Northern Nevada International Center expands to help immigrants

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Northern Nevada International Center has hired 14 new staff, promoted two longtime managers and added two members to the board of directors as it works toward its refugee resettlement goals , language access and translation services and international exchange programs.

“As the Northern Nevada International Center continues to take on greater responsibilities inside and outside of Northern Nevada, we need to make sure our team can manage appropriately,” said the director. executive Carina Black in a statement. “We are excited to strengthen our team with the addition of high caliber individuals who will propel our organization to new heights and attract even more supporters to our work.”

Stacy Kinion and Gladys Wilson have been promoted to managers,

Since 2016, Kinion has overseen all youth programs, including the Youth Leadership Program with Algeria, the Youth Leadership Program with Kenya, and the Brazil Youth Ambassador Program.

As program manager, the center said, Kinion will be responsible for the growing collection of youth and professional programs that help Nevadans and visitors build global networks and inclusive worldviews through international travel and unique access to visits, contacts and information not always available outside of exchanges.

With more than 12 years of experience working with international and domestic nonprofit organizations, Wilson has led NNIC’s refugee resettlement program for the past four years, helping to settle more than 200 refugees in the United States. . As a Honduran immigrant, she has used her experience to develop a connection with clients, guiding them to resources to encourage independence.

As program manager, the center said, Wilson will expand the team’s capabilities as Northern Nevada resettles immigrants from conflicts around the world while encouraging the local community to fully embrace their new neighbors.

Joining the board are Erika Lamb, a local real estate professional, and Karen Galatz, a former journalist with refugee advocacy and resettlement experience. They join the 15 existing boards, led by board chair Riley Sutton and board vice chair Natha Anderson, representing Nevada State Assembly District 30.

As resettlement needs grew, the NNIC hired staff members. Aimee Lynne-Hirschowitz, Scott Oliver and Mackenzie Peterson join as case assistants, working with individuals or families as they arrive in the area. Krystal Bosworth joins as a Program Assistant to work on program management efforts. Leah MacArt and Amanda Mundt help the team with donations and volunteer management. Nicole Mwalili will work as Deputy Health Coordinator alongside Dr. Hamza Asumah, Mandela Washington Scholar and Founder and Managing Director of Halo Medical Services who works with NNIC in multiple capacities. The NNIC also recruits several drivers to ensure immigrants have reliable transportation as they begin to understand the geography and processes of the area.

“The past two years have presented the organization with many challenges, but we continually find ourselves attracting top professionals who are committed to our vision of a more global community,” Black said. “Yet we still need Nevadans who want to get involved in our organization, as the work required of NNIC continues to increase in response to increasingly complex global relationships.”

To learn more about the Northern Nevada International Center, visit https://www.unr.edu/nnic.

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