involved with the resettlement of refugees into the United States for six years as the Director of Refugee Focus, Lutheran Social Services of Tucson. Has provided mental health services, with a focus on sexual abuses and trauma, both internationally and within the United States to refugees from over 30 countries. Currently obtaining Master’s Degree in Management of Public Sector in West Indies where served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.
Human rights consultant with an expertise in migration, migrant assistance programming, and human trafficking with experience in Southeast Asia, the Middle East/North Africa, Europe, and North America. Currently works on family reunification of unaccompanied migrant children, including asylum seekers, in the United States. Researcher for Minority Rights Group International. Associate Editor for the UN Special Rapporteur on global survey on human rights defenders, Editor on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Worst Forms of Child Labor Report. Previous consultant for Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Protection International, the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, and International Organization for Migration. Past Refugee Protection Coordinator at refugee camp in Greece. Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Sydney. Speaks English, Spanish and some Arabic.
Joanne Kinya Mugambi
Community development practitioner and registered social worker in Canada, has worked with refugees in ten countries, fifteen cities and six refugee camps in East, South, and Central Africa. Work includes research, psychological and trauma counseling, and training for US-bound refugees on cultural adjustment for life beyond the asylum. Keenly interested in creating and designing support systems and programs for refugee women and children that are sensitive to the culture and social fabric of these refugees. Speaks three languages and won numerous human rights awards.
PhD candidate in Health Systems and Policy at the Portland State University and Oregon Health Sciences University School of Public Health located in Portland, OR. Research includes migrant policy analysis, equity, access and population health. Sylff Fellow for International Research through the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and recipient of 2016 award for Excellence in Research through OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Presented on migrant health at numerous conferences and international meetings. Masters in Public Health, International Health from Oregon State University, and conducted equity analysis research in Vietnam. Nearly two decades of work in philanthropy since 2004, including Donor Relations Officer for the Oregon Community Foundation, where completed a seven year summative evaluation of a $1.5 million dollar cradle to grave education strategy designed and implemented.
Alexandra Da Dalt
International development professional with experience working with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN, Sesame Workshop, World Savvy, the Teachers College, Millennium Villages, and the International Rescue Committee. Interests and specializations include the intersections of migration and peace education, gender equity and intersectional feminism, and environmental justice. Experience storytelling and communicating aims and information to both affected communities and diverse audiences. Conducted a study on women’s perceptions of gender and power in Timor-Leste as a Columbia AC4 and Sylff Fellow. Speaks conversational Spanish and French, and little Japanese.
Northern Virginia based licensed therapist and an international development consultant with experience working with mental health programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Founder of the global mental health NGO NASM-Afrique to build capacity and promote mind-body well-being in Africa. Over 20 years of experience in refugee programs operation and mental health services delivery for people from culturally and ethnically diverse background in the United States and Africa. Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and Post-graduate certificate from Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Fluent in English, French, Ewe, and Mina.
Currently the Director of Product for Manzama, Insights, a data science/AI analytics tool for legal and business news. Prior to entering the technology sector, was a prosecutor in Oregon and graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. Before a career in law, was a graphic designer for a decade and received an undergraduate degree in Theatre. A naturalized citizen of the United States after fleeing Vietnam as a political refugee in 1975.
Rafael Camacho Jr.
Community organizer and employment specialist for refugees and asylum seekers in US and Brazil. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work with the Department of State of Justice and Human Rights of Acre, Brazil, as a Cultural Integration Coordinator, focusing on marginalized and isolated populations living in the Amazon. During time in Brazil, also assisted asylum seekers from Haiti and Senegal who were being housed in large shelters to gain basic supplies and public recognition. Speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic.
Program Specialist in Europe’s Migration Crisis with extensive research and report writing proficiency in social vulnerability, human trafficking and labor exploitation. International educational experience in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Former Project Officer for UNESCO Bangkok. Designed the first ASEAN Youth Network Proposal to promote public awareness on the primary challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region. Master’s in Public Administration specializing in International Public Management from DePaul University. Humanitarian volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. Fluent in English, Spanish and French.
R. Bernal Cruz Munoz
Board Vice President
Case Coordinator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Unaccompanied Children’s program. Nearly 20 years experience providing complex mental health services to children and families in schools, hospitals, foster care, refugee and residential facilities for diverse populations. Consultant with Equityworks Northwest promoting a greater understanding of social justice and diversity, and member of Multnomah County Refugee Mental Health Task Force and UNITE Oregon. Post graduate certificate from Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Speaks Spanish and a little Arabic.
Humanitarian and educational developer with more than 10 years of working with Unaccompanied Children and indigenous populations in Central America and US resettlement programs. Program Supervisor for 5 years, designed educational and training curriculum and developed all policies and procedures for Youth Outreach, Environmental and Shelter programs in Portland, Oregon, Guatemala and South Korea. In connection with the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology, facilitated the training of Cultural Resource Management techniques to local indigenous populations throughout the Pacific Northwest and American Samoa. Bilingual English and Spanish.
Community Relations Manager at Portland Community College Southeast Campus. Focused on college and community initiatives that support equitable student success and sustainable community development. Previously worked in the field of international development, supporting Mercy Corps’ mission of building secure, productive and just communities. Experienced in corporate and non-profit program management and administration, gained in a variety of international and multicultural settings, including working in Central America, Cuba, Italy, Spain, Peru and Brazil. Passionate about building community, multicultural education, and equitable access to resources and opportunities.
LEED-accredited Architect and Project Manager for Washington County, OR, with 20 years of experience designing and executing diverse project types. Has designed schools, medical facilities and mental health facilities across the country. Volunteered to design modular refugee and unaccompanied minor shelters with US and European partners in 2015-16. Fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, and 2 other regional Indian languages; basic conversational skills in Spanish and French.
Kate Sheese works as a research associate at the Sigmund Freud University in Berlin on a project on protecting psychological well-being when working in conflict and crisis. She teaches courses in the psychology master’s program on psychosocial issues in the support of refugees and organizational psychology. Kate is a Doctoral Candidate in critical social psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is working on a dissertation on the moral economy of international volunteer aid in the context of the refugee crisis in Greece, where she coordinated volunteer medical aid and the psychosocial support for volunteers in 2015 and 2016.
Licensed Clinical Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, OR. Provides trauma-informed multicultural therapeutic services and supervision in private practice and is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Department of Counseling at George Fox University. Provides trainings for refugee and immigrant programs with 20 years of experience in mental health services. Began career providing critical services to refugees in home country of Albania during and after the Kosovo War. Speaks Albanian, English and a little Spanish.