Carolyn Manning-Giedraitis, Founder of WTAP
Current Roles: Currently, Carolyn has taken her experience working with the refugee community to Dunlap & Magee. She also participates in the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems.
Education: She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University.
Charity Experience: She has worked in the social service field with elderly, seriously mentally ill, abused children, and for refugees as a volunteer, crisis worker, case manager, and director since 1987. She founded WTAP in 2001.
Community Recognition: She has won numerous awards for WTAP and most recently was selected as a CNN Hero of 2009.
Board of Directors
James Carroll, Board President
Management Consultant, RF/Microwave Consulting
Francesca Thomas, Board Vice President
Dana Herdt, Board Treasurer
Anne Cortland-Wald, Board Secretary
Advocate for refugees and girls
Matt Berens, Board Member
Founding partner, Berens, Kozub, Kloberdanz & Blonstein, PLC
Martin Perez, Board Member
Vice Principal, Academia del Pueblo
Susie Wilkins-Corrie, Board Member
Nina Melic, Board Member
Catering Sales Manager, Gainey Suites Hotel
Paul Pachence, Board Member
Solutions Architect, Taylor Communications
Aline Lindeman, Board Member
Faculty Associate, Master of Liberal Studies Dept, ASU
Renee Neier, Board Member
Senior Procurement Officer, AZ State Retirement System
Collin Cunningham, Executive Director
Collin comes to WTAP with a heart for the refugee community and a background in volunteer and nonprofit management. She received her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute in 2008. Most recently, Collin worked as a Member Services Executive for Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine. Having worked, lived, and traveled extensively abroad, Collin loves that WTAP brings cultures together and creates opportunities to build community and understanding.
Hillary LaFever-Ceja , Program Advancement Coordinator
Hillary has joined our team through AmeriCorps Public Allies and will spend the year working to expand the Deliveries program. Hillary served 8 years in the US Army; as a medic, Civil Affairs Specialist, and Operations Sergeant. She deployed to Iraq, Romania and Thailand. During her deployment to Iraq, she assisted with the development of IDP camps along the Iranian border. While deployed to Thailand on a UN mission, her team assessed the Burmese refugee camps. She holds a BA from ASU and previously worked at Refugee Focus, assisting refugee families with additional barriers to integration, specifically medical ailments.
Mike Sullivan , Program Coordinator
Mike is familiar to many refugees, volunteers, and WTAP personnel. He helped at his first WTAP weekend delivery about 8 years ago, and has been a lead volunteer for the past two years. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in Economics. Prior to his WTAP work, Mike had a successful career in biotechnology, helping people with chronic illness. Mike’s interest in WTAP came from a sincere desire to help the world’s most vulnerable people. His favorite part of deliveries are the group conversations at the end of each visit, “when, with a warm welcome, we as volunteers can help refugees know how very happy we are that they are in our country and safe from harm”.
Jean-Charles Maniraho, Assistant Mover
Anthony Newell, Driver
Joel Parkerson, Assistant Mover