Our Staff

Laura Thompson Osuri

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura has been with Homes Not Borders since the start when it grew out of her involvement with National Community Church Refugee Care Mission. She insisted she was just going to help volunteer a few hours a week and nothing more...

Laura is also the co-founder of D.C.’s street newspaper, Street Sense, and was its Editor and Executive Director from 2004 to 2009 (and briefly in 2011). She helped grow it from a project of the National Coalition of the Homeless to its own thriving non-profit helping hundreds homeless individuals. She still advises the organization today.

Laura is passionate about welcoming new refugees because their culture and contributions so enrich the United States. (She also loves sampling all their new foods!)

Laura feels most at home exploring Rock Creek Park and playing board games with her husband and three kids.


Nicholas Grossmann

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Nick has a background in international security studies and global conflict, focused on the Middle East and North Africa and has worked in the nonprofit sector, and on media startups.

Nick got involved in Homes Not Borders through a friend of a friend when Homes Not Borders was still part of National Community Church, and often found himself as the only guy helping with set ups. He became the first Program Manager in February 2020.


Nick feels most at home spending time with loved ones and pushing for new adventures in life, by motorcycle or other means.



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Manizha Azizi

FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR

Manizha is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and operated multiple businesses. 


She was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States as a refugee during the Afghan Soviet War. As an immigrant herself, Manizha understands the challenges and difficulties of starting a new life in a different country which is why she has decided to dedicate her time to helping refugee families transition and become productive members in their new communities.

After volunteering for many organizations, Manizha was introduced to Homes Not Borders and was immediately drawn to the organization's mission and values.

Manizha feels most at home when she is spending quality time on the weekends with her family and cooking her mom's delicious recipes.



Noah Klose

COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Noah is a DC native who has worked on the volunteer and volunteer management side of refugee resettlement since 2018 in both Phoenix, AZ, and the DC Area. He graduated college with a background in Middle East Politics and Culture and then spent two years working as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, first with FEMA Corps responding to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and then as a VISTA Leader for the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program.

After returning to DC in early 2020 he started volunteering at Homes Not Borders a few months later and never left.


Noah feels most at home sitting on a back porch or around a fire talking and laughing with friends.


Amy Hoang Wrona

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Amy is a development professional with more than 20 years experience in business development and management consulting. Previously, she concentrated on business development in the federal contracting space , helping small companies achieve substantial growth and large companies win contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She started her career in management consulting with KPMG and McKinsey.

Amy started volunteering at Homes Not Borders in August 2021 after the fall of Kabul when she realized she was now almost the exact same age as her mother when Saigon fell and she and her family had to flee. Her favorite activity as a volunteer was setting up bunk beds.

Amy feels most at home surrounded by family near and far, playing games or watching a good movie.


Amal Abuldood

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Amal came to the United States with her husband and children 2016. She said it was a very difficult start because she and her husband did not speak English and had no knowledge of the United States. But with the support of friends, she started from scratch. Amal studied and got her childcare certificate and her first job was with Solutions in Hometown Connections, an organization that helps and supports refugees, especially with English lessons.

Amal started volunteering and then working Homes Not Borders in February 2024 because she wanted to give back. She said the warehouse manager position is her dream job because now she knows what it feels like to be a newcomer, so she knows what they need and can quickly help them.

Amal loves to now teach her children to help people and feels most at home cooking Iraqi food.


Jack Rader

REFUGEE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER, CAMPUS COMPACT/AMERICORP VISTA

Jack is a 2022 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning a Bachelor of Arts in

political science and history.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Jack has experience serving disadvantaged communities

through his university and various nonprofit organizations. When looking for a way to extend

his passion for service through AmeriCorps, Jack was immediately drawn to Homes Not Borders

and the significant impact it has made on the lives of refugees. He is committed to assisting

refugees navigate the difficulties of resettlement and firmly believes that every individual has a

right to a safe and secure home.

Jack feels most at home on his bike, skiing, and around family and friends.


Atheer Abdullah

DONATIONS ASSISTANT

Atheer came to the US in 2016 on a special immigrant visa (SIV) after getting threats on his and his family's lives because he worked for the US military as a driver. When Atheer and his family came here, they felt lucky to be in the US and are happy they are safe, but have faced so many ups and downs since his English is limited and both he and his wife were laid off from their jobs during the Covid pandemic.


Atheer started at Homes Not Borders in 2021, working as a driver and mover. In 2022, Atheer started working fulltime to help rehabilitate furniture so that it is ready to donate to our clients. 

Atheer feels most at home spending time with his wife and two little boys.


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