USCRI Des Moines has welcomed over 4,000 refugees from around the world to Central Iowa. Refugees resettled in Des Moines come primarily from Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Burma, Sudan, Somalia and Syria.refugees.org/uscri-des-moin…
ESKINDER NEGASH
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Prior to joining USCRI, he served from 2009-2015 as Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the largest government-funded refugee resettlement organization in the world. With a budget of over $1.5 billion,
Under Negash’s leadership, ORR served more than 400,000 refugees,150,000 asylees,125,000 Cuban and Haitian Entrants, nearly21,000 Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders,3,200 Victims of Trafficking, over 32,000 U.S. repatriates, and almost 116,000 unaccompanied children
, totaling more than 850,000 people during his six years of service. Prior to his appointment by the Obama Administration, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of USCRI for seven years.
TAWFIK ALAZEM
DIRECTOR, DEARBORN, MI OFFICE

In July 2007, Tawfik joined USCRI as the Director of USCRI’s Detroit, Michigan field office in Dearborn. Since that time, Mr. Alazem has been responsible for the operational and personnel management of the field office.
DYLANNA GRASINGER
DIRECTOR, ERIE, PA OFFICE & CLEVELAND, OH OFFICE

An expert in the field of refugee resettlement, Dylanna has spent more than 17 years working to help refugees and immigrants throughout the Midwest.
AMILA MERDZANOVIC
DIRECTOR, COLCHESTER, VT OFFICE

Amila came to Vermont in 1995 as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the first former refugee leading the USCRI Vermont field office.
JILL PECKENPAUGH
DIRECTOR, ALBANY, NY OFFICE

Jill is the Director of USCRI’s field office in Albany, NY, which resettles refugees arriving from Burma, Iraq, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and various African nations.
KERRI TRUE-FUNK
DIRECTOR, DES MOINES, IA OFFICE

Kerri joined the USCRI Des Moines Field Office as Director in 2019.
JESSICA MONTOUR
STATE REFUGEE HEALTH COORDINATOR, AUSTIN, TX OFFICE

Jessica Montour leads the USCRI-Texas field office and serves as the Refugee Health Coordinator (RHC) for Texas.
CHELSEY BUTCHEREIT
STATE REFUGEE HEALTH COORDINATOR, MISSOURI OFFICE

Chelsey Butchereit leads the USCRI Missouri field office and serves as the Refugee Health Coordinator for Missouri.
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