Paula Land, Executive Director
Paula Land joined Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) early in 2011 as our Executive Director. Paula is a graduate of Mount Mercy University and most recently held the position of Vice President of Operations and Organizational Effectiveness for Trees Forever. Paula and her husband, Dana, have three children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Paula enjoys singing and volunteering in the community. She considers herself a lifelong learner. Passionate about nonprofits, Paula’s excited to be back in the education and human services fields.
Chelsea De Larm, Support Services Coordinator
Chelsea graduated from Cornell College with a BA in Sociology and Civic Engagement. Beginning as an intern under our volunteer coordinator, she joined CMC staff as the Transitional Housing Program Support Services Coordinator in June 2013. She enjoys working with the CMC team to find and create opportunities for the women in the housing program, helping each woman to build and strengthen relationships with her community.
Tracy Ekstrom, Support Services Coordinator
Tracy graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an AA in Law Enforcement and a BA in Sociology. She also has a minor in Spanish from the University of Iowa. She is in her final semester at St. Ambrose University to obtain her MSW. The majority of her career she has worked with children, but has experience working with adults, too, including CMC when she worked in the THP for four years. Working in a gender-responsive program is a passion of hers as well as helping those facing adversity and helping them empower themselves. She loves to read, cuddle with her two dogs, and spending time with her boyfriend, Will.
Jennifer Tibbetts, Housing Program Manager
Jennifer joined the Catherine McAuley Center as Housing Program Manager in 2008, and has used her 18 years of experience in social services to implement Female-Responsive programming in CMC housing services. Jennifer is proud to be a part of a mission-driven organization like the Catherine McAuley Center and feels privileged to be in a role in which she can help create a safe and supportive environment that allows women to realize their own potential. In her free time Jennifer finds creative ways to be an advocate for women throughout the state, and organizes community groups and female-led initiatives that allow women to connect and find their voice.
Anne Dugger, Education Program Manager
Anne graduated from Coe College with a B.A. in English and is pursuing a Master’s in Education Leadership at Mt. Mercy University. She worked in the healthcare industry for many years and taught job skills and medical anatomy in Barbados for two years before joining CMC. Working at the Catherine McAuley Center is a dream for Anne – the community here, and the motivation of students and volunteers to create that community means it’s a joy to come to work every day. In her spare time, Anne enjoys a very full social life and to balance that, spends a lot of time reading!
Achissa Mushimiyimana, Assistant Education Coordinator
Achissa received her BA in accounting at AUCA (Adventist University of Central Africa) in Rwanda in 2000. She came to CMC in March 2015 as a student. She is delighted to be part of the education staff as an Assistant Education Coordinator because it gives women and men the opportunity to expand confidence and empowers them to be who they want to be regardless of where they are from. Achissa enjoys swimming, cooking, and spending time with her family in her free time.
Leeann Oelrich, Education Coordinator
Leeann holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Coe College. She began volunteering at CMC as a tutor in 2013, and joined the staff as an Education Program Coordinator in 2015. Leeann is proud to devote her time to an organization that fosters a diverse and welcoming community in Cedar Rapids, and is so grateful for everything she learns from coworkers, volunteers, and students on a daily basis. Outside CMC, Leeann enjoys reading and traveling voraciously, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and meeting new people.
Katie Rosenberger, Learning and Curriculum Specialist
While studying for a B.A. in music at the University of Iowa, Katie accepted an Honors Fellowship in the Writing Center, where she discovered a love for tutoring. That led to teaching English Language Acquisition at Kirkwood Community College. Katie joined CMC in January 2016 and is excited to be part of an organization that empowers students by building their knowledge and skills. In her free time, Katie plays bass guitar, sings, and volunteers as a sound tech at Legion Arts’ CSPS Hall.
Clark Cunningham-White, RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps Member
Clark is a recent graduate of Coe College with a B.A. in English and Political Science. He enjoys reading, dog walking, and being on the beach at Lake Michigan near his family’s home in Holland, Michigan. He is excited to start Reception and Placement with a terrific team at the Catherine McAuley Center and is thrilled to be back in Cedar Rapids.
Shana Kargbo, Refugee and Immigrant Services Coordinator
Shana joined our staff in September 2016 as our Program Coordinator. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Iowa State University. She has a great passion for empowering and equipping people of all ages, from all nations and backgrounds. She has enjoyed living around the world including Turkey, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Minneapolis, and is happy to now serve people from many nations in her hometown of Cedar Rapids at CMC! Shana and her husband Moses, have two daughters and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, especially to her husband’s native country of Sierra Leone, spending time with her family, worshipping Jesus, leading Bible studies, teaching children’s church, and taking Zumba classes.
Leya Neema, RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps Member
Leya is working on receiving her B.A. in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She came to work at the Catherine McAuley Center through the RefugeeRISE, Americorps Program. She enjoys singing and volunteering in the community. Her parents took English classes at CMC when they first came to the United States. She is excited to get to impact people in the same way that her family was impacted.
Marissa Haas, Grants Manager
Marissa holds a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. Her past experience includes working in various roles in nonprofits dedicated to affordable housing, immigrant and refugee services, and intercultural exchange. She is thrilled to be part of the CMC team, and to have the opportunity to use her love of writing to support CMC’s life-changing programs.
Tsega Habte, Custodian
Tsega enjoys working for Catherine McAuley Center because she knows she is contributing to an organization that uplifts and helps so many people. She is so happy to be a part of a staff that does so much for the community.
Lisa Klees, Finance & Human Resources Manager
Lisa graduated from Mount Mercy University with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Finance. She joined our staff in January 2017 and is excited to help support the mission of the Catherine McAuley Center. In her spare time Lisa enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kristin Ossenkop, Volunteer Coordinator
Kristin joined our staff in August 2016 as our Volunteer Coordinator. Kristin is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a BA in Sociology. Kristin is passionate about helping people who may be facing adversity to reach their goals. She is excited to be part of the Catherine McAuley Center team and proud to be able to help support its mission in our community. Kristin enjoys being outdoors, traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Kelsey Steines, Development & Communications Manager
Kelsey graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Not-for-Profit Management. She joined CMC in March 2015 after volunteering as a tutor since October 2014 and is excited to use her degree to support CMC’s mission. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys finding adventure through running, reading, and travel.
Sandy Weger, Systems & Facilities Manager
Sandy joined our staff in January 2015 as our Systems and Facilities Manager. She was a computer programmer for 16 years before resigning to stay at home with their three sons. At that time, she volunteered at church, school, and with their youth baseball program. She is thrilled to be able to serve the staff and community at the Catherine McAuley Center!