Adam Clark - Office Director

AClark@wr.org - 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

revens@wr.org - 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.

Allan Varghese - Resettlement Specialist

avarghese@wr.org - 919.251.6595

Allan joined the team in August 2018 with years of cross-cultural social work and pastoral care experience working in Bangalore, India and in London, England. He has an MSW from Christ College, Bangalore, an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy from London School of Theology/ Middlesex University, and a Master’s in Theological Studies (MTS) from Duke University. He is interested in ideas related to practical theology, missional theology and inter-religious conversations. Outside of World Relief you will find him in some café writing, reading or chatting with people. He also serves as a teaching elder at Restoration Church, Durham.

Rob Callus - Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services Coordinator

rcallus@wr.org - 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.

Kayla Shivers - Refugee Support Services Coordinator

kshivers@wr.org - 919.251.6595

Kayla joined the WRD team in March 2019 as the Coordinator of Refugee Social Services formerly known as the Refugee Assistance Program. Kayla interned at World Relief High Point in the Match Grant Program in 2015. In her gap years, Kayla secured her B.S in Biology and Chemistry at North Carolina Central University, worked with women and children at a local homeless shelter as a Client Support Specialist, and served the people of Lari, Kenya in the mission field since 2016. Kayla is happy to rejoin World Relief in her new role. In her off time, you can find Kayla serving in outreach and youth ministry at World Overcomers Christian Church, trying new eateries all over the Raleigh-Durham area, and spending time with loved ones at any local event with music + food.

Sarah Blanchard - Church & Volunteer Engagement Specialist

sblanchard@wr.org - 919.724.4816

Sarah joined the World Relief team in April 2019 after several years working in local church ministry. A Triangle native, Sarah originally is from Chapel Hill, NC. In 2010, she moved to Boston, MA to pursue her BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East Studies at Northeastern University. After graduating in 2014, Sarah returned to the Triangle to attend Duke Divinity School. She graduated DDS with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. Before joining the team, Sarah worked as a pastoral associate in the local church: preaching, teaching, and serving in rural Durham. In her new role at World Relief, Sarah is excited to connect churches and volunteers with meaningful service opportunities. When she's not at the office, you may find her at home playing with her baby boy, Elias; in a coffee shop reading theology books; or in the kitchen trying new recipes.

Kjerstin Lewis - Immigration Legal Services Program Manager

kjlewis@wr.org - 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.