CHitra Hanstad - Executive Director
Chitra began as Executive Director at World Relief Seattle in January 2017. Prior to this, she spent time in India consulting for Justice Ventures International (an anti-trafficking organization) on strategic planning and fund development and as a Philanthropic Advisor for the Seattle Foundation. While her career started in corporate advertising, public relations and media relations, she has spent most of the last twenty years working for local and international non-profits. Chitra has a passion for seeing at-risk communities thrive. She has served on many boards including Covenant World Relief & Urban Impact, and volunteers with The Stability Network.
Luke Williams - associate director
Medard Ngueita - Resettlement manager
Born and raised in Chad, Medard moved to the US in 2006 and joined the World Relief team in 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Ngaoundere in Cameroon and a Certificate in High Performance Leadership from Cornell University. Medard oversees the initial reception and placement of refugees, supports the casework team, and addresses refugees’ and immigrants’ needs in the community.
Caitlin wasley - Resettlement Support manager
Caitlin started at World Relief Seattle in 2009 as an English teacher through AmeriCorps. She oversees the Match Grant early employment program, the Preferred Communities intensive case management program, and SEA-TRI-KAN, the annual bike tour fundraiser for World Relief offices in Washington State. Caitlin holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington and is the Immigrant and Refugee Services Representative for the King County Mobility Coalition, a founding member of the South King Council LGBTQ Taskforce, and a member of Seattle Mennonite Church.
Tahmina Martelly - Programs manager
Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tahmina lived in Yemen before arriving at a farm in Idaho. A registered dietitian by education, Tahmina has worked with refugee and immigrant resiliency projects for the last 25 years. Most recently, she taught at University of Utah, division of Nutrition and developed and taught computer literacy classes at the Utah Refugee Education Center. Tahmina has been with World Relief Seattle since 2017 overseeing the new resiliency project multiplier and managing state-funded employment and case management programs.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ellie started working at World Relief in 2010. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Community Development from Northwest University, and a TESOL Certificate from Western Washington University. Ellie provides oversight to the Employment and English language programs at World Relief, works with local companies, and connects newly-arrived refugees to employment opportunities throughout Puget Sound.
Scott Ellis - Outreach manager
Originally from Washington, Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and has been with World Relief Seattle since 2010. Scott engages the local community to see refugees and marginalized communities empowered for community, growth, and transformation.
nATALIYA sEMESHCHUK - oFFICE MANAGER
Nataliya moved to the US from Ukraine in 1993 and joined the team at World Relief Seattle in 2000. She is Department of Justice accredited (formerly BIA) and manages World Relief Seattle's Immigration Legal Services, IT needs, Reception, as well as general office operations. Nataliya is a member of CityHill Church in Auburn.