Board

  1. Mony Ruiz-Velasco

    Mony Ruiz-Velasco

    Mony is an attorney and was in private immigration law practice for the last three years. Previously, she worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) for nearly thirteen years, where she became the legal director. She supervised and oversaw the delivery of legal services for thousands of detained and non-detained individuals each year. Mony works alongside immigrant families, women,… Continue

  2. Billy Lawless, Sr.

    Billy Lawless, Sr.

    Billy Lawless, Sr. was born in1950 in Circular Road, Galway where he attended the Jesuit St. Ignatius College in 1962. He grew up in a dairy farming family supplying milk to restaurants and hotels in Galway. In 1977, Billy started in the hospitality business as owner of Gallows Pub and Restaurant and Taaffes Pub in Galway. He became President of the Vintners (Restaurants & Pubs) Federation of… Continue

  3. Jeff Bartow

    Jeff Bartow

    Jeff is the executive director of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) and serves on the board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

  4. Rosa Carrasco

    Rosa Carrasco

    Rosa works with the Chicago Community and Worker's Rights and serves on the board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

  5. Kirstin Chernawsky

    Kirstin Chernawsky

    Kirstin Chernawsky began her tenure at Erie Neighborhood House in 2013 as Senior Director of Development & Communications. During her three years in this role, she was responsible for setting the organization's strategic fundraising agenda to achieve and exceed revenue goals. Kirstin also represented the agency in external relations and media activities as well as by overseeing agency special… Continue

  6. Susan Fortino-Brown

    Susan Fortino-Brown

    Susan Fortino-Brown has practiced in the field of Immigration Law exclusively since 1987. Ms. Fortino-Brown has served in several leadership positions with the National American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), including the Chair of the AILA Field Operations Liaison Committee to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”). She has also… Continue

  7. Daysi Funes

    Daysi Funes

    Ms. Daysi J. Funes is the Executive Director of Centro Romero, and one of the founder of the non-for-profit community center. Centro Romero was founded to meet the needs of the community; thus began her career as a community leader of Chicago. In 1984, Centro Romero was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Also Ms. Funes has been recognized by her work with the community in… Continue

  8. Laura Garza

    Laura Garza

    Laura is the Secretary-Treasurer for S.E.I.U. Local 1 and serves on the board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

  9. Jose L. Gutierrez

    Jose L. Gutierrez

  10. Katya Nuques

    Katya Nuques

    Katya Nuques is the Executive Director at Enlace Chicago. She was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She received an MSA in International and Community Development from Andrews University after completing an internship with the United Nations Sustainable Development Division in New York. After graduation, she moved to Lima, Peru to serve as the project coordinator for the Adventist… Continue

  11. Peter S. Ohr

    Peter S. Ohr

    Peter Sung Ohr received his B.A. from the University of California-Riverside; J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law; and M.B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University. Peter is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Federal District Court and State of Hawaii (inactive). He is a former member of the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals Committee on Admission and a past Bar Examiner for… Continue

  12. Jane Ramsey

    Jane Ramsey

    Jane Ramsey is a long time social justice activist, organizational strategist, trainer, organizer and educator. She has been at the forefront of many critical issues affecting Chicago and the nation, including organizing broad human and civil rights coalitions. In 2012, Jane formed Just Ventures LLC to foster strategic change, guide, develop and strengthen social justice organizations,… Continue

  13. Clarita Santos

    Clarita Santos

    Clarita serves on the board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

  14. Bernarda Wong

    Bernarda Wong

    Bernarda serves on the board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.