Meet Sherrill Quinn

Sherrill Quinn, Preferred Communities Medical Case Manager An athlete through and through, Ms. Quinn works in New American Integration helping the Institute’s clients lead healthy lifestyles, manage chronic illnesses and to navigate the American healthcare system. What can you tell me about what you do as a Preferred Communities Medical Case Manager? [SQ]: Much of what I …
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Meet Kham Sian Sang

Kham Sian Sang, Refugee Case Manager Born in Burma and a graduate of Medaille College, Kham Sian Sang works in New American Integration helping the Institute’s clients adjust to their new lives in Western New York. What has brought you to the Institute and how has it prepared you for your position? [KSS]: I went to …
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Meet Claire Lunderman

Claire Lunderman, Employment Case Worker A SUNY Fredonia ’15 graduate and social activist, Ms. Lunderman supports New American Integration’s efforts to give our clients meaningful employment opportunities. What are your academic credentials?  What experiences have made you a good fit for this position? [CL]: I am a SUNY Fredonia ’15 graduate, where I studied International Studies …
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Meet the Social Workers

Meet the Social Workers of the Institute’s Survivor Support Department Over the last few months, we have highlighted and shared with you every Thursday afternoon a different Institute staff member in celebration of our rich 100 year history in Western New York.  According to a social directory in 1921, the Institute had only eight employees; …
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Meet Robert Thoren-Harmon

Robert Thoren-Harmon, Interpreter Scheduler A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Thoren-Harmon is the Interpreter Scheduler responsible for coordinating language access across a wide array of fields in Buffalo and the surrounding areas. Where and what did you study?   I started out with an Associate’s at ECC city campus and then moved on to the University of …
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Meet Emily Brady-Santos

Emily Brady-Santos, Director of Interpreting & Translation A linguaphile with an MBA in social entrepreneurship and MA in education, Ms. Brady-Santos directs the Institute’s Interpreting and Translation Department, managing and advocating for the faithful provision of language services in Buffalo and the surrounding areas. What do you feel your role is as the Director of …
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Meet Samantha Kittinger

Samantha Kittinger, Education & International Visitors Coordinator A Buffalo State graduate and coffee enthusiast, Ms. Kittinger is the Education & International Visitors Coordinator supporting her department in increasing global awareness and engagement of all Western New York residents. What are your academic credentials?  What experiences have you brought to the Institute? [SK]: I graduated from …
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Meet Cathy Roland & Laura Carey

Cathy Roland & Laura Carey, Receptionists Visitors’ first point of contact at the Institute, Ms. Roland and Ms. Carey, our receptionists, support our goal to be both a place of welcome and a haven for the multicultural community. Name, title and how long you have been at the Institute? [CR]: Cathy Roland, receptionist, born and …
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Meet Denise Phillips Beehag

Denise Phillips Beehag, Director of New American Integration A 19 year veteran of the Institute, Ms. Phillips Beehag leads New American Integration’s efforts in assisting clients to achieve self-sufficiency and active participation in our Western New York community. Name, title, how long you have been at the Institute? [DPB]: Denise Phillips Beehag, Director of New …
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Meet Akrivi Klentos

Akrivi “Vivian” Klentos, Assistant of Development & Communications A first generation Greek American and SUNY Oswego ’16 graduate, Ms. Klentos supports the Development & Communications office’s overarching fundraising, outreach and media initiatives. Name, title and how long you have been at the Institute? [Akrivi Klentos]: Well, my actual name is Akrivi, but I go by Vivian.  …
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