Our Team

Debbie Beal | Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Debbie oversees the day-to-day operations and mission of City of Refuge. Her goal is to build off the growth that City of Refuge has experienced by equipping and supporting the staff, volunteers, and refugees. You can reach Debbie at debbie@cityofrefugecolumbia.org.


Barry Stoll | Director of Refugee Care

As Director of Refuge Care, Barry works hands-on with every refugee who comes through City of Refuge. From the beginning, Barry and Lori have been helping refugees, even before City of Refuge officially began. Barry loves being able to work with folks from other countries and being able to affect their lives in a positive way.


Lori Stoll | Refugee Care Coordinator

As Refugee Care Coordinator, Lori works hands-on with every refugee who comes through City of Refuge. Lori was one of the original founders for City of Refuge and has been helping her refugee friends in Columbia for decades. The refugees are her family. They eat, celebrate, and live in community together.


Noe Rusaya | Refugee Care Coordinator




Kellye Dubinski | Event/Donation Coordinator

As Event/Donation Coordinator, Kellye manages every in-kind gift and works with our Care Coordinators to get them to a family in need. She also plans and runs City of Refuge events, such as our garage sales. Her hope is to live her life making this community, this world, a little better off than before. The work of City of Refuge serves to offer love, respect, and guidance to those who are most in need of it.


Leah Glenn | Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Leah collaborates with our Refugee Care Coordinators to implement services and partner volunteers to help refugees recover and regain control of their lives in Missouri. Leah believes in the mission of City of Refuge and cares deeply about the work we are doing.



Heidi Moen | Safi Sana Manager

Heidi oversees the daily operations of Safi Sana.  She is dedicated to making it the best cleaning team in Columbia. Heidi works to employ refugees, immigrants, and Americans in order to support the mission and provide financial support to City of Refuge programs while providing income for Safi Sana’s cleaning crew. Her goal is to treat every person with kindness and respect.


Jessie Linneman | Birth Care and Mother Support

Jessie is passionate about supporting healthy births among refugee women and families in Central Missouri. As a doula, she will join mothers for prenatal appointments, during labor and delivery, and throughout the postpartum period. She is so excited to support mothers and families in this role!

Andrea Wiele | Office Coordinator

As Office Coordinator, Andrea oversees various office tasks and helps coordinate and manage City of Refuge. Her hope is to serve refugees within our community by providing them with the resources and programs they need to recover and regain control of their lives.


Candace Hulsizer | School Liaison

As she works with youth from Pre-K through college, Candace’s goal is to encourage students to reach their highest potential by taking advantage of the wonderful educational and extracurricular opportunities Columbia has to offer.

Pray Meh | Student Tutor

Pray Meh is from a Thailand Refugee Camp. She hopes to help the Karenni families and become a part of their resettlement process. In her new role, she will interpret for parents and tutor students.

Chloe Schmidt | Student Tutor

Chloe has been volunteering with City of Refuge since the summer of 2018 and she is excited to be able to serve in this new capacity! She is a junior at Columbia College and is working toward a B.A. in Political Science. She hopes to make a career of working with non-profit organizations like City of Refuge.


Skyler Beeson | Financial Educator

As the Financial Literacy & Employment Education AmeriCorp VISTA Member, Skyler serves to strengthen financial literacy and employment opportunities for refugees in our community. By creating curriculum and building partnerships, her aim is to offer hope and guidance as City of Refuge helps refugees regain control of their lives.

Board of Directors

Jen Wheeler, Board President. Big Tree Medical
Keith Anderson, Board Vice President. Columbia Flooring & More
Matt Ford of Weichert Realty, Handy Matt LLC and Property Protectors LLC
Landon Cummins, The Crossing
Nathan Jones, Nathan Jones Law
Kurtis Jensen, University of Missouri
Heidi Crouch, Chapman Heating and Cooling
Drew Zorn, Bank of Missouri
Tim Jones, Veterans United
Samuel Henley, Active Life Chiropractic
John Bangs

Join Us

We would love for you to support the refugee families that have been placed in our community. We are always in need of volunteers, as well as material and financial donations. There are also occasional job openings and internship opportunities available.

If you have any questions about our organization or how to get involved, feel free to contact us today.