BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Just Neighbors has a talented, committed board of directors dedicated to fostering relationships within the northern Virginia community to support our immigrant neighbors:

Joseph A. Keyes has been on the board of Just Neighbors since 2014 and currently serves as Board Chair. A retired Chief Legal Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Joe began his involvement at Just Neighbors as a volunteer attorney, coming into the office twice weekly to meet with clients and follow up on their cases. Joe finds it rewarding to volunteer at Just Neighbors because it has what he calls “the whole package”—an important mission, dedicated staff, competent leadership, ready access to support, process and systems in place to ensure success, and a pleasant environment in which to work.

Bryce Chadwick, a long-time volunteer at Just Neighbors, joined the board in 2015. He is currently serving as our Vice-Chair. Bryce first became interested in immigration justice issues while teaching English in Ecuador after college, and upon his return to the United States, discovered and started to volunteer with Just Neighbors. He is currently an attorney at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton and is a member of the firm's Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice. Bryce received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Lisa Trangsrud has been a long-time volunteer at Just Neighbors and has been treasurer since December 2012. She has an MBA from the University of Miami. Her prior jobs include economic analyst for the U.S. Commerce Department, commercial lending consultant for Chevy Chase Bank, and teacher at Justice High School.

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Rev. Marci Huntsman joined the board in 2014. She is a newly retired United Methodist Elder. Marci’s service as a volunteer in many areas of the church led her to realize a call to the ministry. After completing her undergraduate degree at George Mason University in 2006, she earned a Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2010.  Before joining the Just Neighbors board, Marci was involved in immigration issues with the Centreville Immigration Forum and Day Labor Resource Center. Marci’s warmth and genuine desire to serve others make her a natural fit at Just Neighbors.

Liz Hoefer joined the board in 2015. Liz has worked in the public and private sectors and has a background in strategic planning and performance measurement. She volunteered at Just Neighbors beginning in 2012, when a new program for youth and young adults resulted in a surge of clients. Other volunteer work has included resettling refugees, teaching English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), and advocating for victims of human trafficking.

Joyce L. Shields joined the Board in 2017.  Dr. Shields is an Industrial Organizational Psychologist.  She retired in 2008 from the Hay Group, a worldwide management consulting firm, after 23 years as a senior leader and owner.  Prior to joining the Hay Group, she worked 19 years as a Research Psychologist for the US Army culminating in her role as a Senior Executive and Director of the Manpower and Personnel Research Laboratory for the Army.  Currently, Dr. Shields is engaged in a number of professional and community organizations including the College of William and Mary, National and Regional Councils for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, Advisory Committees for the National Methodist Church, and Member of the Advisory Board for Voices for Virginia’s Children.

Anne Wilson is a senior executive with a broad spectrum of global health experience. Successful leader with a strong record of accomplishments in strategic planning, fundraising, advocacy, corporate communications, health systems strengthening, and management of complex programs in both the public and private sector. Highly regarded advisor who has served on international boards, high-level committees and multi-agency working groups. Technical expertise in key global health issues including health system strengthening, pre-service education, reproductive health, child health and HIV/AIDS.

Mike Wilson joined the board in 2018.  Spent over 20 years as an executive in the healthcare informatics field.  Was a founder and board member for the non-profit company WAGES, a job placing service for ex-offenders and the homeless.  Also served on the Board of Directors of ACTS (Action in the Community Through Service); serving the poor in Prince William County.  As a member of St. Paul UMC, he has been responsible for ministries that serve the poor, homeless, and immigrants.

Pratibha Agarwal joined the Board in 2018 and is the chair of the Board’s Development Committee.  Pratibha is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the Founder and Principal Shareholder of Agarwal Law Group, a boutique immigration law firm in Arlington, Virginia serving businesses and individuals in all areas of U.S. immigration law.  As an Arlington resident and an immigrant herself, Pratibha is passionate about working with Just Neighbors to give back to her community and to supporting individuals who share her experience. Pratibha is delighted to use her substantive knowledge of immigration law and her professional experience to advance Just Neighbors and support its mission.

Lauren Bell, joined the board in 2019. She is the Founder and Managing Director of LaCire. Business operations executive with over 15 years experience growing and scaling new and established businesses, specializing in minority and/or woman owned organizations and nonprofits. She holds a masters in both engineering and public policy from UC Berkeley as well as a Bachelors in civil engineering from Howard University.  Lauren is a senior leader with experience in program operations, corporate support, corporate operations, public-private partnerships and program management. She previously served as VP for domestic programs for a government support company and was the acting COO for a public-private partnership venture capital organization. She currently works with start-ups and established businesses, increasing revenue and employing systems to ensure long-term sustainability.

Rodrigo Velasquez works as Senior Legislative Aide to Delegate Kathy Tran in the Virginia House of Delegates. In this role, he works on legislative and political matters for Delegate Tran. In college, Rodrigo was President of Mason DREAMers and currently sits on the Mason DREAMers Advisory Board. Since coming out as both gay and undocumented his sophomore year in college, Rodrigo has been heavily involved in advocating for immigrants and LGBTQ people. His background in immigration and higher education policy has served him in the various roles he takes in the local and state government. Over the years, Rodrigo has been a regular guest on Spanish and English news media to talk about immigration issues and has recognized for his work by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Centreville Immigration Forum, Washington Peace Center, and Office for Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education at George Mason University, and the George Mason University Alumni Association. As a former client turned lifelong supporter, Rodrigo is excited to work with Just Neighbors in advancing their mission.

Sandy (Robinson) Burkholder joined the board in 2020. She served as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State from 1983 - 2017 where her work included leading divisions responsible for budget, procurement, logistics, human resources, maintenance, leasing and program management. She served in Bolivia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Washington, D.C. In 2010 she was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service. As part of her ongoing commitment to community service, she currently serves as the Advisory Council Chair for Volunteer Arlington’s Martin Luther King Day of service (2017 - present). She previously served on the Arlington Food Assistance Center Board (2007 - 2010) where she co-founded the “Plot Against Hunger” program and served as Board Secretary. After acting as a founding member of “Executive Women at State”, she served on that board twice (2008 – 2011 and 2014 - 2017). She also served on the board of the American Foreign Service Association (2006 - 2009).

Ann Kaupp joined the board during the summer of the 2020 Pandemic. She retired from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in 2012, after a 34-year career in the Department of Anthropology Outreach Office, a nationally recognized clearinghouse for anthropology education resources. She served on many boards and committees of the American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, and Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, serving as president of the latter organization. Ann also has been active in community service and is currently on the board of directors of Rainforest Trust, which purchases threatened rainforest land to save endangered species, and of Encore Learning as co-chair of the Publications Committee.

Rev. Ken Hawes joined the Just Neighbors board as a result of the recent merger with DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors, where he served as board chair since 2017. His interest for immigration issues began with a refugee crisis in 2005 and his passion grew as he heard the personal stories of members in his congregations. Ken is currently the pastor at Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and also holds degrees in music performance. When not serving the church and immigrant communities, Ken can be heard performing with the NIH Philharmonia, where he serves as principal french horn.

Lauren Baham joined the Just Neighbors board as a result of the recent merger with DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors. Lauren is a licensed attorney in Maryland where she works as a Regulatory Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, SC and a Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law. She is actively involved in Emory Fellowship United Methodist Church, where she serves as Emory's clinic coordinator to Just Neighbors and as a Sunday School teacher. Lauren loves spending time with her husband and their daughter, and fueling her love for the arts. Lauren passionately believes that everyone regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, and religion should have access to better opportunities for themselves and their families.

Leticia Corona is an attorney at Bazzi Immigration Law, PLLC focused on removal defense and humanitarian relief.  She also serves as Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Immigration Law Forum.  She has traveled to the U.S.—Mexico border volunteering with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.’s (CLINIC) Estamos Unidos Asylum Project, Immigration Justice Campaign’s Proyecto Dilley (formerly the Dilley Pro Bono Project), and the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.  A new Just Neighbors board member as a result of the recent merger with DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors, she remains committed to advancing legal representation for our immigrant neighbors.

Sana F. Shtasel is an attorney and non-profit executive with more than four decades’ experience in non-profit leadership, policy advocacy, law, and public administration. As Principal of her own consulting firm, Sana regularly works with mission-driven nonprofit organizations seeking governance, policy and advocacy, program improvement, communications, and legal support. Sana holds a BA from Cornell University; a JD from New York University; and an MPA from Harvard University. Her efforts have been acknowledged with numerous awards and academic fellowships.

Reginald Williamson has been with DC-MD JFON for over nine years. He is a member of Emory United Methodist Church located in Washington, D.C. under the leadership of Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.  He believes in the mission, purpose and work of justice for our neighbors as a ministry in the United Methodist church and looks forward to continuing the work.  Reginald am a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Rob Fifer joined the Board in 2020.  He is a retired business executive and management consultant who now volunteers for organizations that help immigrants win the right to stay in this country.  Descended from ancestors on both sides of his family who recently fled unlivable conditions elsewhere to build new lives in America, he is driven by a desire to pay it forward and help others do the same.  He has helped for-profit organizations (in his prior life) and not-for-profits ones (in his current life) maximize income, allocate resources strategically, and manage efficiently.

Erin McKenney (executive director of Just Neighbors)

 

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The mission of Just Neighbors is to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, especially those who are most vulnerable. We also seek to foster enriching experiences that enhance awareness and mutual understanding among our clients, volunteers, staff and community.

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