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Jennifer Bailey, Esq., Asylum Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator

Linnea Brandt, Legal Support Associate

Kate Chesney, Esq., Staff Attorney

Treva deMaynadier, Legal Program Assistant
Sean Douglas,
Paralegal / DOJ Accredited Representative
Philip Mantis, Esq., Legal Director

Meg Moran, Esq., Staff Attorney
Olivia Orr, Operations Coordinator
Loretta Prescott,
Development Director
Susan Roche, Esq.,
Executive Director
Christina Starr,
Clinic Supervisor / DOJ Accredited Representative

Nadine Twagirayezu, Paralegal

Lily Woodward, Development Associate

Staff Biographies

Linnea Brandt, Legal Support Associate
Linnea came to ILAP in August 2016 on a year-long placement with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Sociology and Religious Studies. Linnea has always had a passion for social justice – she spent her last three summers working for various nonprofits. During her senior year of college, she headed the Spring Break Immersion Program, planning 25 service trips for students across the country. Linnea became interested in learning more about immigration after visiting El Salvador with her family to perform service work. Originally from Rochester, NY, Linnea is excited for this unique opportunity to explore a new area of the Northeast.

Kate Chesney, Esq., Staff Attorney
Kate joined ILAP’s staff in January 2015 as a Staff Attorney. She received her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in 2008 where she majored in Spanish and Political Science and minored in French and Latin American Studies. Kate received her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2013. Her passion for immigration law was discovered during her time as a student attorney at the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic where she was able to help low income individuals file for humanitarian forms of immigration relief. Prior to coming to ILAP, Kate worked at the Law Office of Katherine James-Bowers in Newport, RI, where she was able to further her experience in immigration law. Kate is proficient in Spanish.            

Sean Douglas, Paralegal / BIA Accredited Representative
Sean joined the ILAP staff in June, 2014. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2011 with a double-major in International Relations and Spanish. After graduating he lived in Spain for two years, where he taught primary, secondary, and adult English classes. Upon returning, he worked as an Immigration Services Intern with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany, NY. In this position, Sean worked closely with the legal staff and refugee clients on their immigration applications. Sean is fluent in Spanish.

Philip Mantis, Esq., Legal Director
Philip Mantis joined ILAP in February 2014 as the Asylum Coordinator Attorney. He attained his undergraduate degree from Boston University, his Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2010. Prior to joining ILAP, Philip worked in private practice in Massachusetts where he specialized in immigration law, with a focus on affirmative and defensive asylum claims.

Meg Moran, Esq., Staff Attorney

Meg joined ILAP’s staff in August of 2016 as a Staff Attorney for asylum clients in Lewiston. In addition to her part-time position at ILAP, Meg has been a member of ILAP’s Pro Bono Panel and has assisted ILAP clients as a volunteer attorney since she and her family moved from New York state to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2012. Meg also represents clients of the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services as a volunteer attorney, and previously worked with another non-profit organization, New England Justice for Our Neighbors, where she represented asylum applicants living in the Portland, Maine area and others seeking immigration legal services in the greater Boston, MA area. Meg graduated from Cornell Law School and practiced corporate law in New York City before staying home full-time with her children.

Olivia Orr, Operations Coordinator
Olivia Orr is ILAP’s Office and Development Associate. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 and was employed at Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston before joining ILAP. Her work there as Office Coordinator helped Olivia hone her skills in accounting, HR and data management as well as fundraising. Olivia was Bridge Co-Director at Bowdoin’s Upward Bound program in 2011, the third position she held with Upward Bound during her time in Brunswick. Olivia sang in the chamber choir, became a peer counselor for LGBTQ students, and directed a co-ed a cappella group during her time at Bowdoin.

Loretta Prescott, Development Director               
Loretta came to ILAP in July 2013. She has fourteen years experience in nonprofit fundraising and development in Maine and New Hampshire, including the YWCA, YMCA, Girl Scouts and Special Olympics. In addition, she worked as a Radio Broadcaster for many years in Portland, Boston, and Washington, DC. Her heart is in social justice work, having grown up in a family where her mother and her family were all immigrants to the US. Loretta holds a BS from the University of Maine at Orono in Broadcasting and Journalism, has been a presenter at USM and is trained in the Benevon program for individual giving. She plays djembe, an African hand drum, and has drummed with masters Mamady Keita and Moussa Traore.

Susan Roche, Esq., Executive Director                 
Sue joined ILAP as a Staff Attorney in August 2000 and has acted as Interim Executive Director in addition to overseeing the legal department since May 2013. In November 2013, ILAP's Board of Directors appointed Sue as Executive Director! Her passion and commitment to ILAP's work and clients, combined with her natural and proven leadership skills, will ensure ILAP's continued growth and successful future. Sue graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000. She is an expert on family based immigration, remedies for noncitizen domestic violence and crime victims, and removal defense, and has been an invited presenter at regional and national conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Sue is admitted to the Maine Bar and is fluent in Spanish.

Christina Starr, Clinic Supervisor / BIA Accredited Representative
Christina joined ILAP's staff in November 2012 as Legal Program Associate. In July 2013, she became ILAP’s Clinic Paralegal managing the application assistance component of ILAP’s Immigration Clinic. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono where she majored in Spanish and minored in International Affairs. Prior to coming to ILAP, Christina worked as a Paralegal at Pine Tree Legal Assistance where she provided outreach in Spanish to migrant farmworkers. Christina is passionate about leveraging her bilingual skill to help promote equality, justice and education. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Arabic.

Nadine Twagirayezu, Paralegal
Nadine joined ILAP’s staff in March 2016. In addition to working part-time at ILAP, Nadine is a Reservations Agent at Auto Europe in Portland. While living in Portland, she has also spent much of her spare time in different volunteer positions. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Community Health Center. Since 2012, Nadine has volunteered with Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) as the Interpreters’ Coordinator. She also worked as an assistant to the Director of the ELP (English Language Program) at LearningWorks for two years. Nadine has extensive interpreting experience and is fluent in French, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and is conversational in basic Swahili.

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