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Aaron C. Morris
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director

Aaron C. Morris

Aaron directs Immigration Equality’s law and policy programs. He supervises the in-house legal staff, and advocates for policy reform within the immigration system. He has worked at Immigration Equality since 2008, when he joined the team as a staff attorney. Aaron is a graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Immigration Equality, he was an immigration staff attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Aaron is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association.
Bader AlAwadhi
Bader AlAwadhi
Office Manager

Miriam Cortes

Miriam is our Office and Executive Assistant. Originally from Mexico, she has lived in New York for the last 15 years. She has provided a variety of administrative support to Jewelry Designers, as well as managing large-scale wholesale trade shows in New York City for the past four years. As a DREAMer with an interest in social justice, Miriam comes to Immigration Equality with a passion to help LGBT immigrants secure the freedom to be who they are. Miriam is proud to be part of Immigration Equality and is committed to supporting not only the Operations department but the entire organization.
Bryan Deschamps
Bryan Deschamps
Development Assistant

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Fabiola Dávila
Fabiola Dávila
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
Im Senephimmachack‎
Im Senephimmachack‎
Development Director

Im Senephimmachack

Im joined Immigration Equality as Development Director in April 2015, bringing over 13 years of fundraising experience. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Im served as Executive Director of the California chapter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Im also raised funds for the largest lupus and HIV/AIDS organizations in the U.S., including the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Whitman-Walker Health, GMHC, and APLA. His career in the health sector spans both coasts – New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Jackie Yodashkin
Jackie Yodashkin
Public Affairs Director

Im Senephimmachack

Im joined Immigration Equality as Development Director in April 2015, bringing over 13 years of fundraising experience. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Im served as Executive Director of the California chapter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Im also raised funds for the largest lupus and HIV/AIDS organizations in the U.S., including the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Whitman-Walker Health, GMHC, and APLA. His career in the health sector spans both coasts – New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Jennifer Carrel
Jennifer Carrel
Operations Director

Jennifer Carrel

Jennifer is responsible for the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of the entire organization, including human resources, financial management, information technology, and managing our office managers. She holds an MBA from Indiana University and has a BA in Political Philosophy and Art History from Earlham College. Jennifer brings over a decade of management experience to our expanding offices from her previous experience in knowledge management for the architecture firm Perkins Eastman and in the development team at the Whitney Museum.
Joel Perez-Romano
Joel Perez-Romano
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Palmer Lawrence

Palmer is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. She provides direct representation to LGBT and HIV-positive clients in immigration proceedings and in filing affirmative applications for immigration status. Palmer received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from Emory University. During the last year, Palmer worked as a fellow with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she contributed to Deborah Anker’s Law of Asylum in the United States and provided representation to immigrant clients at Greater Boston Legal Services. During law school, Palmer served as a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and interned for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Human Rights Watch, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Bureau for Africa, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of Cambodia. She received the Michigan Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellowship and participated in the drafting of The Michigan Guidelines on the Exclusion of International Criminals.
Pamela Denzer
Pamela Denzer
Client Programs Director

Pamela Denzer

Pamela Denzer represents LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers at asylum hearings and in Immigration Court and assists asylees with adjustment of status applications and HIV waivers. She also helps binational couples and transgender clients navigate US immigration laws that discriminate against LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families. Ms. Denzer did course work at Fordham University Law School and was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law. Before joining Immigration Equality, Ms. Denzer worked as a fully BIA Accredited Representative at HIV Law Project representing HIV positive asylum seekers, handling adjustment of status cases involving HIV waiver issues, and providing technical assistance to attorneys and BIA Accredited representatives on HIV waiver issues.
Piibe Jogi
Piibe Jogi
Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Program

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.
Sophia Rehm
Sophia Rehm
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
T.J. Berardo
T.J. Berardo
Foundation Relations Manager

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Yleana E. Roman
Yleana Roman
Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Program

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.
Alan Flippen
Alan Flippen
Board of Directors

Raymond Fisher, Esq.

Ray has over 23 years of experience as a securities lawyer, having most recently been a partner with Ashurst LLP in London and, prior to that, with Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt, New York and São Paulo. Ray holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. and M.A. from New York University and is currently enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he is focusing on coursework in economics. Ray and his partner Juan Carlos enjoy traveling, skiing, bicycling, gardening, cooking and the arts. With a 17-year history of interaction as a binational couple with US visa policies, Ray and Juan Carlos know first-hand the frustrations of periods of forced separation and of relocation in order to stay together. They are deeply committed to ensuring that all LGBT people are treated fairly and humanely by our immigration system.
David Mooney
David Mooney
Board of Directors

David Mooney

David manages hedge funds with a specialty in commodities markets. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer at NewFinance and prior to this he was Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Citibank, NA. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Heidi Schmid
Heidi Schmid
Board Secretary

Heidi Schmid, Esq.

Heidi is an attorney at Moody’s Investors Service in New York. She holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, and an L.L.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2010, while she was an attorney at Linklaters LLP in New York, she received a Safe Haven Award for her work with Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project, and in 2011 she co-chaired the Safe Haven Awards.
Jennifer Colyer
Jennifer Colyer
Board of Directors

Mariya Treisman, Esq.

Mariya is an attorney in New York City. Most recently, she served as General Counsel in the Office of the New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator. Prior to that, Mariya served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York. Before joining the Governor’s office, Mariya was an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s Office, representing the State on a variety of appellate matters. She also was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, focusing on general commercial and intellectual property litigation. A graduate of Duke Law School and Colorado College, Mariya began her legal career clerking for The Honorable Janet C. Hall on the United States District Court in the District of Connecticut and The Honorable James L. Oakes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jessica Klein
Jessica Klein
Board of Directors

N. Paul Coyle, Esq.

N. Paul Coyle is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Finance and Transactions group. Mr. Coyle’s banking and finance practice is concentrated in commercial finance, representing commercial finance companies, banks, and other institutional lenders, primarily in the health care industry. He negotiates and documents asset-based, cashflow and real estate financing transactions, including health care receivable financings. Mr. Coyle advises clients with respect to workouts, debt restructurings and intercreditor relationships. He also represents borrowers in many of the aforementioned types of financing. Mr. Coyle is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School, where he has taught Agency and Unincorporated Entities. Mr. Coyle is Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Jo Chen
Jo Chen
Board of Directors

Jo Chen, Esq.

Jo joined Bain Capital in 2011 as Assistant General Counsel to the Capital Markets Businesses. He was previously an attorney at D.E. Shaw & Co., LP and a Director of its reinsurance affiliates. Prior to that, Jo was an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and represented creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 restructurings and out-of-court workouts. He received a JD from Yale Law School and an AB from Princeton University.
Joseph Loy
Joseph Loy
Board of Directors

Joseph Loy, Esq.

Joe is a partner in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP who litigates intellectual property disputes in federal courts nationwide. In addition to his corporate clients, Joe has successfully represented over twenty asylum seekers through the Kirkland LGBT Asylum Project, which he coordinates. He has served as Special Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Law Department of the City of New York. He clerked for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto on the Eastern District of New York. In 2011, Joe was named a “Best LGBT Attorney Under 40″ by the National LGBT Bar Association. Joe received a JD from New York University , an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, and a BS from the University of Oklahoma. In 2011, Joe co-chaired Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Awards.
N. Paul Coyle
N. Paul Coyle
Board of Directors

N. Paul Coyle, Esq.

N. Paul Coyle is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Finance and Transactions group. Mr. Coyle’s banking and finance practice is concentrated in commercial finance, representing commercial finance companies, banks, and other institutional lenders, primarily in the health care industry. He negotiates and documents asset-based, cashflow and real estate financing transactions, including health care receivable financings. Mr. Coyle advises clients with respect to workouts, debt restructurings and intercreditor relationships. He also represents borrowers in many of the aforementioned types of financing. Mr. Coyle is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School, where he has taught Agency and Unincorporated Entities. Mr. Coyle is Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Navin Manglani
Navin Manglani
Board Treasurer

Navin Manglani

Navin obtained his BA from Yale in Economics, and then completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in 2002. After business school, he served as Managing Director at IE Industries, his family’s privately-held company in the fashion industry. After selling the company, he co-founded and serves as a director of SKMN Investments LP, an investment company with a strong focus on residential real estate. Navin’s involvement in Immigration Equality began as a result of being in a binational relationship. As he spent more time learning about the organization, he cared deeply about the struggles that binational couples and asylum seekers face due to discriminatory immigration practices. Navin co-chaired the Safe Haven Awards and soon after, joined the board. Navin also serves as the Treasurer of the Vanderbilt Condominium (a 340-unit condo in Midtown). He is an avid musician and has served as a principal cellist for the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. He also loves eating and enjoys blogging about his culinary experiences in New York during his free time on his blog veggiescoop.com.
Randy Feuerstein
Randy Feuerstein
Board Chair

Randy Feuerstein, Esq.

Randy is the chief legal officer for CIT Group’s Transportation Finance segment. Before joining CIT in 1998, Randy served as counsel for IBM Credit Corporation, where her practice included equipment leasing and asset-based lending. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Rutgers School of Law (Newark), she started her legal career at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York. She is a periodic speaker at industry conferences in aviation finance.Randy lives in New York City with her partner, Laura Goldstein. When she’s not working, she can frequently be found cooking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, at the theater or the opera. Although she works in aviation finance, she hates to fly.
Tanisha Massie
Tanisha Massie
Board Member

Randy Feuerstein, Esq.

Randy is the chief legal officer for CIT Group’s Transportation Finance segment. Before joining CIT in 1998, Randy served as counsel for IBM Credit Corporation, where her practice included equipment leasing and asset-based lending. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Rutgers School of Law (Newark), she started her legal career at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York. She is a periodic speaker at industry conferences in aviation finance.Randy lives in New York City with her partner, Laura Goldstein. When she’s not working, she can frequently be found cooking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, at the theater or the opera. Although she works in aviation finance, she hates to fly.