Medard began as the Executive Director at World Relief Western Washington in January, 2022. Born and raised in Chad, Medard moved to the US in 2006 and joined the World Relief team in 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Ngaoundere in Cameroon, a Certificate in High Performance Leadership from Cornell University, and a M.A. in International Community Development from Northwest University. Before stepping into the role of Executive Director, Medard oversaw the initial reception and placement of refugees and asylees as the Director of Resettlement.
Director of Programs
Luke has served in various roles at World Relief Western Washington since 2004. Over the years, you could find him delivering furniture to refugee families, training staff and interns, or assisting immigrants released from the ICE Processing Facility. Luke has served twice as Interim Executive Director; in his current role, he oversees most of World Relief Western Washington’s direct services with refugees and immigrants as well as finance and operations. Luke has a wide range of experience training community groups, churches, and partner agencies. He and his family live in South Seattle and are members of Emerald City Bible Fellowship. Luke holds a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Seattle Pacific Seminary.
Tiffany Bluhm has served at the intersection of faith and justice for 14 years, developing sustainable solutions for vulnerable people groups in the Pacific Northwest. She formally served as the Director of Outreach at a non-profit organization in Tacoma, WA serving over 5,000 community members per year in cooperation with social service agencies, mental health services, area schools, the police department, and DSHS to serve marginalized men and women struggling with substance abuse, homelessness, those recently released from incarceration, and trafficked persons. Additionally, she is an author, with her third publication, Prey Tell, addressing the imbalance of power between men and women in sacred and secular culture and how we can all address it. She is a contributing writer for the YouVersion Bible app and cohost of the popular podcast Why Tho exploring questions of faith and justice. She speaks at leadership, justice, faith, and women's conferences around the nation, and makes her home in the Tacoma area with her husband and two sons. As an Indian immigrant woman, she is passionate about ensuring all God’s children have equal and equitable spaces to flourish.
Director of Finance and Operations
Prior to starting with World Relief, Jon worked for over 20 years in operations and financial management at several large insurance companies. He also served as the Managing Director of a social enterprise business in Thailand helping to build and support economic opportunities for marginalized populations. Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Wheaton College. He originally joined World Relief in 2018 with the employment team and loves seeing people helping people to build better communities.
Santa and her family fled persecution in their homeland of Bhutan in 1992. She lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years before resettling in Seattle in 2009 with the assistance of World Relief. She holds an Honors Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of North Bengal in India and an AA degree from Highline Community College. She oversees the Employment and English programs at World Relief, working with local companies and connecting newly-arrived refugees to employment opportunities throughout the Puget Sound. Santa works closely with other VOLAGs in the Northwest advocating for refugees and immigrants.
Nataliya moved to the US from Ukraine in 1993 and joined the team at World Relief Western Washington in 2000. She is Department of Justice accredited (formerly BIA) and manages World Relief Western Washington's IT needs, Reception, as well as general office operations. Nataliya is a member of CityHill Church in Auburn.
Health and Wellness Manager
Katie, born and raised in Washington, holds a Bachelor's degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University. She has been with World Relief Western Washington since 2015. She now oversees the Health & Wellness Team, providing extended support to families with special needs or extra barriers to success.
Immigration Legal Services Manager
Janet joined World Relief Western Washington in November 2021 after a nearly 30 year immigration legal career as an attorney and paralegal. Most recently Janet served as the Managing Attorney for the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense, overseeing programs representing detained and released unaccompanied immigrant children. She also helped start the Citizenship Day project for the Washington New Americans Program at OneAmerica and assisted hundreds of clients with their immigration applications at several immigration law firms, including the Law Offices of Cowan Miller and Lederman. Janet has served on numerous immigrant and refugee rights boards and committees through work, school, and her faith community, including chairing the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force on Unaccompanied Children. Janet, her partner, and their many pets live in Southeast Seattle where they raised their two grown children. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law.
Whatcom County Resettlement Manager
Pre Arrivals Resettlement Manager
Ashley joined the World Relief team in 2018. Starting out as the Housing Coordinator, she transitioned to Resettlement Coordinator in early 2021 before landing in her current role as Pre-Arrival Resettlement Manager. Ashley oversees the Pre-Arrival, Housing, and Gift-in-Kinds teams. Ashley is passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Vanguard University.
Post Arrival Resettlement Manager
Lauren Epperson joined World Relief Western Washington in 2018 as an intern and stuck around. She started as a Health and Wellness Caseworker and now manages our Resettlement Casework team. She is passionate about helping vulnerable populations and learning from new cultures. She has enjoyed living in several different countries around the world. She has a Communication and Marketing degree from Walla Walla University as well as a Masters in Global Community Development from Southern Adventist University.
After completing an internship with World Relief Western Washington in 2010, Liz coordinated the refugee and asylum seeker program with World Relief Indonesia and then began building her career as a health educator and community programs coordinator. Liz returned to World Relief Western Washington in 2018 as Volunteer Coordinator and now manages the Outreach Team. Liz is passionate about fostering an environment of cultural humility, where World Relief staff, partners, and volunteers feel more comfortable asking questions than holding assumptions. Liz holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in International Studies and Global Health. She oversees the Outreach Team, including the detention center post release programs, Good Neighbor Teams, community partnerships, volunteer programs, and internships.
Children and Youth Programs Manager
Originally from Sweden, Emelie studied early childhood development at the University of Stockholm and did master course work in childhood trauma, with a specialized program in youth, children, and migration. She worked with refugee families during the resettlement process in Stockholm and Uppsala before moving to the U.S. Emelie's passion is to promote social and emotional development in children and to empower parents in their ability to advocate for their children's success.
ESL Programs Manager
Megan joined World Relief as an instructor in 2011 and now leads the ESL team. She holds a B.A. in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College, a post-graduate certificate in TESOL from Seattle University, and an M.S.E. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL from the University of Kansas. In her role at World Relief Western Washington, Megan has taught adult English learners at all levels, trained and supervised dozens of new instructors, developed an ESL curriculum relevant for adult refugee and asylee learners, and collaborated with stakeholders to cultivate creative, holistic, inclusive services. She is a member of Downtown Cornerstone Church in Seattle.