Please join me in welcoming our new Restoring Family Links (RFL) Training Coordinator, Katie Gray in her new role on the RFL headquarters team, she will oversee development of training tools for the chapter network, manage the RFL Instructor Roster and coordinate national training events.
Katie comes to us with over five years of experience in the refugee, migration and humanitarian services field. She has worked with refugee and immigrant populations, coordinating and developing cross-cultural education and skill building programing, for the International Institute of St. Louis, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC).
She first learned about the Restoring Family Links program when members of the outreach team at National Headquarters came to present about the program at the IRC office in Silver Spring, Maryland. While serving as a refugee caseworker and program coordinator, Katie encountered many clients who were devastated due to the lack of contact or lost connection with their loved ones. Immediately she became interested in how refugee and migrant serving organizations could partner more with RFL services to assist in the reunification of families. Therefore, when the opening with the RFL Program at the American Red Cross National Headquarters became available, she embraced the opportunity to make a broader impact in the migration and humanitarian service field.
In addition to her professional experience, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco, California and a Global Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University. Katie is very excited to join the RFL team services and looking forward to the opportunity to working with all of the RFL volunteers, mentors and staff across the chapter networks!
Welcome, Katie! The whole RFL team at National Headquarters is excited to have you join us!