Staff

 

Lauren Donovan

Director of Development

Lauren Shana Donovan MA, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker dedicated to improving the lives of Refugees and Asylum seekers in the United States. Over the past 4 years, Lauren has specialized in social work case management and clinical services for Refugees and New Americans in Burlington, Vermont. Originally hailing from Maryland, Lauren loves to travel the world with her friends and family to discover other cultures and ways of living, all of which inspire the work that she does on a daily basis.

Lauren's inquisitive mind has lead her to obtain a Bachelors in Anthropology from The University of Rochester, a Masters in Psychology from The New School For Social Research, and a Masters in Social Work from The University of Vermont. Lauren currently lives with her husband Kyle, and their black lab, Wally, in Burlington, Vermont. Lauren is beyond excited to join Refugee Outreach Club as the volunteer Director of Development, and looks forward to strategizing ways to further the goals and mission statement of this amazing organization.


Adelit Rukumanga

Vermont Program Director

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Over the past 21 years Adelit has been working directly in human services specifically with orphans, widows, AIDS-patients and mentally-challenged people. He has worked in Rwanda, Kenya and Vermont.

Currently, Adelit is living in Montpelier and working as Team Leader at the Collaborative Solutions Corporation. 

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies of philosophy and theology in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Kenya, Adelit pursued a graduate program of theology in Massachusetts. Now in Vermont Adelit is studying Biology at Johnson State College.

Since arriving in Vermont, Adelit has enjoyed socializing with Vermonters of all walks of life. Churches, schools and other non-profit organizations have invited him to talk about his native country, Rwanda, his experiences of genocide and his journey of resilience. Adelit is also able to speak to other African and international topics.

Adelit was originally on the board of R.O.C. Inc. and will now be overseeing all Vermont programs.


Kofi Nyalimba

Ghana Director

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Kofi Nyalimba is the Ghana In-Country director for R.O.C.  Inc.  Kofi holds MA degree Governance and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and MSc. Public Health Promotion from Leeds Beckett United, UK. He also attained a BSc. Integrated Development Studies and HND Graphics Communication from Evangelical Presbyterian University and Takoradi Polytechnic, respectively.  He has rich experience in community development, health promotion, youth empowerment, advocacy, grassroots participatory initiatives and social enterprise. Kofi has a passion for developing and implementing health, education, social and development programs.  He has over 12 years working experience in reproductive health, feminine hygiene, HIV, TB, malaria and youth empowerment programs.  Kofi also works with Persons Living with HIV and Orphans and Vulnerable Children a program that provides training, counseling,  psychosocial support, stigma reduction, and connects this population with various support systems.