URI North America Staff & Volunteers

 

Sari Heidenreich
Regional Coordinator 

Sari has been the Regional Coordinator for North America since October 2014, bringing with her a background of cross-cultural living and working. She spent middle and high school in Ghana, West Africa, where her parents worked with a network of churches. As an adult, she spent time living, traveling and working in Middle East, including a year-long stint in Jerusalem. This immersion gave her the life-changing experience of entering into the worlds of people from different backgrounds and finding common ground with them. Sari absolutely loves connecting with people and sharing their stories, a set of skills applies to her work at URI.

You can reach Sari by calling (415) 762-2713 or emailing sari@uri.org.

Lisa Fruth 
Senior Social Media Fellow

Lisa Fruth is passionate about bringing people together in a way that values diversity. She has a deep commitment to honor and cherish each person on this Earth, vowing to respect each person’s values. She truly believes that we are better because of our differences and by capitalizing on those differences, we can create a world that is beyond anything any one of us could devise alone. Lisa has a background in both Computer Science and Education along with 18 years of volunteer experience. She has worked in both private industry and government environments, including the National Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress. Lisa joined the team this fall as Social Media Intern and is excited to share her passion for interfaith work.

Julia Karmie

Communications Intern

Julia has a love not only for the people around her, but for the uniqueness and distinctness that each individual has to contribute to the world we live in—a passion she is excited to be working with during her time at URI.  She is currently a student at Malone University, studying Communication Arts and Global & International studies.  While spending the past semester studying abroad in the Middle East, she was introduced to the interfaith world and is looking forward to being a part of a team that cultivates relationships between diverse peoples across the world with a shared dedication for a better tomorrow.

Katie Emmons

Communications Intern

Katie graduated from college with degrees in religion and psychology, as well as a passion for interfaith work. Before joining URI North America, she worked for the Abrahamic Reunion, a global interfaith peacemaking organization. Katie has been to the last two Parliaments of the World’s Religions, and loves to experience cultures and beliefs different than her own. She recently became one of the URI’s Communications Interns and is excited to be a part of the team.