Resignation of CEO Mike Mitchell

The Luminus Network for New Americans announces the resignation of CEO Mike Mitchell effective December 2nd, 2022. Mike has served as CEO since March 2020, as the pandemic began, partnering with staff, board, and community leaders in building an impactful organization.  

“During his time as CEO, Mike has transformed Luminus into a leading organization for advocating and supporting our immigrant community in Howard County through a holistic and client-focused approach. Mike leaves us when our organization is at its strongest — financially and strategically, with outstanding mission-driven staff, solid programs and committed partners and volunteers. Luminus would not be where it is today without Mike’s commitment to excellence and innovation and visionary leadership,” stated Luminus Board Chair, Danielle Duran Baron.  

Luminus is thankful for all of Mike’s contributions in making Luminus a stronger organization ready to help New Americans every day.  

We are happy to announce that Barbara Day, current Luminus Board member and retired Chief of Resettlement for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program at the U.S. Department of State, will be taking over as Interim CEO on December 5th.  

Barbara Day has more than 40 years of experience working with refugees and immigrants. She directed a state-wide non-profit resettlement and immigrant services program in South Dakota before becoming Vice President of Resettlement at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore, MD. Barbara’s background includes five years teaching overseas, program development, monitoring and evaluation, public speaking, and advocacy.  

Barbara starts on December 5th and will lead the organization during the search for a new CEO which is being led by the Search Committee of the Board. The job announcement is here and applications and inquiries may be directed to