USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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Our Staff

Lavinia Limón
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lavinia Limón has more than thirty years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants.  Prior to joining USCRI in August of 2001, Ms. Limón was Director of the Center for the New American Community, a project of the National Immigration Forum.  During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Limón served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, designing and implementing programs to assist newly arriving refugees in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency.  She served simultaneously as the Director of the Office of Family Assistance for four years, helping to devise policies and strategies for implementing national welfare reform.  Ms. Limón was previously the Executive Director of the International Institute of Los Angeles

Lee Williams
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lee Williams joined USCRI as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2009. Prior to joining, he was the Executive Director of the International Institute of Akron (Ohio), a USCRI partner agency, for two years.  Mr. Williams’ early career was in client services and international banking.  He was Vice President of the Morgan Stanley Trust Company, Vice President of Deutsche Bank Global Institutional Services, and Managing Principal of Capco – a capital markets company.  Mr. Williams holds a Graduate Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University, a Master's degree in International Management from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bs.L from Georgetown University in Arabic.

Amy Campos
Director of Des Moines Field Office
Amy Campos joined USCRI in 2012 bringing over 10 years of combined experience in government and public relations, grassroots advocacy, community development, policy interpretation, and administration experience. Amy is the Field Office Director in Des Moines and manages day to day operations. Before joining IALA, Amy worked as a research director at the Simpson Urban Studies Institute increasing undergraduate student research projects and discipline representation ranging from humanities to natural sciences. Amy also supervised undergraduate programming at the Mitchellville Women’s Correctional Facility. Prior to her role at Simpson College, Amy worked for the United States Senate working in policy research and constituent services focusing on immigration, international affairs, health and wellness, Medicare and Medicaid, minority populations, and social services policy research and constituent services. From 2003-3007, Amy worked as a direct services provider for youth and families in the Des Moines area. In 2001, Amy worked for the Puerto Rican Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women increasing domestic violence prevention among youth. Amy has a dual Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Grand View University, and an Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills Community College.

Ann Grove
Case Manager
Ann Grove joined USCRI in December 2012, after working with refugees and immigrants in the Quad Cities (Moline & Rock Island, IL; Davenport & Bettendorf, IA) since 1999. She led the local World Relief refugee resettlement agency for ten years, then joined volunteer community efforts to enhance the integration of refugees while celebrating the skills, talents and cultures they bring. She especially enjoyed leading Refugee Healthy Marriages training and seeing the Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees organization get off the ground. Prior to working with refugees she earned a B.A. from St. Ambrose University and worked in marketing communications, both as in-house staff and then as an independent contractor.

Hser Htoo
Case Manager
Hser Htoo arrived in the United States of America, from Burma, in September, 2007. He lived in Syracuse, New York for two years and then moved to Texas. He then lived in Texas for three years and moved to Des Moines in September, 2012. Before  joining USCRI, he worked at HP-Hewlet Packards in quality control. Hser also worked with Lutheran Services in Iowa, Catholic Charity and LanguageTech as an independent contract interpreter. During his free time, he was also involved in volunteering by helping families and friends by assisting them receive social services benefits. Hser received his Certified Medical Assistant Diploma from Everest College in Texas, 2011. He then graduated from Eden Valley Academy in 2007, Karen Refugee Camp in Thailand. Hser speaks Karen.

Gopal Khadka
Reception and Placement Case Manager
Gopal Khadka began his work with refugees in Nepal as the Secretary of the Goldhap Refugee Camp. Prior to his work at Goldhap, he was a teacher at Blooming Lotus. He has since been certified as a Certified Nurses Aid and an EMT in the United States. He assists refugees through the resettlement process.  Gopal is fluent in Nepali.

Mie Mie Napa
Matching Grant Case Manager

Mie Mie Napa joined USCRI as Matching Grant Case Manager in October of 2012.  She arrived in the United States in June of 2009 and since that time has been involved in volunteer work with the Burmese community, Bureau of Refugee Service, Lutheran Social Service and Catholic Charities. Prior to her current position, she worked for Des Moines Public School as Community Outreach Worker and during that time she bridged communication between families and the school, motivating parents to get involve in school activities, and assisting students with their academic performance. While at Des Moines Public School, she also worked for its adult literacy program which provided ESL and social adjustment training for adults as well as children. She is currently studying at William Penn University in an Educational Leadership program.  Ms. Napa graduated from East Yangon University in 2006 with a B.A. degree in Psychology. In her free time, she volunteers at the Refugee Green Card Clinic, helping with the application process for refugees and immigrants.  Mei Mei speaks Burmese and Kachin.

Mak Suceska
Reception and Placement Case Manager
Prior to his time with USCRI Des Moines, he has extensive volunteer experience with refugee resettlement in Iowa spanning decades.  Mak has led various youth projects and has vast knowledge of non-profits in the Des Moines area. He assists refugees through the resettlement process. Mak received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa. Mak is fluent in Bosnian and Croatian.

Maha Swadi
Job Developer

Ms. Swadi came to Des Moines Iowa from Iraq in 2008.  She has a degree in computer technology.  She started working as a substitute teacher for Des Moines Public Schools.  In 2010, she started working with children and families in Iowa.  Maha graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor of social science in March 2012. Maha speaks English and Arabic.  She previously worked as teacher in her home country of Iraq.

Zack Kassim
Case Manager
Zack was born in Somalia, and moved to the state of Maryland in the U.S in 1985, where he finished high school. In the following years, Zack earned his undergraduate degree from Bowie State University in history, government, and political science. Zack went on to complete his graduate studies at American University in Washington D.C in the field of International relations peace and conflict resolution. Zack worked at various think tanks and policy institutions in the Washington DC area including PDI- Peacebuilding and Development Institute, the Rihani Group, and inclusive security. Furthermore, he served as consultant and field officer for several NGO’s and private organizations such as Relief International, IOM, Asia Relief, and Jane’s Intellegence Review. After many years working in various countries throughout Asia and Africa, he returned  to the U.S and worked in the private sector, first as strategic project manager for CDS Global based in Des Moines, Iowa, then as Global Business Strategist for the Hearst Magazines Group in New York, prior to launching Heartland 2 Africa – a global firm that helped companies in the Midwest expand their products and services to Africa. After 7 years in the private sector, Zack was presented with an opportunity to work with IOM in special assignment in helping bring stability and peace to his birth country of Somalia. Zack served as Operations and Security manager for the Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS) in Somalia for year, prior to joining USCRI as Case Manager in Waterloo, Iowa.

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