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 the 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.
Cheryl Moore joined the board in 2014 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. 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.
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.
Julia Bizer joined the board in 2015 and currently serves as the board secretary. She is a staff attorney at Karamah Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, located in Washington, DC. Julia gained legal experience as a legal researcher for Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), and as an intern at the American Red Cross Virginia Capital Region and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society while in law school at the University of Richmond School of Law.
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.
Bryce Chadwick, a long-time volunteer at Just Neighbors joined the board in 2015. 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.
Liz Hoefer joined the board in 2015. Liz is 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.
Marci Huntsman joined the board in 2014. She is the Associate Pastor & Minister of Congregation Care at Centreville UMC. 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.
Genesis Lazo After graduating from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Genesis received a post-undergraduate service fellowship that allowed her to choose a service organization to work for. As a child of Salvadoran immigrants, it was important to Genesis to choose an organization that would allow her to serve the community that made her who she is today. Genesis became a Development and Outreach fellow at Just Neighbors for the 2016-2017 school year and learned all about fundraising, event planning, volunteering, and interpretation. She uses the skills she gained during her fellowship at Just Neighbors in her current role as a Development Assistant at Pathways to Housing DC, an organization that fights to end chronic homelessness in the District. She is excited to stay involved with Just Neighbors by serving as a board member.
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.
Elisabeth Rhyne joined Just Neighbors in 2012. She is managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, a research and action center dedicated to expanding access to financial services to low-income people around the world. She co-founded the Smart Campaign, a global effort to embed client protection principles and practices throughout the microfinance industry. She is a lifelong resident of Virginia.
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 Member of the Advisory Board for Voices for Virginia’s Children.
Anne Wilson 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.
Rev. Cathy Abbott (ex officio) has been on the board of Just Neighbors since 2008. She is the district superintendent of the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. Cathy was previously the pastor of Arlington Temple United Methodist Church in Rosslyn and came to the ministry after 27 years in the energy business, working in both the corporate and governmental sectors.
Erin McKenney (executive director of Just Neighbors)