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 Chattanooga: (423) 954-1911

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Chattanooga Office Staff

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Marina Peshterianu, Associate Director

Marina Peshterianu joined Bridge Refugee Services Chattanooga in 1999 transitioning from the career in education. Before joining Bridge, she taught in an inner-city magnet school focusing on environmental and global issues.

During her time at Bridge, Marina participated in resettlement of refugees from Vietnam, Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Liberia, Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, Congo, Chad, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Cuba and Colombia and performed a variety of job responsibilities such as case-manager, job developer, Early Employment (MG) program coordinator, sub-office coordinator, and became Associate Director in 2014.

“I am honored to have an opportunity to help refugees from all over the world to make a transition into their new life in our community and reclaim their freedom and independence. Their achievements are an everyday affirmation of human capacity to survive, rise and step forward”

(423) 954-1911
mpeshterianu@bridgerefugees.org

 

 

Rebekah Hildebrandt, Volunteer & Community Manager

Rebekah’s work for Bridge focuses on making her hometown of Chattanooga a more welcoming place for newcomers and on engaging local organizations and individuals in the collective work of helping refugees smoothly integrate into their new communities. Prior to joining Bridge in 2017, Rebekah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China and worked in the States as a writer. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Philosophy from the University of the South.

(423) 713-9477

volunteermanager@bridgerefugees.org

 

 

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Alexandria Palacio, Case Manager

Alexandria has been a case manager at Bridge Refugee Services Chattanooga since July 2015. She attained her degree in International Global Studies concentrating in Latin America at the University of the South where she also minored in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Alexandria is responsible for receiving incoming refugees at the airport and helping them build their new life in Chattanooga, TN. She provides an array of services in the Resettlement and Placement program, early employment program, as well as several programs funded by the Tennessee Office for Refugees.

(423) 954-9288
apalacio@bridgerefugees.org

 

 

 

 

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Angel Daugherty, Senior Case Manager/Wilson Fish Coordinator

Angel is our Wilson Fish Coordinator/Senior Case Manager. She is responsible for enrolling clients into appropriate Wilson/Fish funded programs, managing cash and medical assistance eligibility, and timely reporting for all programs to the Tennessee Office for Refugees.The Wilson-Fish (WF) program is a state administered refugee resettlement program providing assistance (cash and medical) and social services to refugees with the purpose of increasing refugee prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency. She is responsible for providing Health Literacy Training (general health, nutrition, mental health, and other special topics) to all newly arriving clients, as well as assisting case managers with medical case management for clients with ongoing or more serious health concerns. Angel works closely with program staff to provide ongoing support and/or training as needed.

(423) 355-5969
adaugherty@bridgrerefugees.org

 

 

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Jennifer Croxall, Pre-Arrival Speciliast/School Liaison

Jennifer has traveled extensively and has a passion for other cultures. She has been volunteering with Bridge Refugee Services in various capacities since 2000, when her church co-sponsored a refugee family. Jennifer became a Pre Arrival Specialist at Bridge in 2015. Her responsibilities include securing affordable housing for refugees, preparing apartments with community volunteers for newly arriving refugees, and providing them with housing orientation to assist them in their transition into their new home.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Psychology.

(423) 355-5969
jcroxall@bridgerefugees.org