Adam Clark - Office Director - 919.439.7489

Adam has worked with refugees since 2007, first at Kentucky Refugee Ministries and then at Kentucky Office for Refugees. He returned to the Triangle area in February 2015 when he began his role as Office Director for WRD. Adam studied theology and philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois and earned a Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He is also certified in Nonprofit Management by Duke University. Adam is a supporter of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and also has ministry experience working with the homeless, neglected children, and other vulnerable populations. When not in the office, you’ll find Adam bow-hunting, fishing, or hanging out with his family.

Rebecca Evens - Resettlement Manager - 919.251.6595

Rebecca spent more than a decade working in holistic community development in vulnerable Tibetan communities.  She has helped launch multiple initiatives in the fields of education, public health, environmental restoration and business.  Rebecca joined the team at World Relief shortly after moving to North Carolina in early 2016, and began as the finance coordinator in September 2017. When not at work, you'll find her hanging with her family, in the garden, or reading a good book.

Rob Callus - Program Manager of Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services - 919.519.1133

Rob joined the WRD team in January 2019 as the program coordinator for Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services. After studying theology and health sciences at the University of Notre Dame, he lived in a Catholic Worker community and then served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as an English educator and campus minister at a secondary school in Tanzania. He also did a program fellowship with Curamericas Global, a global health nonprofit dedicated to serving women and children in vulnerable communities worldwide. Rob greatly enjoys Ethiopian coffee, spoken word, and rousing games of Bananagrams from time to time.

Kjerstin Lewis - Immigration Legal Services Program Manager - 919.251.8624

Kjerstin joined the WRD team in May 2019 as the Immigration Legal Services Program. She previously worked from August 2014 – May 2019 in the Immigration Legal Services Clinic with World Relief in Baltimore. During her time in Baltimore, Kjerstin became a partially-accredited DOJ legal representative which has allowed her to practice immigration law and serve over 150 families in applications for citizenship, green cards, family visa petitions, DACA, and more! Kjerstin received her B.A. in Spanish and Community Sociology in December 2013 from Wartburg College, where she spent several months abroad in Costa Rica and Argentina learning Spanish. In her free time, you can find Kjerstin working as a basketball referee, cooking, or watching baseball with her cat, Bruno.

Selina Máté - Virtual Mentorship Specialist - 919.519.1133

Selina joined the WRD team in July 2019 as the Youth Mentorship Coordinator. She previously worked as an instructional assistant in the juvenile detention center in Lansing, Michigan. Prior to this, she graduated from Huntington University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in history with a concentration in pre-law. In her free time, Selina enjoys travelling to San Marcos, Guatemala - where she has been visiting and serving at for the last 8 years. She also enjoys focusing on fitness and wellness; alongside spending valuable time with her husband and facetiming with her family back in Michigan.

Elizabeth Thompson - Senior Development Specialist -

Elizabeth joined the World Relief Durham team in August 2020 with experience in nonprofit program management, development, and communications spanning two decades. She is passionate about standing in solidarity with vulnerable people on the margins. Elizabeth has worked with Heartline Ministries in Haiti, World Vision in emergency relief, among others; and proudly served as a founding member of Reality Ministries, a community of friends with and without disabilities sharing life together in Durham. Elizabeth holds a MA in International Development from Eastern University and BA in Leadership Studies and Communications from the University of Richmond. In her free time, she loves to play with her family (especially kickball and chess), enjoy time in nature, snuggle her puppy, and avidly read to her kids.

Jeremy Walters - Case Specialist and Health Specialist -

Jeremy joined the WRD team in January 2019 and began as the Preferred Communities Specialist in October 2020. A native South Carolinian, he received a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University with an emphasis in Social Services and a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Seminary. He has a background in management, providing individual and group therapy, and in church discipleship. When not working with our clients, Jeremy enjoys reading science fiction, hiking, and trying out new board games with his wife.

Tremayne Manson - Community Engagement Manager -

Tremayne has a passion for justice, equity, reconciliation, and community development.  For 3 years he served as the associate pastor for community development at The Summit Church, and prior to that he worked at the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-Chapel Hill for 3 years.  From 2003 to 2014, Tremayne worked in a variety of development and fundraising roles, at both UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University.  As an undergraduate at UNC he studied management and sociology, and he has a M.Ed. in higher education administration from NC State.  He is married and has 4 children at home.  He enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and spending time with friends and family.

Kalabria Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator - 615.833.7735

Kalabria Lemire joined the WRD team in June 2021 as the Volunteer Coordinator. Kalabria is passionate about serving all people, standing in solidarity with the vulnerable, and engaging the community to connect with one another. She previously worked as the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Apex Chamber of Commerce for over 5 years. In her free time, she volunteers her time to advocate and organize community initiatives and events in her hometown of Apex, NC. Prior to this, she graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, family and Cavapoo puppy, Mercy. 

Maggie Harney - Youth Mentorship Coordinator -

Maggie started at WRD in January 2021, interning with RIYS. She has a master’s degree in International Studies with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from NC State. She previously interned with USCRI NC in Raleigh, working with the Family Strengthening Program and on communications/development. Before graduate school, Maggie taught English abroad for 3 years to high school students in Spain and Chile. During her 2017-2018 Fulbright grant in Madrid, she led her school’s Global Classrooms (Model United Nations) program. A metro-Atlanta native, Maggie holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Georgia. She loves dogs, playing with her niece and nephews, watching “The Office,” and writing.

Amanuel Abraham - Immigration Legal Services Program Manager -

Amanuel Abraham is the ILS Manager at World Relief Durham. He was born and raised in Eritrea. He studied International Human Rights Law at both Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated with a Masters of Laws (LL.M), and from American University in Cairo, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree (M.A.). For the last six years, he worked as a DOJ Accredited Representative with the International Institute of Wisconsin; a refugee resettlement agency located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Directly before working with the International Institute of Wisconsin, Amanuel worked with the Pan-African Community Association ('PACA'); another refugee resettlement agency in Milwaukee, where he served as the Refugee Immigration Services Director and a DOJ Accredited Representative. His previous work experience in the U.S. also includes positions with the government of the District of Columbia (D.C.) and with Lutheran Social Services in Maryland. In addition to his extensive experience working with immigrants and refugees in the U.S., he also worked overseas with various organizations and individuals to provide support to refugees and asylum seekers.