URI North America Staff & Volunteers


Sari Heidenreich
Interim North America Network Support Consultant

Sari served as the Regional Coordinator for North America from October 2014 to August 2019. She is now serving in an interim support role while the organization undergoes a search for a new Regional Coordinator.

She  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 emailing sari@uri.org. As she will be working an extremely limited number of hours in this interim role, please browse the resource list at this link to see if you can find an answer to your inquiry. 

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.

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.