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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. Represents AILA on Capitol Hill, before various government agencies, and in coalitions and with the media. e-mail

Deputy Director of Programs, Robert P. Deasy, Esq.
Responsible for coordination among education and resources, liaison, and online content, and between those operations and marketing, finance, practice resources, technology, advocacy, and PPC. Critical member of senior executive team in National Office. e-mail

Deputy Director of Finance and Operations, Torey Carter-Conneen
Serves as the chief operating officer responsible for the internal operations of the association. Works with AILA's executive team in planning and executing the strategic vision of the Association. e-mail

Executive Assistant, Ashley Manuel
Provides administrative support to the Executive Director and the Deputy Directors to help further AILA's mission. e-mail


Advocacy

Director of Advocacy, Gregory Z. Chen, Esq.
Directs AILA's congressional, grassroots, and coalition-building strategies to fulfill the organization's policy objectives. Lobbies Congress and the Administration, works with the media, and leads or participates in coalitions. e-mail

Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, H. Robert Sakaniwa, Esq.
Lobbies Congress and the Administration on a range of immigration issues with a focus on business concerns. Drafts, reviews, and analyzes legislative proposals. Represents AILA in coalition efforts in these areas. e-mail

Associate Director of Advocacy, Karen Lucas, Esq.
Lobbies Congress and the Administration on a range of immigration issues with a focus on due process, removal, and enforcement. Drafts, reviews, and analyzes legislative proposals. Represents AILA in coalition efforts in these areas. e-mail

Legislative Associate, Alyson Sincavage, Esq.
Lobbies Congress and the Administration on immigration issues. Helps monitor and analyze legislation, develop advocacy materials, maintain department's online and web-based advocacy initiatives, and supports AILA's grassroots activities. e-mail

Grassroots Advocacy Associate, Melina Roche
Coordinates grassroots activities related to AILA's advocacy agenda, and facilitates AILA chapters' efforts to strengthen and broaden AILA's chapter advocacy initiatives. Helps develop advocacy materials, maintain department's online and web-based advocacy initiatives, and organizes the National Day of Action. e-mail


Communications and Outreach

Senior Director of Communications and Outreach, George Paul Tzamaras
Develops association's communications and outreach strategies. Directs the development of media strategies and key message platforms, prepares/coaches AILA Leadership for media interviews and external speaking opportunities; and works with reporters to shape/influence story coverage. Establishes and maintains contact with key media targets at national and local levels. Anticipates and responds to media inquiries. Conducts assessment of potential issues facing the association; creates plans to anticipate and mitigate issues; and counsels senior leaders on response strategies and public responses. 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. Handles press inquiries, represents AILA among communications-focused stakeholder groups, disseminates news clips, and coordinates the work of the AILA Media Advocacy and Media Liaison Committees. e-mail

New Media Associate, Ellie Rutledge Silver
Supports the communications and marketing teams with specialized online and social media experience and know how. Responsible for crafting editorial messages for specific platforms, and engaging in two-way conversations. Contribute to the positioning of AILA in key consumer and member audiences. e-mail


Education

Senior Director of Education, Grace Woods, Esq.
Develops and directs the association's educational programs, print publications, and resources, including continuing legal education conferences, audio and web seminars, conference publications, CLE accreditation, and overall department administration. e-mail

Education Programs Manager, Tamesha Keel, Esq.
Works with the Senior Director of Education and Resources with developing, planning, and implementing the association's continuing legal education (CLE) programming. e-mail

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

Education Process Manager, Barry Collins
Responsible for developing and managing education processes to ensure the smooth operation of AILA's educational offerings. Responsible for managing the registration process at all conferences. e-mail

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

Education Associate, John Area
Develops association's convenience learning programming (audio and web seminars, podcasts and live webcasts of in-person conferences). Serves as an editor for the Annual Conference Fundamentals book. e-mail

Continuing Legal Education Associate, Sarah Schwarz
Responsible for the administration of association's continuing legal education accreditation programs, and researching and implementing new initiatives. Oversees, coordinates, and performs reporting for all in-person conferences and convenience learning programming (e.g., audio and web seminars, podcasts, recordings and live webcasts of in-person conferences). e-mail

Education Coordinator, Eunice Lee
Provides extensive service support to members seeking information relating to AILA's educational programs; assists in administering and coordinating AILA's distance learning programming; and provides overall and general administrative support to the Department. e-mail

Education Assistant, Rebecca Miller
Provides customer service support to members and practitioners seeking information relating to AILA's Education & Resources; provides administrative support to the Continuing Legal Education program; and general administrative support for logistical matters relating to the Annual Conference and other conferences. e-mail


Finance

Associate Director of Finance, Vacant
Manages all in-house accounting, auditing, budgeting, reporting, investment, and banking tasks for the association.

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

Accounting Coordinator, Regchenal Johnson
Processes all credit card payments. Assists with other accounting tasks. e-mail


Information Technology

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

IT Support Specialist, Sara Jones
Provides technical support to the National Office staff. e-mail

Associate Director of Online Services, Andrea M. Chempinski, Esq.
Serves as the primary technical manager for AILA's web-based information services (InfoNet/Agora/AILALink). Maintains public and private web sites. e-mail

Online Services Manager, Jorge Cardona
Serves as the principal manager of the Agora E-Commerce site ensuring that AILA’s products and services are easily accessible to members and the public. e-mail

Website Specialist, Walter Rust
The Website Specialist serves as the primary person responsible for posting materials to the association's online research database (AILALink). Responsible for purchase inquiries and technical user 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


Liaison

Director of Liaison, Betsy Lawrence, Esq.
Directs agency liaison activities to advance AILA's administrative advocacy goals. Works with executive committee, board of governors, and national committees to set and achieve liaison goals. Coordinates substantive law analysis and dissemination of liaison-related information to the AILA membership. Works with agency liaison committees to communicate AILA's policy positions to the government and to resolve procedural and other obstacles as they arise. e-mail

Associate Director of Liaison, Kate Voigt, Esq.
Works with the Director of Liaison and national liaison committees to advance AILA's administrative advocacy goals, coordinate substantive law analysis, and disseminate liaison-related information to the AILA membership. Works with agency liaison committees to communicate AILA's policy positions to the government and to resolve procedural and other obstacles as they arise. e-mail

Liaison Associate, Laura Lynch, Esq.
Collaborates with and provides support to designated AILA liaison committees with a focus on family-based immigration, due process, and removal defense. Monitors administrative developments, including regulatory and process changes. Researches legal issues and assists AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions. Reviews and prepares information for posting to www.AILA.org. Participates in meetings with government agencies and partner organizations. e-mail

Liaison Associate, Kelsey Harris
Collaborates with and provides support to designated AILA liaison committees with a focus on business and employment-based immigration. Monitors administrative developments, including regulatory and process changes. Researches legal issues and assists AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions. Reviews and prepares information for posting to www.AILA.org. Participates in meetings with government agencies and partner organizations. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Elsa Flores
Provides extensive service support to AILA members seeking information relating to AILA liaison activities and provides general administrative support to the Liaison Department. Supports and develops chapter/local liaison activities. Receives and screens individual case liaison inquiries. Answers member questions and problems. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Paul Stern
Provides extensive service support to AILA members seeking information relating to AILA liaison activities and provides general administrative support to the Liaison Department. Supports and develops chapter/local liaison activities. Receives and screens individual case liaison inquiries. Answers member questions and problems. e-mail


Marketing and Business Development

Director of Marketing and Business Development, vacant
Provides leadership and coordination of all marketing functions. Responsible for growing revenue streams by promoting products, services and programs; identifying new product opportunities; identifying and valuing specific target audiences; driving comprehensive marketing and branding initiatives; enhancing organization's image and broadening its appeal; and ensuring that marketing activities are aligned with organizational goals. e-mail

Associate Director of Marketing and Business Development, Mary Johnson
Creates and manages cross-organizational, integrated marketing strategies. Contributes to the growth of revenue streams (publications, membership, professional development, advertising, exhibiting, sponsorships, and online storefront) and promotes products, services, and programs. Works to enhance AILA's image and broaden its appeal to new and more diverse market segments. e-mail

Manager of Creative Services, Robert Bequeaith
Oversees the design and production process for graphic design work for National Office materials, including brochures, book covers, Annual Conference and other CLE promotions, signs, membership materials, National Day of Action, and other special design projects. Also assists with the design needs of the American Immigration Council. e-mail

Marketing Associate, Daniel Presser-Kroll
Responsible for non-dues revenue and is the primary contact for with vendors for advertising, exhibiting, list licenses, sponsorships, and affinity partners. e-mail

Marketing Associate, Joan Fuchsman
Responsible for marketing integrated promotions for educational programs, specifically conferences and seminars, and other AILA initiatives. 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, as well as the other components of the organization, including New Members Division (NMD), the Global Migration Section, and the Federal Court Litigation Section. Serves as a resource to chapter officers and other leaders to ensure activities are properly integrated with Association's governance structure and policies, and align with the goals, objectives and strategies of the Association. e-mail

Senior Member Services Associate, LaJuan Campbell
Manages dues collection process, produces membership reports, and responds to member inquiries. e-mail

Membership Associate, Erica Brillson
Responds to member inquiries and requests for information for the ILRS. Provides support for membership outreach efforts and Chapter activities, as well as manages the Immigration Lawyer Referral Service. e-mail

Membership Outreach Associate, Danny Navarro
Responsible for managing membership outreach efforts to the general public and new and seasoned AILA members, and identifying potential sources for membership. e-mail

Membership Assistant, Chaska Hansen
Provides administrative support to department staff and customer assistance to existing and prospective AILA members. e-mail


Operations

Senior Director, Human Resources and Administration, Theresa A. Waters, SHRM-SCP
Responsible and accountable for managing and directing activities which include human resources, office services, purchasing, insurance, security, telecommunications, facilities planning and management, and tenant relations. Serves as liaison for the AILA Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance Program. e-mail

Senior Manager, Human Resources and Administration, Gillian Shurland, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Works to develop and implement people strategies that support the mission of the organization and its management philosophy. Assist the Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration in administering the activities of the department, and supervises and participates in the evaluation and recommendation of programs, policies and procedures. e-mail

Staff Assistant, Kenia Guerrero
Provides a variety of program, administrative, and customer service support functions to cross-departmental teams, and assists in the achievement of strategic goals. Assists with requests for 1331G conference room rentals from external audiences. e-mail


Practice and Professionalism

Director of Practice and Professionalism, 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

Associate Director of Practice and Professionalism, Susan Timmons Marks, Esq.
Coordinates, promotes, and manages AILA pro bono activities. Works primarily with AILA's national partnerships, the AILA Pro Bono Service Committee, chapter pro bono liaisons, and other groups in the pro bono community. e-mail

Practice and Professionalism Center Coordinator, 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

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


Publications and Online Resources

Director of Publications and Online Resources, Danielle M. Polen, Esq.
Oversees the association's publishing program and its online resources, including: conceptualizing and producing those core publications that will best serve AILA's membership; ensuring that AILA's online resources (including the website (AILA.org), the online immigration research database (AILALink), and the daily electronic newsletter (AILA8) present a unified vision and are aligned with both the needs of the membership and with the association's goals; overseeing development, editorial, and production processes for AILA's print and digital products; managing in-house and contract editorial staff; planning and goal-setting; and budgeting and sales analysis. e-mail

Online Editorial Manager, Rachel Pulda
Responsible for the overall content and vision of AILA's website and daily electronic newsletter. Oversees monitoring of immigration law developments and ensures that members and interested program staff receive information in the appropriate form. Coordinates all departments to ensure complete and timely posting of news and information, clear communication of member benefits, appropriate presentation of AILA to the public, and quality of postings. Ensures that the website and newsletter present a unified vision. e-mail

Publications Manager, Sarah Redzic, Esq.
Works with the Director of Publications and Online Resources to produce those core publications that will best serve AILA's membership, including: development, editorial, and production processes; managing in-house and contract editorial staff; planning and goal-setting; and budgeting and sales analysis. e-mail

Online Editorial Associate, Lisa Waters, Esq.
Responsible for content of regular e-mail communication to members regarding immigration law news. e-mail

Online Legal Publishing Specialist, Sarah Loor, Esq.
Tracks, analyzes, and gathers statutes, regulations, and other primary source material for use in updating the association's online immigration research database (AILALink) and related print publications. Reviews and edits content to ensure conformity with technical and editorial standards. Provides regular training to members on use of the research database. e-mail

Online Publishing Specialist, Kathleen Burnett
Works as part of a team that both creates, and is tasked with ensuring the integrity of, legal content; performs a variety of routine and more complex tasks to prepare assigned electronic and/or print products for online publication; and ensures that the final product is accurate, complete, and timely. e-mail