Falastin Hassan currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is a former refugee from Somalia and was resettled in the U.S. by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in 2005. Falastin has lived in several refugee camps in Kenya and is very thankful to have been resettled in the U.S. Currently working for Lutheran Social Service as the Senior Refugee Specialist, she works as the reception and placement caseworker.
Ted W. Goins, Jr. is President and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolinas. Prior to being named President in 2000, Mr. Goins was employed by LSC for over 10 years as administrator of Trinity Village nursing home in Hickory, N. C. He also previously served for three years in administration and development, and has spent his entire career in health and human services. Mr. Goins received his AB from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and earned his MS from Pfeiffer University. He is a certified nursing assistant and licensed nursing home administrator. Mr. Goins is active in a number of local, state, and national organizations, including serving on the North Carolina Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Board of the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association, the Board of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, and as Chair of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. He previously served on the Lutheran Services in America Board, including two years as Chair, and also served two terms on the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging. He was appointed to the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators and went on to serve for seven years, four of those as Chair. Mr. Goins received the Distinguished […]
Folabi Olagbaju is LIRS Director for Outreach where he leads the organization’s external relations with Lutheran congregations, migrants and refugees engaging them on key organizational priority advocacy issues. Prior to joining LIRS, Folabi was Director of Amnesty International USA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office where he managed the regional field program work and translated AIUSA’s human rights agenda into grassroots membership organizing plan and transformative human rights victories. Prior to joining Amnesty International, was with US labor movement as a Research Organizer with the Service Employees International Union where he helped low wage workers organize Unions and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. He holds a doctorate in political science from the George Washington University.