Meet Our Team!
Kevin and his family have been active in the refugee community since 2016. In addition, his philanthropic focus has been centered on Access to Justice, Refugees/Asylees, Sustainability, and Startups. He is an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, consultant, business executive, and an attorney.
Originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Amela Duric, a former refugee herself, is now serving as WTAP’s Development Manager. Amela has her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and her Master of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. With a passion for education, Amela hopes to pursue a PhD degree in the next couple of years. A lifelong volunteer of many organizations, Amela is an advocate of human rights for all and began spending her time with WTAP back in 2018. In her free time, she can be found traveling the world, exercising and spending time with those she loves.
Ashley Lucie serves as the Business Operations Manager at WTAP, creating a welcome office environment and providing operational and administrative support to the leadership team. Ashley comes from a diverse volunteer background helping migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees throughout her lifetime. Prior to joining the WTAP team, Ashley worked with a local Valley resettlement agency providing case management and empowerment services to refugees. Ashley has a passion for advocacy, immigration rights, sustainability and building stronger communities. When not at the office you can find Ashley working with local animal rescue, cooking homemade meals, gardening and on adventures in the Southwest.
Originally from Burundi, Athanase runs the WTAP warehouse and oversees our in-kind donations. Fluent in seven languages, he lived in five African countries before coming to the US in 2014 on an immigrant visa. Athanase earned an associate’s degree in computer repair and networking and worked as a network specialist back home for two years. Once here, he was able to complete his college degree and worked as a medical assistant, then as a case manager at a local resettlement agency prior to working at WTAP. With a passion for helping others, Athanase’s positive attitude and deep understanding of the refugee community are a wonderful asset to our team. On a given day he can be found facilitating home visits, communicating with donors and partners, driving our truck to pick up donations, and keeping our inventory stocked and organized. He loves traveling, playing soccer and handball, and spending time with his wife Lyse, whom he married in November 2021.
Shahanshah is a recent arrival from Afghanistan and joined out team to be our Development Specialist working on strengthening our relationships with vendors, donors, and stakeholders. He has a Master of International Relations from the University of Afghanistan and a Bachelor of Political Science. He was a Journalist on Afghanistan’s 24 TV Network before coming to Arizona. When not at WTAP he is supporting newly arrived refugees in the community and spending time with his wife and two beautiful children.
Omar joins us as our Warehouse Specialist. He provides home visit support, driving support, and warehouse support. He is an integral part of our team. Omar’s language skills in Arabic help us Welcome many friends. Omar is Somali, speaks 3 languages and is learning a fourth.