Joe Breedon, Chair


“Serving as a volunteer in Friends of Refugees’ employment programs has enriched my life allowing me to witness how my engagement mentoring new Americans can contribute to positive transformation for an entire family.”


Brian Chang, Vice Chair

Associate Director, Faculty Ministries, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

“As a child of immigrants, it is so meaningful to utilize my gifts and talents to help refugees develop their new life in America.”

Daniel Allman, Vice Chair

Director, Eastdil Secured

“Just as God so loved the world, I feel called to love the world and people around me by serving those in need, and in particular our friends in Clarkston.”


Lee Beth Burge, Treasurer

Accountant, Accounting With Purpose

“God has brought peoples of the world to my very doorstep, and I feel blessed to welcome them.”

Ly Douglass, Secretary

Director of Product Marketing, AT&T

“As a refugee from war-torn Cambodia, I have a personal tie to and heart for the refugee cause and community.  I have been blessed with a footing when we arrived in the states and many opportunities along life’s journey.  I would like to give back.  Additionally, as a Christian, the values and mission of FOR resonate with me.”


Katherine Clay

Senior Auditor, Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General

“I am honored to be part of Friends of Refugees and am constantly impressed at how they live out their core value of relationship in loving one another as God loves us.”


Dinah Lee

Adjunct Instructor, Glendale Community College

“It’s been one of my greatest joys to participate in God’s invitation to love our ‘neighbors’ in the Clarkston community through the amazing work of Friends of Refugees.”


Helen Shuford

Marketing Application Development Manager, Southern Company

“I count it as a distinct privilege to welcome the stranger as Jesus encourages us to do.”


Manny Rodriguez

VP Sales Consumer Products, Georgia-Pacific LLC

“May the Lord strengthen me and direct me to encourage and comfort others like He has encouraged and comforted me always.”


Greg Skowronski

CFO & CIO, Four Stones Real Estate

“I am inspired to help Friend of Refugees empower New Americans so they can thrive.”


Tamara Harper

HR Strategic Partner, FLEETCOR

HEBREWS 13:1-2

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

“I am grateful for the unique opportunity to witness the love of Christ through the different ministries at Friends of Refugees.”


Kevin Kipfer 

Executive Director, Share It Forward

“My family has been blessed to live in this community. It’s been a joy to partner with Friends of Refugees to provide welcome, be a friend, and learn so much from our New American neighbors.”


Lauren Boden

Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education


Karen Reynolds

Student, Fuller Theological Seminary


Jim Bouchard

Retired from The Clorox Company, Sales Management


Alison LaForge

Recent MBA Graduate at GA Tech, PwC HR Transformation Consulting (Beginning January, 2024).


Sharell Thomas

Total Rewards Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta

April Shaffer

SO Board Support Specialist, National Christian Foundation


Kendra Jeffreys

Executive Director, Friends of Refugees, Ex Officio Board Member


Pat Maddox

Founder, Emeritus