Our Team

Our Team

ORIS’s unique strength is its ability to reach, communicate with, and empower refugee and immigrant communities.

ORIS’s multi-lingual staff deploy into the ethnic communities they both live in and serve. ORIS focuses on recruiting staff at all levels that represent the New American Communities in the cities we serve.

Today, ORIS’s staff represent 8 different nationalities and speak a combined 16 languages. ORIS’s 7 member Board of Directors is entirely composed of refugees, immigrants, and first-generation Americans. ORIS is an ethnic community-based organization, with 90% of the staff and board reflecting the ethnicities of the communities that we serve.

Mukhtar Idhow

Executive Director

Mukhtar has led ORIS since its inception in 2005. In this role he harnesses the needs, skills, and dreams of the clients, board, staff, and partner agencies that make up ORIS, to guide the organization along a path true to the community it serves. A native of Somalia, Mr. Idhow attended secondary school in Kenya and worked as the Farm Training Coordinator for the non-profit organization GT2, where he trained refugee camp residents on basic crop production. In the U.S., Mr. Idhow worked as an interpreter for the Manchester Community Health Center and for Southern New Hampshire Services before founding the Somali Bantu Community Association.

Languages

hello
English
haye
Somali
haye
Mai Mai
habari
Kiswahili
Allison

Allison Cunningham

Associate Director
Allison Cunningham joined ORIS in 2020 as Associate Director, responsible for program strategy, grants management, fundraising, and operations. Prior to joining the ORIS team, she worked at Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational organization, where she built the systems and strategies for engaging the international organizations 350+ board members across the world. Allison is also a volunteer consultant for Empower Success Corps, where she serves on consulting teams for other nonprofit organizations’ strategic planning and board development projects. She has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and has a strong background in supporter engagement, governance, and development.

Languages

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English
Emily Filiano

Emily Filiano

Director of Extended Services for New Americans

Emily Filiano joined ORIS in 2022 as Program Design Manager. Emily is responsible for guiding ORIS’s programs through the design life-cycle. She collaborates with staff to plan new programs, establish systems for effective operation, and ensure that programs align with ORIS’s mission, and uphold the integrity of its service model. Emily has a strong background of work with immigrant and refugee communities, and is a qualified medical interpreter. Emily earned a Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston College, where she specialized in Macro Practice, received a certificate in Policy and Community Organizing, and was a member of the Latinx Leadership Initiative. Emily is passionate about racial and cultural equity, and dedicated to promoting human dignity through sustainable systems change.

Languages

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English
hola
Spanish
Philip

Philip Aguot

Bilingual Case Manager & Employment Specialist
Philip Aguot, originally from South Sudan, is a longtime resident of Manchester. Prior to joining ORIS in 2021, Philip G. Aguot served as President of the South Sudan Community of New Hampshire from 2007-2011, Contracts Clerk at Insight Technology in Londonderry, New Hampshire from 2004-2010, contracts administration customer service at L-3 Communication Insight Technology (Now L3 Harris) in Londonderry, New Hampshire from 2010 -2012, Site Superintendent at Mediate Management in Boston, Massachusetts from 2013-2020.  Philip earned his MBA from SNHU.

Languages

أهلا
Arabic
kudual Dinka
hello
English
Alaq Al-Edhari

Alaq Al-Edhari

Bilingual Case Manager

Alaq was born and raised in Baghdad where she studied English Language and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2008. Following that, Alaq worked for various international non-profit organizations and diplomatic missions for about 12 years. Her focus was supporting Internally Displaced Persons, returnees, and other vulnerable communities through economic opportunities and different social, educational reintegration projects. Alaq joined ORIS as Bilingual Case Manager in 2022.

Languages

hello
English
أهلا
Arabic

Rita Al Suhairi

Extended Services Program Manager

Rita Al Suhairi became a part of ORIS in January 2024, taking on the role of Extended Services Program Manager in the Worcester area. A 2022 graduate of Assumption University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, complemented by a double minor in Sociology and Criminology. Rita’s career trajectory has seen her excel in various roles, starting as a behavioral technician , advancing to a mental health technician, then progressing to case manager, and finally to program coordinator. Her extensive background in the mental health field has equipped her with valuable knowledge and experience. Outside of her professional life, Rita enjoys painting, reading, hiking, and cooking. Her commitment to ORIS stems from a deep-seated desire to effect positive change and support her colleagues in providing the best care to our ever-growing community.

Languages

hello
English
مرحبًا Arabic
Touria Barton

Touria Lyousfi Barton

Healthy Families Program Manager

Touria graduated from Moulay Ismail University in Morocco. In 2001, and after working for the American Peace Corps Organization, Touria moved to the United States where she started a new career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and their children at the International Women’s House in Georgia. In 2008, she moved with her family to New Hampshire where she started working at the YWCA, as a culturally specific advocate until 2018. At ORIS, Touria continues to serve refugee and immigrant communities as Case Manager, Advocate, and in her new position as Healthy Families Program Manager.

Languages

bonjour
French
alloe ⴰⵣⵓⵍ Tamazight
alsalam السلام Arabic
hello
English
Peter Bosire

Peter Bosire

Paralegal, Resettlement & Legal Services Program

Peter Bosire joined ORIS in October 2023 as a paralegal for the Resettlement and Legal Services Program (RLS). A practicing lawyer with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (LLB), he earned his degree from Maharshi Dayanand University in India. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in Nairobi, and additional legal education from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. Prior to joining ORIS, Peter practiced law in Kenya and moved to the United States in 2011. He is currently associated with Horace Mann Educational Services, a human service organization, as well as the law firm of Attorneys Edward McIntyre and Edward Sheridan. Peter is delighted to be part of the ORIS team.

Languages

habari
Kiswahili
hello
English
Catie Cohen

Catie Cohen

Farm Share & Wholesale Manager

Catie Cohen is the Farm Share and Wholesale Manager at Fresh Start Farms Food Hub. She works to ensure that the day-to-day operation of the Food Hub, CSA program, and wholesale partnerships are efficiently distributing farm products. Catie transitioned from a career in engineering to food service 6 years ago and has always found roles that enabled her to learn more about cultural, local, and nutritious food. She recently moved from Denton, Texas where she ran a whole grain-focused bakery that specializes in sourdough bread. When not at the Food Hub, Catie enjoys baking bread for her family and friends, hiking, reading, and playing ping pong.  

Languages

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English
Zach Condran

Zach Condran

Food Distribution Specialist

Zach plays an essential role at the Fresh Start Food Hub and is responsible for receiving and packaging produce, packing FarmShare and food access boxes, delivering products to customers, and managing inventory and Food Hub logistics. Zach brings a great deal of experience in grocery/retail, merchandising, and customer service to the team.

Languages

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English

Yazan Haimur

Finance & Human Resources Coordinator

Yazan Haimur is from the Middle East, specifically Jordan. He joined ORIS in 2023 as the Finance and Human Resources Coordinator and is responsible for carrying out critical finance and human resources functions. He conducts research and develops creative solutions to maintain effective and efficient operations across all programs and staff. Yazan has a background in business management and holds a master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) from Southern New Hampshire University, with a specialization in finance. In the United States, Mr. Haimur previously worked as a procurement assistant at Southern New Hampshire University and as a community health worker (CHW) for the Manchester Health Department before joining ORIS.

Languages

hello
English
أهلا
Arabic
Azizi Hamayuon

Azizi Hamayuon

Bilingual Case Manager

Azizi’s great passion is to support those who have gone through traumatic/difficult experiences and face barriers carrying out daily activities. Hamayuon Azizi is a Bilingual Case Manager for ORIS in Worcester. At ORIS, he helps his clients, including adults and families, find solutions to their obstacles, and empowers them to live their lives self-sufficiently. Azizi spent 7 years working with the Afghan government and accomplished many projects successfully. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Azizi also helps Afghans socialize with their new community in the US.

Languages

hello
English
سلام
Dari
سلام
Pashto
Savitri Horrigan

Savitri Horrigan

Food Access Manager

Savitri joined ORIS in February 2023 as the Food Access Manager. She manages the Fresh Start Mobile Market, Healthy Corners program, and the Community Ambassador program. Savitri earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut with a focus in community organizing, and is passionate about immigrant rights, climate justice, racial justice, and health equity. From 2018-2021, she served as the Diversity Awareness Committee Chair for NASW NH and in 2020, she co-founded the BIPOC Social Workers of Northern New England affinity group. In her free time, Savitri enjoys creative writing and her first published short story can be read here.

Languages

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English
Wyatt Jozokos

Wyatt Jozokos

Training & Technical Assistance Manager

Wyatt joined ORIS in 2023 as Training and Technical Assistance Manager for the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). Wyatt is responsible for providing educational opportunities for farmers on mixed vegetable and fruit production, sales, business and financial management, and food safety techniques with a focus on climate smart practices. Wyatt graduated from Johnson & Wales with a Bachelors in Food and Beverage Entrepreneurship and is passionate about having a positive impact on his community and promoting NH food systems. He hopes to expand his knowledge of sustainable agriculture through experience with the immigrant and refugee farmers. In his free time, Wyatt enjoys cooking, being outside, and hanging out with his cat Mushu.

Languages

hello
English

Pape Demba Ka

Refugee & Resettlement Program Coordinator

Pape Demba Ka, originally from Senegal, joined ORIS in April 2024 as the Refugee & Resettlement Program Coordinator. He moved to the United States in 2017, first residing in Colorado before relocating to Boston in 2019. Pape’s passion for justice and law led him to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Law from The University of Saint-Louis in 2016. He continued his academic pursuits with a Master’s degree in Global Public Policy from Suffolk University, graduating in May 2023. Pape aspires to further his education by pursuing a JD in either immigration law or intellectual property law. Outside of his professional life, he is an active volunteer with the Massachusetts American Red Cross. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, engaging in activities like bike riding, hiking, and playing basketball.

Languages

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English
bonjour French
Lauren L'Amour

Lauren L'Amour

Resettlement Program Manager

Lauren L’Amour joined the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) as the Resettlement Program Manager in November 2023.She holds a degree in Sociology and Public Health, demonstrating her strong academic background in social sciences and public health. Before joining ORIS, Lauren gained extensive experience in social adjustment services, where she excelled as a Program Manager. An avid enthusiast of an active lifestyle, she enjoys yoga, pilates, and tennis, showcasing her dedication to well-being outside of her professional life. An accomplished linguist, Lauren is proficient in five Ghanaian dialects: Ga, Twi, Fante, Ewe, and Akan. This linguistic ability not only enriches her personal identity but also enhances her professional capacity to connect with and support a diverse community.

Languages

hello
English
place Ga
akwaaba Twi
akwaaba Fante
place Ewe
place Akan
Miranda LeBlanc, ORIS Youth Development Manager

Miranda LeBlanc

Youth Development Manager

Miranda LeBlanc became part of the ORIS team in April 2024, taking on the role of Youth Development Manager. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University in 2021, with a specialization in International Relations and a minor in Sociology. Prior to her position at ORIS, Miranda dedicated her efforts to developing youth and educational programs for schools, international nonprofits, and mental health organizations. Outside of work, she delights in reading, gardening, and quality time with her family.

Languages

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English
Fakherah Marghub

Fakherah Marghub

Bilingual Case Manager

Fakherah joined ORIS in Feb 2023 as a bilingual case manager specializing in Afghan case management and empowerment program in Worcester. She is from Afghanistan. Fakherah earned her master’s degree in law from Necmettin Erbakan University in Konya, Turkey.  Fakherah worked as a defense lawyer in the German International Organization. Fakherah is the founder of an organization in Afghanistan named Afghan sisters’ Legal Organization which focuses on providing legal resources for the Afghan community.

Languages

سلام
Dari
سلام
Pashto
marhaba
Turkish
hello
English

Nikki Mayville

Case Manager & Advocate

Nikki joined ORIS in 2024 as a Victim Advocate for the Healthy Families Program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from St. Lawrence University and later completed her Master’s in International Relations at Universidad San Pablo CEU. Prior to her position at ORIS, Nikki worked in tourism, helping startups scale while aligning their business objectives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In her free time, Nikki enjoys cooking, running, and spending time outdoors.

Languages

hello
English
hola Spanish
bonjour
French
Jean N. Mugabo

Jean N. Mugabo

Program & Outreach Coordinator

Jean N. Mugabo has been fulfilling the role of Program and Outreach Coordinator with the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP) within ORIS since July 2023. His journey in assisting refugees began in 2021 when he diligently guided clients through various resettlement processes. Jean is an adept and versatile professional communicator, bringing a decade of experience in online, radio, and print media to his role.

Languages

hello
English
bonjour
French
habari Swahili
mwaramutse Kinyarwanda

Carolyn Musyimi-Kamau

Youth Program Manager
As a Program Manager, Carolyn brings years of experience in the fields of community development and international relations. She was born in Kenya and moved to the Boston area to further her studies at Brandeis University where she earned a Masters in Sustainable International Development. Upon completion, she joined the Consortium for Law and Development at Boston University School of Law, where she worked with a team to strengthen legislative drafting capacity in pharmaceutical manufacturing in East Africa. She then joined the Kenya UN Mission, serving on the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations that worked on the post-2015 Development agenda. Carolyn came to ORIS from her position as New American African’s Executive Director (in 2019, NAA merged with ORIS). She is charged with ensuring high-quality programming that achieves our strategic goals through developing and maintaining relationships with the diverse members of Concord’s African community and by engaging in collaborative work with other stakeholders and partners addressing migrant and refugee issues.

Languages

habari
Kiswahili
nayu
Kamba
hello
English
Mohammad Zarif Noorzay

Mohammad Zarif Noorzay

Bilingual Case Manager

Originally a civil engineer in Afghanistan, Zarif later transitioned into a role as an assembler before joining the team at ORIS in Worcester. Beyond his professional life, Zarif is passionate about a range of hobbies. He enjoys immersing himself in books,  staying active through workouts, hiking, and swimming. Camping allows him to connect with nature and unwind from the demands of everyday life. He is proficient in three languages: English, Dari (Farsi), and Pashto. Zarif looks forward to this new chapter of his career.

Languages

hello
English
سلام
Dari
سلام
Pashto

Manhthuong Pham

Bilingual Matching Grant Case Manager

Manhthuong Pham is a bilingual Matching Grant Case Manager with 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She graduated in 2022 with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Manhthuong’s positive attitude and tireless energy inspire others to work hard and succeed. Her philosophy is, “You can do anything in life if you set your mind to it. With dedication, passion, hard work, and determination, dreams will come true. You are the master of your own destiny, and the only one who can stop you is yourself.” In her free time, Manhthuong enjoys camping, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to this new journey with the team.

Languages

hello
English
Xin Chào Vietnamese
Hayden Pickens ORIS Development and Grants Manager

Hayden Pickens

Development and Grants Manager

Hayden joined ORIS in 2024 as the Development and Grants Manager. Before joining ORIS, Hayden worked as a proposal writer and manager at multiple companies, focusing on developing new systems and processes to track and manage funding opportunities. As the Development and Grants Manager, he works to both write and track grants and other funding opportunities for ORIS. In his free time, he has a passion for creative writing and views writing as a fundamental tool for connecting people with new perspectives.

Languages

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English

Peg Prolman

Farm to School Coordinator

Peg Prolman joined ORIS in the fall of 2021. After working in education for over 25 years, she was hired as the Farm to School Coordinator to bring together all of the Manchester and Nashua partners to deliver tailored curriculum and Farm Fresh Friday pizzas to select elementary and middle schools in each district. She has a Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Peg also works as a Fresh Start Farms store clerk and food packer.

Languages

hello
English
Emma Richmond-Boudewyns

Emma Richmond-Boudewyns

Market Development Manager

Emma joined ORIS in 2022 as the Market Development Manager, Emma collaborates with farmers to expand farmers’ direct-to-consumer sales opportunities. She can be found on-farm working on different infrastructure projects and supporting farmers with hands-on crop maintenance. Emma is passionate about creating regenerative food systems through strengthening local networks of farmer collaboration. When not on the farm, Emma enjoys exploring the white mountains, rock climbing, and wheel throwing at the pottery studio! 

Languages

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English
Eduardo Santiago-Cora, ORIS Housing Specialist

Eduardo Santiago-Cora

Housing Coordinator

Originally from Puerto Rico, Eduardo Santiago-Cora, joined ORIS in May 2024 as the Housing Specialist. He graduated from Becker College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in management, and earned a certification in Human Resources Management. Eduardo’s career began by inspecting properties for Section 8 and similar programs, a role that sparked his deep interest in housing standards and led him to become a certified home inspector. As a member of InterNACHI (the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), he stays current with the latest industry standards and technologies through seminars and exhibitions. Previously, Eduardo ran his own business conducting audits for insurance companies using his expertise in inspections. Deeply committed to volunteerism, he contributes his time and skills to several organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, and Training Resources of America. Whether it’s through teaching, volunteering, or professional pursuits, Eduardo Santiago-Cora’s life reflects a deep commitment to making a meaningful impact in every aspect of his community. His roles in various capacities illustrate a person who not only values professional growth but also cherishes personal involvement and community service.

Languages

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English
hola Spanish
Farahnaz Sharify

Farahnaz Sharify

Administrative & Financial Literacy Coordinator

Farahnaz Sharify is from Afghanistan and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Talent Management and Human Potential Development in Organizations from the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. Her professional background includes roles in HR and Administration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Quality Assurance with Assess Transform Reach (ATR), and similar positions with the USAID Ramp Up North project. Prior to joining ORIS, she gained experience working with Centria Autism and Baystate Interpreter Company. She is proficient in Dari, Pashto, English, Russian, and Urdu. In her spare time, Farahnaz likes to read and dance.

Languages

سلام
Dari
سلام Pashto
hello
English
здравствуйте Russian
سلام Urdu
Minata Toure

Minata Toure

Youth Development Manager

Minata Toure joined ORIS in 2015 as Marketing Coordinator to support Fresh Start Farms NH, an immigrant and refugee farmer collective. A native of Banfora (Burkina Faso), Minata attended high school and college in Ouagadougou. She is responsible for market coordination and community engagement for Fresh Start Farms NH. She provides on-site technical support to farmer entrepreneurs and fulfillment of high-quality and timely orders of produce, including CSA post-harvest handling.

Languages

hello
English
bonjour
French
I ni ce
Bamba
jambo
Mooree
abenyadi
Mandingo
Ibrahim Tweneboah, ORIS Reception & Placement Case Manager

Ibrahim Tweneboah

Reception & Placement Case Manager

Ibrahim joined ORIS in January 2024 as an R&P Case Manager, overseeing the reception and placement program and core services for refugees. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Education and an MSc in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University Boston. Previously, Ibrahim served as the managing director of a fish production company, where he spearheaded strategic plans and company policies, fostering significant growth through innovative approaches. His experience extends to managing culturally diverse environments as a residence coordinator of a group home, ensuring a secure and supportive atmosphere for residents. His proficiency in English, French, as well as African languages such as Twi, Fanti, and Bambara, not only adds depth to his personal identity but also strengthens his professional ability to engage with and assist a diverse community.

Languages

hello
English
bonjour
French
akwaaba Twi
akwaaba Fante
so i ni tile Bambara
Jameson Small

Jameson Small

Fresh Start Farms Program Director
Jameson Small is the Program Manager for the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) at ORIS. He works closely with the Fresh Start Farmers to provide training, technical support, and to develop new markets for all the wonderful produce we grow! Jameson has spent the last 9 years devoted to improving New Hampshire’s food system by managing diverse organic vegetable operations and a farm-to-table restaurant and bakery. When he is not at the farm, Jameson spends his time sailing with his wife Sarah and their dog June.

Languages

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English
Sarah

Sarah Bower

Food Hub Operations Manager

Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Food Hub and is your contact for all things FarmShare. Sarah brings experience in food justice work and sustainable farming to the team, as well as a passion for building food systems where everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food.

Languages

hello
English
hola
Spanish

Our Board of Directors

Our board of thought leaders, movers, and shakers who form the backbone of the ORIS mission.

MR. MUKHTAR IDHOW
ORIS Executive Director

MR. CRISPIN MILELE
Board Chair
Medical Interpreter at Manchester Community Health Clinic

MS. VICTORIA ADEWUMI
Vice Chair
Community Liaison/Public Health Specialist at City of Manchester Health Department

MR. ALI SEKOU
Treasurer
Hannaford Supermarkets

MR. GARETH ORSMOND
Board Member
Partner, Pierce Atwood

MS. LINA SHAYO
Board Member
Immigration Lawyer at Mesa Law

MR. FAMOH TOURE
Board Member
Program Manager at Pinpoint Translations/ International Institute of New England

MS. LEA TUYISABE
Board Member
Accounting Technician, City of Manchester

MS. MIRANDA REMILLARD
Board Member
Director of Recruitment, Northwestern Mutual