Our Staff


Madhu Sharma

Acting Executive Director


Caleb A. Benadum, Attorney At Law

Taylor Jameson, Attorney At Law

Community Integration

Susan Berg Herman, Director

Beth Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, Americorps


Drew Thomas, Program Administrator

Mahananda Luitel, Teacher

Interpreting & Translation Services

Bhim P. Dhungana, Interpreting Coordinator

Hsathablay Moo, Translation Coordinator

Refugee Resettlement & Employment

Daniel Torma, Director

Luke Suzekis, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager

Jawid Ahmadzai, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager

Craig Joseph, Employment Case Manager

Eka Anthony, Employment Case Manager

Kirk Olmstead, Employment Case Manager

Social Services

Radha Adhikari, Manager of Social Services

Rollin Mukanza, Social Services Case Manager

Santa Gajmere, Social Services Case Manager

Board of Directors


Board President

Karen Richter

Vice President, Managed Health, Akron Children's Hospital

Term 2015 - 2018

Board Vice President

Pamela Hickson-Stevenson

Assistant Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Term 2015 - 2018

Board Secretary

Don McCardle

Retired, Goodyear Tire and Rubber

Term 2017 - 2020

Adele Dorfner RotH

Deputy Planning Director for Economic Development, City of Akron

Term 2017 - 2020

Board treasurer

Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak
Attorney, McDonald Hopkins, LLC
Term 2017 - 2020

Jacqueline Germano
Community Volunteer
Term 2017 - 2020

Rosemary Hamed
Community Volunteer
Term 2015 - 2018

David Pelland
Owner, ALDA Advisors, Inc.
Term 2017 - 2020

Gail Kwok Segatta
Community Volunteer
Term 2017 - 2020

David Yedidsion
Architect, David Yedidsion Architects, LLC
Term 2015 - 2018


Careers with IIA

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. It is the policy of IIA to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. IIA is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, all religious affiliation, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.