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Immigrant Legal Center
An Affiliate of the Justice
For Our Neighbors Network
4223 Center Street
Omaha, NE 68105


402.898.1349 | info@immigrantlc.org

An Affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors Network

Board

The ILC board of directors serves the organization by providing governance, technical expertise, and support to our growing nonprofit law firm. We deeply appreciate their commitment to our important work.

Sarah (Sally) McGill, J.D. Chair

Associate
Fraser Stryker PC LLO

Sally has been a member of ILC’s Board of Directors since 2012, and currently serves as our chair. She is an attorney with Fraser Stryker PC LLO, where she practices in labor and employment law, workers’ compensation, and federal court litigation. Sally counsels employers on a range of labor and employment law issues. She is admitted to practice in Nebraska and Iowa and was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Melissa Baron
Secretary

Mission Advancement Officer
Susan G. Koman-Nebraska

Melissa served as a ILC volunteer over a decade ago at an Omaha clinic. She remembers the stories she heard from clients attempting to escape violence and keep their families together.  Through her experience as a spouse of an immigrant and volunteer work with other nonprofits in the community, she has witnessed first-hand the impact of immigration on families and feels grateful to be a part of the Immigrant Legal Center. Melissa advocates for immigration reform on the local level and co-leads an immigration outreach ministry at her church.  She joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Fund Development and Communications Committee.

Daniel Padilla
Treasurer & Chair-elect

Independent Consultant

Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Daniel holds a business administration degree from the University of Guatemala, and he is a graduate of the 2008 Nebraska Bankers Association Leadership Program. He arrived in the U.S. in 1993, and immediately started to work in the banking industry, particularly with emerging markets in Omaha. Daniel became a leader in developing financial tools and processes to integrate Latino and U.S. financial systems. With over 24 years of U.S. banking experience, he established Latino banking markets across Nebraska before coming back to the Omaha market to develop a new initiative to target un-banked and under-banked markets. He joined the ILC board in 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee.

Nicholas Brotzel

Outreach Program Coordinator Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN)

Nick currently serves as the Outreach Program Coordinator with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN). He formerly worked as a Government Relations Specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. Prior to joining UNMC he served as Deputy Communications Director in the office of former mayor of Omaha Jim Suttle. Nick also worked as a legislative aide in the Washington, D.C. office of former U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). He holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and a BA in History from Creighton University. He is currently pursuing a MPA in Health Care Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He speaks Arabic and joined our board in 2016. Nick serves on the Fund Development and Communications Committee.

Denise Powell

Marketing & Communications
Alley Poyner
Macchietto Architecture

Denise works on the Business Development and Marketing team at Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture. In her role overseeing the firm’s public relations and community engagement initiatives, she works with design teams and clients to solicit feedback and build consensus among key community stakeholders and constituents. Over the past 20 years, Powell’s work has run the gamut from helping organizations strengthen community relationships to building brand awareness through events, media relations, and strategic marketing partnerships. A native Spanish-speaker, Denise has led multicultural community relations and PR initiatives for various brands, including Pfizer and HSBC.  She joined the ILC board in 2017 and serves on the Fund Development and Communications Committee.

Toni Demetria Smith

President & CEO
AccT-Style Tax Service

Toni Demetria Smith is the President and CEO of AccT-Style Tax Service. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and MBA from Bellevue University, both with concentrations in accounting. She is adjunct accounting instructor for Metropolitan Community College and Midland University. Toni is the Financial Secretary at Pilgrim Baptist Church; the Secretary and Treasurer, Administrative Committee Member, Website Committee Member, and Board Member for National USA Foundation, Inc.; Committee Member for the Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition; and Accounting Advisory Committee Member and Faculty Advisor for the local chapter Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Club for MCC.  Toni joined our board in 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee and the Fund Development and Communications Committee.

Thomas Simms

Human Resources Director
Kiewit Corporation

Tom has been a member of ILC’s Board since 2017. Currently, he is a Director of Human Resources with Kiewit Corporation, where oversees HR programs for employees throughout North America. Tom holds several Human Resources certifications and has acted in various leadership roles across the U.S. including in Charlotte, Dallas, San Francisco, Portland, and Omaha. Tom graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and completed an international program at Kingston University in London, U.K. His global and national experiences allow him to bring a unique sense of style and passion to ILC’s Board.

Bernadette Tate

Associate General Counsel Nebraska Medicine

Bernadette Tate has 20 years of legal experience, both as an outside counsel with a nationally recognized law firm and as an in-house counsel for two Fortune 500 Companies. Her extensive legal experience provides valuable counsel for ILC work in the areas of contracts, employment, labor, insurance, health care and immigration. Bernadette’s experience providing legal support and guidance to human resources divisions helps ensure our legal compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations.  She has served on our board since March, 2012 and is a member of our Human Resources Committee.

Mary L. Umberger

Professor, Communications
& Humanities
Metropolitan Community College

Mary L. Umberger is a faculty member in the Communications and Visual Arts Department at Metropolitan Community College, where she teaches Communication and Humanities full time.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  Between degrees, she worked in the Communication and Information Policy Bureau at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  Mary joined the ILC board in 2016 and chairs the Fund Development and Communications Committee and its Food Truck World Tour Task Force.

Jonathan Wegner

Partner
Baird Holm LLP

Jonathan is the Chair of Business & Corporate Transactions practice group at Baird Holm, where he regularly helps business owners, directors, executives and compliance professionals navigate difficult regulatory issues, corporate governance matters and other complex legal problems. He counsels businesses in a wide range of industries including banking, manufacturing, investment advisory services, insurance and financial technology. He has been recognized by Chambers USA (©2017) for his work in mergers and acquisitions and by Super Lawyers (©2013-17) as a “Rising Star” for his work in banking.  Jonathan joined our board in 2017.

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources—because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.”

— Lyndon B. Johnson

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