Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment

Meet the Team

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
Zeeshan James
Director of Care Management
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

Board Members

Thomas Nimineh
Board Chair
El Hadji Fall
Board Treasurer
Katarina Kostic
Board Secretary
Nan Fechtner
Board Member
Derek Galloway
Board Member
Mazaher Kaila, ESQ
Board Member
Faith Nimineh
Board Member
Nancy Smith
Board Member
Philip Thayaparan
Board Member
Photos By: Solon Quinn Studios