Ms. Youngberg joined IMAS in June 2014 to serve as Executive Director. With nearly twenty years’ experience in the non-profit field, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Prior to IMAS, Laura served at non-profit organizations, including Holy Family School, Health for Humanity, and Northwestern University.
She can be emailed directly at Laura.Youngberg@iraqimutualaid.org
CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER
OTHMAN AL ANI
Mr. Al Ani joined IMAS In May 2014 as Case Manager and Employment Specialist. He is now full time as Client Services Manager. He holds a bachelor degree in Physics from Al-Mustansiriya University from Baghdad 2006. In Iraq Othman worked as a social worker with NRC, where he helped displaced Iraqis who lived in settlements by leading groups of local households to advocate for their rights, and supplied them with any necessities. At IMAS, Othman works as Client Services Manager to conduct intake assessments for all clients and assist with services such as applying for benefits, jobs, referrals to programs, and assistance with cultural orientation.
He can be emailed directly at Othman.Alani@iraqimutualaid.org
Mr. Helfand volunteered as an intern with IMAS in 2013 and joined the staff in August 2014. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in both Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy. His Bachelor’s Degree is from Colby College. He studied Arabic in Jordan and Israel. At IMAS, David is responsible for advising clients on the college application process, mentoring college students, and advising on professional and vocational training. He also manages the Middle Eastern Refugee Transition Assistance Program and works with the Executive Director on New Program Development and Financial Management.
He can be emailed directly at David.Helfand@iraqimutualaid.org
CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES SPECIALIST
Ms. Kadhim joined IMAS In February 2016 as Child and Family Services Specialist after volunteering with IMAS for several years. She holds a bachelor degree in English Literature from the University of Baghdad in 2004. Ms.Kadhim worked as a program assistant with World Health Organization Iraq Office based in Amman and also worked in Iraq with University Research Company as an Office Manger. At IMAS Zinah assists enrolling children in preschool, elementary and high school, and working with parents, teachers and administration at schools to resolve student problems. In addition she provides support for parents to become advocates for their children through monthly Parents Groups and the Parent School Navigator volunteer program.
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BENEFITS CASE MANAGER
Mr. Allen Yalda joined IMAS in November 2017 as Benefits Case Manager. He is an Iraqi refugee who has worked at the Assyrian National Council and RefugeeOne since coming to Chicago. He is excited to be helping refugees and immigrants through the Immigrant Family Resource Program at IMAS.
He can be emailed directly at AYalda@iraqimutualaid.org
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Ms.Ekram Abdullah joind IMAS in March 2017 as a Middle Eastern Community Engagement Specialist. She is skilled and trained in leadership and family counseling, with several years of experience in women empowering with different skills. She has has experience working with many non-profit organizations in community service and development both in Iraq and Chicago. She has a great passion and plan to help others in the community.
She can be emailed directly at EAbdullah@iraqimutualaid.org
CLIENT SUPPORT ASSISTANT
Ms. Muna Korel began as Client Support Assistant at IMAS in November 2017. She will be using her excellent customer service skills helping clients schedule case management appointments and making the reception area a welcoming space for all visitors.
She can be emailed directly at MKorel@iraqimutualaid.org
NNAAC LEADERSHIP FELLOW
As part of IMAS involvement with the National Network of Arab American Communities, Ms. Sara Sami is serving as a Leadership Fellow in the IMAS offices for the 2017-18 school year. Currently a sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago, Sara is committed to learning about social justice and nonprofit organization in order to help other refugees like herself in the future.
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