Staff & Board

View profiles of RCUSA's staff and board members.

People are our mission.

RCUSA’s staff and board members have a broad range of knowledge, experience, and expertise across the fields of forced displacement, humanitarian protection, and nonprofit management. RCUSA strives to provide opportunities for people with lived experience of forced displacement to guide our work.


John Slocum

John Slocum He/Him

Executive Director

Taif Jany

Taif Jany He/Him

Director of Policy and Practice

Emily Wood

Emily Wood She/Her

Program Officer

Mariam Sayeed

Mariam Sayeed She/Her

Program Associate


Hardy Vieux

Hardy Vieux He/Him

RCUSA Board Chair; Chief of Staff at Kids in Need of Defense

Kristyn Peck

Kristyn Peck She/Her

RCUSA Vice Chair; CEO, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area

Sarah Ivory

Sarah Ivory She/Her

RCUSA Treasurer; Executive Director, USAHello

Mohammed Naeem

Mohammed Naeem He/Him

RCUSA Secretary; Deputy Director Strategy & Partnerships, American Immigration Council

Sharif Aly

Sharif Aly He/Him

President, International Refugee Assistance Project

Dr. Tawnya Brown

Dr. Tawnya Brown She/Her

Senior VP of Operational Strategy & Global, Refugee, and Immigrant Services, Corporate at Bethany Christian Services

Lourena Gboeah

Lourena Gboeah She/Her

Program Director, UpwardlyGlobal

Rekha Grennan

Rekha Grennan She/Her

Founder / CEO,

Erol Kekic

Erol Kekic He/Him

Senior Vice President, Programs, Church World Service

Rachel Perić

Rachel Perić She/Her

Executive Director, Welcoming America

Kimahli Powell

Kimahli Powell He/Him

Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad

Scott Roehm

Scott Roehm He/Him

Director of Washington DC Office, Center for Victims of Torture

Naomi Steinberg

Naomi Steinberg She/Her

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, HIAS

Hans Van de Weerd

Hans Van de Weerd He/Him

Senior Vice President, Resettlement, Asylum & Integration, International Rescue Committee

Essey Workie

Essey Workie She/Her

Owner & Executive Coach, Multicultural Coaching

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