Ray has worked in the Denver non-profit community for over 40 years and for 27 years was Executive Director of Hope Communities. While there Ray got to know members of the South Sudanese community who came as refugees to live in Denver. Hope Communities provided housing for many of the new arrivals, and other volunteers helped with their adjustment to Denver and American life. Ray has been a PESS Board member and the Board Chair since shortly after PESS was founded. Ray was born and lived in Sudan, as well as East African, until age 14, then later traveled with the PESS team to South Sudan in 2007.