Our Board


Lauren Cherry

BOARD MEMBER

Lauren Cherry is a Navy Judge Advocate and a member of the 2023-2024 class of White House

Fellows. She has served the Navy domestically and abroad as prosecutor and defense attorney,

and has advised senior U.S. officials and military commanders on a range of matters, including

counter-piracy, maritime security, counter-terrorism, space, and cyber operations. Passionate

about promoting civic education as a national security imperative, Lauren teaches at Georgetown

University Law Center and works with various organizations committed to promoting civic engagement and educating the public on the importance of the rule of law in preserving democracy.

Lauren became involved with Homes Not Borders in 2022, when searching for ways to serve the

local refugee population.

Lauren feels most at home when she is laughing and eating friends and family.


Maura Fulton

SECRETARY

Maura is Vice President of Global Pro Bono at PYXERA Global, partnering with corporations and their employees to provide pro bono expertise to nonprofit organizations and communities around the world. 

 

Maura has held leadership roles in the government, nonprofit, and private sectors, including as Peace Corps Country Director in Myanmar and Georgia. She is proud of her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer on a remote island in Micronesia and has dedicated her career to intercultural understanding, social impact, sustainable community development, and organizational and leadership development.

 

After volunteering on several home setups with HNB, Maura became interested in supporting the mission in a deeper way and is thrilled to be a member of the Board. 

 

Maura feels most at home with her husband, hiking, attending theater and concerts, and traveling.


Samad Saifudin

BOARD CHAIR

Samad is the founder and lead strategist at FunnelWorkSuite, a highly specialized IT and development firm in Rockville, Md.. With over ten years of experience in the industry, Samad is a master at IT strategy. He specializes in helping businesses revamp their IT governance, automation, and building applications to improve ROI.

Under Samad's leadership, FunnelWorkSuite has helped businesses of all sizes and industries

achieve their IT and development goals, including helping Homes Not Borders develop its New Neighbor Designs online store in 2022.

Samad feels most at home with his family either hanging out at home or exploring new trails while hiking or biking.


Robin M. Stutman

BOARD MEMBER

Robin recently retired from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) where she held the position of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. She previously served as EOIR’s General Counsel. Prior to that, Robin served in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (now the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section), Civil Rights Division, DOJ, as a Special Litigation Counsel, Supervisory Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney. Previously, she was in private practice as an Associate with Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti (now Venable).

Robin became involved with Homes Not Borders after donating some furniture and wanted to do more to help new refugees feel at home both in their new residences and the workplace.

Robin feels at home exercising, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Paula Sweeney

BOARD MEMBER

Paula recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after almost 24 years as a Senior Intelligence Service attorney. She served in several different capacities including as Chief of Litigation and legal counsel to the Europe division. Prior to that, Paula worked in private

practice and served in the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan, at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, as an Assistant Independent Counsel in the investigation of public corruption at HUD, and on Capitol Hill as an Assistant Senate Legal Counsel.

Paula started with HNB by donating household items and helping with home set-ups.

She feels most at home with family and friends, sharing a meal, conversation, and activities such as board games and travel.


Adam Zissman

BOARD VICE CHAIR

Adam is a senior attorney with NPR (National Public Radio), where he manages a range of legal matters, including work related to business affairs, international operations, non-profit tax, security, sponsorship and advertising, and special projects. Before joining NPR, he held various legal positions with professional sports franchises and media companies. Adam also sits on the Executive Committee for Beth El Hebrew Congregation, where he serves as Treasurer.

 

Adam lives in Del Ray in Alexandria with his wife and two sons. He has led multiple efforts to evacuate and resettle Afghan families, which has fueled his drive to join Homes Not Borders to support refugees as they start new lives in the region.

 

Adam feels most at home when he is out in nature with his family or sitting in the crowd at his boys’ orchestra performances and hockey games.