Jeanne M. Atkinson Executive Director
Jeanne M. Atkinson is the Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). She is an experienced immigration attorney and manager. Her passion for immigration was sparked while interning with Catholic Charities in 1987, during which time she focused on legalization. Ms. Atkinson has worked as the Legalization Appeals Project Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and served as the long-time Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program for the Archdiocese of Washington, where she directed their highly active and successful legal services program, as well as the Catholic Charities’ Refugee Center. During her time working at Catholic Charities, Ms. Atkinson helped expand ILS and was a partner in establishing the Family Justice Center in Montgomery County. She served has a member of the Organizing Committee for Catholics for Family Peace since its inception in 2011. Ms. Atkinson holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.
Michelle Sardone Legalization Program Director
Ms. Sardone is the Legalization Program Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). She is responsible for organizing CLINIC’s efforts in preparation for comprehensive immigration reform and assisting CLINIC’s network of over 200 charitable immigration legal services programs in planning for legalization. Previously, she provided training and technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates on program management and capacity building. Before working at CLINIC, 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. Sardone holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from American University and a B.A. from the University of Delaware.
Jack Holmgren California Legalization Director
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 Oakland, California office and is a member of the California State Bar.
Office of Finance and Operations
Emilynda Clomera Director
Ms. Clomera joined CLINIC nine years ago. She has a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University School of Management and vast experience in grants and nonprofit financial management and accounting. She completed her internship with Hoffman, Fitzgerald & Snyder PC in McLean, VA as an auditor. Ms. Clomera has served as CLINIC’s accountant and later as Controller and has an established history in handling CLINIC’s accounting and grant financials. Her excellent performance has earned her positions of increased responsibility in the organization leading to her current role as Director. Ms. Clomera oversees CLINIC’s annual audit and works closely with the Finance and Audit Committee of CLINIC’s Board of Directors.
Jessie Dagdag Accountant
Mr. Dagdag comes to CLINIC with more than 15 years of accounting experience gained from both non-profit and profit organizations. Mr. Dagdag’s career started at The International Rice Research Institute, where he held a position responsible for the financial reporting requirements of projects funded by United States Agency for International Development and United Nations Development Programme. After that, Mr. Dagdag worked with diverse multinationals and held senior positions until he relocated to Washington DC. Mr. Dagdag holds a BS in Accounting and is a member of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Abeba Fesuh Staff Assistant
Ms. Fesuh is originally from Ethiopia, but has also lived in Zimbabwe. She is a trained educator and worked as a school principal in Ethiopia for four years. As principal, she oversaw more than 600 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Ms. Fesuh earned a Diploma in Religious Education and attended the Teacher Training Course at the Wadzanai Training Centre in Zimbabwe. She also completed the Development Education Leadership Teams in Action year long training program offered by the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat. She speaks five languages in addition to English. These include Amharic, Tigrina, Oromo and Saho. She joined CLINIC in 2005.
Fanette Jones Business Manager
Ms. Jones is responsible for administering human resource policies, programs and practices, including planning, organizing, developing, implementing, coordinating and directing. She directly supervises employees and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. This includes, but is not limited to formulating CLINIC’s policies and procedures for the Human Resources Department and recommending policies and practices to management. In her role as Business Manager she’s responsible for providing vision, leadership, planning, project coordination, and management for the development of a cost-effective HRMS while concurrently facilitating efficient operations to meet current and future business needs within the organization; and managing and maintaining the HRIS database, personnel records, and regulatory reporting.
Ms. Jones previously worked as a strategic, human resource professional at companies such as American Rivers and Child Trends. She brings to CLINIC over 15 years of Human Resource knowledge, experience, and best practices, and twenty-three years of non-profit experience.
Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities
Jeff Chenoweth Director
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 supervises Project Coordinators working on specific initiatives to serve the most vulnerable immigrant populations and achieve greater integration into the U.S. society. Mr. Chenoweth and capacity building staff 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 Attorney & Project Coordinator
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 immigration program management and capacity building. Since coming to CLINIC in 1997, she has managed national, state, and local citizenship and integration projects and provided naturalization training, technical assistance, and policy advocacy. Most recently, she was the Project Coordinator for CLINIC’s two national capacity building grants from the Office of Citizenship and its National Asylee Information and Referral Line. Other projects have included a national immigrant organizing project in 15 cities and a national project for technical assistance 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.
Leya Speasmaker Field Support Coordinator
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.
Martín Gauto Field Support Coordinator
Martín Gauto is a Field Support Coordinator for CLINIC, based in Los Angeles, CA. Martin’s start date was September 30th and he’ll be working from the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. (CCLA) at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015. You may reach him at (213) 251-3572 or by fax (213) 251-3576, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. He provides training and technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates in several Western states on program management and capacity building. Most recently, he was the Interim Program Director and Lead Immigration Attorney at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Esperanza) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. During his time at Esperanza, Martin oversaw a large expansion of legal services to vulnerable immigrant youth in removal proceedings. This is Martín’s second stint with CLINIC. He previously provided representation, pro bono matching and legal education to detained immigrants as a CLINIC employee in CLINIC’s former Los Angeles Detention Program from 2006-2007. Martín is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars and has been an Adjunct Professor at the La Verne College of Law in Ontario, CA, where he taught Immigration Law. He received his BA in Political Science from UCSD and is a graduate of the USC Gould School of Law
Allison Posner Director
Ms Posner is the Director of CLINIC’s advocacy section. In that position, she acts as a liaison between CLINIC’s members and various federal agencies that touch on immigration issues. She also represents CLINIC in issue-based coalitions and working groups and provides legal expertise and the view from the field to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prior to joining CLINIC in 2004, Ms. Posner worked in private practice. Ms. Posner sits on the Social Policy Committee of Catholic Charities USA. She is a member of the New York State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Posner is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and American University Washington College of Law.
Bradley Jenkins Advocacy Attorney - BIA Pro Bono Project
Bradley Jenkins is the coordinator for the BIA Pro Bono Project. He joined CLINIC in 2013 after graduating from law school, where he was active in several projects advocating for detainees, immigrants, tenants, and survivors of domestic violence. Prior to law school, Bradley was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, providing legal services to detained immigrants in removal proceedings in Virginia and Maryland. Bradley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Theology and Political Science and a 2013 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Jennifer Riddle State & Local Advocacy Attorney
Jennifer is the State & Local Advocacy Attorney in CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Rights. In that role, she provides legal analysis and other advocacy support regarding immigration-related state bills, local ordinances and federal/state enforcement partnerships across the country. Prior to joining CLINIC in 2013, Jennifer advocated for the protection of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C. She represented immigrants in private practice for five years in San Francisco and led legislative advocacy efforts for immigration reform as volunteer Advocacy Liaison for her local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and is a member of the D.C. and California Bars. Prior to law school, she worked on refugee resettlement projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.
Training and Legal Support
Charles Wheeler Director
Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and has practiced and taught immigration law for two decades. Mr. Wheeler oversees CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section. He manages support and advocacy work on immigration law and related issues affecting immigrants. Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center for more than ten years. He has served on boards of the National Immigration Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and other leading organizations. He is a member of the State Bars of California, Colorado and Maryland.
Sarah Bronstein Senior Attorney
Ms. Bronstein provides training and technical assistance on immigration law to CLINIC members and other community based organizations. Prior to joining CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section, Ms. Bronstein served as a detention fellow in CLINIC’s Los Angeles office from 2000 – 2002 representing detained adults and children in removal proceedings. She subsequently ran CLINIC’s San Francisco detained children’s representation project from 2002 – 2004 and supervised the legal work of the attorneys in CLINIC’s national detention representation project from 2004 – 2007. Ms. Bronstein is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and is member of the California State Bar.
Tatyana Delgado Staff Attorney
Ms. Delgado is a staff attorney in the Training and Legal Support Section focusing on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She provides training and legal support to CLINIC affiliates nationwide. Ms. Delgado earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to working at CLINIC, Ms. Delgado served as a Georgetown Attorney Fellow and Supervising Attorney for the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. At the Cabrini Center, she represented detained unaccompanied minors, mentored pro bono attorneys handling asylum cases, and supervised the Asylee, Refugee, and Citizenship programs. She speaks Spanish and French, and is a member of the New York and Maryland bars.
Kristina Karpinski Senior Attorney
Kristina is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and has practiced immigration law for over twenty years. She has worked for CLINIC since 1994 and currently provides training and technical assistance to member agencies and other non-profit organizations across the country. Kristina also provides direct representation of clients in the Boston area. Prior to joining CLINIC, she worked as an associate with the law firm of Wildes and Weinberg in New York, NY and as a staff attorney with the Catholic Migration Office in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.
Ilissa Mira Staff Attorney
Ms. Mira is a staff attorney in CLINIC's Oakland, CA office, where her focus is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She provides training and legal support to member agencies and other organizations nationwide. Prior to joining CLINIC, Ms. Mira was a Clinical Research Attorney Fellow at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. During her fellowship she conducted outreach and education to rural communities, provided support to group application workshops, and developed informational and best practices materials for both the public and legal service providers. She provided legal assistance to individuals applying for DACA and naturalization, and represented U visa and asylum applicants. Ms. Mira is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and is a member of the California bar.
Susan Schreiber Managing Attorney
Ms. Schreiber is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and has been practicing immigration law in the non-profit sector for over thirty years. As a CLINIC attorney, Ms. Schreiber provides technical assistance and training to member agencies and other organizations and practitioners across the country. After law school, Ms. Schreiber worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago for eight years, and then became managing attorney at the Midwest Immigrant Rights Center from 1988 to 1998. Before joining CLINIC in 2001, Ms. Schreiber worked at the DePaul Law School Legal Clinic as a supervisor of law students representing asylum applicants and providing technical assistance to community-based organizations. Ms. Schreiber is a member of the Illinois State Bar.
Debbie Smith Senior Attorney
Ms. Smith is an attorney specializing in immigration law who has practiced for nearly thirty years in the non-profit, private and public sectors. She is a senior attorney at CLINIC’S Oakland office and previously worked an appellate staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a partner at Simmons & Ungar, and the national coordinator of the landmark American Baptist Churches ("ABC") class action settlement representing more than 300,000 Guatemalan and Salvadoran class members. Ms. Smith has been honored for her work by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Jack Wasserman Excellence in Litigation Award), the National Lawyers Guild (Carol King Award for Outstanding Contribution to Immigration Law), and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (Silver Jubilee Advocate’s Award.)
Dinah Suncin Administrative Officer
Ms. Suncín was a fully-accredited BIA representative and trainer with the USCC/MRS Immigration Program from 1977 and assisted many clients throughout the Legalization Program. She has been with CLINIC since its inception and assists in developing the schedules for in-person trainings and webinars, serves as a public contact for training information and helps produce the monthly newsletter, Catholic Legal Immigration News. She also serves as co-chair for CLINIC’s annual convening. Ms. Suncín is fully bilingual in English-Spanish and holds a State of California certification as interpreter for the California State Court and Administrative Hearings. She volunteers her time with international medical missions, serving as medical interpreter.
Jon Braswell Web Resource Officer
Jon Braswell has been working for CLINIC since April of 2013 as their e-Learning facilitator, and recently as Web Resource Officer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College. Prior to working at CLINIC Mr. Braswell served as Content Researcher at the Saylor Foundation, an organization offering free college-level e-Learning courses. His work there involved doing content research for the instructors, and website management for their learning management system. Jon also has a background as a tin-knocker at a sheetmetal factory, where he earned his hands several stiches.
Religious Immigration Services
Miguel Naranjo Director
Miguel is the Director of the Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section of CLINIC. Miguel leads a group of immigration attorneys who practice exclusively in the area of religious immigration law. They represent over 170 archdioceses, dioceses, and religious communities throughout the U.S., assisting them in bringing international priests, brothers, sisters, novices, seminarians, and other religious workers into the U.S. to serve the Church. He joined CLINIC in 2006 and has been practicing immigration law since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Angelia Amaya Legal Assistant
Ms. Amaya is a Legal Assistant in the Center for Religious Immigration and Protection. Prior to being promoted to this position, she worked as the Staff Assistant for this division of CLINIC, handling all administrative responsibilities for the division and its attorneys.
Ms. Amaya brought her 21 years of management and marketing experience with her. She has worked for companies like Inova Fairfax Hospital, Jones Lang LaSalle, Universal Outdoor, Inc., and the former Woodward & Lothrop retail group. She holds and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Maryland University College and an Associates of Arts in Business Management, Marketing and Merchandising. Ms. Amaya is fluent in Spanish, having taught both the language and the culture to preschoolers in her spare time and utilizes her skills and knowledge in her local community with immigrant families acting as the liaison for and with the public school system, as needed.
Nicole Bonjean Attorney
Ms. Bonjean joined CLINIC as an attorney in March 2013. She graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2012 and while in law School, Ms. Bonjean interned at CLINIC with the Religious Immigration Services Section. Ms. Bonjean has a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Rita Dhakal Legal Assistant
Ms. Dhakal has a Paralegal Certificate from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She worked with Greenberg Traurig in Fairfax, VA and with the Law Offices of Rajiv S. Khanna where she provided administrative and legal support to immigration attorneys including preparing non immigrant and immigrant visas petitions for clients.
She volunteers in Legal Services of Northern Virginia where she helps to conduct interview in Uncontested Divorce clinic, interview clients for case intake and placement. Responsible for review of case and prepare narrative for attorney for placement. From 1994 to 2004 she worked as an Information Officer for nonprofits like Save the Children (UK), OXFAM, DANIDA, and SNV in Nepal. She has also worked for refugee settlement and community-based organizations. In 2007-2008 she worked for Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC as a Part time Consulting Translator where she translated and reviewed material – materials in English and Nepali- intended for use in refugee cultural orientation.
Kate Kuznetsova Staff Attorney
Ms. Kuznetsova is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has been working at CLINIC since 2010. Prior to coming to CLINIC she worked at a law firm in Virginia and was exposed to a variety of immigration law issues. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Virginia.
Minyoung Ohm Attorney
Ms. Ohm is a 2003 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law. Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters. In law school, she interned at Tahirih Justice Center assisting domestic violence victims gain legal residency in the United States and served as a student advocate with the American University's Domestic Violence Clinic. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Inda Setiabudi Legal Assistant
Ms. Setiabudi has been as an immigration and naturalization paralegal for over 11 years. Prior to joining CLINIC she was a paralegal for various law firms, non-profit organization and private immigration law offices in Washington DC Metropolitan area. She is a Board of Immigration Appeal Accredited Paralegal. She speaks five languages; serve as an interpreter for the Immigration Courts, other courts and hospitals for Indonesian language and some Chinese dialects.
Megan S. Turngren Attorney
Ms. Turngren graduated from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2005. Following law school, she worked as an Associate with the immigration law firms of Siskind Susser in Memphis, and later David S. Jones & Associates in Las Vegas. In 2008, Ms. Turngren chose to leave private practice in order to work directly with indigent clients as an Assistant District Public Defender in Johnson City, Tennessee. During this time, she remained devoted to the cause of immigrants by working to educate the criminal defense bar regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Ms. Turngren has a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and is a member of the Tennessee State Bar.
Patricia Maloof, Ph.D. Director
Dr. Maloof is an anthropologist who has worked with refugees and immigrants in the U.S. for more than twenty-five years. She was formerly the Director of the Office of Refugee Programs with USCCB/Migration Refugee Services, Project Director for Refugee Health with the Washington Kurdish Institute, and the Program Coordinator for the Trafficked Children Initiative with Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service. Dr. Maloof advocates, publishes, and conducts research on barriers to health care access and the provision of services to refugees and immigrants. Two of her publications can be found online: Muslim Refugees in the United States and Mind/Body/Spirit: Toward a Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model of Health. Dr. Maloof is also trained as a trainer for medical interpreters and is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the Catholic University of America. She serves as a volunteer, chairing the Program Services Committee of the March of Dimes, Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter. She is also a Board member for Voice of Love, an all volunteer non-profit dedicated to promoting access to services that support healing, growth, and achievement of linguistically diverse survivors of torture, war trauma, and sexual violence. She has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from George Washington University.
H. Andrés Abella Development Officer-Grants Administrator
Mr. Abella is a journalist and editor with more than 15 years of experience writing news and features for mainstream, trade, and advocacy publications in California and the Washington Metropolitan Area. Until recently, he was the Senior Bilingual Editor for AARP VIVA and Associate Editor and Washington DC Correspondent for Diagnostic Imaging Magazine. As a global activist, Mr. Abella has volunteered for human rights and social justice campaigns with a focus on immigration and indigenous rights in the U.S. and South America. He holds a B. A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Broadcasting from Universidad Andrés Bello-AIEP in Chile.
Jamie Zwiebel Development Associate
Ms. Zwiebel joined CLINIC as the Development Associate in October 2013. For this role, she works with the Development Section to design, implement, and evaluate creative strategies to build relationships and resources for CLINIC. Ms. Zwiebel earned a Master's of Science in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, which focused on the social determinants of health, including the political and economic push-pull factors related to immigration and immigrants' rights, and a B.A. in Spanish and Global Development Studies from Grinnell College. She has lived and worked in communities with low-income immigrants in New York City and New Jersey, and has lived in and remains closely involved with a small community in the central highlands of Nicaragua. In each case she has worked in development and fundraising for access to services for marginalized individuals. From 2012-2013, she lived and worked in the L’Arche Community of Greater Washington, D.C., an inter-denominational Christian community that welcomes people of all backgrounds and abilities to share life together. She speaks Spanish.
Communications and Marketing
Maura Moser Director of Communications
As CLINIC’s Director of Communications, Maura Moser is responsible for promoting the agency in the public, ensuring responsive internal and external communications, and coordinating agency planning. The Communications section supports the programmatic and executive functions of the agency, with Catholic social teaching serving as the unifying theme of CLINIC’s work.
Ms. Moser joined CLINIC in 2004, primarily working to support CLINIC’s National Detention Representation Project, which was, at the time, the nation’s largest pro bono representation program for immigrants held in detention. She advanced to positions in CLINIC’s public education, advocacy, and executive sections. She has served as liaison to CLINIC’s board of directors since 2006 and served as chief of staff to the executive director through 2013, which included responsibilities for developing and implementing the agency’s strategic plan.
Ms. Moser holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and speaks Spanish. Prior to working at CLINIC, she worked as an English as a Second Language instructor in Boston, Massachusetts and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Claudia Ornelas Communications Officer
Claudia Ornelas joined CLINIC in November 2010 as the Donor Services Coordinator. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in International Relations and History with a specialization in Latin America from Boston University. Before joining CLINIC, she served as a Math, Science, and English teacher in Saraburi, Thailand. Prior to that, she held administrative, communication, and development positions with the Trans- Border Institute, Wildcoast/Costasalvaje, and the Council on International Education Exchange. She is fluent in Spanish.
Tessa Winkler Public Education Officer
Ms. Winkler joined CLINIC in June 2011 to promote CLINIC’s work in the public arena, including web design and social media strategies. She earned an M.A. in International Communications from American University and holds a B.A. in Spanish and Communications from Saint Vincent College. After earning her undergraduate degree, Ms. Winkler served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working as a Basic Needs Caseworker for Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh and as a Refugee Resettlement Caseworker for Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh. No stranger to CLINIC, Ms. Winkler interned with the Center for Immigrant Rights’ Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project throughout her graduate studies.