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2024 Board of Directors


Executive/Governance Committee


Anchulee Raongthum, President

Director of Education, Outreach & Support at Square Group, LLC (ASG)


Gabriela Lagarda Arias, Secretary

Director, Creative Marketing at Participant Media 


Charles Laing, Treasurer

Tax Manager at  Clumeck, Stern, Schenkelberg & Getzoff 


Board Members 


Aimee Porter   

Early Childhood Trauma Specialist

Children’s Book Author and Photographer 


Amanda Hillsberg Arya  

Director, Documentary Film at Participant Media 


Lori B. Schoenberg

Immigration Attorney, Private practice


Rosa Navarrete 

Writer & Director


Thea Smolisky

Art Advisor and Private Collection Manager


Advisory Board


Ivana de Maria

Actress, founder and CEO at StoryPlace



Ivelise Markovits

Former Chief Executive Officer at Penny Lane Centers, Retired



David Farley

Former Director, Justice and Compassion Essential Ministry Team, Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Retired



Gloria Myles

Northridge UMC Church Member, Retired



Guillermo Torres

Immigration Program Director at Clue (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) 



Ninette Ayala 

Director of Advancement at The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company



Emeritus Board 


Rev. Frederick Birten Morris, Founder

Former Executive Director for the Refugee Children Center and Former Senior Pastor at the North Hills Hispanic Mission United Methodist Church, Retired.

"... I really hope you listen to my story, because that is all I have left."

                                             –Our Mother

Refugee Children's Stories

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