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Key Staff

International Institute staff are authorities on refugees and America’s immigration system as a result of having had a hand in the resettlement and integration of nearly every immigrant population in St. Louis since 1919.

Executive Team

Arrey Obenson, President & CEO, International Institute of St. Louis

Arrey Obenson

President & CEO


P. Ariel Burgess

VP of Client Care

David Gonzalez, VP of Development, International Institute of St. Louis

David Gonzalez

VP of Development


Paul Costigan

Sr. VP & Missouri Refugee Coordinator

Karlos Ramirez, VP of Latino Outreach, International Institute of St. Louis

Karlos Ramirez

VP of Latino Outreach


Blake Hamilton 

Sr. VP of Talent Development & Advocacy

Leadership Team

Development & Community Engagement

Director of Communications
Krissy Durant

Director of Community Engagement
Kelly Moore

Director of Development
Karen Park

Director of Economic Development
Carlos Suarez

Director of Festival of Nations
Adina O’Neal

Talent Development & Advocacy

Director of Education
Laura Stallings

Director of Workforce Solutions
Anna Hall

Client Care

Director of International Institute of Southwest Missouri
Rebekah Thomas

Director of Resettlement
Asmira Ogresevic

Director of Social Work
Lauren Allsop

Finance & Operations

Director of Accounting Services
Marisa Echevarria

Director of HR
Christina Juelfs

Director of IT & Operations
Pedro Zaraza