Strategies for kind work
Irene Paxia (she/her) started Petra Solutions, LLC as a consulting practice in 2020, leveraging 18 years of experience in the area of immigration, fund raising, academic education, and government planning, with companies ranging from local organizations to city government entities, from international agencies to universities.
Thus, Irene dedicates herself to positive change and to developing programs with private businesses, government institutions, and volunteer groups, motivated by honest passion for humanity as a whole. The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, depicted her in a mural in July 2021, to celebrate her work with refugees.
Irene grew up in Italy where her name is pronounced "Ee-reh-neh"; however, pronouncing Irene as it looks in English is completely fine for her, too. As she puts it: "As long as people talk to me, I don't worry about it".
Andrew Applegate (he/him) joined Petra Solutions, LLC in 2022, bringing extensive experience in grant writing and qualitative reporting, strategic planning, and community needs assessments, as well as hospitality, with companies ranging from nonprofit entities, to government, and private clubs.
Andrew loves to travel and read books about history, fantasy and sci-fi. He enjoys cooking and building things in his garage for his family. He is happily married to his wife, Irene Paxia, owner of Petra Solutions, LLC.
Thamay ("May") Paw (she/her/hers) is a lifelong volunteer and learner. As a former Burmese refugee, she utilizes her multicultural and diverse background to develop interpersonal relationships and build her network. She then provides opportunities and resources to diverse communities. She has volunteered, interned, and worked in areas that helped refugee families and students. Ranging from schools to non-profit organizations, and public and private programs. May graduated from the University of Saint Francis (USF) with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies. She is a former ELL teacher assistant and temporary interpreter from FWCS; a service coordinator from 1st Kids, Inc. (First Steps); and a bilingual outreach assistant from Amani Family Services.
May loves to read manga and Japanese comics, watch anime and Japanese animation, spend time with her family, and volunteering.