Refugee Women's Network is a non-profit organization built to inspire and equip refugee and immigrant women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.
Named Executive Director of The Refugee Women’s Network, Inc. in May of 2014, Tara has extensive non-profit experience including 15 years in leadership roles working with the homeless, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking victims. As a results-driven non-profit executive, recognized for creating and expanding quality programs serving multiple special needs and underserved populations, Tara is deeply committed to improving the lives of persons in crisis.
Prior to joining RWN, her most recent role was that of Executive Director for Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc. One of 46 Certified Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters in the state of Georgia. Tara also served as Director of Emergency Services with Tallatoona CAP, Inc., a community action organization serving low-income families. Tara supervised and managed the organization’s Quality Assurance Department and seven Human Resource Development Centers across seven counties of Northwest Georgia, including the Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Tara has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Relations with a specialization in Counseling from Point University. Tara holds several non-profit certifications through the Georgia Center for Non-Profits, certification in domestic violence advocacy through the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence, and is a certified grant writer through Emory University.
Tara has held memberships and affiliations with the Georgia Council to ending Homelessness, South Fulton County Coalition of Service Providers, The Women’s Policy Group, Council of Volunteer Administrators, Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force, Fulton County Fatality Review Committee, Forsyth County Domestic Violence Task Force, The Women of Color Network, and the Child Abuse Protocol Committee of Forsyth County. Tara also served as a board member of the Georgia Community Action Agencies and received recognition as one of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta Salute Woman of Achievement Award (2005).
In her role as Executive Director of the Refugee Women’s Network, Inc., Tara is responsible for strategic planning and collaborative efforts, program development, community relations, private and public-sector fundraising and resource development. Tara is passionate when it comes to advocating for the needs and rights of persons in need of support and shares the core value of RWN to inspire and equip women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.
Alaa serves as the Social Adjustment and Leadership Program Coordinator at Refugee Women’s Network. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating leadership and social adjustment workshops and serves as a case manager for nearly 500 local refugees and immigrants.
Over the past 15 years she has been employed with national and international organizations providing program support and direct services. Her background ranges from designing instructional materials and developing workshops and training models, to assisting with grants management, budgets, and handling logistics for armed services personnel and civilians. During her tenure in humanitarian service in the Middle East she also became certified as an interpreter and translator.
Alaa fled Iraq as a refugee and resettled in the United State with her family in 2008. Since arriving in the US, she has served as a national spokesperson for Iraqi refugees speaking at a number of functions to raise awareness, including delivering a speech at the 2008 International Freedom Awards Dinner in New York City alongside Kofi Annan. Additionally, she has served as a local commentator for several media outlets on the American military withdrawal in Iraq and the plight of Arab American immigrants.
Gal Adam Spinrad is the Coordinator of the Economic Empowerment Program. She brings a broad range of experience spanning 20 years in the social sector to RWN. Gal has worked with diverse nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, many with a focus on women, girls, families and under-served communities. She has been privileged to have developed and managed a range of programs, brought individuals and communities together through events and conferences, and researched and written many communication materials as part of her work.
Gal is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Decatur with her husband and their two children. She brings personal experience as an immigrant to the U.S. and a native fluency in French to her work at RWN.
Barbara Ann Luttrell serves as Communications Specialist at The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, she supports The Task Force’s strategic communications efforts to increase organizational and programmatic visibility.
Prior to joining The Task Force, Barbara Ann served in Porter Novelli’s Health and Social Impact practice for five years. During her time at Porter Novelli, she gained experience in strategic planning and research, expository writing, traditional and digital media, event planning and logistics, partnership development, and campaign evaluation. She has served as a public relations specialist to dozens of diverse public health organizations and agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office on Women’s Health.
Prior to her work at Porter Novelli, Barbara Ann worked for the Permitting and Compliance division of NASA’s Environmental Program Branch, calculating NASA’s annual carbon dioxide emissions and developing a new website.
Barbara Ann studied at both Cambridge University and University of Paris and has a degree in Political Science with a minor in French from Auburn University.
Zunera Mirza is a Research Dissemination Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Zunera graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a dual degree in Biology and Psychology in 2005. After graduation, she moved to Tokyo for a research position and spent some time in Asia before returning to the United States to work at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. After 2 years at the local health level, Zunera moved to Atlanta where she received her MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Zunera spends a lot of her free time travelling, playing with the Emory gamelan ensemble, and having bake-offs against her husband Isaac.
Stephanie Carey Yeargan works at CARE USA as a Special Assistant in the Program department. She completed her Master of Business Administration at Kennesaw State in 2015 and interned at The Carter Center. Stephanie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Ghana where she served as an educator in the Upper East region from 2011 to 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2006 and worked as a supply chain software consultant at Manhattan Associates from 2007 to 2011. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys taking trips with her husband Ed and writing about her travels on the blog she co-authors with Meagan, A Friend Afar.
Fakhria Hussain is a former refugee from Afghanistan; she came to the United States in 2004 with just a first grade of education. Fakhria graduated from Berry College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating on Child Development, Family Studies, and Psychology. Fakhria is actively involved in volunteering and working with a number of non-profit organizations in the refugee community such as with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Community School, and Refugee Family Literacy Program–Mommy and Me. Now, Fakhria is a preschool teacher at the Frazer Center in Atlanta and a Community Outreach Specialist at Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health as well as a member of the community leaders group in Clarkson.
David Klepinger has spent over 20 years in sales and marketing development consulting and training. In his current role at RWN he is involved in Major Gift development.
Throughout his career, he has focused on helping market-leading companies implement strategic planning, opportunity planning, territory management, sales process design, consultative selling skills and coaching skills programs.
Over the last 15 years he has led several major sales transformations within the software and pharmaceutical industry. This included several major initiatives at SAS Institute, SAP and Pfizer.
David served as VP of Global Sales Development for Open Text, Inc.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He resides in Newnan Georgia, with his wife and two sons. His hobbies include writing, hiking, yoga and photography.
Mide Lawson is the Executive Director and Founder of Mercy Said No, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA that coordinates annual medical mission trips to Nigeria. Locally, she hosts Camp Girlore; an empowerment camp for girls ages 12-17 and runs her own event planning company. In all that she does, Mide has heart for her community.
Meagan Clem Martz is a Senior Associate Director of Development at The Carter Center. Her analytical reporting guides multiple development teams as they design their fundraising strategies and has resulted in the creation of an additional department at the Center. At RWN, Meagan provides strategic guidance and support for fundraising.
Prior to joining The Carter Center, Meagan worked as an International Trade Program Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and as a consultant for the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Meagan has a master's degree in International Affairs and a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Japanese from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a student, she studied in Japan and Thailand and conducted her graduate field work on women's empowerment through local conservation efforts in Belize and Guatemala.
Latifa Mossajee was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. After high school, she moved to London, where she studied to become a Montessori teacher. In 1970, Latifa returned to Nairobi to work at a school for mentally challenged children – the first of its kind in Kenya. In 1972, Latifa and her family immigrated to the United States. Since being in the United States, Latifa has worked as a Montessori teacher, received her MBA, managed her husband’s two pediatric medical practices, and become co-owner of a real-estate company. Currently, Latifa manages commercial real-estate properties in and around Atlanta. She takes the greatest pleasure in her role as grandmother.
Suresh Thomas is currently serving as the Executive Director/Founder of Family Concern International, a charitable 501 © 3 non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. He has over 23 years of organizational leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He has served with IRC, and several local churches as well continues to teach as a college professor in Leadership Development at Simpson University, CA and Crown College, MN.
He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biblical Studies as well as Masters degrees in Social Work, Religion and Business Administration. He has completed a Doctoral degree in Leadership as well. He is also a certified Leadership Coach and Trainer with John Maxwell Teams, USA. His focus is in training and coaching young next-generation leaders particularly in South Asia.