Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Board of Directors

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

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.

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.

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.

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.