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We will be closed Monday, February 19th for President’s day. We will open again on Tuesday, February 20th.

ANNUAL REPORT 2023

Volunteers & Interns

A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers

In a year marked with remarkable growth, we extend our gratitude to the 305 exceptional volunteers who gave their time, skills and compassion. Your unwavering commitment and support have been instrumental in reaching and serving an increased number of New Americans this year.

It is with deep appreciation we recognize the volunteers whose passion and dedication have fueled our mission. The following individuals donated their time and talents to International Institute of Minnesota programs as volunteers or interns from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

 

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Yaseen Abdalla

 

Sumayo Aden

 

Vanessa Agudo

 

Faisa Ali

 

Zubair Ali

 

Mimi Alworth

 

Michelle Anderson

 

Aaron Arredondo

 

Sarah Austin

 

Deborah Baird

 

Steve Baird

 

Jolene Baker

 

Sujatha Balakrishnan

 

Sophie Ball

 

Kevin Barton

 

Larry Bathen

 

Karen A Beattie

 

Josh Becerra

 

Cecilia Becicka

 

Nicholas Beecher

 

Amy Bello

Nadja Berneche

 

Billie Berry

 

Nirayudh Bhavsar

 

Paul Bohnsack

 

Meir Bonnard

 

Jenny Borut

 

Paige Bourland

 

Lauren Breckenridge

 

Scott Brink

 

Amy Britt

 

Noah Bruce

 

Juliana Cadaavid Vaughn

 

Rory Cahill

 

Fabio Calil

 

Kathleen Caoyonan

 

Emily Cargill

 

Amy Caron

 

Jeff Carter

 

Sarah Caruso

 

Chloe Chambers

 

Kaitlyn Chambers

June Cheng

 

Kathy Chinn

 

Suzanne Chowen

 

Emily Clemens

 

Mary Coleman Robards

 

Lillie Conrad

 

Karen Cooley-Kistler

 

Laura Cooper

 

Judy Cotter

 

Bailey Couture

 

Peggy Custard

 

Ruth Dalman

 

Jack Darnell

 

Owen Dean

 

Eileen Deitcher

 

Kate Delaney

 

Francoise Denis

 

Evan Doran

 

Libby Driscoll Hlavka

 

Shirley Durr

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Roberta Ebbers

 

Katherine Eklund

 

Sonia Ellis

 

Omar ElMenoufy

 

Grace Enz

 

Hanie Farah

 

Carla Feldhamer

 

Lawrence Felice

 

William Fisch

 

Cheryl Fleischhacker

 

Dulce J. Foster

 

Jacqueline Foster

 

Nolay Freeman

 

JoAnn Frekot

 

Anna Fryxell

Lisa Fulton

 

Claudia Garcia

 

Ryan Garrett

 

Leila Gassmann

 

Alexander Geer

 

Dan Goodrich

 

April Grabner

 

Allison Greene

 

Merle Greene

 

Lesean Greer

 

Charles Griggs

 

Jackson Gruse

 

Asmita Gurung

 

Jodi Gustafson

 

Christian Gustin

Dorothea Hansmeyer

 

Cynthia Hanson

 

Teri Hanson

 

Kevin Harding

 

Jan Harrington

 

Tracy Harris

 

Lily Hastings

 

Susan Henderson

 

Vicki Henderson

 

Nancy Hendrickson

 

Heather Hoecker

 

Kayla Hoel

 

Laura Holmes

 

Rosa Hu

 

Loan Huynh

Karen Cooley-Kistler, Refugee Housing Set-Up Volunteer

“Housing volunteering has been personally meaningful for me because I get to welcome new refugees to our wonderful state. It gives me pleasure to be changing this world for the better, and hopefully, to bring joy and security to families that have experienced so much disruption and trauma in their own lives.”

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Nazar Ibrahim

 

Daniel Iden

 

Ginny Jacobson

 

Mary Jacobson

 

Deborah Jahn

 

Leona Jakupi

 

Rachel Jensen

 

Martha  Jentz

 

Mark Joffe

 

Betsy Johnson

 

Jeff Johnson

 

Michael Justin

 

Emilia Kaczynski

 

Masumi Kanakov

 

Sean Kelly

 

Paula Kelty

 

Emmanuel Keppel

 

Maya Ketema

Kennedy Kispert

 

Stephan Kistler

 

Elisabeth Klein

 

Celene Koller

 

Chad Kratochwill

 

Carrie Krautkramer

 

Luke Kretchmer

 

Shawnai Ku

 

Chris Kwong

 

Casey Lagueras

 

Michael Larson

 

Ann Leake

 

Josh Leegaard

 

Hwajin Lee-Olson

 

Sophie Lefebvre

 

Laura Leu

 

Anna Levin

 

Jensen Li

Alan Lifson

 

Karen Lilley

 

Diane Lindquist

 

Brigid Ling

 

Megan Link

 

Andrew Lipinsky

 

Catherine Lipinsky

 

Jason Lipinsky

 

Peter Lipinsky

 

Qianlin Richard Liu

 

Jenny Loomis

 

Nicolas Lopez

 

Nancy Lorimer

 

William Lorimer

 

John Lunieski

 

Brad Lynch

 

Tessa Lynch

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Elise MacKenzie

 

Emma Maes

 

Nafiso Mahad

 

Dolly Mariucci

 

Bilal Masood

 

Christiana Mastley

 

Rachel Matthes

 

Marin Maxwell

 

Will Mayberry

 

Colby Maynard

 

Louise Mccarten

 

Kim McCourtney

 

Michael McGarry

 

Kate McGowan

 

Rowan Mclean

 

Tina Mclean

 

Britta Milius

 

Jessie Mischke

 

Chuck Moberg

 

Eva Moline

Shawne Monahan

 

Jamie Monson

 

Priya Moran

 

Katie Mortenson

 

Lynne Moser

 

Nejate Mume

 

Jennifer Nelson

 

Madison Nelson

 

Paul Nelson

 

Joe Nelson

 

Sumitra Ness

 

Karen Newcomer

 

Joy Nguyen

 

Jodi Noll

 

Baqir Noor

 

Mark Norlander

 

Lolla Nur

 

Colleen O’Dell

 

Cecilia Oberg

 

Kevin OBrien

Mark Odland

 

Amber Oestreich

 

Rachel Ohman

 

Penny Oleson

 

Jean Olson

 

Gary Orris

 

Sharon Oswald

 

Martha O’Toole

 

Daniel Panikkar

 

Sarah Paquin

 

Samuel Parker

 

Olivia Paulson

 

George Peltier

 

Leslie Giselle Pérez Sámano

 

Nick Petree

 

Sierra Pieper

 

Bonnie Power

 

Charlesa Prior

 

Mark Prpich

 

Colleen Quesnell

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Melissa Rands

 

Subhika Rao

 

Clara Reed

 

Kelsey Reinke

 

Amy Riley

 

Teresa Rios Rivera

 

Kellie Rock

 

Lisa Rogers

 

Grace Roskowiak

 

Edward Ruen

 

Inga Rundquist

 

Allie Rykken

 

Iryna Sachek

 

Lisa Sackreiter

 

Chris Sapper

 

Paramita Sarkar

 

Anne Savereide

 

Arlis Sayler

 

Mary Sayler

 

Emily Schad

 

Greta Schoenberg

Mark Schumacher

 

Thomas Scott

 

Eugene Senger

 

Sooji Seo

 

Eric Severude

 

Ann Shaw

 

Yane Sima

 

Rob Sims

 

Natasha Singer

 

Anne Sioco

 

Kara Skahen

 

Sara Skinner

 

Brad Sleeper

 

Rachel Snitzer

 

Jovanna Sol Lopez

 

Zhuo Song

 

Lucy Speers

 

Nathan Steeves

 

Anne Stevenson

 

Loly Stoffel

Joanne Sum-Ping

 

Rik Svien

 

Jared Swanson

 

Stephen Swanson

 

Bisola Taiwo

 

David Talarico

 

Ma Tao

 

Christiaan Tarbox

 

Sarah Tautin

 

Yesica Tello Castro

 

Jesse Terry

 

Rachel Thiemann

 

Allison Thrash

 

Lela Tilney-Kaemmer

 

Annette Toews

 

Jonathan Tolstedt

 

Jacklyn Tran

 

Brooke Trottier

 

Ly Truong

 

Van Truong

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Tom Unger

 

Cassidy Valade

 

Maria Vela

 

Roselin Victor

 

Annalise Walsh

 

Pam Wandzel

 

Mark Wangerin

 

Mark Watje

Matthew Webster

 

Gabriela Weiner

 

Erica Weiss

 

William Wentworth

 

Kathleen Widmer

 

Anja Wiesner

 

Ethan Wilensky-Lanford

 

Linda Woessner

Starry Wu

 

Mai Tong Yang

 

Shela Yang

 

Claire Ziller

 

Alexander Zoltai

 

Rachel Zubrzycki

 

Robert Zuchowski

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About Us

Founded in 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN) offers New Americans quality services that support their journey to stability and success. Our comprehensive offerings include refugee resettlement, English education, workforce and leadership development, college preparation and immigration and citizenship assistance. We are a diverse team of knowledgeable and encouraging advocates, ready to welcome refugees and immigrants. IIMN helps New Americans rebuild their lives while pursuing their personal and professional goals.