Karis Buerger

Director of Administration


Karis was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, except for her one year as a high school exchange student in Spain. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she majored in Hotel & Restaurant Administration and Spanish. While at OSU, she met and married her husband Thomas. After graduating in 2012, Thomas and Karis spent several months in the Middle East learning Arabic, managing a language center, and growing to love Arab people and their culture. After several years in Austin, they moved to Dallas, where Karis greatly enjoys serving and learning from refugees in Dallas. In her administrative role, she gets to support FTNRO programs and staff while personally connecting with refugees from all over the world. In their ever decreasing “free” time, Thomas and Karis enjoy playing with their cute daughter, traveling, baking (or eating baked goods), and playing board games.