Mr. Chenoweth is CLINIC’s Director of Capacity Building within the Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities. The Center seeks to help nonprofits start, expand and sustain charitable legal immigration services for low-income immigrants and refugees. Mr. Chenoweth supervises Field Support Coordinators assigned to work intensively with its affiliates to expand and professionalize their program management and direct legal services. He also serves as a Field Support Coordinator. Mr. Chenoweth and other Field Support Coordinators train on immigration program management in classroom and webinar settings. The staff also produces written documents and online toolkits helping nonprofits build more legal immigration service capacity. Mr. Chenoweth also manages CLINIC’s acceptance and renewal of Catholic members and non-Catholic subscribers, together comprising CLINIC’s network of affiliates. Mr. Chenoweth holds a Master’s Degree in social work with an emphasis on administration and family/child welfare. He has worked in the field of nonprofit immigration services since 1986 at the local, national and international level. Previous to CLINIC, he has managed refugee resettlement projects in the United States and in Saudi Arabia for Immigration and Refugee Services of America. He also served as a refugee resettlement Case Manger for Jewish Family Services and Lutheran Social Services.
Silvana Arista, Project Attorney, Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) of Unaccompanied Alien Children
Silvana Arista joined the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. as a Project Attorney in March, 2011. She previously worked at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon, where she managed the cases of detained unaccompanied children and assisted them with family reunification. During her free time she volunteered at Catholic Charities where she helped immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with VAWA and U visa cases.
In 2002, Ms. Arista earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon. She spent a year living and traveling in Costa Rica and Panama. There, she worked as a reporter focusing on Central American politics for the journal Mesoamerica. While in San Jose she taught English to business executives and volunteered at a women’s shelter. After that experience, Ms. Arista returned to Oregon where she attended Lewis and Clark Law School. While there, she was awarded a public interest law project grant to work at the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia. Ms. Arista is originally from Lima, Peru, and speaks Spanish fluently.
Laura Burdick, Field Support Coordinator
Ms. Burdick holds a Master’s Degree in social work administration, policy, and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. from Smith College. She provides training and technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates on program management and capacity building. She also manages CLINIC’s citizenship assistance projects and its National Asylee Information and Referral Line. In this capacity, she provides training, technical assistance, and advocacy on asylee integration and on naturalization for people who are elderly, disabled, low income, or limited English proficient. Since coming to CLINIC in 1997, she has managed various projects, including a national immigrant organizing project in 15 cities; a national, federally-funded project for outreach and naturalization assistance to refugees in ten cities; two statewide projects for naturalization assistance and asylee outreach in Florida; and a national project for technical assistance training and information to over 130 agencies serving elderly refugees in 27 states. Prior to CLINIC, she worked for refugee resettlement agencies in Texas and Virginia.
Rommel Calderwood, Project Coordinator, New Americans Collaboration
Mr. Calderwood is the Project Coordinator for the New Americans Collaboration, which strives to increase the number of legal permanent residents nationwide who apply for and obtain U.S. Citizenship through naturalization. Mr. Calderwood first joined CLINIC in 2010 as the legal assistant with the National Pro Bono Project for Children where he focused on referrals for unaccompanied minors and matching them with pro bono attorneys. Prior to CLINIC, he worked for the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement where he researched federal resettlement programs pertaining to the Somali Bantu and Amerasians, and drafted federal policies concerning the safe repatriation of American citizens living abroad. In Chicago, Mr. Calderwood assisted with the family reunification process of unaccompanied minors at the International Children’s Center and interned with the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Adult Detention Project. He has experience teaching English as a Second Language to newly arrived immigrants at the Newcomer Community Service Center in Washington’s Dupont Circle and to high school students in rural Vietnam. Mr. Calderwood is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a concentration in political science, constitutional law, and international relations, and was a public policy fellow at Princeton University where he researched policy reforms concerning juveniles in detention centers.
Jack Holmgren, Field Support Coordinator
Mr. Holmgren is a graduate of the Monterey College of Law and has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1987. He has run a direct service program, supervised CLINIC’s national training and technical support staff and worked to help start and expand Catholic immigration legal services programs. He teaches, writes and consults on program management, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation and other aspects of immigration law and practice. In addition to his work with CLINIC affiliates, Mr. Holmgren has assisted other faith-based and ethnic groups, such as the Muslims, Arabs and South Asian organizations to launch and grow local immigration law programs. Mr. Holmgren also assists programs in the Domestic Violence Survivor network. He works out of the CLINIC San Francisco, California office and is a member of the California State Bar.
Ms. Sardone holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from American University and a B.A. from the University of Delaware. She provides training and technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates on program management and capacity building. Previously, Ms. Sardone was the Legal Services Group Manager at Hogar Immigrant Services of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington, VA. She is a Fully-Accredited Representative who managed a program made up of both attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives. That program served clients with cases ranging from relative petitions to removal defense as well as providing group processing naturalization workshops.
Ms. Speasmaker works as an Field Support Coordinator for CLINIC. In this position, she helps grow the capacity of the national network of charitable immigration service providers by providing training and consultation to organizations on program management and capacity building. She also offers training and technical assistance on English as a Second Language and citizenship preparation program development. Ms. Speasmaker is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in English and a Master of Teaching degree. She is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. While at UT-Austin, she designed and co-taught a class on Immigration Policy, worked with various leading experts in Immigration Policy, helped create a national database for language access policies, and published original work on employer sanctions. Prior to working at CLINIC, she taught English as a Second language in Virginia, Ecuador, and Texas, and she speaks Spanish.