@ THE WILBERFORCE CENTER
The Wilberforce Center has a growing team of staff and legal professionals enabling us to serve the needs of our clients from around the world.
As the Co-Sponsorship developer for ASC, it is a relief to know the Greensboro city-sponsor teams, as well as ASC staff, have access to the Wilberforce Center to meet these legal requirements. The staff at the Wilberforce Center make it comfortable for clients to navigate the system with comprehension and providing the necessary interpreting services. Thank you for ALL you do Jeff! Your team is greatly appreciated!
North Carolina African Services Coalition
Jeff Weber serves as the Executive Director of the William Wilberforce Center, a non-profit organization founded Mr. Weber in 2018 to serve the newly arriving refugees, immigrants and Asylum seekers to Greensboro, North Carolina. The Wilberforce Center serves our newest neighbors by providing consultations, legal services, and workshops to assist the local church in developing a biblical theology of immigration, equipping them to serve the world at our doorstep. He is an ordained Anglican Pastor and an Attorney focusing on humanitarian Immigration work. Jeff is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and will serve as the next vice-chair of the Immigration section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in 2022. In January of 2022, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (“ACNA”) named Mr. Weber to serve as the new Director of Anglican Immigrant Ministries, the ACNA’s provincial immigrant ministry.
Jeff has served as part of leadership teams in Russia, Africa, Ukraine, Mexico, Morocco and North America. He is the author of various leadership training materials including Reaching Your World at Home, the Russian training curriculum: Discovering, Developing and Deploying Small Groups in the Local Church and he served as editor and contributor to the Saturation Church Planting training curriculum, teaching that curriculum to church planters throughout Russia and Ukraine.
Jeff holds degrees in Greek and New Testament from Columbia International University, a Law Degree from University of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and he is currently completing his doctoral work in contextual theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Leigh Ann and has 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
Kate Miller recently joined the Wilberforce team as a staff attorney, bringing with her a wealth of Immigration and asylum experience. Prior to joining Wilberforce, Kate served in such capacities as trial attorney for the Office of Immigration litigation, where she practiced on behalf of the U.S. Attorney General before the various Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Her experience includes serving as defense counsel for USCIS and ICE in individual and class civil actions, habeas petitions, and mandamus petitions. She also served as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review providing litigation support for EOIR.
Kate earned her A.B. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and her Law Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief and contributing author of the Immigrating and Nationality Law Review. Kate is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She lives in
Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Jeff and two children. In her free time, Kate enjoys gardening and music.
Erin Cox is the Office Administrator for The William Wilberforce Center for Justice and Human Rights. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and Noblesville, Indiana. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she received a BA in French. In 1997, she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. She has 12 years of K-12 teaching experience, as well as many years of tutoring experience.
In addition to her work with the Wilberforce Center, she is a part-time High Impact Literacy Tutor with the North Carolina Education Corps during the school year. Erin resides in Greensboro with her husband, Sam, her three children, Anna, Avery, and Charlie and their two dogs, Darcy and Muggsy. She and her family have hosted several long-term international houseguests, as well as a number of Greensboro Fellows. Erin has a passion for travelling and radical hospitality.
Mary Walker was born and raised in Greensboro. She holds degrees in in English and Latin American Studies from UNC-Greensboro. She completed her teaching certification at the University of Washington. She joins Wilberforce with over 30 years of experience as a teacher, curriculum designer and curriculum facilitator and have worked as a cultural orientation developer and instructor for Chinese students at UNC-Greensboro and as an English teacher for high school and adult ELL learners. Her goal is to become an Accredited DOJ Representative.
In addition to working as a legal assistant at the Wilberforce Center, she serves as the Cultural Orientation Developer for North Carolina African Service Coalition. She lives on a small farm outside of Greensboro with her husband, Philip, where they raise goats and chickens. Her son Elijah studies history and political science at UNC-Asheville. Her daughter Sali resides in Greensboro with an adorable three-year-old granddaughter, Niko. Mary loves working with people and developing new friendships with people from other countries.
Ahmad Shah Saeedi is a seasoned translator in the primary languages of Afghanistan, Dari and Pashto and serves as a Legal Assistant with The William Wilberforce Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He previously served in the Public Affairs Department of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He completed his bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Kandahar University and his business diploma from SAIT-Polytechnic Canada/Alberta in 2014 (on-line). He completed two semesters towards his MBA at Kardan University in Kabul, Afghanistan before undergoing an emergency evacuation following the fall of Afghanistan.
He hopes to become an Accredited DOJ Representative when he becomes US Permeant Resident in order to serve his people as well as those from other nations. He enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and taking photos of his adventures. Saeedi lives with his wife and three children in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Leigh Ann Weber
Finance and Operations
Leigh Ann volunteers part-time at the Wilberforce Center overseeing HR and finances as well as assisting the Center with their new donor portal and a growing list of IT related functions. She has been a member of the Hawthorne Residential Partners’ team since 2009 serving in the area of Investor Relations and Acquisitions Support. Leigh Ann holds a BA in Communications from Michigan State University, is a paralegal and recently completed the requirments to become an accredited DOJ Rep and hopes to represent clients through the Wilberforce Center.
Ella will join the Wilberforce Center as our first Intern! Ella was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and became the youngest member of The Overseas Ministries Study Center, a nonprofit providing academic furlough for missionaries from non-western countries. She lived in Chicago for eight years and then moved to Greensboro. Ella is a recent graduate of Caldwell Academy and is taking a “gap year” before pursuing a college degree. She is interested in studying some combination of literature, environmental sustainability and public policy.
During her gap year, Ella is building skills in electric bass, French, and horticulture at the Caine conservatory on the campus of High Point University.