Benjamin Lee is originally from Toronto, Canada who has lived in Colorado for the past 6 years. He resides in Golden, where he works as a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Lab conducting research to advance solar energy. Ben has been involved with Project Worthmore since 2010, mentoring families from Burma, Mauritania and Nepal, and teaching English. He also assisted a ministry in Freiburg, Germany helping refugee kids, while he was living and working there in 2014. His term on the board ends in January of 2018.
John is a Burmese national and Pastor at the Colorado Chin Baptist Church who joined our board with the aspiration to represent his community. He believes that Project Worthmore is the connecting bridge for refugees between what they are now and what they should be in the future. He resides in Denver, Colorado. His term on the board ends in January of 2018.
James Laurie’s alter ego, Jonny 5, is an emcee/songwriter with the alternative hip-hop band Flobots, which has toured the US and Europe, released a platinum single, and appeared on late night television programs. In 2007, he and his bandmates founded Flobots.org, (Youth On Record) to harness the power of music and those who love it. His current projects are Speakeasy Spanglish, a weekly English Spanish conversation/exchange, Polyglot, a hopefully-monthly language game, and No Enemies, a campaign centered around music as a tactic for social movements being piloted by Flobots. He is grateful to be a part of Project Worthmore.
Jennifer Wood, M.A., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) & Board Secretary grew up in the great state of Michigan but has been living in Colorado for the past 7 years. She currently works as a speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Jen was initially introduced to the Denver-area refugee community when she committed to teaching English as a Second Language over 5 years ago with the Anello family. Her passion is to continue to apply her knowledge of speech and language development to support refugee children. Outside of work, you’re likely to catch Jen spending time with her husband, Stephen Brackett, and cat, Puma.
Ross Kedl is a Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he teaches and does research on the immune system. Ross was introduced to the refugee community in Denver when Frank Anello, the founder and Executive Director of PWM, started coaching his son’s high school cross country team. Working with Frank to organize coat and rice drives, mentoring a family, and traveling with Frank to visit a refugee camp on the border of Thailand all contributed to inspiring him to continue to serve the refugee community as a member and president of the PWM board of directors. Besides PWM, Ross’s passions are his wife and four children, supporting adoption and orphan care, developing novel and effective vaccine solutions for chronic infectious diseases and cancer, and rock climbing.