Our Team

Washington, D.C. Staff

The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA team is a group of professional, passionate individuals who are committed to assisting refugees and other forcibly displaced people heal, learn, and determine their own future.

JRS Canada Staff

Detention Chaplaincy Staff

The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security in five U.S. federal detention centers located in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New York. These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.

  • Fr. Richard, Sotelo, S.J., Director, Detention Chaplaincy Program, El Paso, TX
  • Clinton O’Leary, Local Facility Chaplain at Batavia Federal Detention Facility in Buffalo, NY
  • Mireya Albino, Program Manager at Batavia Federal Detention Facility in Buffalo, NY
  • Rebeca Marrufo, Program Manager at  El Paso Service Processing Center in El Paso, TX
  • Dave Semmens, Local Facility Chaplain at El Paso Service Processing Center in El Paso, TX
  • Eva Villalobos, Program Manager at Florence Service Processing Center in Florence, AZ
  • Guillermo Dutra, Local Facility Chaplain at Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, FL
  • Adriana Gomez, Program Manager at Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, FL
  • Isela Cortez, Local Facility Chaplain at Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Los Fresnos, TX
  • Jorge Murillo, Program Manager at Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Los Fresnos, TX

Washington, D.C. Staff Bios

Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director 

Joan is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, Joan leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission – to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people in over 50 countries around the world.

Rosenhauer is a former JRS/USA Board Member and has spent most of her career advocating for social justice and mobilizing the U.S. Catholic community to do the same. As an Executive Vice President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Joan led the organization’s outreach, marketing, and communications – helping those in the United States respond to critical needs around the world. Prior to joining CRS, Joan spent 16 years with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she most recently served as the Associate Director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development.

Joan has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy management from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, Dominican College, and St. Ambrose University.

Cristina Alaniz, Program Officer 

Cristina is the Program Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA where she supports the daily operations of the Programs Department. She works closely with JRS’s Latin America, MENA & Asia Pacific field offices to assist in proposal development and program management. She ensures that these programs are implemented, monitored, and evaluated in compliance with donor requirements.

Cristina previously worked in several roles within the US Refugee Resettlement Program in New York City and Texas. Prior, she worked for the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and researched innovative financing solutions for immigrant and refugee workforce development programs in the US.

Cristina received her undergraduate degree from The University of the Incarnate Word, and graduated from a MA program in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights from the American University’s School of International Service (SIS) in Washington, DC.

Melaku Alito, Director and Chief Financial Officer

Melaku is the Director and Chief Financial Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. He is responsible for the oversight and day to day management of all finance, accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting functions.  Melaku has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience in the nonprofit industry.

Over the years, he oversaw and managed the accounting, finance, budgeting, and financial reporting functions of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Melaku served as Director of Financial Reporting at Internet Society, Sr. Director of Finance/Controller at American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Director of Finance at National Volunteer Fire Council.

Melaku has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management, Master’s Degree in Economics, Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mateo Bonilla, Grants Coordinator

Mateo Bonilla is the Grants Coordinator at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, where he provides the Development and Program teams support for management and administration of grants and private funding.

Mateo has over 10 years of experience working in social justice and international development. Before joining JRS, he served as editor in chief of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador foreign policy academic level publication, research assistant at the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (FLACSO) and intern at the UNHCR in Quito, Ecuador.

He received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the State University of New York at SUNY Geneseo and his Masters in International Political Economy at the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (FLACSO).

 Rachael Davis, Senior Program Officer

Rachael is the Senior Program Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, where she supports the daily operations of the Programs Department. She works closely with JRS’s Africa field offices to assist in proposal development and program management. She ensures that these programs are implemented, monitored, and evaluated in compliance with donor requirements.

Prior to joining JRS, Rachael worked at USAID with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.  She has also worked for the Institute of International Education and interned for the UN as well as a refugee resettlement agency in Denver, CO. Rachael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa serving as a health education volunteer. Rachael has a Bachelors in History from The University of Florida and a Masters in International Human Rights from The University of Denver.

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Andrea Douglas, Staff Accountant

Andrea is the Staff Accountant at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. She is responsible for administering all accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit card reconciliations, bank reconciliations, and other day to day accounting and finance activities. Prior to joining JRS, Andrea was employed at the American Psychological Association as an Accounts Payable Specialist in Washington, DC.

Andrea has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly known as the University of Maryland University of College.

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Fr. Michael Gallagher, S.J., Border Project Legal Specialist.

Mike has been working with and for refugees since 1994. He began refugee work as Managing Attorney of Las Americas Refugee Program (1994-2000) in El Paso, TX. Following a year in which he earned a Master’s degree in Force Migration at Oxford University, Mike began working for JRS in Africa for 8 years, Geneva, Switzerland as the JRS Representative to the Offices of the United Nations for 10 years, then as JRS Deputy International Director until the end of 2020. He began working for JRS USA in Feb. 2021.

He holds a law degree from Georgetown University as well as advanced degrees from the University of Toronto, Weston School of Theology, and Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley. His undergraduate degree is from Spring Hill College. Mike entered the Jesuits in 1967 upon graduation from High School in Fort Worth, Texas where he grew up.

 Mark Matejka, Major Gifts Officer

Mark is a Major Gifts Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, working to develop donor engagement and investments, which will further the reach and scope of JRS projects serving refugees around the world.

Mark brings over twenty-five years of executive leadership, business development, finance, and fundraising experience to JRS.  Prior to joining JRS, Mark was a Partner and Consultant with a small consulting firm, which provides services to nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago.  He also had a long and successful career leading sales/business development in several global technology and healthcare organization

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University, where he also earned an MBA in International Business.  He most recently was awarded a Professional Chef designation from the Florence Culinary Arts School in Florence, Italy. Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Chicago where they have been actively involved in St. Teresa of Avila Parish since 1996.  They also enjoy volunteering for local organizations, such as The Night Ministry, The Cradle, and the Archdiocese of Chicago Youth Ministry.



Giulia McPherson, Director of Advocacy and Operations 

Giulia is the Director of Advocacy and Operations at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. She oversees JRS/USA’s policy and advocacy portfolio, with a focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises; leads a community engagement program to educate and mobilize advocates; and oversees JRS/USA’s institutional operations.

Prior to joining JRS in 2015, Giulia was with CARE USA for 11 years, most recently as Director of Citizen Advocacy. Previously, she worked in Italy and Peru for the Italian NGO CESVI as well as the Nonprofit Sector & Philanthropy Program at The Aspen Institute.

Giulia has a Bachelors in Political Science from Villanova University and a Masters in International Development Studies from The George Washington University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Educate2Envision International and is an appointed Commissioner on the Montgomery County (MD) Commission for Women.

Katie Mullins-Ali, Senior Psychosocial Support Specialist 

In the role of Psychosocial Support Specialist, Katie coordinates with the international, regional, and country offices to provide support for psychosocial activities. These activities help individuals and communities affected by displacement achieve better mental health, and social connections as a way of promoting their well-being and resilience.

Prior to joining JRS, Katie managed mental health, psychosocial support, and child protection projects around the world including in Liberia, Uganda, Ukraine, Israel, Palestine, and most recently in the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Katie has her Master’s in Social Work from Tel Aviv University with a concentration in Trauma and Crisis, and a Bachelor’s in Communications.

Jovana Nieto, Community Accompaniment Network Coordinator

Jovana Nieto has served the El Paso/Juarez region as an advocate for mental health and violence prevention for over six years. As the former Assistant Director for the Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education Department at The University of Texas at El Paso, Ms. Nieto has conducted meaningful research in areas of bystander intervention and community violence prevention. Ms. Nieto’s educational and professional background in Public Health Research, Psychology and higher education have made her a valuable spokesperson and advocate for human rights. Ms. Nieto’s career continues to focus on advancing public access to safety for members of our border community.

Fr. Leo J O’Donovan S.J., Director of Mission

Fr. Leo is the Director of Mission for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Fr. O’Donovan is president emeritus of Georgetown University, where he served as President from 1989 to 2001. While leading Georgetown, he led the tripling of the endowment, a major increase in the university’s research budget, and several innovative new academic endeavors such as the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Center for Social Justice, and a program to strengthen the University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. Since leaving Georgetown Fr. O’Donovan has returned to teaching, serves on a number of boards, and publishes frequent articles on theology as well as on art criticism.

Born in New York City, Fr. O’Donovan is a graduate of Georgetown University, Fordham University, Woodstock College, and the University of Münster, in then West Germany, where he earned his doctoral degree under Karl Rahner. In 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Society of Jesus.

Anna Pigeon, Development Officer, Individual Giving

Anna is the Development Officer for Individual Giving for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, supporting all aspects of fundraising to ensure donor satisfaction.

Anna joined JRS/USA in July 2017 after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political science at the University of Mary Washington. While at school she was deeply involved with the school’s service organization working to help the local community.

Anna grew up in a small town in Vermont surrounded by her large family.  She is passionate about human rights, especially the rights of those in need and is very excited to be part of the JRS/USA team accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

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Mark Priceman, Director of Marketing and Communications 

Mark has a strong background in non-profit communications, with previous six years spent as the Assistant Director of Communications for Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (MRS/USCCB). Prior to that, Mark was the Senior Vice President of Communications at the National Down Syndrome Society.

Mark spent the first ten years of his career on the other end of the communications spectrum, serving as a national award-winning sports radio producer at SiriusXM Satellite Radio and the then-San Diego Chargers radio network. As someone drawn to helping those in need, he is excited to help JRS further its mission of accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees around the world Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Kevin Reber, Development Coordinator

Kevin is the Development Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, supporting all aspects of fundraising to ensure donor satisfaction.

Born in Russia, he was adopted and raised in New Jersey, where he remains heavily involved in the local parish and the Boy Scouts of America. Previously, Kevin received a B.A. in Theology/Religious Studies, Politics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of America (CUA). He has studied in Rome, Leuven, and worked for the Institute for Policy Research, a CUA-based think tank.

Cindy Rice, Senior Major and Legacy Gifts Officer

Cindy is the Senior Major and Legacy Gifts Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and works to develop donor engagement and investment to further the reach and scope of JRS projects serving refugees around the world.

Cindy served as Director of Development for JRS/USA for two years in 2009-2011 before she joined Blumenthal Performing Arts (Charlotte, NC) as Vice President of Development. Formerly she served seven years as Executive Director for Davidson Community Players, a non-profit community theater in Davidson, NC. Over the span of two decades she has raised funds for higher education (Davidson College), the arts, health services, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

Cindy received her undergraduate degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. SShe resides in Charlotte, NC where she attends St. Peters Church, the best Jesuit parish on the planet.

M.K. Richardson, Director of Development

M.K. is the Director of Development at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.  M.K. brings over twenty years of fundraising, communications, and special events experience for local and national non-profit organizations. Previously she served as the Director of Development at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Her background includes Director of Communications for a national association of Catholic women religious and she also worked several years as a federal contractor for public affairs programs with NASA and Section 508 disability legislation.

M.K. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and International Studies from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Maida Rider, Senior Data Operations Officer

Maida is the Senior Data Operations Officer for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, where she supports JRS staff in all aspects of data management and operations.

Prior to joining JRS in November 2016, Maida worked in several roles in the private sector and federal government including administrative, procurement, and project management positions. Maida was born in Colombia and grew up in Venezuela.  Maida Is fluent in Spanish, English and French

Georgina Sánchez, Mental Health Specialist

Georgina Sánchez was born in Mexico City and obtained her degree in Clinical Psychology and specialty in criminology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained an M.Sc. in mental health counseling and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso. Georgina’s work and research has been with children in vulnerable conditions and in human rights.


Liana Tepperman, Director of Programs

Liana  is the Director of Programs at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. She provides fundraising and grant management support to JRS programs funded by US-based donors. She works closely with JRS’s international field offices to ensure that these programs are implemented in compliance with donor requirements.

Prior to joining JRS, Liana worked with Action on Armed Violence in London for several years, most recently as Program Officer for West Africa. In these roles, she collaborated with field offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Burundi, and Western Sahara, to develop new field programming, prepare grant proposals, support monitoring and evaluation, and write communications materials for mine action and armed violence reduction programs.

Liana completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and completed her undergraduate studies in Government and Politics and Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maria Sajquim de Torres, PhD, US Border Program Manager

Maria is a Mayan woman born, raised, and educated in Guatemala.  She lives in El Paso where she has accompanied and served migrant and refugee groups throughout the Paso Del Norte Region for more than 20 years.  Combining her training as a clinical psychologist and applied anthropologist, Maria has worked as a community mental health educator for groups of migrant women in the non-profit sector, and for asylum seekers from various nationalities in local shelters and detention centers. 

Maria has a passion to work with migrants and refugees and has made a commitment to bear witness to the cultural wealth and resilience of migrants and refugees and to the many contributions they can make to the countries in which they arrive.

Maria has experience in the design, management, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of culturally and linguistically appropriate health programs.  She holds a B.A. in clinical psychology from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, a M.A in applied cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD in interdisciplinary health sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso.  

Joshua Utter, Outreach Officer

Josh is the Outreach Officer of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. He assists with JRS/USA’s effort to grow and mobilize a diverse and active constituency dedicated to defending the rights of refugees and displaced persons, and to advocate on behalf of U.S. policies that support refugee needs.

Before joining JRS/USA, Josh taught English to high school students in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon his return to the States, Josh spent the next few years in discernment with the Jesuits. This time of discernment brought Josh to the front lines of the refugee experience in the United States, by assisting with refugee resettlement efforts in Omaha and the Twin Cities.

Josh is originally from Madison, WI and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Brooke Wood, Web and Marketing Officer

Brooke is the Web and Marketing Officer at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. She works to identify trends in data to find the appropriate channels for all JRS/USA content, manages the JRS/USA website, as well as all social media accounts.

Brooke has a degree from Virginia Tech in Sociology and Peace Studies and for the last few years has been doing marketing to support a variety of clients including nonprofits and associations. Brooke has a personal passion for social justice and for accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

JRS Canada Staff Bio

Norbert Piché, Country Director of JRS/Canada

Norbert is the Country Director for JRS/Canada. JRS-Canada is an apostolate work initiated jointly by the two Canadian Jesuit Provinces; it started in August 2015. As Country Director for Canada, Norbert represents JRS to the Canadian Bishops and national organizations for the defense of refugees. He circulates information regarding JRS and its partners, particularly JRS in the Americas, within the two Canadian Provinces. He plays a role in the shaping of public opinion about the victims of forced displacement. He supports advocacy with the Canadian government on migration issues by Jesuit works or JRS’ partners.

Norbert has extensive experience in the refugee/immigration field. He worked for 15 years at the Center francophone de Toronto as a Settlement Counselor and later as the Coordinator of Settlement Services. Previous to that, he was a Jesuit Volunteer at Romero House, a welcome center for refugee claimants in Toronto. Norbert has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.