Our Team

Kate Steger

Kate Steger

Director

Kate provides leadership for the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange in close cooperation with the Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and oversees CORE’s initiatives and staff. She has more than 15 years of teaching, nonprofit management, and international development experience. Her background includes working on a USAID-funded project in Kenya where she supported leadership and management capacity building and an online community of practice for health workers. Kate has also worked with refugee and immigrant populations in non-profit community building organizations in Minnesota, and has taught English as a Second or Foreign Language in the U.S., Taiwan and China. She holds an MPH from Boston University, an MA in International Studies from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from the University of Kansas. 

Jamie Bussey

Jamie Bussey

Deputy Director

Jamie manages and delivers technical assistance for CO providers through CORE’s learning and capacity building initiatives. She has more than 10 years of experience in education and training. Four of those years have been in refugee resettlement, managing direct service delivery, developing curriculum, and expanding economic programming. Before joining CORE, Jamie led capacity building projects in Africa and the Middle East, delivered trainings to UN peacekeepers, and developed curriculum for USAID. She holds a BA in English Literature and Communications from Hood College in Frederick, MD and an MA in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, D.C.

Michal Panner

Michal Panner

Operations Officer

Michal oversees CORE project logistics, including management of vendors and consultants for translation, publication design, and video production. She also manages administrative planning for CORE workshops and shipment of materials to Resettlement Support Centers. Michal has more than 15 years of experience working as a professional translator and editor, and has taught ESL at Georgetown University. She holds a BA in English from Tel Aviv University, a post-baccalaureate in Language and Copy Editing from Bar Ilan University, and an MA in TESOL from American University in Washington, DC.

Emily Kaiser

Emily Kaiser

Digital Communications Officer

Emily manages CORE’s digital assets and platforms, including the CORE website, the Resettlement Navigator website, and the Settle In mobile app. She has 10 years of experience in the field of digital communications, including three years managing a global intranet news channel at Cargill for 155,000 employees across 70 countries. Prior to this, she worked for Minnesota Public Radio as an Associate Digital Producer and at Washington City Paper as an Online Producer. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.