Church World Service
Immigration and Refugee Program
308 East King Street
Lancaster PA 17602
Tel: (717) 381-2890
Fax: (717) 381-2896
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Sheila has been working in refugee resettlement for Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program since 1987, first as Sponsorship Developer and Coordinator of the CWS affiliate office in Lancaster and, since 2006, as Lancaster Office Director of the new CWS/Lancaster sub-office. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Refugee Advisory Council, the Association for Refugee Service Professionals, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County Council of Churches.
Sheila is fully accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals/Executive Office for Immigration Review and represents clients in legal immigration matters before the Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Immigration Courts. She received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster and her Master’s of Arts from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Managing a growing office staff of 20 and overseeing nine successful refugee resettlement and support programs is exactly what Sheila always wanted to do. She has always found it to be a fascinating, rewarding career and enjoys working with dedicated and compassionate staff and colleagues.
Tel: (717) 381-2894; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director for Programs
Laura began working for CWS/Immigration and Refugee Program in 2008 as Sponsorship Developer, later adding Volunteer/Intern Coordination for the Lancaster office. She also acted as case manager in the Reception & Placement Program and as paralegal in the Immigration Legal Services Program. In December, 2012, Laura transitioned into the role of Assistant Director for Programs. A native of Lancaster County, Laura received her bachelor’s degree from Lancaster Bible College then spent two years working in church planting in Skopje, Macedonia where she grew to love diversity of culture and language. She later completed a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Upon returning to Lancaster after several years away, she was pleasantly surprised to find a thriving refugee resettlement program and quickly moved to get involved. She is thrilled to work with a passionate staff that is committed to advocating for and supporting Lancaster's newest diverse neighbors.
Tel: (717) 358-9342; email: email@example.com
Resettlement Program Coordinator
Tel: (717) 381-2891
Amer Al Fayadh
Tel: (717) 358-9274; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refugee Health Case Manager
Stephanie began working with Church World Service in January 2012, first as an intern with the Lancaster office and then as Program Coordinator at the State College site. Stephanie’s current position with the Lancaster office is with the Refugee Health Program and the Lancaster Refugee Coalition, where she is able to focus her studies of Community Health towards the health and wellness of Lancaster’s refugees. Stephanie has a Master’s degree from Hofstra University and has worked with refugees in various capacities throughout her life, including HIV/AIDS research based in Nairobi, Kenya. Stephanie enjoys anything outdoors such as running and hiking, as well as traveling to new and old places with her husband and dog. Stephanie is excited to be back in Lancaster working with people who are just as passionate for culture and diversity as she is.
Tel: (717) 358-9276
Resettlement Case Manager
Marijke began as a Resettlement Case Manager in July 2014, and it is her first position with CWS. Prior to moving to Lancaster, Marijke spent eight months working in advocacy for refugee rights in South Africa with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where she studied Political Science, Peace& Social Justice, and Spanish. In addition to several stints in South Africa, Marijke has studied in the Czech Republic and Spain. She loves running, hiking, and traveling in her spare time.
Immigration Counseling Program
Immigration Legal Services Coordinator
Janet began with CWS in April 2009 as the Cuban/Haitian Program Coordinator in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In November 2009, she added the title of Immigration Counselor, and now holds the position of Immigration Program Coordinator. Janet is originally from Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in Spanish from Luther College. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Arts in International Studies and concentrations in Policy Analysis and Conflict Resolution. Additionally, she has trained at the International Conflict Research Institute in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and at La Universidad Catolica in Valparaiso, Chile. Janet has worked with immigrant and international communities in various roles prior to her employment with CWS, including with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the Court Annexed Mediation Program, both in Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about travel and language; besides Spanish, she has studied French, German, Japanese, and Norwegian.
Tel: (717) 358-9396; email:email@example.com
Program Developer/Immigration Paralegal
Beth has worked with Church World Service since 2006, first as Coordinator of the Cuban/Haitian Resettlement Program and as Coordinator of the U.S. Reception & Placement Program and Cultural Support Programs. She now holds the position of Program Developer and Immigration Paralegal. Beth is a BIA-accredited representative and immigration counselor. Beth graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of Pittsburgh and has her master's degree in Development from Eastern University. She has studied in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. Beth came to CWS/Lancaster after teaching English as a Second Language in Pittsburgh, PA and Salvador, Brazil.
Tel: (717) 358-9340; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (717) 381-2897; email: email@example.com
Employment Program for Refugees
Employment Program Coordinator
Besy graduated from Hostos Community College of the University of the New York with an associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. While she was teacher’s assistant she worked toward obtaining a teaching degree. She attended Long Island University and graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. After Graduating from college she worked for the Early Head Start Program for nine years in New York City. While working for the Early Head Start Program she received the excellent award from the University of New York for demonstrating the importance of reading to children. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and worked for Prime ECR as an Employment Specialist. She began working with the CWS/Lancaster office in August of 2006 and now she is the Employment Program Coordinator for the Targeted Assistance and the Refugee Social Service Program. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, bowling and planning activities for the Lady ministry that she leads at her church.
Tel: (717) 358-9397; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meena became a part of CWS/Lancaster in 2009. She grew up in Nepal and graduated there with her Master’s degree. Upon coming to the United States, she first landed in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter so that they could be near some close friends. Her husband’s career required the family to travel and they were eventually relocated to Lancaster, PA. They have now lived in Lancaster for the past 30 years. Prior to working in refugee resettlement, she worked in the mental health industry.
Tel: (717) 358-9398; email: email@example.com
Kam Cin Mang
Kam graduated from Kor-In Theological College and Seminary in Bangalore, India. He worked as a volunteer interpreter at the UNHCR office from 2006-2008. During his time with the UNHCR, he visited many detention camps, prisons, and courts to help refugees faced with language barriers. Kam now uses his translation skills here at Church World Service where he has been working since January 2010. Kam is grateful to be a part of a team of intelligent, hard working and understanding colleagues. In his free time Kam enjoys playing guitar.
Tel: (717) 358-9725; email: firstname.lastname@example.org