Staff


Executive

Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, Esq.
Implements association goals as determined by the Board of Governors. Works with Executive Committee to develop and carry out strategies to achieve goals. Oversees operation of national office and staff. e-mail

Chief Operating Officer, Torey Carter-Conneen
Leads AILA's executive team in planning and executing the strategic vision of the association. e-mail

Senior Advisor, Robert P. Deasy, Esq.
Strategic partner and advisor to the Executive Director and AILA leadership on issues that shape the association. e-mail

Executive Assistant, Sarah Kissel
Provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor. e-mail


Communications and Outreach

Senior Director of Communications and Outreach, George Paul Tzamaras
Develops association's communications and outreach strategies. e-mail

Associate Director of Communications and Outreach, Belle Woods
Develops press releases, talking points, opinion pieces and blog posts, PSAs, and other messaging materials. e-mail

Digital Media Manager, Ellie Rutledge Silver
Responsible for developing AILA's digital media strategy. e-mail

Communication Specialist, Tessa Wiseman
Responsible for supporting a variety of communications activities, with a focus on producing content for the Justice Campaign. e-mail


Education

Senior Director of Education, Grace Woods, Esq.
Develops and directs the association's educational programs and resources. e-mail

Associate Director of Meetings, Kathryn Y. Chong, CMP
Responsible for all meeting planning and conference administration for the association. e-mail

Education Process Manager, Barry Collins
Responsible for developing and managing education processes. e-mail

Education Program Manager, John Area
Develops, plans, and implements the association's continuing legal education (CLE). e-mail

Senior Legal Editor, Rizwan Hassan, Esq.
Serves as lead legal editor for all conference handbooks and select AILA publications, materials, and resources. e-mail

Continuing Legal Education Associate, Sarah Schwarz
Responsible for the administration of association's continuing legal education accreditation programs. e-mail

Meetings Associate, Eunice Lee
Provides extensive support to members seeking information relating to AILA's educational programs. e-mail

Learning and Development Specialist, Kate Molski
Responsible for developing, standardizing, and implementing learning and development programs for the association. e-mail

Education and Resources Assistant, Meagan McIntyre
Provides customer service support to members and practitioners seeking information relating to AILA's Education. e-mail


Finance

Controller, Scott Van Den Berg
Responsible for all in-house financial management. e-mail

Financial Associate, Arnita Jones
Responsible for managing all operating transactions for the Association. e-mail


Government Relations

Director of Government Relations, Gregory Z. Chen, Esq.
Directs AILA's agency, congressional, grassroots, and coalition strategies with a focus on immigration enforcement, due process, and removal defense. e-mail

Director of Government Relations, Betsy Lawrence, Esq.
Directs AILA's agency, congressional, grassroots, and coalition strategies with a focus on employment-based immigration and immigration benefits. e-mail

Associate Director of Government Relations, Diane Rish, Esq.
Works with the Director of Government Relations to advance AILA's policy and advocacy objectives relating to employment-based immigration. e-mail

Associate Director of Government Relations, Kate Voigt, Esq.
Works with the Director of Government Relations to advance AILA's policy and advocacy objectives relating to immigration enforcement, due process, and removal defense. e-mail

Senior Policy Counsel, Laura Lynch, Esq.
Engages with federal agencies, Congress, and designated AILA committees on immigration issues with a focus on interior enforcement, due process, and removal defense. e-mail

Senior Legislative Counsel, Alyson Sincavage, Esq.
Lobbies Congress and the administration on immigration issues with a focus on border enforcement, due process, and removal defense. e-mail

Policy Associate, Paul Stern
Collaborates with and provides support to designated agency liaison committees with a focus on employment-based immigration. e-mail

Grassroots Advocacy Associate, Melina Roche
Coordinates grassroots activities related to AILA's advocacy agenda. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Elsa Flores
Receives, screens, and processes requests for individual case liaison assistance. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Vacant
Receives, screens, and processes requests for individual case liaison assistance with a focus on the National Benefits Center and USCIS Lockboxes.


Information Technology

Senior Associate Director of Technology Services, Matt Pedroso
Manages internal network and computer system operations for the National Office. e-mail

Technology Services Manager, Sara Jones
Provides technical support to the National Office staff. e-mail

IT Support Specialist, Sam Mershon
The IT Support Specialist assists the Technology Services Manager in providing technical support and expertise. e-mail


Online Services

Associate Director of Online Services, Andrea M. Chempinski, Esq.
Project manager for all association online technology. e-mail

Online Services Manager, Jorge Cardona
Serves as the principal manager of the Agora e-commerce site. e-mail

Website Specialist, Walter Rust
Serves as the primary person responsible for posting materials to the association's website (AILA.org). e-mail


Marketing and Business Development

Associate Director of Marketing and Business Development, Mary Johnson
Creates and manages cross-organizational, integrated marketing strategies. e-mail

Manager of Creative Services, Robert Bequeaith
Oversees the design and production process for graphic design work for the National Office. e-mail

Marketing Associate, Daniel Presser-Kroll
Responsible for non-dues revenue. e-mail

Marketing Associate, Brian Markowitz
Develops fresh ideas and winning creative copy for AILA's emails, direct mail, and online marketing campaigns. e-mail


Membership

Senior Director of Membership, Jennifer English Lynch, CAE
Responsible for all association membership management and membership promotion. Adjudicates all membership eligibility issues. e-mail

Associate Director of Membership and Component Relations, Paul Leahy
Serves as the primary link between AILA's chapter leadership and the National Office. e-mail

Member Services Manager, LaJuan Campbell
Runs the membership service center. e-mail

Database Analyst, Tizita Wasihun
Leverages a range of data mining and statistical analyses approaches to identify marketing opportunities. e-mail

Component Relations Coordinator, Jessica Del Villar
Responsible for component and Chapter outreach and support. e-mail

E-Commerce Customer Service Coordinator, Andrew Gilkes
Responsible for e-commerce customer service including sales, product inquiries, and user support. e-mail

Member Service Coordinator, Kenia Majano
Responsible for member customer service. e-mail

Member Service Coordinator, Tonya Reeves
Responsible for member customer service. e-mail


Operations

Director, HR and Administration, Janet Parker
Responsible for human resources and facilities. e-mail

Facility Manager, John Robinson
Charged with the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that will assure a well-managed and well-maintained building. e-mail

Manager, HR and Administration, Tania DaSilva
Develops and implements people strategies that support the mission of the organization and its management philosophy. e-mail


Practice and Professionalism

Senior Director, PPC, Reid F. Trautz, Esq.
Serves as centralized staff resource for members in areas of practice management and development, ethics, UPL, mentoring, and pro bono coordination. e-mail

Counsel, Pro Bono Program, Jocelyn Dyer, Esq.
Coordinates, promotes, and manages AILA pro bono activities. e-mail

Senior Technical Assistance Attorney, Ilana Greenstein, Esq.
National resource for attorneys and mentors engaged in pro bono detained removal defense (including release from detention, substantive relief, motions to reopen, and related federal court litigation). e-mail

PPC Associate, Erin Lynum
Provide extensive staff support on various components of the Practice and Professionalism Center, including Consumer Protection Programs, Military Assistance Program (MAP), Mentor Program and other practice management related activities. e-mail

PPC Associate, Charity Anastasio, Esq.
Coordinates existing practice management and ethics resources for AILA members. In addition, helps develop and organize new resources using a variety of media and provides general support to volunteer committees. e-mail

Practice and Professionalism Center Coordinator, Lisa Ward
Provide extensive staff support on various components of the Practice and Professionalism Center, including Practice Management, Military Assistance Program (MAP), Consumer Protection, and other professionalism related activities. e-mail

Mentoring Coordinator, Mara Ohorodnik
Provide administrative and logistical support to all aspects of the Justice Campaign's Innovative Mentorship Program. e-mail


Publications and Online Resources

Director of Publications and Online Resources, Danielle M. Polen, Esq.
Oversees the association's publishing program and its online resources. e-mail

Senior Online Editorial Manager, Rachel Pulda
Responsible for the overall content and vision of AILA's website and daily electronic newsletter. e-mail

Publications Manager, Sarah Redzic, Esq.
Manages the association’s publishing program to best serve the AILA membership. e-mail

Legal Editor, Lisa Waters, Esq.
Responsible for editorial and production processes associated with publication of print and electronic practice resources. e-mail

Online Legal Publishing Specialist, Sarah Loor, Esq.
Serves as editor for AILALink, the association’s online immigration law research database. e-mail

Digital Publishing Product Specialist, Kathleen Burnett
Responsible for digitizing AILA publications and developing new digital products. e-mail

Online Editorial Associate, Laura Embree-Lowry
Responsible for content of regular e-mail communication to members regarding immigration law news. e-mail