Sadiya Omar


Vice President and Co-Founder
Lead Case Manager

Sadiya fled the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990s and became a respected educator and advocate for women and girls in refugee camps in Kenya. Advocating for girls’ education was contested and dangerous, and Ms. Omar’s life was in danger in the camp. Because of that, her application for asylum was fast-tracked and she arrived in the United States in 2001, after residing in refugee camps for ten years. She continued her tireless advocacy after resettling in Rochester, working with other Somali refugees to form the Somali Community of Western New York (SCWNY), which became Refugees Helping Refugees in 2015. Continue reading “Sadiya Omar”

Dina Johnson


Executive Director

Dina Johnson is the founder and CEO of the Monroe County Family Coalition, Inc. (MCFC), a 501(c)(3) community service organization, and Executive Director at the Refugees Helping Refugees.

Dina graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science/premed with a concentration in psychology. She also holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit management leadership from St. John Fisher College. In the fall of 2021, Dina began her graduate studies in marriage and family therapy at the University of Rochester.

Dina’s research endeavors focus on alcohol/substance abuse, dementia caregiving, and women’s oncology. She has received awards such as Direct Clinical Impact in the Community, and the Use of Imaging and Promoting Science for her involvement in a research project using a virtual health coach application.

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Pamela Kim


Assistant Case Manager

Pam has been with Refugees Helping Refugees since 2016. While her background is in English literature and teaching, she feels that social work is her true calling. In addition, she is a passionate advocate for racial justice along with immigration, adoption and mental health reform. 

Oprah Cunningham


Communications and Fundraising Specialist

Oprah is our AmeriCorps Vista communications and fundraising specialist. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability. She has experience working with various non-profit organizations that focus on community building through the provision of resources to migrants, foster children, and other marginalized groups. She is passionate about social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice. Her passion for refugee work was sparked in 2018 after accompanying her college professor on a trip to Senegal and Morocco to research and record the real-life experiences of refugees and migrants. She is an avid book reader and a novice writer who hopes to turn her passions into a lifelong career as a journalist.