Staff List

Executive Director
206-723-2203

Rich Stolz was born in Seoul, South Korea. His parents met in Korea, when his father, an American citizen, worked there in the construction field. His mother became a naturalized citizen, and Rich’s family moved to the United States when he was three. Rich grew up in Redwood City, California, where he was raised by his mother. Growing up, Rich was always conscious of his bi-racial identity, which was framed by his and his mother’s experience as new-comers to the United States. From an early age, Rich thought a good deal about what it meant to be a citizen, what it meant to be American, and the consequences of prejudice.

Over the last fifteen years, Rich has worked at the Center for Community Change, a national organization based in Washington, D.C.  During that time, he focused on the intersection of policy, politics and organizing across a broad spectrum of issues impacting low-income and minority communities, including jobs and income support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment and environmental justice. He has lived and organized in communities as diverse as Portland, Maine; Montgomery, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle, Washington.

Early in his tenure, he focused on the impact of welfare reform and immigration law changes enacted by Congress in the mid-1990s, providing support to community-led grassroots organizing around the implementation of these laws and attempts to reauthorize them in Congress. Later, Rich helped to found and staff the Transportation Equity Network, a multi-ethnic organizing strategy focused on the impact of transportation policy on job access, community development, and environmental justice.

Eventually, Rich returned to immigration policy and organizing as the coordinator of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a national coalition of immigrant rights organizations fighting for comprehensive immigration reform. In that capacity, he helped to organize some of the largest mobilizations and protests in American history, supported the growth of youth organizing across FIRM, managed nonpartisan voter mobilization programs in Arizona and adoption of civic engagement strategies by immigrant rights organization in numerous states, supported the emergence of new immigrant rights organizations and coalitions across the country, and he managed grassroots efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2007. He was later tapped to be the Campaign Manager for the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign in 2008, a multi-million dollar, cross sector (labor, faith, community, business) campaign with more than 900 organizational endorsers.

Rich first cut his teeth in organizing while a student at Stanford University in California to create ethnic studies programs that would resource investment in research and instruction on Asian American, Chicano, African American and Native American Studies. In 1994, he served as a volunteer in efforts to defeat proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure in California. Throughout his life, he has been deeply influenced by the civil rights movement and liberation theology in the context of Catholic social teaching, including the centrality of faith, radical love, and human dignity. Together, these experiences affirmed his calling to social justice and human rights organizing and activism. Follow him on Twitter @rstolz11.

Consultant/Interim Development Director
206-452-8404

Ashley Leasure, Co-Founder of OrangeGerbera, Inc., works closely with the OneAmerica team helping to guide and develop its development program.  Her work in the field is guided by more than sixteen years of experience as a Director of Development and member of executive management teams for social service, arts and medical-based non-profit organizations, most recently expanding the fundraising programs of ACT Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group (the historic Paramount and Moore Theatres).

Prior to coming to Seattle, Ashley led successful development programs including a seven-county division of the March of Dimes and CENTERS for Children & Families. In early 2007, she co-founded her company, OrangeGerbera, (www.orangegerbera.com) that specializes in fundraising and communications, and began consulting with several nonprofit groups in the Puget Sound area.  Clients include Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women's Law Center), Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Women's Funding Alliance, Explorations in Math, Make a Wish Mexico and Family Law Casa. Ashley serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Washington State and is a member of other industry groups.

 

Finance Director
206-452-8420

Anne Mace-Deines holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Howard Payne University. She also graduated from Howard Payne University's Multidisciplinary Honors Program in Public Policy as a recipient of the Hatton W. Sumner’s Foundation Scholarship. Anne also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio with an emphasis in accounting.

Prior to OneAmerica, Anne has served in different capacities at various nonprofits and governmental entities. She served as the Programs Manager/Chief Financial Officer in establishment of the Bexar County Family Justice Center, a one stop shop for victims of domestic violence. During this time she received certification from the Office of Homeland Security as a Domestic Violence Instructor and began the implementation of a county-wide training program for schools, school officials, and other members of the community. She also created and maintained budgets over $4 million including operation and grant specific budgets.

Anne has also served in roles as the Program Coordinator and Finance Director for various other nonprofits including United Way, Mexican American Unity Council, and Family Services Center, Inc. She also served as the Grant Writer/Administrator for the City of South Padre Island where the City was successfully awarded $3.8 million in grant funds for various projects including building of a new fire station and beach restoration activities within the first 6 months.

Director of Operations
206-452-8414

Rebekah graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Religious Studies, and from the University of Chicago with an MA in Divinity. She also taught in South Los Angeles as a Teach for America corps member, earning an additional MA in Elementary Education. She has been with OneAmerica since the spring of 2008.

Operations Associate - Arabic
206-542-8409

Hajer comes to OneAmerica with over six years of experience in higher education, program development, and social justice work. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle University with a Bachelors in Political Science Honors and Legal/Women’s Studies. Hajer is passionate about political research and social reform and has volunteered extensively throughout various community organizations in King County. During her free time, Hajer enjoys baking, hiking, and traveling.

Yakima Organizer - Habla Español
206-723-2203

Born in Tijuana, Baja California, Kimberly is the youngest and only girl of four children in her family.

Kimberly’s parents came to Washington State from Mexico, bringing her to the U.S at the age of 3, to search for a better future and life to provide all of their children.

A 2013 graduate of Wapato High School and currently attending Yakima Valley Community College, Kimberly is working towards receiving an Associates in Arts. She plans to become an immigration lawyer.

Fighting for immigration reform and human rights are passions for Kimberly. She has volunteered for OneAmerica and participated in several civil disobedience actions.

Kimberly was also a rider on the Keeping Families Together bus tour. “It gave me the opportunity to grow as a person and a leader, inspiring DREAMers like me to continue their education and never give up because with dedication and hard work, everything is possible.”

WNA Civics and Financial Literacy Associate - Habla Español
206-723-2203

Katelyn is a recent graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with BA in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology. Throughout her four years in Tacoma, she assisted various projects and outreach initiatives in the immigrant community. She served as an ELL teacher and engaged in other community-based organizing. Her latest projects and internships include a research project in Tacoma focused on disaster preparedness in the homeless community that was featured in the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Conference and partnerships with Bolivian organizations that provide services with youth empowerment, sex education and immigrant rights. An underlying passion of hers has always been immigrant justice in relation to other social justice movements, and she is happy to be involved in an organization that shares this passion.

Policy Associate - Habla Español
206-452-8410

A Rocky Mountain native, Ellicott grew up in a town with a large but disenfranchised immigrant population. The inequality she witnessed as a child continues to inspire her work at OneAmerica.

Ellicott graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She was involved in a number of student-led efforts to improve the campus environment for LGBT students, students of color, and survivors of sexual assault. Her undergraduate research led her to Guatemala and Ecuador where she developed a deep passion for environmental justice.

When Ellicott’s sense of adventure tugged her to Seattle, she joined the OneAmerica team as an AmeriCorps member in the Washington New Americans program. As a Policy Associate she now focuses primarily on how environmental issues affect Washington’s immigrant and refugee communities. When she’s not working, you can find Ellicott at farmer’s markets, trail running, backpacking, skiing, or enjoying the region’s impressive selection of craft beers.

Associate Director of Civic Engagement
206-452-8416

Prior to joining OneAmerica as the State Policy and Legislative Manager, Toby was the State Policy Director at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) where he coordinated the organization’s state advocacy efforts and provided training and technical assistance on immigrant access to benefits. At MIRA he also had the opportunity to work on English language and workforce development programming and policy with the English for New Bostonians program and English Works Campaign. He holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and is very glad to be back on the West Coast.

Program Manager, Washington New Americans - Habla Español
206-452-8499

Lilly graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and was awarded departmental honors for her research on bilingual education. She also recently completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington, specializing in Community Centered Integrative Practice.

Prior to coming to OneAmerica, Lilly worked with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation on their asset building and basic needs programs, doing research on effective programs to support low-income families in building assets and increasing their economic stability. During her time at the University of Washington, she also participated in student organizing efforts to raise awareness about immigration issues on campus and promote access to higher education for undocumented students.

Lilly has been involved in various social justice causes for the past 10 years, including promoting access to literacy and English classes for refugees, facilitating support groups for female survivors of domestic violence, providing quality healthcare and health education to uninsured patients, and advocating for reproductive rights. She’s also worked in community development in Bolivia and with homeless youth in the Dominican Republic.

Outside work, Lilly is an amateur drummer; she also likes to garden and loves to camp and hike in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Senior Field Manager
206-452-8408

Maha joined OneAmerica with over 10 years of experience in social justice and working with immigrant students and youth. She holds a Bachelor's in Communications, a Bachelor's in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and a Master's in Near Eastern languages and Civilization from the University of Washington. Her research focused on cross-cultural communication between the United States and the Middle East and allowed her to travel to interview a broad sample of populations from actors to politicians to local community members.

Maha is the lead organizer in OneAmerica where, in addition to helping coordinate the civic engagement work, she develops and implements the vision for an innovative leadership youth program. She works with people from diverse socioeconomic, academic and cultural backgrounds and creates a local replicable model that stresses youth civic engagement with emphasis on taking a passionate and personal responsibility for active citizenship. Maha brings first-hand experience of mobilizing immigrant communities towards civic action and policy change.

She also serves as a women's commissioner in the City of Seattle where she researches, analyzes and makes recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and City Departments on issues facing women in Seattle. She also is on various community boards and volunteers at local shelters.

In addition to her experience with OneAmerica, Maha has also worked extensively with various immigrant groups in the community, tutoring and mentoring youth of all ages by organizing, counseling and tutoring opportunities. She is also a strong advocate and ally for recent immigrant Egyptians to America, where she uses her solid understanding of the political and cultural landscapes of Egypt and of the United States to better relate and serve the people in those communities. She is fluent in Arabic and her experience as a first generation immigrant helps her respect and commit to help in the fight for social, racial and economic justice.

Follow her on Twitter @mahazja (note: this is a personal account).

Developement and Finance Associate
206-452-8405

For as long as she can remember, Marijo has held a great passion for social justice.  While she has volunteered for a variety of different causes, she finds that she prefers providing her time pursuing victories for oppressed communities.  Over the last ten years, Marijo gained experience in the finance industry; specifically banking and accounting.  In 2014, she made the decision to combine her love for justice work with her love for numbers and make a career out of it.  Marijo made the decision to go back to school to pursue her degree in Social Sciences with the University of Washington.
 
During off hours, you can find Marijo reading, watching any and all Seattle sports-related events, traveling, or experiencing something new in the great Pacific Northwest.

Communications Consultant
206-452-8402

Charlie received his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2007. He spent one summer studying Mandarin at Beijing University, where every morning he drank sweet coffee from a can and rode a bike he built out of a box to class. He also has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University from the days when reporters worked from phone books more often than the internet.

He did communications work with Human Rights in China, an international NGO based in New York City that works to institutionalize human rights protections and expand civil society in mainland China. Before that, he was a legislative aide for a Seattle City Councilmember and has worked with non-profits and social justice campaigns in the Seattle area including the Children’s Alliance. Off and on, Charlie has worked on local, state, and national campaigns, losing many of them, but learning a lot along the way. Like why he doesn't want to run for office.

Charlie found Seattle after traveling across country for several months in a used Toyota that finally broke down on I-5. For the next few years he played drums in a hip hop band called Bakudan which means he also waited tables. As his alter ego DJ Spark, which involves wearing a hat, he plays music at special events for fun, dancing, and soul uplifting.

Follow him on Twitter @cmcateer.

Senior Education Policy Manager - Farsi
206-452-8425

Roxana comes to OneAmerica with over 10 years of experience in advocacy and social justice work with immigrant populations. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington with a specialization in Community Centered Integrative Practice. As a former graduate intern at OneAmerica, Roxana brings firsthand experience of mobilizing immigrant communities towards civic action and policy change.

Roxana’s professional background includes providing cultural competency trainings to public schools and community based organizations to improve the system and services for immigrant populations and students of color. She has also served as a consultant leading policy change efforts for educational equity and presenting public health information to high school students. While with the City of Seattle, Roxana worked under the Immigrant and Refugee Initiative changing policies and expanding the capacity of the city to serve the needs of diverse communities.

Roxana’s policy work and community trainings are deeply rooted in her one on one work with immigrant families in crisis. She spent 5 years at Wellspring Family Services as a housing advocate working closely with low-income immigrant families at risk of homelessness.

In addition to her domestic experience, Roxana has also worked internationally for a women’s empowerment organization in rural India and taught English in a township in South Africa. After graduate school, Roxana was awarded the University of Washington Bonderman Travel Fellowship, allowing her to travel independently to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, East/West Africa and South America, while studying and writing about migration patterns, post-conflict zones, and displaced groups. Roxana is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and her experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to justice and immigrant rights.

Program Associate, Washington New Americans - Habla Español
206-452-8423

Sarah Sumadi graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism and a concentration in Spanish. For two years, she served as Director of Volunteers and Communications at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest. In 2011, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent two and a half years there and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Universidad de San Andres. She also worked full-time as an academic adviser for EducationUSA, a program of the U.S. State Department, to help Argentine students apply to U.S. colleges and universities. Sarah is passionate about food and women's economic development.

In 2014, she co-produced, edited and published the Leaders from the Kitchen cookbook, which brings together recipes and stories from more than 40 women leaders and entrepreneurs in Belize and Nicaragua. So far, book sales have raised more than $5,000 for organizations that provide small business training and support to low-income women in both countries.

Development Manager
206-452-8411

Becky joined OneAmerica as Individual Giving & Development Coordinator in November 2010.  With more than five years of fundraising experience, Becky’s commitment to advocacy and social justice includes working with Seattle organizations Legal Voice (formerly the Northwest Women’s Law Center) and Plymouth Housing Group, as well as Community Shares, a social justice funding organization in Cleveland, Ohio.  Originally from Ohio, Becky earned a BA in Sociology and a BA in American Studies at Kenyon College.

Education Policy Associate
206-452-8419

Chelsea comes to OneAmerica motivated by her experiences working within public schools with students and families over the past two years. She graduated from Bard College in 2011 with a B.A. in Human Rights, and while there was awarded the Davis Projects for Peace grant with a fellow student for work on an education project in Nicaragua focused on listening and responding to community voices. Through her work on this project she deepened her understanding of the necessity to apply a cultural awareness lens to issues of social justice.

Her first experience in the classroom was when she began as a Teaching Associate with Citizen Schools in the Bay Area in 2012, and this year, while not at the OneAmerica office, she works with CDSA at Beacon Hill International School to teach after-school activities and homework support sessions. She has volunteered in several student support and teaching capacities - in middle school, kindergarten, and dual language immersion classes, and with Upwardly Global and the International Rescue Committee working with immigrant professionals and teaching ESL. Her experiences working with immigrant and refugee populations, and with students and families in the public school system, inform her commitment to advocacy and creating a more equitable education system that will close the opportunity gap. She grew up in the Seattle area and is happy to be back.

Communications Manager
206-452-8403

Pavan Vangipuram comes to OneAmerica with a background in science, activism and communications. A former Americorps volunteer advocating for the disabilities community, Pavan has engaged in environmental activism, foreclosure defense, and advocacy journalism. As a newspaper reporter, Pavan wrote several stories highlighting the plight of agricultural workers in California. In 2010, he was awarded the Smith/Patterson Science Writing Fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he recieved his MA in journalism. He has a BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

East African Organizer - Somali, Arabic
206-452-8433

Mohamud is a journalist, photographer, and the publisher and editor-in-chief of Runta (Truth), a news magazine that mainly serves Somalis in the Seattle area.

Born and raised in Mogadishu, Somalia, Mohamud speaks Somali, Arabic, and English; and has lived in seven countries: the U.S., Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. He graduated from Lafole University with a B.A. in Journalism in 1984 and worked at the newspaper October Star until 1990.

From 1988-1990, Mohamud also traveled throughout Somalia as a freelance photographer and owned a coffee shop in Mogadishu. In 1990, the civil war began, and he soon found himself hungry and destitute in a refugee camp in Kenya. Mohamud was there for four months, until he was hired to manage press relations for the Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim Foundation, an aid organization.

In 1995, while in Nairobi, Mohamud founded Runta. Since coming to the U.S. as a refugee in 1996, he has studied English, obtained a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington, and served the Somali community in several capacities: training, organizing, coaching, advocacy, and providing interpretation and translation services between Somali and English at Seattle area hospitals, and the justice system, and facilitating the transition and integration of Somali children into area schools.

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