2017-2018 Executive Board


Zoe Proegler | Co-President

Zoe is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Political Science with a emphasis on decolonization and public policy. Having watched both the Brexit campaign and the 2016 US Presidential election up close, she felt compelled to get involved in refugee advocacy work as a response to harshening rhetoric surrounding some of the most vulnerable people on earth.



Andrea Gillespie | Vice President, External Affairs

Andrea is a Masters of Public Policy candidate, focusing in refugee and forced displacement studies, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan as well. A former Fulbright Student in Turkey during 2015, she has also worked at numerous refugee resettlement organizations over the past four years, including those in Southeastern Michigan, and has engaged in refugee protection advocacy at refugee rights organizations in Washington, DC.


Maya Dalack | Vice President, Internal Affairs

Maya is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studies Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, with a minor in Arab and Muslim American Studies. As an Arab American, who has interacted with the refugee population in Lebanon, she was motivated to get involved with refugee resettlement and advocacy at home.


Alyiah Al Bonijim | Volunteer Coordinator

Alyiah is a Junior studying International Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, with a minor in Arab and Muslim American Studies. Coming from the immigrant-majority city of Dearborn, Alyiah’s whole life growing up was centered on the refugee and immigrant experience. Her interest in refugee resettlement and advocacy really began when she volunteered with International Committee of Red Cross and worked on detention certification with Iraqi refugees. Additionally, that interest was solidified after studying abroad in both Jordan and Palestine, in which she interacted with internally and externally displaced refugees daily and witnessed first-hand the impact of the refugee crisis.

Maggie Rapai | Co-President

Maggie is a senior majoring in International Studies with a focus on global health. Maggie has volunteered and interned at a variety of organizations, domestic and international, that have focused on providing services to refugees. Following her work in Senegal this year, Maggie spent the summer working with refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Ivory Coast resettled in metro-Detroit.



Molly McInerney | Vice President, External Affairs

Molly is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area studying Public Policy with a focus on foreign policy development. After her experience in high school working with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, she was inspired to educate others on the plight of forced migrants and refugees.


Arman Haveric | Treasurer

Arman Haveric is a sophomore double majoring in history and French. He plans to attend law school after graduation, and has a particular interest in and foreign affairs, diplomacy, and international migrant policy. Arman's parents and older sister immigrated to the United States in the 1990s as migrants from the war in their homeland of Bosnia-Herzegovina. As such, he has long been compelled to advocate on the behalf of refugees and asylum-seekers in the U.S. and elsewhere. He is incredibly honored to be a part of the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program.


Taim Al Jarrah | Volunteer Coordinator

Taim is a Syria-American that was born and has lived in Michigan for most of his life. He is currently a sophomore majoring in German and Bio-molecular science, with the ultimate goal of attending medical school. Due to the Syrian conflict, many of his friends and family have been forced to file as refugees. This has motivated him to engage in refugee resettlement work in and around Ann Arbor.

2017-2018 Committee Chairs


Education & Advocacy

From Left to Right: Bianca Winward, Courtney Caulkins, Nabeel Chollampat. Not pictured: Omar Ilyas.


Community Outreach

From Left to Right: Sydney Eisenberg, Ahad Bootwala, Leila Eter, Mariam Hjaige.



From Left to Right: Leah Weinstein, Ayah Kutmah, Fayth Kakos.


2016-2017 Leadership

Executive Board

Nicole Khamis, Founder and President

Tina Al Khersan, Vice President for External Affairs

Zoe Proegler, Vice President for Internal Affairs

Meredith Joseph, Treasurer

Gabe Dell, Executive Board Member

Maggie Rapai, Executive Board Member

Lead team

Education and Advocacy Committee: Andrea Gillespie, Bianca Winward, Courtney Caulkins, Riyah Basha

Community Outreach Committee: Leila Eter, Molly McInerney

Fundraising Committee: Nadine Tayeb