JNRC Director, Rev. Austin K. Rios (Bio)
After his time as a missionary, Rev. Rios served with the Diocese of Western North Carolina for seven years. In February 2012, he found his way to St. Paul’s Within the Walls, and has been here ever since. He invites all, visitor and refugee alike, to visit the center to see the amazing work that is being done here to serve the community. When asked about his time here at the center, he says, “Every day I am reminded of God’s call for us to welcome the stranger, and I am reminded that God chooses to welcome each one of us into relationship through Jesus Christ.”Rev. Austin Rios acts as the director of the JNRC, and leads the multilingual staff and parish of St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church. He was born in the United States, but his calling has taken him all over the world. He graduated from Davidson College in 1999 with a B.A. in English, and then attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, where he graduated in 2003 with a M. Div. in Theology and Theological Studies. He then went on to serve as a missionary for the Young Adult Service Corps for a year in Veracruz, Mexico.
Daily Operations & Assistance Coordinator, Piero Rijtano (Bio)
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I was born in Rome in 1972, where I obtained a scientific high school diploma, and where I studied philosophy and contemporary history at the “Università La Sapienza”. I have a four year old son, Simone, with my partner Valentina with whom I have been living for over ten years. Along with a passion for music that led me to work for years in this field as a DJ, promoter and events organizer, I maintained an active interest in human rights and social matters. I am a communicative person and a have a positive attitude to human relationships and to team work.
In May 2013 I took over from Tuana as Interim Coordinator for Refugee Services and I will do my best to make the JNRC a very welcoming and functional place to come, an oasis of peace for political refugees who arrive here from all over the world with very sad and difficult experiences.
Finance Officer, Simonetta Ciccolini (Bio)
Simonetta Ciccolini is from Rome, Italy. She has been volunteering with the JNRC for about 9 months. Though she serves as the full-time Finance Coordinator for St. Paul’s Within the Walls, she makes time in her busy week to volunteer in the Church’s center because it enriches her life and puts it in the right perspective. She says, “Even though it makes me sad at the same time, I enjoy listening to the guests stories and making them part of my life and work. Her favorite part of being a volunteer is that, “Even if what I do is very small, I feel useful in this work.”
Program Fundraiser, Annika Milisic-Stanley (Bio)
Annika grew up in Britain. After graduating in Social Anthropology from the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Imperial College, she worked with humanitarian/ refugee projects in Nepal, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, India, Burundi and Egypt as well as living in Tajikistan for several years. Annika now lives with her husband and three children in Rome. In addition to painting, writing novels and short stories, she works as a campaigner for refugees and migrants.
Peacekeeper, Mansur (Bio)
Mansur is originally from Afghanistan and came to Italy in May of 2014. He studied computer science at Edwards College in Pakistan and has worked as a coordinator officer, logistic assistant, procurement assistant, and store keeper. He has been at the JNRC since November of 2016 as a peacekeeper, where he makes sure everyone is comfortable with each other and oversees any possible problems that could arise. His favorite part about working at the JNRC is being surrounded by the different cultures and getting to know the people of those cultures.
Peacekeeper, Mamadou (Bio)
Mamadou is originally from Gambia and came to Italy in 2014. He has been a peacekeeper at the JNRC since September of 2016. As a peacekeeper he helps the people within the Center and makes sure there is no trouble. In addition to working at the JNRC, he also goes to Arabic, Italian, and English school. He enjoys helping the Center remain peaceful while also having many different experiences between the cultures. His favorite part about the JNRC is interacting with the people and helping them throughout their day.
Cook, Nasim (Bio)
Nasim was born in Afghanistan. He has worked in the Center since 2010 as a cook, making breakfast for the guests everyday. Nasim also helps to clean the center and keep things tidy. Nasim’s favorite part about working at the Center is being able to serve others and help as much as he can.