Hyde Park Refugee project is an entirely volunteer-run organization. We are always looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to complete the volunteer application and we will be in touch with you soon.
Directors: Dorothy Pytel and Penny Visser
Interns: Carolyn Lawrence and Ashley Rosa
Adult ESL coordinator: Daniel Sutherland
Employment coordinators: Julie Morton and Diane Salk
Drivers: Mike Allen, Greg Golley, Fiona Greenland, Cynthia Heusing, Lisa La Vallee, Dorothy Pytel, Erica Rist, Jeff Ruby, Jenna Sices, Meredith Sices, Lainey Weinstein, Tessa Weil, Henry Wishcamper, Penny Visser, and Michael Weisman
Family coordinators: Susan Augustine and Hanna Siurua
Housing coordinator: Sara Trumm
Marketing, media relations, website and social media: Lisa La Vallee and Jon Stopper
Medical coordinators: Kathryn Baker and Greg Golley
Mentors: Susan Augustine, Mira Chauhan, Ryan Fordice, Becky Foster, Jennifer Kay, Hanna Siurua, Daniel Sutherland, Sara Trumm, Jenny Wassermann, Michael Weisman, and Giudi Weiss
Move Coordinators: Liv Leader and Laura Rico-Beck
Translators: George Aghia, Francesca Chubb-Confer, Timothy Gutmann, Ghenwa Hayek, Yasmeen Hussain, Rim Mikati, Sarah Oraby, Brooke Provinchain, Alex Shams and Hanna Siurua
Tutor coordinator: Kate Hannigan
Tutors: Elise Anderson, Lynne Beckenstein, Mark Berger, Nick Bogert, Francesca Chubb-Confer, Melinda Deegan, Keren Faling, Ryan Fordice, Kristine Greiber, Paige Hall, Kate Hannigan, Olivia Issa, Lisa Jenschke, Diane Rudall, Diane Salk, Adam Shaw, Anna Sloss, Elena Sparrow, Bethany Stephens, Claire Weekley and Nora Zaki
Working group members: Elise Anderson, Marianne Crusius, Ginni Cook, Ashley Cureton Turner, Greg Golley, Lisa La Vallee, Kristine Menn, Camille Morgan, Julie Morton Dorothy Pytel, Orit Schwartz, Meredith Sices, Jenna Sices, Saadia Shah, Sara Trumm, and Penny Visser
- We want to express our deepest thanks to all of the many volunteers who go unmentioned for your service and contributions. Whenever we’ve asked, the Hyde Park community has stepped up in a BIG WAY. It really does take a village to help refugee families attain self-sufficiency and we couldn’t be more grateful for your time, commitment and support.
- We are indebted to Augustana Lutheran Church for providing invaluable resources and extraordinary support serving as a home base for donation drop-offs, meetings, special events, tutoring sessions and more.
- We thank KAM Isaiah Israel for providing drop-off space for donations.
- We also wish to recognize and thank award-winning designer Grant Schexnider, Principal/GSC, Grant Schexnider Creative, for creating our terrific logo free of charge.
- Special thanks also to our neighborhood FedEx Office Print & Ship Center for providing complementary printing services.
- Thank you, American Mattress of Hyde Park for your kind donation for a refugee family in need. Special thanks to sales manager Cecelia Jacobson. All can sleep better now.