John is the owner of Mango Apple Translations and the former Director of the Immigration and Refugee State Program Director at Church World Service in Richmond, VA. John’s interest in refugee-related issues began when he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) along the Thai-Burma border. John holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Virginia Commonwealth University), an M.S. in Biophysics (U. of Rochester), and a B.S. in Microbiology (Pennsylvania State U.). He has served as Executive Director and in other staff and board leadership roles for Richmond-area nonprofits for over 25 years and currently also serves on the board of Friends of Thailand.