Our Team

Refugee Hope Partners exists by the generosity of our supporters. 
Our full-time staff are missionaries, responsible for raising their own support.


Michele suffridge - executive director

Michele graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in mathematics and worked as a programmer and technical trainer before leaving corporate life to become a full-time mom of five.  She became involved at Cedar Point when several Karen families from Burma began attending her church eleven years ago. After developing a tutoring ministry for Karen students at her church (Christ Covenant Church of Raleigh), the Lord led her to become involved with a broader group of refugee families living at Cedar Point. She has enjoyed many years of building relationships in this community. Michele is a member of Christ Covenant Church of Raleigh.

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amanda herbert - program director

Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Child Development. She was first drawn to Refugee Hope Partners when she saw that she didn't have to travel far, but that the nations were in her own backyard here in Raleigh.  She started her involvement with Refugee Hope Partners as an intern in January 2016. Her eyes were opened to refugee crisis and she grew a love for this community and a passion for advocating for these families which led to a decision to stay on full time. Amanda is a member of Summit - North Raleigh Church.

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Sarah Beth Sickling - Cedar Point Site Director

Sarah Beth graduated from North Georgia College and State University. After that, she spent two years as a missionary to university students in Mahasarakham, Thailand through the International Missions Board's Journeyman program.  Upon returning to the US, she completed a master's program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sarah Beth joined the full-time RHP team in January of 2017. Sarah Beth lives on-site at Cedar Point and is a member of Imago Dei Church

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elizabeth rudd - homework help director

Elizabeth graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten for three years at a Title 1 school in Wake County. It was there she was exposed to the hardships families face, even here in America, and the need for strong family advocates in the education system. Elizabeth was called to join the full-time team at Refugee Hope Partners in August 2017. Elizabeth attends Imago Dei Church with her husband Josh Rudd.

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Volunteer Support Staff

Rebecca Camplejohn - Medical Ministry Coordinator 

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Marian Wilkinson - ESL Director

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