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:

Cheryl and Joe

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 is an attorney at Sheppard Mullin and focuses on Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice. Bryce first interned at Just Neighbors as a law student.

Jim and Julia

Julia Bizer joined the board in 2015 and has served as the board secretary since 2015. She first served Just Neighbors as a legal  intern in 2010, then as a volunteer attorney in 2012. Julia is currently a Senior Attorney for the Detained Children’s Program at CAIR Coalition where she provides immigration legal services to detained immigrant children. Prior to CAIR Coalition, Julia was the Staff Attorney at KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, where she provided direct representation to survivors of domestic violence. Before that she worked at Bushman Law Group where she focused on court appointments as a Guardian ad litem, representing the best interests of children after allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Julia attended University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law where she earned the Henry Carrico Center Pro Bono Certificate.

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 J.E.B. Stuart High School.

Marci and staff attorney Cristina

Marci Huntsman joined the board in 2014. She is the Pastor at Lambs United Methodist Church in Altavista, VA. 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 in Centreville. 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.

Cheryl

Cheryl Moore joined the board in 2014. A member of Mount Olivet UMC, she has been involved in several initiatives of Grace Ministries of the United Methodist Church, a community outreach program serving immigrants in Northern Virginia. Cheryl has been interested in helping immigrants in the community since her children attended Escuela Key, a partial-Spanish immersion elementary school in Arlington. Cheryl is delighted to use her professional experience in communications and event planning to support Just Neighbors.

Mary Ellen Payne joined the board in 2016, one year after retiring from a 35-year career at Verizon, most recently serving as the Vice President – Sales and Marketing for the Mid-Atlantic Region where she was responsible for consumer and small business sales and marketing of broadband, video and voice services. Mary Ellen has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of National Advertisers and served on the Mosaic Council of the American Advertising Federation. She is a member of the Board of Regents for the Leadership Center of Excellence; a Reading Buddy at Randolph Elementary School; a Mentor through the Executive/ Mentors Scholar Program – University of Delaware and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware.

Joyce L. Shields joined the Board in 2017.  She retired from Hay Group, a worldwide human resources consulting firm in 2008, after 23 years as a senior leader and owner.  She led a group of consultants in working with executives in global organizations, Fortune 500 companies and the US Federal Government in the areas of managing organizational change, executive development, talent management and human resource planning.  Prior to joining Hay Group, Dr. Shields worked 19 years as a Research Psychologist for the US Army culminating in her role as Director, Manpower and Personnel Research Laboratory. Currently, Dr. Shields is engaged in a number of professional and community activities including serving as a Trustee of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Member of the Advisory Board for Women in Philanthropy for the College of William and Mary, a Member of the National Council for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle and Chair of the National Capital Region Tiffany Circle, Advisory Committees for Metropolitan Memorial National Methodist Church, and a 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 a member 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.

The Rev. Sarah Calvert (Ex-officio) has been on the board of Just Neighbors since 2019. She is the district superintendent of the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. Sarah was the Church Revitalization on Church Development Director for the five years before this appointment.  Prior to that, she served as the Senior Pastor at Page UMC, and for six years before, she was the pastor at Galilee UMC.

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 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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