Our Team

ReWA is guided in fulfilling its mission by our accomplished and dedicated Board of Directors, comprised of individuals from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.

ReWA has a team of over 125 staff members with the capability of speaking over 50 languages and dialects. Most of our staff are refugees or immigrants, who work with our clients to deliver bilingual and bicultural services.


Board of Directors
Board Chair: Ramina Dehkhoda-Steele Partner in Charge, Wong Fleming
Secretary: Kelli Tingwall Board Member, Refugee Women’s Alliance
Treasurer: Gail Williams Financial Consultant
Julianna Drinan Associate Program Officer - M&E, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Soheila Khosravani Director, Strategic Sourcing and Partnership, Boeing
Shahzad Q. Qadri Partner, Wong Fleming
Teodora Rutar Shuman Associate Professor and Chair, Seattle University
David Walker Associate Professor, Argosy University
Cathy Danigelis Senior Vice President, Key Bank
Mary Van Cleve, JD Attorney, Columbia Legal Services
Katie Kuciemba Halse Local Government Relations Manager, Port of Seattle
Emeritus: Maxine Loo Retired School Teacher
Emeritus: Charlotte Van Dyke Retired Lawyer
Key Staff
Mahnaz K. Eshetu Executive Director
Crisann Brooks Senior Director, Family Empowerment Services
Gizachew Manahle Manager, Family Empowerment Services
Marilyn LittleJohn Director, Education and Special Projects
Carlin Yoophum Director, Domestic Violence Program
Molly Donovan Director, Behavioral Health Program
Susan Lee Director, Volunteer Services and ECE Operations
Emily Tomita Manager, Youth Program
Margarita Seeley Director, Finance
Stephen Darcy Human Resources
Russell Batten Director, Development and Communications
Wendi Lindquist Development & Communications Officer
Zoey Ferenczy Individual Giving Coordinator