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

Luke has served in various roles at World Relief Seattle since 2004. Over the years, you could find him delivering furniture to refugee families, training staff and interns, or assisting immigrants released from the NW Detention Center. Luke has served twice as Interim Executive Director of World Relief Seattle; in his current role, he oversees finance and operations as well as several areas of direct services to refugees and immigrants. Luke has a wide range of experience training community groups, churches, and partner agencies. He and his family live in South Seattle and are members of Emerald City Bible Fellowship. Luke holds a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Seattle Pacific Seminary.



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 started at World Relief Seattle in 2009 as an English teacher through AmeriCorps. She oversees the Reception & Placement resettlement services, the Match Grant early employment program, and the Preferred Communities intensive case management program. Until 2017, she directed 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. She also works closely with representatives from other organizations to improve and coordinate services for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees in South King County. Caitlin is 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 the 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 2016.  She oversees our new Resiliency and Empowerment programs at World Relief Seattle.


Ellie White

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 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.



Lidet Gezahegne - Health and wellness MANAGER

Lidet is originally from Ethiopia and has been living in the United States since 2001. She started at World Relief Seattle as an AmeriCorps member for the Preferred Communities program in 2015. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Governance. Today she oversees the newly developed Health and Wellness Program and Next Generation Program. 


Andrew hays - Immigration Legal Services MANAGER

Andrew began his work at World Relief Seattle in 2010 as the In Kind Donations Coordinator, where he worked with refugees and the community to furnish families' first apartments in Washington. he also worked for three years with individuals, churches, and businesses that invest financially in World Relief Seattle's work. Andrew now oversees the office's Immigration Legal Services. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and is actively pursuing Department of Justice accreditation.

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