Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE)

Meet Our Senior Staff

The Faces of Our Organization

Since our founding in 2004, Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own lived experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.

Haji Adan

Executive Director

Euphemia Fasama

Associate Executive Director

Suboor Hakimi

Director of Finance and Administration

Richard Whitson

Director of Development

Anna Zoodsma

Director of Agriculture

Leah Ifraimova

Director of Resettlement

Mohamed Muse

Director, Buffalo Office

Serge Ilambo

Employment & Case Management Director

Zeeshan James

Director of Care Management

James Green

Director of Education