Our Staff

Susannah Lepley is the CWS Virginia director, based in Harrisonburg. She manages all the daily operations of our Harrisonburg office. Susannah grew up in Brazil and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

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 new arrivals have housing, find jobs and find a safe place in our community.

Rodrigue Makelele is our French/Swahili speaking caseworker. He also speaks Lingala, Kinyarwanda, and Tshiluba, and enjoys writing and doing research. Our caseworkers work together to ensure that all core services are completed for new arrivals.

Lucia Canizares is our Immigration Counselor, accredited by the Department of Justice to practice immigration law. She speaks Spanish, English, and French and works to assist clients with applications for legal services such as citizenship, green card applications, and family reunifications.

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.

Frey Assefa 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.                                                                             .


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