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 garrett@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.


Sarah Bohl | Safi Sana Manager

As Manager of Safi Sana, Sarah oversees daily operations, our cleaning crew, and most importantly, customer delight. She is dedicated to making sure the Safi Sana crew is the best cleaning team in Columbia with the biggest heart. Sarah works to employ refugees, immigrants, and Americans in order to support the mission and provide financial support to our City of Refuge programs. Her life’s work is to spread the message that every person on the planet is worthy of kindness, compassion, and respect from others.

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.

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.