Board and Staff

Our Founder 


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

James Carroll, Board President

Management Consultant, RF/Microwave Consulting



Francesca Thomas, Board Vice President



Dana Herdt, Board Treasurer

Bookkeeper/HR, contractor


Anne Cortland-Wald, Board Secretary

Advocate for refugees and girls



Matt Berens, Board Member

Founding partner, Berens, Kozub, Kloberdanz & Blonstein, PLC


Martin Perez

Martin Perez, Board Member

Vice Principal, Academia del Pueblo


photo-2Susie Wilkins-Corrie, Board Member

Retired Educator


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Nina Melic, Board Member

Catering Sales Manager, Gainey Suites Hotel



Paul Pachence, Board Member

Solutions Architect, Taylor Communications


alineAline Lindeman, Board Member

Faculty Associate, Master of Liberal Studies Dept, ASU


Renee (3)Renee Neier, Board Member

Senior Procurement Officer, AZ State Retirement System




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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.

hillarypic2Hillary 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.

JCJean-Charles Maniraho, Assistant Mover

anthonyAnthony Newell, Driver

Joel Parkerson, Assistant Mover