John Garbero – Assistant Director, John grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in a loving family. He currently is studying sociology with emphases on minority groups, including immigrants and refugees. He plans on attending law school or becoming a professor in sociology to help these groups of people become more assimilated into society. As he has learned more about the situations for many immigrants and refugees, he has been inspired to help in any way that he can.
Mollie Weisman – Human resources, Mollie graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2017 with a master’s degree inIsrael Studies: Politics & Society and has a bachelor’s degree in History Teaching. Prior to graduate school, she worked in Human Resources, and she is currently working for the Jordan School District. She is fluent in Hebrew and is currently learning Arabic.
Caleb Porter- Head Grant Writing Specialist. Caleb began volunteering with UCRPC in August of 2017. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Neuroscience. Currently Caleb is applying to medical school and has taken a special interest in global health and community engagement. Caleb has always loved languages; he speaks Spanish, French, and German fluently and is currently working on learning Portuguese. Caleb serves in UCRPC with his wife, Sariah, and they both love to travel the world and explore new cultures. Caleb has always loved service, whether it be with TOPS (an after school organization that helps tutor and interact with underprivileged elementary school kids), Brigham Young’s special needs program “Best Buddies” where he partnered with a special needs college-age student or volunteering at the hospital by talking with recovering patients that just needed a visit. Working as an editor-in-chief for our undergraduate neuroscience journal Chiasm, Caleb learned about the writing and editing processes that precede publication and became skilled at interpreting data presented in primary research. He received multiple research grants while studying at Brigham Young and has enjoyed becoming more involved with the local refugees in Utah County.
Sariah Porter – Volunteers Coordinator. Sariah has been volunteering with UCRPC since October 2017. She is studying Psychology at Brigham Young University and will be graduating in April 2018. She is pursuing her PhD. in School Psychology and hopes to work with communities of low SES or in communities where English is their second language. Sariah was a volunteer missionary in London, England from 2014-2015 and interacted with refugees in London. Afterwards she spent two years teaching English to non-English-speaking young adults. She hopes to spend the rest of her life helping communities draw closer together, accept others, and celebrate their differences.
Nathan Zurcher – Health Program Team Coordinator, Nathan is from Logan, Utah. He graduated as a Registered Nurse from Utah Valley University and he is continuing his studies to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has a wife and son with whom he enjoys skiing and hiking. He also enjoys sketching, painting, and playing sport. As a Registered Nurse, Nathan is so excited to be part of Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center and he is committed to use his professional skills to others.
Camry Garbero – Health Program Team Member, Camry is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Camry is currently studying Public and Community Health at Utah Valley University, with hopes of studying for a master’s after completing her bachelor’s degree. Camry is excited to be a part of the Health team at Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center because good health education should be a basic human right, not a privilege. Camry is confident that a brighter future starts with better health awareness today.
Karaline Hunsaker – Health Team Member, was born in Charleston, South Carolina and spent her childhood in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. She moved to Utah in elementary and has been here ever since. Karaline spent a year in a half in Chicago, Illinois serving an LDS mission. Karaline graduated with her bachelors degree from BYU in Recreation Management in April 2017 and is a certified Recreation Therapist. She earned her CNA in high school and has kept up her license for seven years. Karaline and her husband, Quinn have a beautiful baby girl and enjoy spending time with her. Karaline loves getting to know people and learning their story. She loves helping others, has a passion for hard work, and enjoys putting a smile on peoples’ face. Karaline has a strong desire to empower and enable people to help themselves which is why she loves working with refugees.