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TEAM

 REACT DC began as a motivated group of professional military spouses and veterans with backgrounds in law, intelligence operations, military service, education, and non-profit work. With a strong desire to assist in the Afghan refugee crises, and using our collective knowledge and specialized skills, REACT DC was founded in September 2021. 

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Board of Directors

AMY MARDEN

Founder | CEO | Board of Directors

Amy worked as an attorney at a legal aid organization solving complex problems for low-income Americans. She left legal aid to accept a federal clerkship, where she was the first person in her district to be dual-hatted as both law clerk and judicial assistant. She has since dedicated her time to pro bono assistance in criminal and civil matters, and has served as a resource and referral liaison for US Navy commands in the US and abroad. Amy believes ingenuity and grit can solve any problem, and she has plenty of both.

JOSH BURGESS

Board of Directors

Josh is a social entrepreneur passionate about creating regenerative solutions to the Earth's most pressing challenges. He previously served 25 years in the United States Air Force as a special operations advisor, pilot, and international affairs expert. Through his deployment experiences in Afghanistan, Josh is deeply immersed in Afghan culture and committed to empowering our Afghan allies to build successful futures in America.

JASON BROWN

Board of Directors

Jason is a Strategic Cloud Advisor at Google. He previously served 26 years in the United States Air Force where he commanded large operational units, created unique partnerships with emerging technology companies and the venture capital community, and led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief initiatives for the Department of Defense. Jason also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government--a nonprofit focused on building connections between commercial technology startups and the U.S. government.

KELLY ROSE

Board of Directors

After working nearly a decade with the Department of Defense, including six overseas tours, Kelly transitioned to the fight against human trafficking five years ago. She currently consults for an international NGO working to eradicate modern slavery. Kelly's passion to assist at risk populations combined with her personal connection with Afghanistan drives her dedicated work to resettle Afghan refugees.

Directors

MOLLY SEPULVADO

Family Services Director

Molly is a military spouse, mom, and social worker. She has spent the last 7 years working in various social work roles including child welfare advocacy, benefits assistance, community well-being support, refugee and asylum seeker support, and family services. She earned a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in December 2021. Molly's understanding, experience, and sheer tenacity coalesce into an unmatched commitment to support refugee resettlement.

ABDUL SAMI AHMADI

Programs Director

 

Sami is a development practitioner with over 16 years of project management experience. His skills include supervising and managing staff, project implementation, advocacy and lobbying, developing strategic and management goals and work plans, and grants oversight. He previously held positions under USAID and USAID funded programs, including Provincial Implementation Manager, Project Manager, Provincial Coordinator, Activity Development Office and Operation Manager, where he implemented programs focused on child protection, reintegration and demobilization, women in the peace process, women’s political participation, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, education, and good governance. Sami holds a B.A. from Takhar University, Afghanistan, faculty of agronomy – Department of Agriculture.

ERIN HOWE

Sponsor Circles Program Director

Erin has lived and worked in every corner of the continental US, Hawaii, and abroad. Her professional record includes time working to employ at risk populations by matching employer needs with eligible candidates seeking reentry into the workplace, a testament to her belief in the power of opportunity.  As a military spouse, she has volunteered to serve in multiple family support organizations in leadership roles, providing vital insight and help for people far from home.  In addition to her role at REACT DC, she currently serves as Patrol Squadron Four’s Command Ombudsman, providing support to active duty families in such ways as accessing resources and disseminating important information.  A staunch advocate of direct, effective communication, Erin is a bastion of honest feedback at a critical connection point between volunteers and evacuees.  

DEVON McCUAN

Communications Director

Devon is a former Army Signal Officer and current Army wife, Navy daughter, Air Force sister and mom to three wonderful sons. Since leaving active duty in 2010, she's continued to serve the military and wider community, volunteering for multiple army units, mothering groups, and spouses clubs throughout the US and Europe. She greatly values community and adventure, loves travel and reading, and brings her glass half full enthusiasm to our team. Devon has a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.

Staff

Ally Brown

Education Specialist

Kat Peterson

Transportation Manager
Community Resource Manager

Hasib Dellawar

Case Aide

Sayed Sameh

Case Aide

Hameed Parwana

Case Aide

Zia Ul Islam Shiwa

Case Aide
Training Specialist

Key Volunteers

Caroline Bello

Employment Coordinator

Connor Hoehn

Information Technology Manager

Tomoko Kawasumi

Inventory Manager

Betsy Keenan

Medical Support Specialist

Lisa Maddox

Op Running Start Liaison

Kim Mestre

Workflow Specialist

Kelly Smith

Public Relations Manager

Jared Wood

Social Media Manager