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Church World Service names new Domestic Response leader

From George Conklin <>
Date Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:41:03 -0500

Church World Service names new Domestic Response leader Bonnie Vollmering Bonnie Vollmering Photo: CWS December 4, 2007

NEW YORK -- Global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) has appointed Bonnie Vollmering as its new Associate Director for Domestic Emergency Response. Vollmering has served CWS as on-call field staff and, more recently, as coordinator of rebuilding and repair grants programs funded by United Way and Habitat for Humanity in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

With management and administration background in the business world and as a former director of a long-term recovery organization, Vollmering brings rich experience in disaster ministry to her new position.

She managed disaster recovery operations after flooding in southeastern Texas in 1998 and has worked extensively with CWS disaster response partners the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also has served as a disaster response consultant to Lutheran Disaster Response.

Vollmering will oversee CWS domestic disaster response programs, including ongoing work to rebuild the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She replaces Linda Reed Brown, who left CWS in October after seven years of service.

Domestically, the CWS Emergency Response Program provides training and support following disaster to local, long-term recovery organizations and works to bring together resources of Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations also engaged in helping those in need.

Once she begins work Jan. 14, Vollmering will split her time between CWS headquarters in New York and her office in Victoria, Texas.

Vollmering holds a degree in accounting from the University of Houston.

Media Contact:

Lesley Crosson, CWS/New York, 212-870-2676; Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526;

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