Welcoming the Stranger has a very small staff, which consists of one full time staff member, our Executive Director, a part time Program Coordinator, a part time Administrative Assistant, and the occasional independent contractor for specialized positions. We rely on many volunteers in order to offer our services. With approximately 100 active volunteers each term helping with teaching, events, fundraising, outreach, and administration, we are able to carry out our mission. Thank you!
Meg has worked with Welcoming the Stranger since 2011 in the various roles of Morrisville Coordinator, Board Member, and now Executive Director. A life-long resident of Bucks County, Meg has a broad range of experience working in the field of education with everyone from kindergarten students to adult learners. Meg has worked as a college tutoring center supervisor, a college ESL instructor, a nonprofit coordinator, a professional tutor, a high school English teacher, and a curriculum designer among other roles. She holds a MA Ed in Language Arts Education, a BA in Elementary Education, a minor in English, and an ESL Program Specialist graduate certificate. Meg has presented on ESL topics at educational conferences and has been published in scholarly journals. Meg loves working with students from all over the globe.
Lynn has been involved with Welcoming the Stranger since 2011, first as a volunteer and then as Morrisville Coordinator. Lynn has extensive experience working in various roles in education and nonprofits. Her previous roles have included Director of Development at a private academic school, Director of an Early Childhood program, Operations Manager at a cat sanctuary, and Human Resources Manager at Whitman’s Chocolates, among other roles. Lynn has a BA in Religion and Minority Studies, and has been a lifetime resident of Bucks County. It is a privilege and an honor to provide support to new members of our community.
Patricia started in Welcoming the Stranger as a student in 2016, then she became a volunteer for over a year, and now she is the administrative assistant of WTS. Patricia has a background providing outstanding staff service and performing a variety of human resources functions. Her previous roles have included office associate assistant, sales associate specialist and student service representative here in the United States. In her native Colombia she ran HR departments with as many as 450 employees, and taught classes at the National University of Colombia. She enjoys interacting with and helping people.
Our Board Members:
William Kennedy, Board President
Virginia Lavanish, Board Secretary
Eileen Phillips, Board Treasurer
Lois Heist, Board Member
Jim Higgins, Board Member
Richard Keeler, Board Member
Elena Raykova, Board Member
See a video about our Executive Director, below!