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

AmeriCorps Member

Josh serves as an AmeriCorps representative deployed with BHITC’s staff. In this role, he oversees ministries that reach adults with education/literacy programs and workforce development initiatives.


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.

Clara Legeay

Business Manager

Clara manages accounts payable, financial and business systems. She is a member of Saint Raphael Parish in Bay Village.