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OUR TEAM

AMY MARDEN

Founder | Chairman, Board of Directors

amy@reactdc.org

Amy has dedicated thirteen years to giving voice and agency to at-risk and transitional populations. She served six years as a resource and referral liaison for the U.S. Navy domestically and in Japan, where she worked with military families facing reintegration hardships after multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at sea. On the heels of the Afghanistan evacuations, Amy founded REACT DC to assist Afghan allies with their resettlement. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of that organization, which serves over 800 Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers per month. Amy is a practicing attorney and former federal law clerk for the Northern District of Florida, where she assessed the validity of prisoners’ last right appeals. She is also the author of The Parts We Lost, which she published on the eve of the last evacuation flight out of HKIA.

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SARAH CADY

Chief Executive Officer

sarahcady@reactdc.org

Sarah Cady, LICSW, brings over 20 years’ experience working with foreign-born populations in the education, health, and refugee resettlement arenas.   She has been a refugee case manager, job developer, and director of programs at both the national and local levels.  Prior to joining REACT DC, she served as the Executive Director of the Refugee and Immigrant Services Department at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) overseeing large-scale employment and initial resettlement programs for refugees, SIVs, and Afghan and Ukrainian Parolees.  Additionally, she opened and directed the LIRS Alexandria Field Office which resettled over 1,400 Afghan Allies after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Sarah is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in DC and Virginia and speaks French.  When she is not working you can find her chasing around her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.  She is an avid reader and loves riding her bike, practicing yoga, running, and gardening. 

Directors

Staff

Frishta Ansari

REACTlegal Specialist

Hameed Parwana

REACTlegal Specialist

Khalid Massoudi

REACTlegal Specialist

Khyber Qadirzada

REACTlegal Specialist

Maryam Shanori

REACTlegal Specialist

Mirza Rafat

REACTlegal Specialist

 

Paigham Ahmad Roshan
REACTlegal Specialist

Shoaib Shinwari

REACTlegal Intern

Board of Directors

Key Volunteers

Molly Sepulvado
Founding Member

Caroline Bello

Employment Assistance

Kaylan Brett

Grants Acquisition

Meg East

Communications Intern

Sarah Hawkes

Grants Acquisition

Sofia Joucovsky

Summer Intern 2023

Tomoko Kawasumi

Inventory Manager

Betsy Keenan

Community Engagement

Caroline Lavin

Summer Intern 2022

Kim Lundberg

Community Engangement

Kim Mestre

Workflow Specialist

Zahra Salar

REACTlegal Intern

Jackson Sepulvado

Youth Engagement

Kelly Smith

Public Relations Manager

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