Megan is our Programming Director and heads up all of our education and volunteer programs. Her love for refugees began 15 years ago in Dallas, TX when she befriended Afghan refugees. Some were eventually bridesmaids in her wedding. Her passion for working with Afghan women led her to work in Afghanistan and Turkey with refugees. She loves the beautiful mix of diversity and watching how her introverted nature turns extroverted when she spends time with the ladies at Vickery Trading.
Megan attended photography school and worked as a wedding photographer. Since then, she has worked in non-profit development and program management with women in Afghanistan and now locally in Dallas.
Megan’s favorite pastimes are her obsession with coffee and reading, her Moleskine notebooks and her weird love for good pens. She is part of an international family…married to a Canadian with three kiddos who are Canadian and Ethiopian.
Naomi is a native Texan who is passionate about helping refugee women discover their inner worth. After two years of college, she worked behind the scenes in an administrative role at e3 Partners & I Am Second. As a side hustle, Naomi later pursued her yoga teacher certification through Holy Yoga. In June of 2015, Naomi’s heart was awakened to the refugee crisis while volunteering at a refugee apartment community in Germany with e3 Partners & I Am Second. Since her time spent in Germany, Naomi’s compassionate heart comes alive when speaking with and befriending refugees. Naomi’s love for refugees inevitably led her to meet the founder of Vickery Trading Company, Stephanie Giddens. Naomi was drawn to VTC from the very first conversation with Stephanie due to Stephanie’s servant-hearted leadership and passion for women’s empowerment within marginalized people groups.
When Naomi isn’t at work, you can find her sipping on cozy drinks at your local coffee house, reading lifestyle blogs, and driving with her windows down. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband, having heart-to-heart conversations with her close friends, and journaling lofty dreams. Naomi daydreams about one day living in the mountains, and in time, aspires to use yoga as a holistic resource to help refugee women heal their mind, body and soul through meditative stretching. Naomi hopes to always work in the non-profit sector, empowering marginalized women and advocating for refugees world-wide.
Mursal moved to Dallas as a refugee in 2015 to escape war, and she hit the ground running. She didn’t know how to sew when she arrived, but quickly enrolled in classes through Disciples of the Way at a local Lutheran church. There, she learned the basics and soon after, she joined Vickery Trading Company in the first class of Associates. She rose through the ranks and is currently our Production Director and Training Manager.
Mursal has a passion for learning and teaching. She holds a bachelors in Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Computer Science. Once she realized how much she loved sewing and teaching others to sew, however, she never looked back. She teaches sewing and English classes to refugee women in the Dallas community in the evenings and on weekends.
When not making VTC fabulous, you can find Mursal jogging around the lake (something she’s not allowed to do in her home country), doing yoga, teaching exercise groups, creating new products, helping newly arrived refugees or visiting any number of her friends from different cultures and languages (including her many American friends). She’s been married to her love for over 5 years.
Mursal believes that all people are worthy of love and anything worth learning is worth sharing. (See why we love her?!)
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