Shana Pughe Dean
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Training, Translation Manager
Shana Pughe Dean is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Training for the Refugee Center and Translation Manager for Tone - the translation division of the Refugee Center. Through her role Shana supports the translation department, online content management, and the development and delivering of cultural competency training. Most recently Shana worked as a consultant for the Refugee Center after holding several previous positions. From January 2011 through August 2014 she worked first as a Manager of the Compass Interpreters division of the Refugee Center and then as Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Training. Previously between January 2008 and September 2009 Shana worked as the Executive Assistant and then the Coordinator of Public Relations and Events. Shana holds a B.A. from Utica College in International Studies with minors in Human Rights and Spanish and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Shana became interested in refugee related concerns after volunteering in English as a Second Language classrooms during her freshman year at Utica College. Since this experience she has dedicated herself to promoting a welcoming environment for all new comers to the Mohawk Valley.