PRERNA’s team leaders are dedicated volunteers who donate their professional skills and personal time pro bono to provide the highest qualitative services possible to refugees who are resettling in the Bay Area. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about one of the teams below.
Education Team Leader
As PRERNA’s Education Team lead, Allison Dua will build and manage a volunteer team to meet the various needs of refugee adults, adolescents and children across the wide spectrum of educational literacy. She began her career with Teach for America in Phoenix, Arizona, instructing second grade students for seven years. More recently, Allison led professional development for educators, coaching them on how to cope with the impact of trauma in the classroom. She also worked to help first-generation students with college access and completion, reading thousands of applications as a freshmen admissions reviewer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Allison graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Education from Boston College and earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She lives in San Jose with her husband and three daughters. Contact Allison at email@example.com.
LORRENE RANDAZZO, RN, BSN
Health Team Leader
Lorrene Randazzo leads the health team at PRERNA. She looks forward to establishing health advocate relationships with refugee families by identifying their unique health related needs and concerns. Lorrene and her team are responsible for providing families with the support and creative solutions they need to access existing health resources. Their ultimate goal is to help them become self-sufficient in finding and receiving medical, dental, and other health-related services. Lorrene earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of California at Davis and a B.S. in Nursing from San Jose State University. She has ten years of experience as an emergency nurse and served two years as a school nurse working in Santa Clara County. Her career and family life have provided her with many interesting stories and life lessons. Lorrene lives with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs in San Jose, CA. Contact Lorrene at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more how she helps local refugees in her blog article.
Employment Team Leader
Dharini Hiremegalur is responsible for helping refugees find job opportunities and secure employment. Her team works closely with each client to understand their language and skill sets in order to best match them to appropriate positions available. Dharini collaborates closely with PRERNA’s education team to develop career plans for each refugee, connecting them with education courses as a means to build their resumes. Her team assists refugees with preparing for employment through mock interviews, resume writing and filling out job applications. To advocate and create opportunities for refugee employment, Dharini develops and maintains relationships with local businesses and community partners. She also actively works with professional services such as tax and legal agencies that offer their services pro bono to refugee families. Dharini earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in India and an M.S. at San Jose State University. Contact Dharini at email@example.com.
Director of Community Partnerships
Shreyani Shah leads partnership strategy and development at PRERNA. She collaborates closely with other team leaders in the organization to identify, develop and manage relationships with organizations and businesses in the areas of housing, healthcare, education, employment, supplies, logistics, cultural assimilation, e-commerce and fund development. Partnerships are critical to PRERNA’s ability to provide services to refugees and their families in the Bay Area, starting with the national refugee resettlement agencies and other service providers that refer refugees to PRERNA for support. Shreyani earned a BEc degree in Economics from University of Sydney in Australia and a Business Management certificate from University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a finance and operations manager in the high-tech industry for over 15 years. Contact Shreyani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Marketing
Grace Fong is head of marketing at PRERNA and is responsible for building and leading a volunteer team to implement PRERNA’s marketing plans and strategies. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the high-tech industry at a top consumer technology brand and has been involved with non-profit marketing and strategic planning for the past decade. Grace cares deeply about human and animal rights and sees the world as a global citizen where any one person can make a difference to help others around the world. She received a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on international marketing from Monterey Institute of International Studies and her B.A. from University of California, Davis. Grace lives in San Jose with her husband and two dogs they adopted from rescue shelters. Contact Grace at email@example.com.
Reena Arya plans and executes events that advocate for refugees and raises the awareness of PRERNA refugee services. Through creative fundraising events, she has helped to grow the number of donors and donations to support local refugees. Previously, Reena led housing program services at PRERNA, finding transitional housing as well as affordable permanent homes for newly arrived refugees. Reena earned a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis and worked in the high-tech industry for many years. She believes in giving back to the community on a local and global level and has been volunteering at various non-profit organizations and schools for nearly 15 years. Education and empowerment of youth (girls especially) is important to her. Reena lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two daughters. Contact Reena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Mecker assists PRERNA with all finance-related matters, including tracking revenue and expenses. She has a background in law and finance and more than nine years of work experience in the U.S. and India. Prior to joining PRERNA, she practiced law in India and was employed in finance and sales operations at several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Karen is active in charity organizations including National Charity League (NCL) and supports various causes such as Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House. She lives in the South Bay with her husband, two daughters and a dog. Contact Karen at email@example.com.