Board of Directors

Alexandra van Doren

President — [email protected]

Alexandra van Doren is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature with a focus on Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. Motivated by the refugee crisis in Syria, she co-founded Three Spinners Inc. in 2016. Her career and scholarship revolve around human rights and she hopes to make a meaningful intervention in immigrant and refugee lives as an immigration lawyer after completing her Ph.D. next year.


Meagan Smith

Vice-President — [email protected]

Meagan Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the depiction of border walls in Russian and American dystopian novels. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati and an M.A. in Literature from American University. She joined Alex in setting up an organization to help provide housing, food, and safety to refugees in January of 2016.


Susan Bywaters

Development Director — [email protected]

Susan Bywaters is a classically trained singer and new opera librettist. After graduating with her MA in Theatre Studies, she joined Three Spinners to try and make the world a more welcoming place (if only a little bit of it). She hopes to someday use her voice and her art to tell stories that might catalyze change.


Tim King

Marketing Director, Secretary — [email protected]

Tim King is web developer/graphic designer living in Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in how design can have more than a fleeting impact on people’s lives. He holds a BS in Digital Design from the University of Cincinnati.  He joined Three Spinners to help place refugees seeking a welcoming place in the US.  He likes cats, but likes turtles more. He also enjoys photography, baking, and science-fiction in any form.


Jordan McGuire

Director — [email protected]threespinners.org

Jordan McGuire recently moved to the Champaign-Urbana area after working with refugees from Iraq, Syria and Nepal for the last 4 years. She helped mobilize people to serve the refugee community and looks forward to working in this community as well. She loves good coffee and spending time learning about other cultures.


Kima Kheirolomoom

Treasurer — [email protected]


Jane Kuntz

Director — [email protected]


Fatima Ahmed

Director — [email protected]