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Garrett Pearson

Executive Director

Garrett joined World Relief North Texas as Executive Director in September 2021. Garrett spent time working with immigrants and refugees in the United States and internationally before joining World Relief North Texas. Garrett was the executive director of City of Refuge in Columbia, Missouri, where he was responsible for fundraising, advocacy, and community engagement. Garrett's work in refugee and immigration services has instilled in him a feeling of calling when it comes to bridging gaps for others. Garrett was drawn to World Relief North Texas because of his passion for serving the most vulnerable.

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Jonathan Parsons

Director of Client Services

Jonathan serves as Director of Client Services. For the past 12 years, Jonathan has worked for World Relief North Texas in a variety of roles. He's delivered furniture to refugee families, moved to a R&P caseworker, then was moved to a management position within R&P. He then directed our youth mentorship program throughout the years. Jonathan helped found a refugee youth soccer team which led to the construction of a soccer field. Now, he is the director of all World Relief North Texas programs. Fun fact: Jonathan's father was the first employee ever hired in North Texas.

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Rebecca Armenta

Compliance Manager

Rebecca serves our office as the Compliance Manager. For the past 15 years, she has been a member of our North Texas team. She ensures that we are following compliance for all of our standard grants. She also implements processes and procedures for all our programs. Rebecca has years of experience working in Immigration and Legal Services. Fun fact: Rebecca started as an office receptionist!

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Lorrie Demers

Community Mobilizer

Lorrie serves as our Community Mobilizer. She oversees our volunteer recruitment, as well as church and community connections. She has extensive expertise educating community groups, churches, and other organizations. Lorrie's grandparents started refugee resettlement programs, and she grew up with a strong desire to aid the most vulnerable. She oversees volunteer engagement, as well as church and community partnerships.

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Inas Mandy

Finance Specialist

Inas was born in Egypt. She spent 12 years as a senior accountant with the Egyptian Swiss Development Fund.

In 2011, she fled Egypt in search of refuge in the United States, and in 2012 she began working for World Relief North Texas. Inas, our finance specialist, oversees and controls all financial transactions, financial reporting, and budget execution to maintain the office's financial stability and generate accountability to the Home Office. Fun fact: Inas started as our office receptionist! 

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Raed Polus

Reception and Placement Specialist

Raed serves in our office as a Reception and Placement Specialist. His focus consists of handling all of our clients benefit applications. Raed arrived in North Texas as a refugee from Iraq in 2010 and has worked for World Relief North Texas for the past eight years.

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Angela Hayward

Refugee Cash Assistance Program Team Lead

Angela serves as a Refugee Cash Assistance Program Specialist. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 2017, she was employed as a Program Specialist for our Social Adjustment Services program. Her new position ensures that families have the financial ability to become self-sufficient within their first year of arrival. 

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Taylor Miller

Reception and Placement Program Manager

Taylor serves as a Reception and Placement Specialist. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked as a caseworker for foster children, until joining World Relief. She has a strong appreciation for and curiosity about diverse cultures and origins, which captures the attention of her interest in traveling, meeting new people, and serving God with the gifts he has given her.

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Justin Waka

Social Adjustment Services (SAS)

Justin serves on our Social Adjustment Services team. He assists clients in achieving self-sufficiency and social integration by applying for and getting resources that they are eligible for. Justin, a World Relief refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fled to Malawi, where he stayed for eight years. In 2015, he was resettled in Texas. He has been with World Relief for the past five years. He began his career as an interpreter, then as a caseworker in R&P for two years, and then transferred to a caseworker in Social Adjustment Services.

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Christina Luol

Social Adjustment Services (SAS)

Christina serves in the Social Adjustment Services. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of North Texas, with a concentration in Development and Humanitarian Affairs. She knew right out of college that she wanted to work for World Relief because she recognized the importance of the service that they accomplish. She also has a great respect for World Relief because her and her family were refugees who were assisted by them, and it is an honor for her to be able to contribute and give back. She is really happy to be a part of the World Relief North Texas team and to continue to develop here.

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Paul Gore

Employment Specialist

Paul serves as an Employment Specialist for our office. In May 2020, he graduated from Texas Tech and SWBTS Seminary, with a Master's degree in Islamic Studies, and in August of the same year, he was hired at World Relief North Texas. He assists our clients in finding jobs once they are entered in our resettlement program.
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Jordan Rogers

Employment Specialist

Jordan serves as an Employment Specialist. Jordan was raised in Arlington, Texas, and graduated from Texas Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Biblical Studies. He was introduced to World Relief through a professor who volunteers regularly. His favorite thing about his job is that he loves meeting people from all around the world with various backgrounds, cultures, and languages. These people have gone through many struggles and it brings him joy to help begin the process of restoration in their life. He loves being a part of the work God is doing to make them at peace both mentally and physically by also assisting them in what they need to find jobs.
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Luke English

Match Grant Team Lead

Luke serves as the Match Grant Team Lead, and he is in charge of assisting refugees become self-sufficient through employment and case management. At Oregon State University, he majored in Spanish. He began coaching ESL students and teaching a citizenship class for World Relief on a weekly basis. Luke then decided that he wanted to be a part of our team at World Relief, eventually being hired as the Donations Coordinator and then transitioned to Match Grant Team Leader.

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Serenity Beesley 

Reception & Placement Caseworker

Serenity serves as a Reception & Placement Caseworker. She grew up in Wisconsin, but the Lord brought her to North Texas in 2019. Once in Texas, she heard about World Relief through several friends. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to serve each person holistically as they arrive with a variety of needs. She knows God has uniquely put her in this position to be His hands and feet, and to serve them in such a way that she gets to leave His imprint with each of them.
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Stuart Robinson 

Reception & Placement Caseworker

Stuart serves as a Reception & Placement Caseworker. He grew up in Madison, Mississippi, and graduated from Mississippi College with a Major in Marketing and Minor in Graphic Design. He first heard of World Relief from a friend who volunteered as a soccer coach for a refugee team. His favorite thing about his job is the impact he has on client’s lives. He loves making long-lasting relationships with his clients.
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Noelle Foster

Match Grant Caseworker

Noelle serves as a Match Grant Caseworker, which assists refugees in becoming self-sufficient through employment and case management. Noelle grew up in Aledo, Texas, and discovered World Relief through her sister and close friends. Her favorite thing about her job is that she loves interacting with and showing love to people experiencing hardship.
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McKenna Hansen

Preferred Communities Case Worker

McKenna serves as our Preferred Communities Caseworker. This Texas A&M alumni has done an amazing job starting the Preferred Communities Program at World Relief. McKenna heard about World Relief when a mentor recommended it, and never looked back. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to walk alongside someone more long-term, and help them learn how to become self-sufficient despite any vulnerabilities. She also loves learning about all the different cultures around the world. Our clients come from Afghanistan, Syria, Congo, Cuba, etc., so there is always so much to learn and experience!
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Edwin Johnson

Housing Coordinator

Edwin serves as one of our Housing Coordinators. He was born in Colombia and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 7. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies. Throughout the years he has worked in a variety of different agencies assisting refugees until he heard of World Relief through the media. As a Housing Coordinator, his role focuses on the front end of the refugee journey, by finding appropriate housing for the client before their arrival to the U.S. His favorite part of working with refugees is being able to welcome them to a safe place they can call home. 

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Mie Millard

Housing Coordinator

Mie is serving as one of our Housing Coordinators. Originally from Houston, Texas, she went on to receive a B.A. in History from Baylor University, and then a M.A. in Religious Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mie has been serving alongside World Relief for several years in programs such as ESL and simply befriending refugee families. As a Housing Coordinator, she plays a vital role in assuring that a client has a home upon arrival into the U.S. One of her favorite things about her current role is seeing new families appear on the arrival list, helping them move into their new homes, and seeing the joy on her clients faces!

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Briana Vice

Good Neighbor Team Coordinator

Briana serves as the Good Neighbor Team Coordinator. She was raised in Texas and graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2019. In one of her classes at DBU, she learned about the refugee experience and was burdened to get involved. It was here she was connected with World Relief. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to connect refugees to the community & local church in mutually transformative relationships.
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Kelsey Whaley

Communications Coordinator

Kelsey serves as our Communications Coordinator. She was raised in Texas and attended Dallas Baptist University for her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. She then was introduced to World Relief through a friend, and joined our team in March of 2022. Her favorite thing about her job is getting to be an advocate for refugees to a broader audience who may be unfamiliar with the process a refugee goes through.
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Victoria Queen

Volunteer Coordinator

Tori serves as our Volunteer Coordinator. She grew up in Texas, and has since been working in non profits and social services for the past 9 years, with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. Her favorite thing about her job is learning about different cultures and helping refugees by connecting them with the community.
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Ben Demers

Resource Coordinator

Ben serves as the Resource Coordinator, where he manages the receipt distribution of donations, does apartment set-ups, and coordinates with churches and volunteers. He spent most of his life in Texas, and recently graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Biblical Studies Degree. Ben comes from a unique family with deep roots within World Relief, from his parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. He has been volunteering with World Relief all of his life. His favorite thing about his job is being able to participate in creating a space where clients are able to spend their first days and nights in a new country in comfort and peace.
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Landry Little

Office Coordinator

Landry serves as the Office Coordinator, where she is the first smile that clients and visitors see when needing assistance from our office. Landry was raised in Claude, Texas, and recently graduated from Tarleton State University. She was drawn to World Relief through friends who had volunteered. Her favorite thing about her job is getting to meet so many new people from so many different places and getting to hear their stories.
Emily Amasah

Emily Amasah

Immigration Coordinator 

Emily Amasah serves as an Immigration Coordinator with ILS. She is from Texas, and will soon be starting classes at Christ For the Nation, pursuing a degree in Practical Ministry. She is passionate about offering practical and spiritual help to others, and this is what drew her to World Relief North Texas. She has quite a bit of cross-cultural ministry experience from her time participating in international missions, including her time living in Ghana, Africa. In her role here, she will be assisting the ILS Department with administration and immigration processing duties. She is most excited for the opportunity to be a smiling and welcoming face to all refugees that come into the office seeking immigration aid.

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Andrew Morris

Immigration Attorney

Andrew serves as our Immigration Attorney for ILS. Andrew graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with a BA in Theatre/Speech, then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law, in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to Texas with his family, where he became familiar with World Relief by assisting in ministry to refugees in the DFW area. He and his family have also served with the IMB, along with many other missions opportunities. He loves that as an Immigration Attorney he has the opportunity to make a positive impact on clients lives. 

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Tiffany Daniels

Immigration Attorney

Tiffany serves as one of our Immigration Attorney’s for ILS. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Liberty University, and a Juris Doctor from Texas A&M School of Law. She discovered World Relief North Texas through the work we do in the Fort Worth area and connections to local churches. She has a long history of working to provide legal services to refugees and asylum seekers in Texas through the Texas A&M School of Law, and is something she is deeply passionate about. At World Relief, she will specifically be working to provide legal services for Afghan refugees. Her favorite part of her job is the ability to help change the lives of refugees.

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Alejandra Martinez

Immigration and Legal Services Specialist 

Alejandra serves as our ILS Specialist, a fairly new program for North Texas. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and immigrated with her family at age 10. She has since graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL majoring in Public Health and minoring in Latin-American Studies. She heard about World Relief in high school when a speaker came to share about what World Relief does. She started as a volunteer, then intern, and eventually went full time. Her favorite thing about her job is having the chance to meet the most amazing people and hearing their stories. She loves that World Relief truly cares for their clients and wants to walk alongside them, to go the extra mile to support and welcome immigrants like herself.
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Stephanie Flaa

Immigration and Legal Services Coordinator 

Stephanie serves as the ILS Coordinator. She has been working in ministry and a variety of church positions for over 23 years. Originally from Montana, she moved to Texas with her husband 21 years ago. After experiencing Sudan firsthand in 2004, she started volunteering with World Relief. Stephanie stayed connected to World Relief's work over the years, and decided to come on staff in 2022. Her favorite part about her job is hearing refugees stories and learning from their faith and hope.

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