Admin Team

Misha Carthen, President

Misha Carthen (Brown ’17) joined PAIR the first semester of her freshman year after being encouraged by a friend. Throughout the course of her three and a half years volunteering, Misha has served numerous roles: historian, site leader, PAIR President, but most importantly, friend and volunteer. Misha’s passion for refugee advocacy began with PAIR and has spread to her creation of a new alternative spring break group on campus, ASB: An Identity Intertwined, which explores the differences in refugee resettlement agencies between Houston and New York in today’s crucial political milieu. Misha has found outlets for youth and immigrant + refugee advocacy through the Center for Civic Leadership, in which she has served as a nonprofit preschool teacher for students in Rwanda through the Loewenstern Fellowship, and through her senior capstone dedicated to a student-led documentary series that cherishes Houston’s refugee community. Misha is incredibly grateful for her friends, her experiences, and plans to find ongoing avenues to serve these communities through her post-graduate studies.

Aparna Narendula, Internal Vice President

Jose Yarbrough, External Vice President

Anveet Janwadkar, Secretary


Michelle Zhao, Publicity Chair

Michelle is a pre-med junior from Wiess College studying Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience. She has been involved with PAIR since her freshmen year, mentoring refugees at Lee High School, Las Americas Middle School, and currently at Westbury High School. She serves as the publicity chair for Rice PAIR and was a site leader her sophomore year. Michelle is passionate about PAIR because she cares about raising refugee awareness both on campus and in Houston. Through mentoring and directly interacting with refugee youth, she gets to engage in cross cultural exchange and learn more about refugees’ backgrounds. Next year, she and Aparna are planning to lead healthcare and mental health focus groups to empower Houston refugee women as Albert Schweitzer Fellows.

Charles Sauvé, Fundraising Chair

Meghana Pannala, Advocacy Chair


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