Jeanne M. Atkinson is the Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Her passion for immigration was sparked while interning with Catholic Charities in 1987, during which time she focused on legalization. Ms. Atkinson 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. Ms. Atkinson was a partner in establishing the Family Justice Center in Montgomery County and is a member of the board of directors of Catholics for Family Peace.. Ms. Atkinson holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.
Ms. Haasenritter joined CLINIC in October 2014 to support the executive director with internal and external priorities and initiatives. Prior to working at CLINIC, she lived in South Korea while teaching English education at a national university of education. Additional experience includes project coordination at a think tank that focused on futures research. Ms. Haasenritter earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied macro social work in conjunction with community organization. Her internships focused on serving international populations and she spent significant time interning and volunteering abroad.
Emily Hauck joined CLINIC in December 2015 as the Administrative Coordinator for the Executive Office and the BIA Pro Bono Project. Before joining CLINIC, she was a Border Servant Corps volunteer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she served as Project Coordinator for the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights. Emily has experience working with immigrant communities in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania conducting Know Your Rights presentations, organizing advocacy events, and facilitating ESL classes. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and International Affairs from Gettysburg College. Emily speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in Argentina and Spain.
Ms. Clomera joined CLINIC thirteen 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Manager for Jewish Family Services and Lutheran Social Services.
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.
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.
Ms. Perez helps provides training and consultation on program management and capacity building to CLINIC’s network of charitable immigration service providers. She developed her leadership skills through service on numerous nonprofit boards including the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Tennessee Immigrant Empowerment Solutions. She has also served as the Southeast Regional Representative for CLINIC’s Diocesan Advisory Committee of CLINIC since October 2009. She worked as Program Manager and partial BIA accredited representative to the Office of Immigrant Services of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee (CCETN) for seven years. While at CCETN she managed a diverse client caseload, conducted numerous community outreach presentations in both English and Spanish to various audiences about immigration law topics, implemented and expanded the use of LawLogix’s EDGE case management system, and developed detailed program policies and procedures to manage a staff of four in three office locations serving 36 counties. She attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and graduated with a BA in Spanish and International Business.
Shaila Rahman is a Field Support Coordinator for CLINIC, based in Los Angeles, CA. She provides training and consultation on program management and capacity building to CLINIC’s network of charitable immigration legal service providers. Before joining CLINIC, Shaila consulted for the Vera Institute of Justice and, prior to that, worked at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project where she was the Managing Attorney for the Detainee Rights Workgroup. While at Esperanza, Shaila represented people in all types of immigration matters including removal defense in immigration court, taught legal education classes, and helped develop and oversee several projects. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Ms. Speasmaker serves as a Field Support Coordinator and Integration Program Manager for CLINIC. As a Field Support Coordinator, 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. As the Integration Program Manager, she coordinates CLINIC’s resources and technical support on integration within the CLINIC network. 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. Prior to working at CLINIC, she taught English as a Second language in Virginia, Ecuador, and Texas, and she speaks Spanish.
Lisa Parisio joined CLINIC in January 2017 as an Advocacy Attorney for Policy and Outreach. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law, a public interest law school. While in law school, she focused on immigration, mental health, and poverty law. She participated in the Economic Justice Project, representing fellow CUNY students in public benefits hearings, and directed CUNY Law’s chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project. She also completed three legislative internships, including a federal internship where she specialized in immigration-related casework. Following law school, Lisa worked as the Legal Programs Development Officer for the International Refugee Assistance Project, which provides legal assistance to refugees and displaced persons from the Middle East and North Africa. She is a member of the New York State Bar.
Michael Santomauro is an Advocacy Attorney with CLINIC focusing on federal advocacy and liaison for CLINIC affiliates and subscribers. He earned his Juris Doctor with a certificate in public interest law from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Before joining CLINIC, Michael worked as a refugee resettlement coordinator and an accredited representative authorized to practice immigration law before the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, Michael was a staff attorney with the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, where he provided technical legal support, substantive law trainings, and liaised with local USCIS. Michael has also provided direct representation, mentored non-profit staff seeking accreditation, and collaborated with several organizations and coalitions to support and defend immigrant rights throughout his 10 years of experience in immigration legal services. Michael has taken three trips to Southern Texas to represent individuals held in detention and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Jill Marie is Director of Advocacy with CLINIC. She works with the Executive Director and senior staff to develop policy recommendations and designs, evaluates and executes strategies to promote the dignity and protect the rights of immigrants. Jill joined CLINIC in April 2015 as an Advocacy Attorney, working closely with CLINIC affiliates and coalition partners to monitor the implementation of DACA, identify and address individual and systemic problems with application processing, and to research and develop policy and advocacy recommendations. Jill has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of immigration and earned her J.D. with a concentration in Business Law, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. in Law and Society from the American University. She was in private practice prior to joining CLINIC. Jill is also actively engaged in her community, serving as Chair of the Howard County (MD) Consumer Protection Board, representing economically disadvantaged groups.
Christy Williams joined CLINIC in January 2016 to lead the State and Local Immigration Law Project. She provides legal and technical support to CLINIC affiliates who advocate for immigrants on state legislative matters. Prior to CLINIC, Ms. Williams worked for a private firm in Maryland where she handled affirmative and defensive asylum cases, VAWA petitions, as well as family-based immigration matters. Prior to that experience, she worked in Detroit, Michigan as a solo practitioner where she also handled immigration cases and other state law related matters. In 2014, she was awarded the Pangborn Pin for providing pro bono services to low-income clients through Legal Aid and Defender’s Association Private Attorney Involvement Program.
Ms. Williams obtained her Bachelor’s from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and her JD from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She is licensed in Michigan and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers’ Section and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers’ Division Committee on Access to Legal Services.
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.
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.
Martín Gauto is a Staff Attorney for CLINIC, based in Los Angeles, CA. He provides training and technical assistance on immigration law, with an emphasis on matters relating to unaccompanied minors. In 2013 he joined CLINIC as a Field Support Coordinator after several years at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Esperanza) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, where he was the Interim Program Director and Lead Immigration Attorney. During his time at Esperanza, Martin oversaw a large expansion of legal services to unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. This is Martín’s second stint with CLINIC. He previously provided representation, pro bono matching and legal education to detained immigrants in CLINIC’s former Los Angeles Detention Program from 2007-2008. Martín is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars and was 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.
Bradley Jenkins is the manager of the BIA Pro Bono Project, which provides appellate representation to hundreds of vulnerable immigrants in removal proceedings. Prior to joining CLINIC in 2013, Jenkins represented immigration detainees as an accredited representative at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. In addition to managing the Pro Bono Project, Jenkins edits CLINIC’s treatise on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, trains on a variety of subjects relating to removal proceedings, and has co-authored amicus briefs on behalf of CLINIC. He 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.
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.
Michelle N. Mendez is a Training and Legal Support Senior Attorney and the manager of the new Defending Vulnerable Populations Project. Before managing this project, Mendez oversaw CLINIC's role in the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, which focuses on providing legal assistance to detained mothers and children. Prior to joining CLINIC, she served as senior managing attorney in the Immigration Legal Services Program at Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington where she began as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by DLA Piper. While at Catholic Charities, Mendez co-taught the Immigration Litigation Clinic at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law from 2013 to 2016.
Mendez received her juris doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University, and a professional certificate in peace and conflict resolution through the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Mendez was the 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award. The award recognized her leadership on Maryland Chapter 96 (2014)—the “special immigrant juvenile status law.” She also was recognized as a 2014 Very Important Professional in Maryland by The Daily Record, and recently updated and edited American Immigration Lawyers Association’s “Representing Clients in Immigration Court” (4th Ed). Mendez is a native Spanish speaker, originally from Medellín, Colombia, and also speaks French.
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.
Jen Riddle provides training and legal support to member agencies and other organizations nationwide and is based in CLINIC’s Asheville, North Carolina office. She previously worked as an Advocacy Attorney for CLINIC’s State and Local Immigration Project. Prior to joining CLINIC in 2013, Jen advocated for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers 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. Jen 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. Before law school, she worked on refugee resettlement projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.
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.
Jon Braswell has been working for CLINIC since April of 2013 as the E-Learning Program Developer. 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.
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.
Kate Adams 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.
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.
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.
Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC. Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters. She joined CLINIC in 2008 and has been exclusively practicing religious immigration law. She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003. While in law school, she worked at Tahirih Justice Center providing immigration relief for survivors of domestic violence and served as a student advocate with the Washington College of Law’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.
Mr. Ross joined CLINIC in January 2015. Prior to joining RIS, he worked on immigration policy. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
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.
Ms. Turngren is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services section of CLINIC. She has been exclusively practicing religious immigration law since she joined CLINIC in 2012. 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.
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.
Ms. Amaya joined CLINIC in February 2004. She coordinates donor services and handles state and federal charitable registrations and CLINIC’s participation in workplace campaigns. Prior to taking the position of Development Officer, Angelia provided several years of legal assistance to attorneys in CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services section.
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.
As Communications Director, Zapor oversees a range of communications functions including: working with reporters who need information or an interview, managing press releases and public statements; production of materials including issue backgrounders, conference programs, press releases and CLINIC’s annual report; the CLINIC web page and social media.
Zapor previously worked as federal government reporter for Catholic News Service, a Washington-based wire service for national and international Catholic news outlets. In that job, she covered immigration extensively for more than two decades. Her prior experience includes positions as an editor and/or reporter for daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and Arizona. Zapor joined CLINIC in October 2015. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona.
Corey serves as the Web Resource Coordinator maintaining the day-to-day aspects of the website including management of the content and other front-facing resources. He also tackles backend tasks, ensuring the integriy of the website as a whole.
Corey is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, having obtianed a degree in English Communications and Technology. He joined CLINIC in June 2015 after spending numerous years working in a similar role at another non-profit geared toward mental health.
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.
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.
Paola is originally from Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Culture, and Public Affairs from California State University, Long Beach in 2012.
Prior to working at CLINIC, Paola worked directly with foster youth from Central America. She was responsible for aiding their adjustment to the U.S. by organizing educational and cultural support groups. This role called for clear vision and direction, which she continues to carry out in her work as an Outreach Manager for the Legalization team.