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Board of Directors
Co-Chair, Gabriela Jenicek is Manager of Language Services and Cultural Support at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been rooted in the interpreting profession for over 16 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Interpretation and Translation for German, Czech and English at Leipzig University in Germany. In 2011, she founded her own company 'Interpreter Training with a Purpose' where she provides trainings for medical interpreters. She is also involved with the Pennsylvania Court as independent trainer specialized in Code of Ethics. Gabriela is a board member of the Delaware Valley Translators Association (DVTA) and is actively involved at the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). Specialties: Training and instructing, mentoring, presenting, legal and medical interpreting, effective communication, developing curricula and programs, networking
Co-Chair, Manuel Portillo is originally from Guatemala and came to the United States as a refugee during the internal armed conflict of the 1980s that left over 200,000 dead or disappeared. In his first years in the United States, he traveled the country offering public testimony about the war in his home country with support from the Sanctuary Movement. He has worked as a community organizer for many years on issues that include fair and equal treatment for asylum seekers, TPS status for qualifying national groups, access to services for the undocumented, quality City services for everyone, vacant land, public education, and immigration reform. In recent years, he has worked with communities of diverse ethnic and language backgrounds utilizing institution and faith-based organizing, popular education, digital storytelling and new media approaches.
Vice Chair, Brooke Rothman is a Research Associate at Branch Associates, where she conducts research and evaluation for social programs being implemented by nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies. Brooke previously worked at at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she worked on parenting support programs that aimed to address barriers to healthcare access, including assistance for parents with limited English proficiency (LEP) and low literacy. She graduated with a Masters in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on programs to improve language access for families with LEP, including organizing ESL classes for the immigrant community with the Passyunk Civic Square Association and a weekly ESL-themed radio show with Philatinos Radio.
Treasurer, David Ryan is Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University.
Brittany Anuskiewicz worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) for over seven years, first as a Program Assistant for the Making Connections Initiative, a multi-year investment in several of the nation's underserved, isolated low-income communities, and most recently as Program Associate for the Child Welfare Strategy Group, working with various states and jurisdictions across the country to implement child welfare system reform efforts. Prior to joining AECF, Brittany was a Senior Associate at The Finance Project, providing technical assistance to the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and developing and managing the Youth Development Resource Center in partnership with other youth policy and advocacy organizations. Brittany earned a MA in Liberal Arts and a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and an MSW from the University of Maryland's Graduate School of Social Work.
Mary Bellman is a Lecturer of Labor and Employment Relations as well as a labor educator, conducting education programs with unions and workers. Mary holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico where her research focused on union organizing by women in Central America. Mary has many years of experience leading programs for workers, most recently at the University of Minnesota's Labor Education Service from 2008-2014. She also served as program director for a non-profit in Guatemala coordinating educational programs with union women in Central America. Her interests include popular education, labor-community coalitions, and global labor rights.
Michele Hamilton is Assistant Director of Shelter Services at the Centre County Women's Resource Center an organization that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Michele lives in Centre County PA, and supports many local progressive and human service programs. She currently serves as the Vice President of PA National Organization for Women, and is a member of the League of Women Voters, Soroptimist International, Interfaith Initiative Centre County. Michele is the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant who was able to immigrate to the US after changes in immigration policy that came out of the Civil Rights Movement. Her family now lives in New York City.
Patience Lehrman is a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the United States. She is also the National Director of Project SHINE, an immigrant integration initiative headquartered at the Intergenerational Center at Temple University. Over the past decade, Mrs. Lehrman has developed and led a wide range of initiatives with local and national organizations serving youth, low-income adults and immigrants/refugees. A leader in community service, workforce development and immigrant integration, Mrs. Lehrman received a designation by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her efforts in promoting immigrant integration. She is a first generation immigrant from Cameroon, West Africa and in October 2013, was inducted into the Temple University Gallery of Success. Patience is a strong advocate for immigrant and refugee rights and has testified before Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania State Legislature against anti-immigration legislation. She frequently presents at conferences sponsored by national organizations such as the National Partnership for New Americans, American Society on Aging, Generations United, and AARP. She is a mother of two and holds three Master’s degrees from Temple University: MSEd ’01, MSAOD ’04, Executive MBA ‘11.
A. Hirotoshi Nishikawa, Ph.D. is a native San Franciscan, who spent his career in biotech pharmaceutical R&D in NJ and PA. Since retiring, he has been involved in racial justice and civil rights at his church and with the Philadelphia JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) at the chapter and National Board level. In the last ten years, he has become increasingly involved in immigration reform issues. In 2007, he participated in the Dreams Across America campaign, joining PICC colleagues in Philadelphia and traveling to Washington, DC. On March 2010 he join other Pennsylvanians with some 250,000 others on the Mall in Washington, DC rallying for comprehensive immigration reform. Since then he has been in many rallies locally as well as lobbying members of Congress.
Don Pak is the Managing Partner of the Pak Immigration Group, Inc. He has been practicing immigration law since 1999 assisting individuals with their visa applications and representing foreign nationals in their removal and deportation court hearings. He also represents clients in their investment visas, better known as Eb-5 Immigrant Investor. Mr. Pak is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey Chapters. Additionally, he is a liaison to the USCIS Mt. Laurel Field Office. Mr. Pak is bilingual in Korean and English. His law firm has the ability to communicate in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and French. He argued in front of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which later became published and has won a non-published Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case. Mr. Pak has worked as a law clerk for a judge for two years in Philadelphia, PA. He is also "of counsel" to the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy, P.C., and manages their immigration practice with offices in Center City Philadelphia, Jersey City, and Delaware.
Marla Soffer is Of Counsel at Galfand Berger, LLP. Marla graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Urban Studies and Spanish. She received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and has been practicing for over 30 years. She concentrates her practice in the areas of workers’ rights, safety, compensation and general personal injury and disability law. Marla serves as a consulting attorney with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, is a member of Board of Directors of the Mexican Cultural Center and teaches an adult ESL conversation class at SEAMAAC.
Numa St.Louis is a devoted public servant, community advocate, educator and mentor. As a seasoned professional, Numa has consulted for humanitarian aid organizations, non-profits and political action committees. More specifically, he has been dedicated to service in the public interest as an advocate for more accessible healthcare, sound educational reform and immigrant rights. He is a former Democratic candidate for State Representative in Pennsylvania and currently, works for LNG Consulting, an interpretation and translation service company. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in International Studies and received his Master’s Degree from Temple University. Numa is a mediator in conflict resolution and is fluent in three languages. Numa is a member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Afro-Caribbean Affairs and is a former fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership. He serves on the executive board of Americans for Democratic Action and is an elected member of the Democratic Ward Executive Committee in Philadelphia. Numa is active and engaged with a number of local neighborhood and civic organizations.
Katherine Yun, MD, MHS is second generation immigrant and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on access and quality of care for children in immigrant families. A board-certified pediatrician, she also teaches students and trainees at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Refugee Health Program and at Puentes de Salud, a community-based health program serving South Philadelphia. She is a member of the Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary group of public health, nonprofit, and academic medical partners who collaborate on issues of relevance to the health of Philadelphia’s refugee community. Prior to medical school, she taught English in Central Asia and supported research on the health of survivors of human trafficking.
PICC's Board of Directors is elected by the membership at our Annual Meeting. Each director serves an initial term of three years, and is then eligible for re-election.