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Board of Directors


Executive/Governance Committee


Sumangala Bhattacharya,  J.D., Ph.D., President 

Professor of English and World Literature at Pitzer College, Immigration Attorney at  private practice.


Anchulee Raongthum, Secretary

Agent & Broker Outreach, Education & Technical Assistance Program, Federally Facilitated Marketplace.


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.


Gabriela Lagarda Arias, 

Director, Creative Marketing at Participant Media.


Linda Pillsbury, 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/ Therapist, Private practice.


Monia Ghacha,

Immigration Attorney, private practice.

Nayeli Perez,

Psychiatric Social Worker, LAUSD School of Mental Health.


Advisory Council 


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 

Chief Development Director for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. 



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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