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.
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.
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
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.
Denise O'Donoghue - Director of Ministries
Denise graduated from NC Wesleyan University with a degree in computer information systems and worked in the corporate world as a software developer for many years before feeling the Lord’s leading to go back to school. She enrolled in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary then went on to get her Doctor of Education as well. Denise worked at Southeastern for eight years as the Director of Women’s Life and as an assistant professor in the Ministry to Women MA program. She first heard about Refugee Hope Partners at her church and began volunteering in the evening ESL classes. From there, her knowledge of the refugee plight and her love for refugees led her to want to be involved as much as possible. It is Denise’s desire to show the love of Christ to the precious families of Cedar Point. Denise is a member of Imago Dei Church.
Jennifer Taylor - Program Staff
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a double major in Political Science and Global Studies. She went on to get her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Jennifer has traveled many countries through internships, volunteering, and study abroad programs including Ethiopia, France, Kenya and Malaysia, which has cemented her passion and love for international peoples. She realizes the tremendous hurdles involved in creating a new home in a foreign land, which refugees experience. She has spent the last 4 years working to empower and encourage refugee communities in both Charlotte and Raleigh. Jennifer is a member of Grace Raleigh Church.
Anna Puryear - Bridge Director
Anna graduated from North Greenville University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education, and married David in 2016. She taught for two years at North Raleigh Christian Academy and then worked administratively in the same school before becoming a stay at home mom to their son, Eli. Anna has always had a passion for international missions and working with students, and was praying about where she could serve when God directed her family to Cedar Point. Anna, David, and Eli now live on campus at Cedar Point and Anna joined the Refugee Hope staff part-time in March. They are members of Christ Baptist Church.