By Nicole Bonjean
RIS Staff Attorney
The Religious Immigration Services section held its first staff retreat on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The nine staff members traveled as a group from our office in Silver Spring, Maryland, to The Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Maryland. The beautiful monastery of the Conventual Franciscan Friars was the perfect place for the gathering. The retreat was an opportunity to reflect on the group’s challenges, achievements, and goals. It was a great bonding experience in which we learned so much about each other. Did you know attorney Megan Turngren used to be a sports writer? That legal assistant Inda Setibudi speaks five languages? Or that administrative assistant Tamika Vick is an expert roller skater? Our staff truly enjoyed this experience as an opportunity to gain insight into each others’ lives, strengths, and to brainstorm on ways to improve our work so we can do the best job possible for our clients. We look forward to taking more retreats in the future.
For more information on The Shrine of St. Anthony, please visit their website.