Mathew currently serves as the Policy and Research Manager for AsylumConnect, working to better quantify the LGBTQ asylum seeker population in the U.S. His primary focus is to identify the exact needs of asylum seekers in order to deliver the best catalog product possible. Matthew previously served as the Director of Partner Relations during the early phases of AsylumConnect’s development, where he worked on connecting AC with relevant outside partner organizations and identified candidates for AsylumConnect’s Advisory Team. Matthew is a freshman at Harvard University, concentrating in Government, and hopes to work in the field of international affairs and human rights in the future.
Marie met Katie Sgarro at the Millennium Campus Conference where she first heard of AsylumConnect. As an active advocate for the LGBTQ community, Marie was hooked to be a part of this growing organization. She is best known for being very awkward and childish but yet so passionate with issues concerning inequality. Marie, aspires to be just like her idol – Nelson Mandela who though shut from the world became the biggest #sidekick known in history.
IRINA LOIKOVA, DATA MANAGER
Irina moved from Russia to the United States in 2012. She has a Master's Degree in Economics and Business Administration. Having worked for the largest organization in her country that provides public services to citizens, she knows from personal experience how essential it is for immigrants to find information and resources for support in their new country. Bringing in more than 10 years of experience in management enterprise IT, Irina manages the data and content that goes into our online resource catalog. This includes process analysis to support data and information delivery, improving the efficiency of data collection/verification and maximizing the potential for web analytics tools. She is excited by the opportunity to join our vibrant and people-oriented organization.
RENAUDO CHRISTIANSEN-ROBINSON, aPHR, HR AND RECRUITMENT MANAGER
Renaudo is currently an Operations Coordinator with an IT and telephony consulting firm in Chicago. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Shortly thereafter, Renaudo moved to Chicago, where he completed a Master's Degree and Performance Certificate in Violin Performance at DePaul University. In addition to his obvious love of music, Renaudo loves foreign languages and dance. A former ballroom and Latin dancer himself, he spent several years managing two dance studios. He is fluent in French, and hopes to learn Levantine Arabic and German as well over the next few years.
As the HR & Recruitment Manager for AsylumConnect, Renaudo works to attract other passionate and dedicated individuals to the AsylumConnect team. He is also responsible for cultivating a positive and open environment among its members, and assisting in organizational planning. Renaudo is excited to combine his interest in Human Resources with his passion for social justice.
ILA KUMAR, USER EXPERIENCE DEVELOPER
Ila is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Psychology and Computer Science. She is interested in working at the intersection of psychology, computer science and design to address issues of social inequality. More specifically, she would like to leverage academic research in psychology and sociology, along with user testing, to make products and resources more powerful and intuitive.
Aside from working as a User Experience Developer for AsylumConnect, she is a Crisis Text Line Volunteer and a tutor at the UPenn Critical Writing Center. In her career, she hopes to focus on providing resources for marginalized communities, especially queer people and people of color.
HANNAH KLEPONIS, PHOTOGRAPHER
Hannah Kleponis graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a degree in Corporate Communications and International Studies. Passionate about travel and photography, she was an active part of the Global Studies program, visiting places such as Paris, Barcelona and Puerto Rico. She won an award for her submission in the Penn State University (Brandywine) Film Festival under the Global Studies category. Aside from using her DSLR camera, Hannah also enjoys using 35mm film. Her style typically focuses on candid, architectural, landscape and street.
Hannah currently works in real estate for an industrial and commercial real estate management firm. Her portfolio spans the Greater Philadelphia area. Hoping to create social justice, she is excited to join the AsylumConnect team and help bring such important resources to marginalized communities.
Disclaimer: The AsylumConnect team will do its best to confirm basic facts about service providers listed on this website. However, we lack the necessary resources to adequately vet service providers and make no representations regarding the viability or capabilities of any such providers. Consequently, AsylumConnect assumes no responsibility for the actions of providers listed on this website and asylum seekers who contact any such providers do so at their own risk.
AsylumConnect currently operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Social Good Fund (EIN: 46-1323531), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations to AsylumConnect are tax-deductible. (We also thank our previous fiscal sponsor, the Millennium Campus Network, for their generous contributions to our initiative.)
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