Asad Abdi, President and Founder

        Asad was born in Ethiopia and came to Greeley in 2008 where he was involved in mediating the dispute between workers and JBS. After mediating this dispute Asad saw that there was a real need for an organization to serve refugees and the Greeley community; he and four refugee community members founded the Global Refugee Center in 2008. As President and Founder, Asad oversees all programs offered by the GRC and represents GRC to the larger community.

Colette West, Director of Services

Colette began her involvement at the GRC in 2009 as an ESL and Citizenship teacher. With time, she began to truly understand the needs of the refugee community and her involvement in the center grew. As Director of Services, Colette oversees all programs at the GRC and facilitates all community outreach activities.    


David Flatt, Program Coordinator 

David is a graduate of St. Louis University with a Masters in history.  David is also a graduate of Southern Illinois University with Bachelors degrees in anthropology and history.  David is a former teacher and government administrator.  David will be helping with the ESL programming, writing grants, assisting with office operations including grant writing and fundraising.