FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Refugee Empowerment Center employs new leadership to drive mission.
Omaha, Nebraska: Refugee Empowerment Center (REC) is proactively focusing on helping refugees live and work productively, further their education, and achieve a better life for themselves and their children. Today, we announce a leadership change as Amanda Kohler steps in as Interim Executive Director following the departure of the organization’s former executive director, Marilyn Simms.
“We believe Amanda is an excellent choice to lead REC through a transition. Her wealth of experience as a business owner and manager gives us confidence that REC and its employees will continue to provide the highest levels of service to our newcomers,” said board chair Erik Omar. “The leadership, organization and stability Amanda brings will allow us, as board members, to focus on finding the best individual to lead REC for future success.”
Kohler is no stranger to REC, having served on the board for the past year and half, along with founding and running a technology and digital advertising consulting firm. With an MBA from Creighton University and having served in a variety of leadership positions in companies including Union Pacific, Flywheel and Buildertrend, Kohler’s involvement at REC will set the stage for the organization’s future success. REC is well positioned to continue assisting refugees in integrating into their new homes and obtaining the skills necessary for self-sufficiency.
About the Refugee Empowerment Center
The Refugee Empowerment Center is a community-based, Nebraska 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that assists refugees who are transitioning from their own culture to American life. The organization focuses on helping refugees live and work productively, further their education and achieve a better life for themselves and their children.