Brandi Kilmer is a mother of 5, two who have left the nest and three who are still learning to fly. She and her family have lived in Utah, London, Southern California, and now reside in Northern Virginia. While living in Southern California, Brandi developed a "welcoming heart" by volunteering as a Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) teacher to newcomers from Syria, Mexico, Congo, Cuba, and Iraq and as a family mentor for a resettled Iraqi family. In the greater Washington D.C. area, she collaborates with refugee support organizations in storytelling projects, teaches ESOL to Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington newcomer clients, and directs Their Story is Our Story U.S. and International Community Programs Teams. She likes to hike, paddleboard, and is a shameless sky worshiper.