Lancaster, Pa: Staff

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 Mastropietro
Office Director

Sheila has been working in refugee resettlement for CWS/Immigration since September 1987. She received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster and her Master of Arts from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Sheila began at CWS as a Sponsorship Developer and Coordinator and, since 2006, as Office Director of the new CWS/ Lancaster sub-office. 

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 is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County Council of Churches and has served in this position since 2007.  Together with Franklin & Marshall College and Luthern Refugee Services, Sheila is a founding member of the Lancaster County Refugee Coalition.

Sheila manages a growing office staff of more than 20 dedicated and experienced individuals and oversees nine successful refugee resettlement and refugee/immigrant support programs. Sheila loves her work because she’s instituting positive change in the local community while giving resilient and deserving refugees the opportunity for a safe, secure, and independent life.

Phone: +1.717.381.2894; Email:

Laura Beltle
Assistant Director of 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.

Phone: +1.717.358.9342; Email:


Christine Baer
Congregational Resource Developer

Christine began her work with CWS in September of 2014. She is a native of Lancaster and has recently returned to the county after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Christine studied Peacebuilding & Development as well as Environmental & Social Sustainability. While at Eastern Mennonite University, Christine traveled to Honduras in order to study Spanish and learn about the culture. She is passionate about creating a more peaceful and just society and is thankful to work with such a dedicated team of coworkers.

Phone: +1.717.358.9278; Email:

Resettlement Program

Kelleyanne Smith
Resettlement Program Coordinator

After graduating with degrees in Political Geography, International Studies, and Foreign Relations, Kelleyanne found her career passion as an AmeriCorps *VISTA working with underserved refugee populations in Erie, PA. Throughout her career Kelleyanne has served as Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Health Coordinator, Special Needs Case Manager, Resettlement Program Leader, and Resettlement Coordinator. As Volunteer Coordinator, she established a vibrant community-based volunteer program which provided mentorship, computer literacy, ESL, American Sign Language, parenting, and financial literacy classes; as well as a summer-long children and youth summer camp. As Resettlement Program Leader, she obtained program accreditation through the Council of Accreditation as well as managed resettlement services to support up to 350 refugee new arrivals per year through intensive case management, educational development, work skills, social development, and community engagement.  Kelleyanne currently oversees CWS’ Resettlement Program. In her free time, Kelleyanne prefers to be outside swimming, hiking, camping or mountain biking.

Phone: +1.717.381.2891; Email:

Malcolm McDermond
Resettlement Case Manager

Malcolm graduated from Messiah College and began working with CWS in the summer of 2014. He has experienced an internship in Thailand with Project Restore Can NGO, as well as spent time serving with the MCC SALT program in Nepal. While serving with SALT, Malcolm worked with the Rural Institute for Community Development (RICOD). Malcolm is fluent in English, Nepal, and Thai and is enjoying his work with CWS. He enjoys working with CWS because the organization is made up of industrious and passionate people committed to serving some of the most marginalized peoples of the world.

Phone: +1.717.381.2892; Email:

Stephanie Gromek

Stephanie Gromek
Refugee Health Case Manager/ Lancaster County Refugee Coalition (LCRC)

Stephanie graduated with her Master’s degree from Hofstra University and has worked with refugees in various capacities throughout her life, including HIV/AIDS research in Nairobi, Kenya. Stephanie began with CWS in 2011, first as an intern and then Program Coordinator at the State College site. Stephanie’s current position since 2013 is with the Lancaster office Refugee Health Program, where she is able to focus her studies of Community Health toward the health and wellness of Lancaster’s refugees. Stephanie also facilitates efforts of the Lancaster County Refugee Coalition (LCRC). Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, running, hiking and spending time with her family. She continues to enjoy her career here at CWS because she works side by side with people in the office who are just as committed to refugees as she is.

Phone: +1.717.358.9276; Email:

Josh Digrugilliers
Housing Specialist

Josh started his involvement with CWS as an ESL intern in January of 2013 while studying at Millersville University.  After graduating with a BA in English focusing in Linguistics, Josh transitioned to the position of Housing Specialist. Josh enjoys communicating around interesting language barriers and working with people in the community. He also enjoys sharing his passion for travel and the open road with others.

Phone: +1.717.358.9274; Email:

Amer Alfayadh
Resettlement Case Manager

Amer began volunteering for CWS shortly after moving to Lancaster, PA. As his desire to help others increased, he took a position as the housing specialist. Amer is currently working with CWS as a case manager where he aids in the resettlement of refugees. Amer uses his personal experience of immigrating to the United States as a resource in helping the adjustment go smoothly for those who are serviced through CWS. He is fluent in both Arabic and English. In 2005, Amer graduated with a degree in engineering. Although he enjoyed learning in that field, his true passion is in helping others and that is what sparked his interest in working within the mission of CWS. Outside of work, Amer enjoys fixing things around his house, reading and discovering new adventures in the Lancaster area.

Phone: +1.717.358.9275; Email:

Valentina Ross
Resettlement Case Manager

Valentina has been with CWS Lancaster since January of 2014. She received her Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Rome, Italy and her Master of Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University. Valentina worked for over 6 years in Lima, Peru, for the United Nations World Food Programme as a program officer and for about 5 years in Rome, Italy, as an analyst of company organization for a consulting company (Studio Staff) and as a free-lance financial analyst. Additionally, she spent 3 months volunteering in East Germany for a project against racism soon after the reunification of East and West Germany. Valentina speaks English, Spanish, and Italian and enjoys the variety of her activities and the interaction with people of different origins and backgrounds.

Phone: +1.717.358.9730; Email:

Employment Program

Besy Carcamo

Besy Carcamo
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.

Phone: +1.717.358.9397; Email:

Meena Giri

Meena Giri
Employment Specialist

Meena became a part of CWS Lancaster in 2008. She grew up in Nepal and has studied in India and Pakistan. She and her family have now lived in Lancaster for the past 30 years. Meena has experience traveling to several different countries where she volunteers and gets to know the culture.  She is fluent in English, Nepali, Hindi and Urdu. Meena enjoys working with refugees at CWS Lancaster because she gets to assist them in starting their life in their new adopted country.
Phone: +1.717.358.9398; Email:

Kim Cin Mang

Kam Cin Mang
Employment Specialist

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.

Phone: +1.717.358.9725; Email:

Abdikadir Moburuk

Employment Specialist

Abdikadir began his work with CWS Lancaster in March of 2014. He graduated from Manchester College with a degree in Educational Studies and Peace Studies. While working to complete his studies, Abdikadir traveled to Jamaica. In Jamaica, Abdikadir assisted the community of St. Elizabeth by completing renovations of the school buildings.  He speaks both Somali and English and is conversant in Swahili and Arabic. Abdikadir enjoys his work at CWS because of how rewarding it is to learn about other people’s cultures. When not at work with CWS, however, Abdikadir enjoys swimming, running, camping, and playing soccer.

Phone: +1.717.381.2893; Email:

Michelle Gonzalez
Vocational Technology Caseworker

Michelle has been working with CWS Lancaster since June of 2014. She is currently finishing her studies at Lancaster Bible College and will receive a Bachelor of Science in Bible. Michelle was born in Ecuador and speaks both English and Spanish. For her, the best part about working with CWS is the opportunity to make lives richer for immigrants and see them become valuable members in society. She also enjoys having the opportunity to travel the world without leaving her back yard.

Phone: +1.717.615.2994; Email:

Carrie Hussein
Vocational Education Facilitator

Carrie has been with CWS since May of 2012 when she started a year-long internship in the Immigration Legal Services Program. In December of 2013 the office welcomed Carrie back as the Vocational Education Facilitator in the Employment Program. Carrie studied Sociology, Anthropology and Spanish at Messiah College and has traveled to Japan, Costa Rica, Saint Lucia, and Bolivia. She speaks both Spanish and English and loves working with people from so many different cultures and perspectives and seeing her clients develop their skills.

Phone: +1.717.358.7299; Email:

Immigration Legal Services Program

Janet Tisinger
Immigration Legal Services Program 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. She is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law. 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.

Phone: +1.717.358.9396; Email:

Audrey Lopez
Citizenship and Integration Paralegal

Audrey started out at CWS in August of 2012 as an intern in the Resettlement Program. While completing her internship, she gained experience working with newly arrived refugees when they first come to the United States. In March of 2013 Audrey obtained a position within the Immigration Program and has been coordinating the Citizenship and Integration Program ever since. Before coming to CWS, Audrey graduated from Millersville University with a double major in International Studies and Anthropology. While Spanish is her native language, Audrey speaks fluent English and is proficient in French. She has a passion to help others and is thrilled to be surrounded by so many people with such compassion and drive.

Phone: +1.717.381.2897; Email:


Jim O’Connor
Accounting Assistant

Jim joined CWS as a part-time accounting assistant in March 2014 after retiring from a sales division of a large health insurer in Philadelphia. He and his wife have been CWS volunteers since early 2011. Jim is very thankful to be working with such a dedicated and talented group of people.  When not working or volunteering, Jim enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his five grandchildren.

Phone: +1.717.358.9722; Email: