Maria is a Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE). She attended Del Rosario University School of Law in Bogota, Colombia and Osgoode Hall Law School York University in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M.). Maria also obtained a Certificate in Victimology from Algonquin College Police & Public Safety Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

Maria is married and a proud mother of two sons, and grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys driving two-seater cars on curvy roads, walks within nature, and dance and coloring. One fact about Maria is that her family and friends know her as Grandmatiz (never as grandmother).

Esau is a Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Master’s degrees in Community Counseling and Educational Leadership. He attended the University of Liberia, Springfield College, and Immaculata University.

Esau is married to Tieyee Chea. They have six children and five grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys reading and traveling.

Angela is a Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE), returning to the organization professionally after having previously volunteered with the program. Angela works hard to ensure she understands what others need and she is eager to bring her passion for people from all cultures and her commitment to operations and strategic excellence to serving RISE.

A recent graduate in International Relations with a minor in Asian studies from the University of Delaware, Angela worked as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and worked for Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester. She also was a Gilman Scholar and McNair Scholar, where she conducted in-depth research on Asian economic agreements. During her time at UD, Angela also worked under the Department of Student Diversity and Inclusion, helping to develop the Social Justice Peer Educators program and recommend better practices.

A fluent speaker of Mandarin, Angela has played piano for 14 years and, in her free time, enjoys cooking, running, and painting (but not all at the same time).

Farida is a part-time Case Manager for JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE), specifically supporting resettlement and placement of new Afghan arrivals. She first became engaged with JFS Delaware as a volunteer translator for the Afghan refugees who arrived in 2017.

Farida graduated Wilmington university with bachelor of sciences in nursing. Her professional experience includes working for Christiana hospital and a small skilled nursing facility called Exceptional care for children. She is also an accounting and property manager for EN Properties.

Farida enjoys her free time with her family and friends. Loves travel and entertaining.

Jenevive coordinates JFS’ Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE) and provides therapeutic support to the individuals and families in our care. She is passionate about issues of social inclusion and social justice and has years of experience working internationally and locally in various programs serving and advocating for the rights of women, children, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.

Jenevive holds a bachelor’s degree in Social work from the University of Ghana, Legon and a master’s in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She has a second master’s in social work from the Delaware State University.

In her leisure time, Jenevive loves to travel to see new places and likes to read.