Our Team

Jason Crislip

Jason Crislip

Director

Jason is an experienced educator, trainer, and program manager who has nearly 12 years of experience in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, most recently with the Resettlement Support Center for East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, where he launched a Cultural Orientation program that has served some 65,000 refugees. During his time with the RSC, he also developed a comprehensive curriculum and innovative Cultural Orientation monitoring and evaluation system. Jason has worked in Ghana, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer educator, then with the Overseas Processing Entity resettling refugees to the U.S. from West Africa. He holds a degree in Education from the University of Akron, Ohio.

Kate Steger

Kate Steger

Deputy Director

Kate  is a communications specialist with more than 15 years of international development, nonprofit management, and teaching experience. She manages the communications and assessment strategies for CORE as well as the refugee communications project. Before coming to CORE, she worked as a communications specialist in health systems strengthening in Kenya. She has also worked with refugee and immigrant populations in nonprofit community-building organizations in Minnesota and has taught English as a Second or Foreign Language in the U.S., Taiwan, and China. She holds a Master of Public Health degree 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

Education and Curriculum Officer

Jamie is an education and curriculum development specialist with nearly 10 years of international and domestic experience in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing different education and training-based programming. Her work has ranged from providing services and expanding economic-based training offerings in refugee resettlement to developing hybrid-based life skills curricula for youth in the Middle East and North Africa. She has also directed capacity building initiatives through training of trainers, and delivered non-violent conflict resolution training with United Nations peacekeepers. Jamie started her work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin and has also taught English as a Second or Foreign language. 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 manages all translation work for CORE publications and is in charge of the production of Cultural Orientation products and the shipment of materials to Resettlement Support Centers. She also oversees the administrative and logistics aspects of the CORE project, including conferences and workshops. Michal has 15 years of experience as a professional translator and editor, has taught ESL at Georgetown University, and was a volunteer instructor teaching a citizenship preparation class for immigrants and refugees with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). 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.

Carmel Pryor

Carmel Pryor

Digital Initiatives Officer

Carmel maximizes new technology for CORE’s refugee communications strategy designed to enhance access to information for refugees applying to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. This includes implementing an SMS campaign, developing a mobile-responsive website, and more. She has nearly 10 years of experience designing, executing, and managing digital media technology for advocacy campaigns at the international, national, and local level for consulting firms, political campaigns, and NGOs. In addition to social justice, Carmel is passionate about shoes and making collages. She holds a BBA in International Business and Economics from Ohio University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York, NY.

Simone Fary

Simone Fary

Online Learning Officer

Simone is an educational media specialist with 25 years of experience in creating documentaries, online learning, eBooks, websites, and other media. At CORE she manages this website and produces videos, online modules, and presentations. In her spare time she is an avid gardener, crafter, and the proud mother of two Eagle Scouts. Prior to coming to CORE, Simone worked on topics such as behavioral health, substance abuse, human trafficking, American political history, LGBTQ older adults, oral history, geothermal energy, and human resources leadership. Simone holds a BA in Film and Video from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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