Knoxville: (865) 540-1311
| Chattanooga: (423) 954-1911
Knoxville: (865) 540-1311 Chattanooga: (423) 954-1911

Chattanooga Office Staff

marina-photo

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


angel

Angel Daugherty, Senior Case Manager/TOR Liaison

Angel is our Tennessee Office for Refugees Liaison/Senior Case Manager. She is responsible for enrolling clients into appropriate TOR funded programs, managing cash and medical assistance eligibility, and timely reporting for all programs.  TOR provides state administered refugee resettlement programs 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@bridgerefugees.org


jennifer-photo

Jennifer Croxall, Pre-Arrival Specialist/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


Hannah Mask, Volunteer & Community Manager

Hannah Mask is a Chattanooga native who serves as the Volunteer and Community Manager. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Community Development. Her experience working with refugees in Nashville inspired her to continue honoring her family’s history and pursue the opportunity to cultivate an inclusive and diverse community that welcomes all newcomers. Her responsibilities at Bridge include recruiting and training volunteers, planning events, and facilitating community outreach.

(423) 713-9477
volunteermanager@bridgerefugees.org

 


Bonnie Boley, Case Manager

Bonnie is passionate about welcoming newcomers to Chattanooga and connecting with other cultures. She graduated from Pellissippi State Community College with an Associate of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining Bridge in 2019, Bonnie worked for a U.S. Member of Congress as a caseworker and event coordinator. As a case manager with Bridge, her responsibilities include overseeing setting up apartments, meeting families at the airport, connecting refugees with language and social services and ensuring they receive extensive cultural orientation. She also supports refugee families through the Matching Grant Early Employment Program with the goal of refugees becoming financially independent within 4-6 months of arrival.

(423) 954-9288

bboley@bridgerefugees.org