Ministry and Administrative Staff

Nadia Abuamsha

Arabic Community Worker

Nadia leads ministries of outreach and support for Arabic women and families. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.


Francois Banyeretse

African Refugee Community Worker

Francois serves Cleveland’s Burudian and Congelese community of refugees, providing care, resettlement support and cultural orientation. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.


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Kamila Burgess

Refugee Program Assistant

Kamila supports The Hope Center staff and volunteers to serve the refugee and immigrant community. She is a member of Grace CMA Church in Middleburg Heights.


Joshua Gailer

Coordinator, School of Young Leaders

Previously on staff with BHITC for two years as an AmeriCorps representative, Josh now leads a new initiative called, ‘School of Young Leaders,’ which is aimed at mentoring and coaching refugee young men.  He is a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.


Bethany Bell

Refugee Program Assistant

Bethany supports ministry and programs at The Hope Center, focusing on refugee employment.  For the last three years, she served as Beulah on the Road Camp Director & Outdoor Education Director for Beulah Beach. She is a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.


Lesa Hess

Executive Assistant

Lesa supports Leadership Staff in ministry management, manages receipts for donations and serves as office manager.  She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Penny Bucaro

Business Manager

Penny manages accounts payable, financial and business systems.  She is a CPA, licensed in FL, and has 20+ years of professional experience in accounting, auditing, financial reporting and budgeting for churches, non-profits, financial consultant firms and more.  Penny and her family attend Rocky River United Methodist Church.