Our Team

we are a small but mighty team working to empower immigrant and refugee women and girls

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  Pamela Zeller,   Executive Director  pzeller@womenofwise.org  Pamela Zeller has a long history of nonprofit work starting in her college years at Macalester College. She has worked for social justice issues involving migrant farm workers health, Central Americans seeking political asylum, victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, bilingual education and charter schools, at-risk youth, elder abuse, and many other intersectional issues of oppression. Pamela is first generation born in the U.S. on her father’s side and is proud of her Mestiza ethnicity and culture.  She has over thirty years of nonprofit management and development experience and shares this experience with other organizations through her nonprofit management company, Zeller Solutions. Her experience in all facets of nonprofit work: direct service provider, program developer, fundraiser, financial manager, strategic planner, and facilitator informs her work with WISE and other nonprofits.

Pamela Zeller, Executive Director pzeller@womenofwise.org

Pamela Zeller has a long history of nonprofit work starting in her college years at Macalester College. She has worked for social justice issues involving migrant farm workers health, Central Americans seeking political asylum, victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, bilingual education and charter schools, at-risk youth, elder abuse, and many other intersectional issues of oppression. Pamela is first generation born in the U.S. on her father’s side and is proud of her Mestiza ethnicity and culture.

She has over thirty years of nonprofit management and development experience and shares this experience with other organizations through her nonprofit management company, Zeller Solutions. Her experience in all facets of nonprofit work: direct service provider, program developer, fundraiser, financial manager, strategic planner, and facilitator informs her work with WISE and other nonprofits.

  Naly Vang,   Youth Program Coordinator  nvang@womenofwise.org  Naly Vang is the Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) program coordinator. She attained her Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Community Practice from the University of Minnesota. Naly has previously volunteered with the domestic violence and abuse shelter, Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM), and interned at the University of Minnesota's Women's Center and the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). Through her experience volunteering and interning, she learned that she was extremely passionate about connecting individuals to resources, equity, and helping individuals overcome barriers. Besides Naly's vocation for helping others, she enjoys evaluating data and statistics. Before coming to WISE, she worked as a research assistant and data collector at the University of Minnesota.

Naly Vang, Youth Program Coordinator nvang@womenofwise.org

Naly Vang is the Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) program coordinator. She attained her Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Community Practice from the University of Minnesota. Naly has previously volunteered with the domestic violence and abuse shelter, Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM), and interned at the University of Minnesota's Women's Center and the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). Through her experience volunteering and interning, she learned that she was extremely passionate about connecting individuals to resources, equity, and helping individuals overcome barriers. Besides Naly's vocation for helping others, she enjoys evaluating data and statistics. Before coming to WISE, she worked as a research assistant and data collector at the University of Minnesota.

 
 
  Hanin Omran,   Healthy Relationships Coordinator/Community Solutions Fellow  homran@womenofwise.org  As a Project Director for SOS Children’s Villages Syria, Hanin Omran has experience in promoting children’s rights and empowering women and youth through various training programs. Upon returning to Syria, Hanin plans to deliver a series of trainings using a community-based approach to increase support for children and their mothers and to promote gender equity.

Hanin Omran, Healthy Relationships Coordinator/Community Solutions Fellow homran@womenofwise.org

As a Project Director for SOS Children’s Villages Syria, Hanin Omran has experience in promoting children’s rights and empowering women and youth through various training programs. Upon returning to Syria, Hanin plans to deliver a series of trainings using a community-based approach to increase support for children and their mothers and to promote gender equity.

  Pakou Khang,   Communications & Development Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA  pkhang@womenofwise.org  After graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in English and Asian Studies, Pakou completed a year of AmeriCorps in Early Childhood Development work and then went on to serve two years as an English Teacher in Peace Corps Thailand. There, she not only helped develop the English curriculum, but she also facilitated leadership, life skills, and gender equity sessions with Thai youths. Pakou is passionate about gender empowerment, working with underrepresented communities, and learning about different cultures!

Pakou Khang, Communications & Development Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA pkhang@womenofwise.org

After graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in English and Asian Studies, Pakou completed a year of AmeriCorps in Early Childhood Development work and then went on to serve two years as an English Teacher in Peace Corps Thailand. There, she not only helped develop the English curriculum, but she also facilitated leadership, life skills, and gender equity sessions with Thai youths. Pakou is passionate about gender empowerment, working with underrepresented communities, and learning about different cultures!


Our Board

 
 

Aleksandra Alcheva
Chair

Rebecca Khankari
Secretary

Sajya Singh
Treasurer

Tedla Kefene
Member

Najat Hamza                                                                      Member