RefugeeOne Management Staff
Contact staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 989-5647
Melineh Kano, Executive Director
Jenn Bosma Goodwin, Assistant Director of Development
Jan Douglas, Director of Human Resources
Adriano Gasparini, Housing Manager
Ermias Ghiliazghi, Director of Finance
Melissa Janisch, Manager of Youth Services
Nataliia Kohut, Ukrainian Program Supervisor
Abu Meah, Immigration Program Manager
Maya Oyarbide-Sanchez, LCPC, Manager of Wellness Program
Zlata Paratusic, Director of IT & Operations
Peyton Ruble, Employment Program Manager
Helen Sweitzer, Director of Resettlement Services
Rich Van Hees, Director of Development
Kelli Wendt, Community Engagement Manager
Melineh Kano has been with RefugeeOne since 1985 and became its Executive Director in January 2013.
Melineh has overseen the creation, implementation, and evaluation of all RefugeeOne programs and its growth from a 3-person staff to today’s 100+. Additionally, Melineh has been part of developing many national initiatives, such as the creation of HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management for Refugees, and providing technical assistance to newly formed Mutual Aid Associations locally and nationally.
As an Armenian refugee from Iran resettled by RefugeeOne in 1984, she is passionate about creating a welcoming community for refugees from around the world. She received her degree in Business Management from the University of Rome and is fluent in five languages (Armenian, Farsi, French, Italian, and English).