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Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program is located at:

620 S. Elm St Suite 315, 
Greensboro NC 27406
Ph: 336-617-0381  
Fax: 336-617-0654
CWS Greensboro thrives on the dedication of its compassionate, committed team of employees, AmeriCorps members, interpreters and volunteers. Meet our staff:
photo 1Sarah Ivory
CWS Greensboro Director
Phone: (336) 617-0381

Originally from rural Vermont, Sarah has had the opportunity to work, live and travel in

20 countries around the world.

Sarah helped found the CWS Greensboro

program in 2009 and says that she is thankful every day for the humbling and inspiring opportunity to participate in resettlement.


Case Management Team

kellyKelly Dent
Resettlement Program Coordinator 
Office: (336) 617-0381
Cell: (336) 285-1122
Kelly joined CWS in 2009 and is has worked as a Sponsorship Developer, Citizenship Coordinator, and now Resettlement Program Coordinator. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Public Affairs at UNC-G. Kelly says she loves creating new programs to empower clients to accomplish their goals and dreams.


Badal Gurung
Case Manager
Speaks: Nepali, Hindi, Dzongkha, English  
Cell: (336) 255-3722

Badal, originally from Bhutan, was among the first to join the CWS team in April of 2009. He brings with him his own experience as a refugee and finds joy and hope in his service to the community. Badal is known for his compassion and his infectious laugh.


Losko Renic
Case Manager
Speaks: Serob-Croatian, English 
Cell: (336) 944-8011

Losko came to the US as a refugee from Bosnia 17 years ago and joined the CWS team in September 2012. Losko loves his job and says his favorite part of his job is seeing his clients laughing.

Me11 (1)Edyna Nixon
Special Cases Coordinator 
Office: (336) 617-0381

Edyna completed her degree in Community Health Education from UNC-W and brings her skills, experience and excitement to CWS Greensboro in January 2013 to help launch the next phase of CWS’ Refugee Health Access Program. Edyna is passionate about helping people live healthy, happy lives.

Elizabeth Swing photoElizabeth Swing
Furniture Coordinator 
Office: (336) 617-0381
 Elizabeth is originally from Waxhaw, NC, a small town south of Charlotte. She majored in International and Global Studies and minored in French at UNCG. Elizabeth is passionate about helping to create a safe and stable home for clients and loves being able to work with a wide range of individuals and organizations in the Greensboro volunteer community to accomplish these goals.

Employment Team 
Office: (336) 617-0381
Cell: (336) 210-4958

Valerie has worked in the non-profit sector much of her career before joining CWS in 2009 to establish the Employment Services program. She says that her favorite part of the job is watching her clients become more confident as community members and offering help to others.


Citizenship & Legal Services

stephStephanie Adams
Education Coordinator 
Office: (336) 617-0381
Cell: (336) 210-5092
Stephanie is an NC native and a graduate of UNCG’s Human Development and Family Studies program. She joined the CWS team in Dec 2011 and says loves being able to travel the world by spending time with CWS clients and hearing their stories.
Kelly W. PhotoKelly White, Esq.
Immigration Legal Services Coordinator
Speaks: Spanish 
Office: (336) 676-4223

Kelly is a North Carolina native and feels fortunate to play a roll in providing legal representation to refugees and undocumented immigrants. Her favorite moment from this past year was winning a visa for an undocumented person who was a victim of a crime.

Katerina Bolger photoKaterina Bolger
Office Accountant 
Office: (336) 617-0381
Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Katerina graduated from the University of Economics where she earned a masters degree in finance and accounting. She joined CWS in May 2013 and believes that even though she doesn’t work directly with refugees, it makes her job more meaningful knowing that she is part of an organization that is positively impacting their lives.

2013-2014 AmeriCorps Members

Jill Burnette photoJill Burnette
Cultural Orientation (CORE) Coordinator
Office: (336) 617-0381
Jill graduated from NC State University in May 2013 with a degree in social work. She did an internship at CWS in the fall of 2012 and has continued to volunteer in the citizenship program since then. She is eager and excited to begin her AmeriCorps position and continue working with the clients and staff at CWS.


Majeed Mahmood
Part-time Arabic Interpreter
Office: (336) 617-0381

Majeed Mahmood is an Iraqi civil engineer and a former National Basketball Player of Iraq. Prior to coming to the US, he worked with the US Embassy in Baghdad as well as for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq. He currently gives back to his community through the AmeriCorps program and enjoys seeing his clients’ progress.

Lori Lester photoLori Lester
Volunteer Coordinator
Office: (336) 617-0381
Lori comes from an art education background, and has always considered art the universal language for it’s ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies at UNCG. Lori is excited for the opportunity to incorporate and expand on this knowledge base through her AmeriCorps experience at CWS
Rawa'a Al RifaieRawa’a Al Rifaie
Part Time Arabic Interpreter 
Office: (336) 617-0381
Originally from Iraq, Rawaa moved to Jordan after the war and lived there for three years before being given the opportunity to move to the states. She is currently a students at UNCG studying biohemistry and pre-pharmacy. She wanted to join the Americorps program to be able to help new immigrants and refuges as much as possible, and to be able to learn about different people, different cultures, and different stories. 
Tete Obobi photoTete Obobi
Part-time Furniture Assistant
Office: (336) 617-0381
Originally from Togo, Tete won the Green Card lottery and was able to move to the United State when he was 17 years old. Now he is at UNCG majoring in International and Global Studies. In 2012, he was a volunteer citizenship teacher for the legal program, and this year he will be a part-time AmeriCorps member teaching employment classes for newcomers. 
Yashonda Mobley photoYashonda Mobley
Part-time Community Gardens Coordinator
Office: (336) 617-0381
Yashonda is currently a graduate student in the public health program at UNCG.  She is excited to have the opportunity to serve with CWS as an AmeriCorps member this year.  She looks forward to meeting new people, and helping those utilizing the services of CWS.
 Church World Service Greensboro’s Local Advisory Board includes:

Marty Halyburton

Leader, Refugee Women’s Crafts and Conversation Group

Ruth DeHoog

Director of Graduate Studies (MPA) – UNC-Greensboro

Richard Schmidt

Business Development Manager – Evonik

Dal Khatri

Refugee Community Liaison – Bhutan

Barbara Popik

Disease Intervention Specialist – State of NC

Michael Van Patter

Director of Worship – Hope Chapel

Patricia Bailey

Director- Healing Ground

Marius Andersen

President – Creative Snacks Inc

Esther Gray

Teacher – New Comer’s School

11 Comments leave one →
  1. mercedes permalink
    January 24, 2012 2:51 pm

    yes hi i would like to know if you can help me with my citizenship im not working now and i really want to be one i have almost12 years with my green card me and my husband thank you i hope you can help me …

    • January 24, 2012 3:02 pm

      Yes, we can help you with your citizenship. Please call me at 336-210-5092.
      Kelly Dent

  2. fahima permalink
    April 29, 2013 8:43 pm

    hi iam live hre almos five year now am not working so how can i get citizenship

    • May 8, 2013 1:41 pm

      You can register for our citizenship classes for free by calling 336-617-0381. You can also call our lawyer for legal services at 336-676-4223. Thanks!

    • May 20, 2013 12:18 pm

      Hi Fahima,
      If you want help applying for citizenship, please call 336-676-4223 and leave a message or email Our lawyer, Kelly White, will call you back to schedule an appointment.

  3. Arline Aalfs permalink
    August 11, 2013 4:35 pm

    I’d be interested in volunteering as a friend once I understand the duties and time commitment. My husband and I recently moved from Brevard and are retired.

    Thank you.

  4. Nehemias Aragon permalink
    August 15, 2013 1:14 am

    My wife is us citizen.
    Can you please help me!!

    • August 15, 2013 11:14 am

      If you need help with something, please give us a call at 336-676-4223.

  5. Dylan Coolbaugh permalink
    March 5, 2014 4:25 pm


    I would like very much to work for CWS in possibly an internship role this summer, as I was recommended to you by a friend.

    Thank you for any information

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