Meet Klara Chomicka & Ryan Peters

Klara Chomicka & Ryan Peters, Development & Communications University of Chicago and SUNY Oswego graduates respectively, Ms. Chomicka and Mr. Peters support the Development & Communications office’s overarching fundraising, outreach and media initiatives. What do you feel is your your role in the Development and Communications Office here at the Institute? [KC]: A couple different things. …
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Meet Madi McEwen

Madi McEwen, Education & International Visitors Coordinator A University of Buffalo ’18 graduate and ardent advocate for diversity & inclusion, Ms. McEwen is the Education & International Visitors Coordinator supporting her department in increasing global awareness and engagement of all Western New York residents. What did you study and what experiences do you have that …
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Meet Audrey Herrera

Audrey Herrera, Volunteer Coordinator A native of Albuquerque and lover of philosophical conversations, Ms. Herrera works in New American Integration coordinating volunteers and interns for both the HELLO program and the Institute’s departments. Where are you from and how long have you been at the Institute? [AH]: I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico and have been at …
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Meet Beth Mercer

Elizabeth “Beth” Mercer, Self Sufficiency Coordinator A native of Orchard Park and all things health and wellness, Ms. Mercer works in New American Integration coordinating financial literacy programs for the Institute’s clients to become self-sufficient in their new lives in Western New York. Where are you from and what do you do here? [BM]: I have …
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Meet Lila Rollo

Lila Rollo, Refugee Case Coordinator A Buffalo native and something of a polyglot, Ms. Rollo works in New American Integration helping the Institute’s clients adjust to their new lives in Western New York. Where are you from, how long have you been at the Institute, and what do you do here? [LR]: I was born and …
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Meet our Summer Interns (Part Two)

Kelly McCormick, from Buffalo, NY — New American Integration Master’s Student @ University of Buffalo — Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Places you’ve traveled to: Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York City, Tampa, DC, London and Dublin. Why intern at the Institute?  The refugee population is a population I am interested in working with as a …
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Meet our Summer Interns (Part One)

Maeve O’Brien, from Buffalo, NY — New American Integration, Employment Sophomore @ Canisius College — International Relations Places you’ve traveled to: Aarhus and Copenhagen in Denmark, London, and the Bahamas. Why intern at the Institute?  I wanted to help the Buffalo community while gaining experience in my major.  Plus, I love the Institute! Austin Hyatt, from Syracuse, …
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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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