Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Board of Directors

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.

Stephanie Fenniri is the Deputy Director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Stephanie has 10+ years of nonprofit and public service experience, specifically in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for diverse populations, and is also an AmeriCorps Alum and NLC-Philadelphia Alum. She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, a Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Wharton, a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University, and a Master of Public Administration and bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Stephanie was recognized with Penn’s Excellence in Social Impact Award in May 2019 and is eager to promote bicycling as a vehicle for creating inclusive communities throughout Greater Philadelphia.

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.

Simanti Lahiri is the Program Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement in the Office of Civic Engagement at Rutgers University, Camden. Where she runs a program placing students in community organizations as well as directing programming initiatives. She holds a MSc. in the Politics of Asia and Africa from the University of London and an MA and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Simanti’s research focused on the politics of South Asia and contentious politics. Her work examined the ways that social movements can effectively create change as well as fundamental questions of political belonging and citizenship. In her new position she is committed to instilling a lifelong love of community engagement in her students. Simanti is the daughter of immigrants from India and loves to register new citizens with PICC in Philadelphia. 

Mary Jayne McCullough is the founder and director of Global Wordsmiths, a social enterprise dedicated to improving language access for immigrants and refugees in Rustbelt Cities. McCullough is a veteran translator and interpreter who spent the first half of her career identifying ways to improve access to translators and interpreters for individuals with limited English proficiency. She believes in language access as a human right and works hard to develop innovative ways of helping people communicate in order to access the services they need.

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.

Sackor Saydee is a small business owner.

Emma Tuohy is an Associate Attorney at Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi, where she represents businesses and individuals in a variety of immigration matters. Emma received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2013.  During law school, Emma served as a legal intern at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.  She also participated in a clinical at the Nationalities Service Center, where she represented low-income individuals in many immigration issues, ranging from cancellation of removal to asylum to adjustment of status.  After law school, Emma was a fellow at HIAS PA, where she represented victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their immigration matters. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Emma received her B.A. in Global Studies from the College of William and Mary.

Nyamal Tutdeal is Director of Equity and Inclusion at CORA and an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University. Nyamal also known as Mal (which means peace in the Nuer language) is a former refugee from South Sudan who was resettled in Sioux Falls, SD with her family. Nyamal has worked with various immigrants, migrants refugees, youth, indigenous and women groups both domestically and internationally as a notable international speaker and an advocate for displace communities. Her advocacy work took her to the white house through Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) during President Obama’s second term in office. Nyamal is the co-founder of the NyaEden Foundation, and before joining the PICC board Nyamal was PICC’s Political Director, worked as an International Classroom Educator at Penn Museum, and as Gambling Specialist and Coordinator with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) with the City of Philadelphia. Nyamal received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations, and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in NGO Management, and Social Entrepreneurship.

A. Kayleigh Shebs Waters is Of Counsel at the Law Offices of Patrick M. Livingston. She focuses her practice on criminal defense in both state and federal court. Kayleigh earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Jr. League of Pittsburgh. Kayleigh lives with her husband and two small children in the Pittsburgh area.

PICC’s Board of Directors is elected by the membership. Each director serves an initial term of three years, and is then eligible for re-election.

Youth Board Members

Gladys Balbuena-Galeana. Gladys is 17 years old and a senior in Norristown Area High School. She is involved in Unidad in her school and Adelante with ACLAMO Family Centers.

Daisy Romero Chavarria. Daisy was born in Torreón, Coahuila, México. She migrated to San Antonio, Texas with her family in 2003, where she was raised. Daisy is a DACA beneficiary and is part of a mixed status family. She currently resides in Norristown, PA, and has been a mentor/volunteer at the Centro Cultural de Arte, Trabajo y Educación (CCATE) for over 5 years, where she works with high school students around college access. Daisy currently works for a Philadelphia non-profit organization with a mission to expand and protect access to sexual and reproductive health. Daisy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BA in Political Science. Daisy first became involved with PICC in 2017 when she organized with other undocumented students to declare the University of Pennsylvania a sanctuary campus. 

Germinha Gabriel. Germinha is a TPS holder born in Port au Prince, Haiti. She moved to Philadelphia at the age of 8. She is currently studying at Eastern University, where she participates in many clubs and outside activities. She is a member of Undocublack and PICC. She joined PICC’s youth organizing work in 2019, after attending college access for immigrant students that PICC hosted. She has been involved in many leadership activities such as attending the statewide youth convening, and speaking during the Home is here March events in 2019 to advocate on DACA and TPS. Germinha is Joining PICC because she wants to be an active voice and a role model. She wants to take action for the youth who lacks citizenship status. Outside of school, Germinha enjoys having fun and listening to music. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, especially on the weekends.

Youth board members serve serve an initial term of one year, and are then eligible to run for a full 3-year term.