Our Staff

Jim Hershberger is the Program Coordinator for the Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Office. Jim worked as a sponsorship developer in the office in the last century and after a year of service in Nicaragua with Mennonite Central Committee and serving a local church as pastor for nine years he is happy to be back in the office serving refugees. He speaks Spanish and English and enjoys reading history, cooking, studying languages, raising organic beef and relaxing with his wonderful wife and children.

Nadezhda Mazur is the Refugee Program Coordinator. She grew up in Ukraine and speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and English. In her free time she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, cross-stitching and spending time with family & friends.

Arsalan Syan is our Arabic/Kurdish speaking caseworker. Our caseworkers work together to ensure that all core services are completed for new arrivals.

David Mutombo is our French/Swahili speaking caseworker. Our caseworkers work together to ensure that all core services are completed for new arrivals.

Lucia Canizares is the Employment Specialist. She  speaks Spanish, English, and French and works with clients to help them become employed.

Rebecca Sprague is the Community Program Coordinator for CWS Harrisonburg. She provides intensive case management and works to build groups that strengthen refugees’ community support.

Megan Matteson is the Health Liaison for CWS Harrisonburg. She helps connect newly arrived refugees with health care providers and provides an orientation to the health care system in the United States.

Sarah Alice Coleman is the School Liaison & ELT Coordinator. She helps connect children and adults to educational opportunities and coordinates volunteers. She has an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University.                                                                             .

Maurice Naranjo Gomez is the manager for the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program (CHEP) and is a BIA accredited immigration counselor. He managers all operations of the CHEP program and collaborated with the immigration director to offer legal advice for immigration cases. He speaks Spanish and English and is original from Cuba.

Francisco Macahdo works with our CHEP program. Francisco speaks English and Spanish and is original from Honduras.

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