OUR LEADERS

JOHN BARNETT

Executive Director

John is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating economies by empowering the Urban Poor among the Nations. He comes to the Refuge team with over 16 years of experience working with internationals and refugees in both Africa and Europe. In 2003, He founded a nonprofit TCBi, which has trained and equipped entrepreneurs to create sustainable economies among urban poor in Uganda, France, and Algeria. John speaks French, Algerian Arabic and Luganda. He and his family live in Shelby Park and are members of Sojourn.

EMILY CAIN

Executive Assistant

Emily works as the Executive Assistant on the Refuge team. She grew up in Northern Kentucky, but moved to Louisville in 2016 to live among refugees after living in Africa for two years. She is a proud University of Kentucky alum, having graduated with a degree in Social Work. Her favorite things include listening to live music, learning to cook new foods, and spending time with people of different cultures. She speaks Somali and dreams of perfecting her Somali chai-making technique.

SAMUEL RAI

Glocal Ministry

Samuel was born and raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. After coming to Louisville in 2009 at age 15, he became engaged in work with refugees and eventually served at Refuge Louisville as youth director, mobilization coordinator, and community coordinator. Currently, he is the director of Glocal Ministry with Greater Louisville Youth for Christ and partnering with Refuge to reach refugee youth and their families.

Board of Directors

Mark Mihalyov

Chair

New Song Christian Academy

Vanessa Parker

Secretary

Southeast Christian Church

Ben Birkholz

Member

3rd Avenue Baptist Church

Ben Fennell

Member

Strand Associates

Michael Hall

Member

Fortis Commercial

Tim Miller

Member

Time Warner Cable

Pauline Mukeshimana

Member

Gate of Hope International

Jimmy Wright

Member

Launch International