Kerry Dodson

Office Director

Kerry Dodson has more than 20 years of professional experience working with nonprofit organizations. She began her career as the Communications Director for the United Way of the New River Valley in Christiansburg, VA. She went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) -Roanoke Valley Chapter for three years before being asked to serve on JDRF’s regional and national teams.

Kerry began working with international relief ministry in 2004 as a Field Manager for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that collects and distributes gifts for children around the world. Kerry helped lead 14 U.S. field offices’ ministry efforts in developing and implementing the High Impact Volunteer Model which resulted in exponential growth of the OCC volunteer program in all 50 states across the US.

Kerry holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Policy from Virginia Tech

Tina Kramm

Resettlement Coordinator

Preparing for life in America is very difficult for most refugees who have fled their own country and culture out of fear for their lives.  In order to help in the transition to new community and culture, Tina works to find safe and affordable housing for the families, helps them navigate the governmental and social beaucratic systems in the Upstate and teaches the refugee families about how to survive and thrive in a new community.  As the Resettlement Coordinator for the incoming families, Tina also works with volunteers to help them meet the needs of the refugee families and ensures that each refugee family finds new and meaningful relationships to help them integrate into South Carolina.

Grier Cash

Family Services Coordinator

Refugees are considered some of the most vulnerable people in the world and they can be even more vulnerable when they have tough medical conditions or children that require additional and long term assistance well after they arrive to the United States.  Grier specializes in helping refugee children and their parents thrive in a new school environment, often times helping schools and families find the right resources to help the children grow up and succeed in the American system.  For those families who might have additional barriers to self-sufficiency, Grier walks along side those families for many months until they are up on their feet and well connected to the community, jobs and/or back to good health.  Grier also works with churches, community centers and schools to create or enhance school-aged programming for refugee children such as after-school homework clubs, ESL, and community activities.

Natalie Terlitsky

Volunteer & Church Mobilization Specialist

World Relief’s mission is to empower the Church to serve the vulnerable. As the Volunteer & Church Mobilization Specialist for World Relief Upstate, Natalie recruits and equips volunteers and churches to welcome refugees who have fled their home countries out of fear of persecution. As refugees make South Carolina their new home, volunteers walk alongside them as they begin the road to self-sufficiency, integration, and the development of authentic relationships.

Natalie grew up in the Greenville, SC area and is a graduate of Furman University where she studied Sociology, History, and Women/Gender studies. She most recently served as a Program Manager for Surgeons for Sight in Greenville, SC. 

Please contact Natalie if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with World Relief in the Upstate.

Misty Huey

Office & Medical Coordinator

To meet the needs of the local community, refugees, and the office it takes a lot of coordination, communication, and administration. Misty works to ensure refugees have access to the medical care they need and assists them in navigating through our country’s healthcare systems. From scheduling appointments to handling finances, Misty is the welcoming face and voice to volunteers, refugees and the community. Misty grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

David Rice

Resettlement Manager

There is no higher call than providing care, hospitality, and a home for the “stranger.” David spent over 25 years working for Cru in Hungary and Romania. He has felt both the pain of being an outsider and the warmth of hospitality extended by individuals in host cultures. David believes we have a unique opportunity and mandate to provide hospitality, care, resettlement, and blessing to those God is bringing to our shores. At World Relief Upstate, David serves as the Resettlement Manager overseeing the resettlement and program staff including reception and placement, employment, extended case management, and education. David is a graduate of Bucharest Politechnic and the College of Charleston. He is a native of South Carolina and is excited to be back in his home state helping refugees and immigrants move from stability to integration in their new community.