Dream Refugee Leadership

Founder and President

Mohamed Malim is an innovator, social entrepreneur, humanitarian, and visionary. Above all else, he is a proud refugee working to bring change to his community. Mohamed is currently finishing his Senior Year of college at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he will earn his degree in Marketing/Marketing Management from the Opus College of Business. After graduation, in addition to expanding Dream Refugee, he will be spreading the word about his newest endeavor, a company called Epimonia which recycles refugee life-jackets into bracelets, mixing fashion and philanthropy.  

Chief Operating Officer and Journalist

Felicia Philibert is a strategist, writer, organizer, and first-generation Haitian-American. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in Culture & Social Justice from Augsburg University and plans to continue her journey in nonprofit management after graduation. After finding her passion for helping the community and advancing social justice from previous nonprofit and political organizing work, Felicia met Mohamed through the Urban Scholars Program and built a strong partnership committed to helping refugees step into their power.


John Haynes is an award-winning photographer who captures portraits and all kinds of other pictures for clients all over the world. He has worked with clients ranging from Dream Refugee and the University of Minnesota to Target and Major League Baseball. John believes that every picture is a chance for the subject, audience, client, and himself to relate. When he is not taking pictures, he's hanging out with his wife, playing cribbage, going for walks, making great food, and playing with their two crazy cats. 


Isabelle Tjokrosetio is a sophomore student at University of St. Thomas majoring in Sociology and minoring in Economics.  She plans to conduct sociological research about international students in higher education through the Collaborative Inquiry Grant at St. Thomas.  Her interests include travelling, writing about university life, education and sociology.  In addition, she is passionate about using the power of education and sociology to bridge disparities across different communities.  This summer, she is interning in Singapore working with merging technology and education.  Through this opportunity she hopes to gain a better understanding of how the education system operates at a more efficient level through technology.  She recently joined Dream Refugee as a writer and hopes to empower others through storytelling.   


Linh Vo is a recent graduate from Macalester College majoring in International Studies and minoring in Computer Science, German Studies, and Anthropology. She has a long-standing interest in refugee assistance, having written her capstone paper on the portrayal of refugees in German and Austrian press (hint: it’s not great) and interned with the City of Vienna to help with refugee integration. She also loves photography, travelling and trying out new food. She joined Dream Refugee hoping to help change the public misconception of refugees—because really, they are amazing people.

Event Photographer

Mubarak Hassan is a student photographer, experienced accounting professional, and life-long passionate learner, always seeking out the next challenge and opportunity for growth. He is graduating this spring with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & Finance from Augsburg University. When Mubarak isn't photographing Dream Refugee events, he is working as a Business Analyst with Fairview Health Services. 

Board of Directors

Ellen Walthour

David Fiedler

Elliott Payne