Our Team

Garrett Pearson | Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Garrett oversees the day-to-day operations and mission of City of Refuge. He has spent considerable time working with immigrants and refugees both in the U.S. and abroad. His hope is to develop a sense of belonging and community for every refugee who now calls Columbia home. You can reach Garrett at

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.

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.

Pati Pelaccio | Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, Pati oversees all accounting for City of Refuge. She once attended a City of Refuge fundraiser and found herself surrounded by refugee children. They were absolutely adorable and a desire to do whatever she could to help them was found.

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.

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
Angelique Hunter, Photography by Angelique
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.