Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center Executive Director

Mary Studzinski joined the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center as Executive Director with a background that includes business marketing, nonprofit and government experience. After receiving her MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland, Mary worked in Financial Services Marketing for more than a decade, first for Citibank and then in private consulting. She moved to York in 1997 and volunteered on projects in the community before joining the staff of Congressman Todd Platts as his immigration specialist.  Her work in the community as a congressional staffer allowed her to see the daily impact of immigration laws and policies and reinforced her belief that each person should have an equal ability to access our system of justice.

Managing Attorney - Community Programs

Diana Bieber Locke, Esquire grew up in south central Pennsylvania and attended Swarthmore College.   She first became interested in working with vulnerable immigrant populations shortly after college when she worked as an advocate and later program director of a small immigration assistance nonprofit in rural Colorado. These experiences inspired her to attend law school at New York University and to work at a number of immigration-oriented internships in New York City.  After law school, she worked for a few years in renewable energy project finance at a large firm in New York City before moving back to Lancaster to work at the law firm of Gibbel, Kraybill & Hess LLP. Her work at both firms included a number of pro bono immigration cases, including serving as a PIRC volunteer attorney. Diana has worked and studied abroad in Colombia, Peru and Holland and speaks Spanish and a smattering of French and Dutch.  

Managing Attorney - Detained Programs

Christina L. Powers joined PIRC in January of 2017 after several years as a private immigration attorney in Pittsburgh, PA.  She represented numerous clients pro bono, including over 100 refugees.  She also mentored several PIRC volunteer attorneys.  Previously, Christina worked as a staff attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Scholar and Dean’s Scholar. Christina has a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Political Science from the University of Iowa.Ms. Powers is fluent in Spanish.

Office Manager / Development Manager

Elizabeth Miller graduated from Goucher College in Maryland, earning her Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Justice, and a Minor in Communications & Media Studies.   In 2010, she graduated from Arizona State University with a Master in Social Justice and Human Rights with a concentration in NGO Management.   During her time at Arizona State,  Elizabeth worked as a graduate assistant to Dr. Michelle Tellez and interned with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.  She has studied and lived abroad in Mexico, Tanzania, and Albania. She previously worked as a Case Manager and Youth Advocate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ms. Miller joined PIRC in the summer of 2011.

Staff Attorney - Detained Programs

Ryan Brunsink  is a staff attorney for the Detained Programs. He joined PIRC in March of 2015, after serving as a judicial fellow in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia where he regularly drafted legal opinions. Ryan graduated, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in May of 2014. At Pepperdine, Ryan successfully represented vulnerable clients with fear-based claims through Pepperdine’s Asylum and Refugee Clinic. He worked as a summer law clerk at the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, a prominent immigration firm in Los Angeles, and provided pro bono legal aid to indigent clients through Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles during his time in law school. Ryan obtained a BA in Economics and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in 2008, and remains an avid Wahoo fan. Ryan is proficient in Spanish.  

Staff Attorney - Detained Programs

Hannah C. Cartwright is a staff attorney in the Detained Programs. She joined PIRC in May 2016 after working at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked in the domestic violence program filing U visas, applications under the Violence Against Women Act, and asylum, as well as representing clients in family-based petitions and removal defense more generally. Prior to that, Hannah served as an Attorney Advisor at the Philadelphia Immigration Court as a part of the Department of Justice Honors Program. She obtained her JD and Masters of Social Work simultaneously at Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 2013, where she cultivated both clinical and legal skills to provide holistic legal services to immigrants and victims of trauma. She also holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Valparaiso University. Hannah is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as co-chair of the Philadelphia AILA Pro Bono Liaison Committee for 2015-2017.
 

Staff Attorney - Immigrant Survivors Project

Marissa Mowery is a staff attorney with the Immigrant Survivors Project. She is a graduate of Grove City College and Widener University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California. Marissa has experience both with immigration removal defense and work supporting immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She has a professional working knowledge of Spanish.

Coordinator/BIA Accredited Representative - Immigrant Survivors Project

Sarah Martin-Torres earned her Bachelor’s degree in Generalist Social Work at Temple University in 2007.  She went on to complete Temple University’s Master of Social Work program with a specialization in women’s issues and feminist community organizing. Ms. Martin-Torres has worked as a community organizer advocating for the rights of undocumented Latina women in Maryland, and as a legal advocate assisting in the filing of U Visa and VAWA Self Petitions on behalf of foreign born victims of domestic violence.  She is fluent in Spanish.

Legal Advocate/BIA Accredited Representative - Community Programs

Nadina Feakins joined PIRC in June of 2015. She graduated from Albright College with a degree in Criminal Justice and she is currently enrolled at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota for her master in International Development. Prior to joining PIRC, Nadina was an employment specialist at CWS-Lancaster Immigration & Refugee Program working with incoming refugees. She also volunteered at CWS Latin America/Caribbean chapter in Buenos Aires helping with programs focusing on children's rights. A native of Argentina, Nadina speaks fluent Spanish and American Sign Language.

Office Assistant

Fernanda Castillo joined PIRC in August 2016 as the Office Assistant.  Before starting with PIRC, Fernanda worked for four years at ACNB Bank as Customer Service Specialist.  She will graduate from HACC with a degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences, with a concentration on Paralegal Studies in 2016, and plans to pursue an undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg University in Applied Science in Technical Leadership in 2017.  Fernanda is fluent in Spanish.

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Mr. Andrew Mahon, Esquire

(President)

Law Office of Troy J. Mattes

Mr. Russ Wert

(Vice President)

Edward Jones

Ms. Richelle Hamberger, CPA

(Treasurer)

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Mr. Angus Love, Esquire

Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

Ms. Clasina Houtman, Esquire

(Secretary)

York County Public Defender's Office

Ms. Leanne Miller, Esq.

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Ms. Katherine Mahon, M.D.

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