New Executive Director Named!

Dear AMIS Family,

I am delighted to introduce you to Irene Wong, our new AMIS Executive Director!

Irene comes to AMIS with a unique combination of experience, education and interests in non-profit leadership, student ministry, volunteering, and international programming.  She currently serves as President of the Parent Teacher Association at Teasley Elementary School. With this experience, Irene brings to AMIS demonstrated success leading a non-profit through changing times, supporting volunteers, and delivering on its mission.  Irene also has years of ministry experience, including international and student ministry.

Irene started with AMIS on Wednesday, August 23, just in time for the start of our new program year.   The Executive Director position is now a part-time role, and Irene will set “in-office” hours after a period of orientation.  Her contact information is irene@amis-inc.org or 404.846.4395.

I want to take a moment to thank our Program Administrator Dené Dixon for the outstanding job she has done, keeping AMIS going and preparing for the program year.  Irene and Dené will be a great team.

I hope to see you at the September 16 Welcome Reception.   Come and meet Irene, welcome new and returning international students and scholars, and reconnect with others in the AMIS family!

Donna Poseidon, President

 

 

As a third generation American of Chinese descent, Irene has had a life-long interest in international cultures.  She grew up in New York City and majored in East Asian Studies at Brown University.  In college, she joined InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where she developed a passion for campus ministry.  She spent a year teaching English in China before serving as a campus staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for eight years, during which time she started an international student ministry at Brown, led summer Global Projects to China, and became a new staff fundraising trainer.  In 2000, she moved to Atlanta to work with InterVarsity at Emory University.   After that, she went to Fuller Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity, and then returned to Atlanta to marry her husband, who she met in Atlanta.

Irene was a Ministry Director at the Atlanta Taiwanese Presbyterian Church for 3 years before stepping away from professional ministry after her second child was born.  Even as a stay-at-home parent, Irene has been an active volunteer at her church and local public school.  At North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Irene has been an active elder involved with International Student ministry at Georgia Tech, Children and Family Ministries, and Strategic Planning.  Irene is a Candidate for Ministry in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.  Irene and her husband, William, have three daughters ages 11, 9, and 6 and spending time with her family is one of Irene’s greatest joys.

From Irene: “I am so excited and delighted to be joining the AMIS family.  What a wonderful opportunity to be involved in the ministry of building friendship and hospitality in a world that desperately needs the benefits of reaching out across cultures.  I look forward to serving international students and getting to know all of you as we walk together, talk together, and build a more peace-filled world.”

Irene Wong, Executive Director

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