In 2009 Frank’s life collided with the refugee community in Denver and it has never been the same since. His drive to improve life for his neighbors has lead to an ongoing effort to foster community, self-sufficiency, and increased quality of life for refugees in Denver. You may typically find Frank running a marathon, climbing a mountain, or traveling oversees visiting refugee camps.
As a child growing up in Tennessee Carolyn experienced hardship from poverty first hand. Her passion is for the underserved and to provide her skills as a dental hygienist to improve oral healthcare for refugees. She recently pioneered the effort to establish a PWM refugee dental clinic.
Maureen is passionate about serving the refugee community. She uses her degrees in accounting and technology managment to manage money and resources for organizations working with displaced people from Burma. She has raised three fabulous boys and continues to nurture hope in people to recognize and realize their dreams.
Jennifer has been involved with PWM since June 2013 as a volunteer in the ESL program and a refugee mentor. She became the Volunteer Coordinator for Project Worthmore in January 2013 and is currently overseeing PWM Programs. Previously Jennifer has been involved with developing an international business in the Maldives as well as sustainable energy projects for 4 years prior to moving to Colorado.
Liz has worked for PWM since June 2013. Her holistic view of integrating every day practical life skills into language acquisition is utilized in her teaching. She emphasizes language skills necessary to not only acquire and maintain a job but to also be successful in adjusting to America. Liz has 30 years of ESL instruction experience including stateside program development as well as overseas oversight and implementation of ESL community and college level programs.
Erika is a human rights researcher, advocate and educator whose interest in the field began over a decade ago while working with refugees in Denver. She has since continued to work with refugees as an ESL teacher in New York and has worked on immigration issues and human rights in several countries in Europe. She holds an M.A. In French studies with a concentration on human rights in the French-speaking world.
Katie is passionate about getting people involved in the refugee community. She enjoys hanging out with youth to foster cross cultural peace and counseling. Katie visited Burma in 2009 when she moved to Mae Sot, Thailand. She had the honor of living with three girls from Chin state who taught her Burmese and immersed her in the culture of Burma. This experience set her on the path to be involved in the Burmese and refugee community in Denver.
Siri is from Burma and visits with Burmese refugee families to make sure they are settling in okay and that their needs are met. He enjoys meeting new friends here that speak his native language, especially the ones that will go fishing with him. Siri is married to Rachel and They have a 2 year old daughter, Lily who speaks a few words of Thai, Burmese and English.
Hsakprumoo Kyi Karr was born and raised in a refugee camp in Thailand and spent the first 18 years of her life there. At age 19 she arrived in Denver and has been living here for the last seven years. She has worked as a translator for many of the agencies in town. Hsakrumoo Kyi Karr is now married and has two children and two nieces in her custody.
Michael is from Long Island, NY. He received his Engineering and Dental degrees from Tufts University in Boston, MA. Michael and his wife Susan relocated to Colorado in 1981 after completing a residency program in NYC. He built a private practice at Cherry Hills Dental Associates for over 35 years. In addition to a fulfilling and diverse professional career Michael has been blessed with raising two daughters. Over the years he has been fortunate to offer pro bono dental care to many immigrant populations in need. So it ws a natural progression to support the Project Worthmore Dental Clinic when the opportunity was presented.
Jennifer 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 and is piloting the Worthmore Shannon Speech Clinic. 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.
Susie brings a background in project management, education design, community outreach and engagement, business innovation, and an unwavering belief in the need for social action. She spent the first years of her career in the business world – first creating and running a sustainability program for a multinational corporation, and then designing and leading worldwide experiential learning programs for executives. Susie finds beauty in strengthening cross-cultural social ties, and outside of PWM brings this belief to her role as Board member of Re:Vision. Susie has a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida and an MBA from CU-Boulder.
Dr. Makhija earned her degree in dentistry in India, and then in the US. She worked as a dentist in Dubai and has been with the Worthmore Clinic since April 2015. Manisha is dedicated to serving diverse and disadvantaged populations and pursuing her career goal of working in a community based clinic.
I was born in Burma and I grew up on the border of Thailand in a refugee camp called Nan Soi. I will help families apply for food stamps and medicaid while translating and assisting with paperwork. I am excited to be connected with the families. I’m really excited to help families find success as they learn to stand on their own.
Maggie’s introduction to the refugee community was through Emily Griffith Technical College about seven years ago. I fell in love with this community, which lead me to become TEFL certified. After attending three fundraising events over the past several years I had the great fortune of learning there was a need for an ESL teacher. My Health Education degree and LPN training has also been an advantage working within the refugee community, whether in or outside the workplace.
Joe is a Denver native and is passionate about his involvement in the Denver community. His cross-cultural experience began as a volunteer in the Boulder community, and then as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. From 2010 to 2012 Joe taught English to vocational students in China, and has since taught in a range of capacities to diverse populations. Joe’s first-hand experience in language learning compels him to find unique ways to connect students to English. He is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Education.