Board of Directors
Elkind Alterman Harston, PC, Denver
Phil Alterman is an immigration attorney practicing in Denver, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in 1975 and earned his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1978. He has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1985, including all aspects of business and family immigration, as well as deportation and removal defense. In recent years, he has focused primarily on representing individuals placed in removal proceedings. He has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1985 and served as Chapter Chair of the Colorado AILA Chapter in 1989. Phil has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America and Colorado Super Lawyers. He is also a recipient of the Special President’s Award from the Denver Bar Association for his pro bono work.
Aretz & Chisholm Immigration, LLC, Denver
Stephanie Aretz has extensive experience working in and for the immigrant community, and she is a tireless advocate for her clients. As the Managing Partner of Aretz & Chisholm Immigration, in Lakewood, Colorado, Stephanie most enjoys working closely with clients and their families to find creative solutions to the most complicated immigration problems. She has extensive language training, having received a college degree in Spanish language studies, volunteered in Mexico, and worked as an English teacher in Quito, Ecuador. Before becoming the Managing Partner of Aretz & Chisholm Immigration, Stephanie gained valuable experience working and volunteering with Amnesty International USA, the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, and RMIAN, where she has helped Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers. During law school, she worked as an editor on the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Stephanie has been a member of RMIAN’s Board of Directors since March of 2015. Prior to her service on the Board of Directors, she played an active role in RMIAN’s annual benefit, the Immigrant Liberty Awards, since 2012. She is the 2017 Immigrant Liberty Awards Committee Chair. Stephanie’s professional memberships include the Colorado Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two sons. She also enjoys practicing yoga, running, hiking, cycling, dancing, and cooking.
David Arnolds is a retired attorney who spent most of his 37 year legal career in mining and oil and gas related matters. He was in-house counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company and later for Chevron Corporation. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Scholastic Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. In 2010, David received the “Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards” from Martindale Hubble. Prior to attending law school he spent five years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in the F4 Phantom and was awarded various medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, while in combat in Vietnam. In addition to being on the board of directors for RMIAN, David has provided pro bono representation to individuals in deportation proceedings. Mr. Arnolds is also on the boards of directors for Family HomeStead, which provides emergency and transitional housing for homeless families in the Denver Metro Area, and El Porvenir, which works with rural communities in Nicaragua on clean water and sanitation projects.
Rachel Boyle Lee-Ashley
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rachel joined the Board after serving as RMIAN’s Director of Programs from 2008-2014. Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Rachel has been committed to bridging social work and legal service delivery at RMIAN. In January 2010, she developed RMIAN's Social Service Project, which supports some of RMIAN's most vulnerable clients in immigration proceedings by providing wrap-around services such as emotional support and post-release planning. The Social Service Project staff and interns have provided immeasurable support to clients during this incredibly stressful period of their lives. Prior to RMIAN, Rachel worked with the Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Project in Chicago with unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration custody. Rachel earned her BA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the field of international development at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.
Malcolm Evans, Treasurer
Senior Vice President
UMB Bank, Denver
Malcolm began his banking career in 1987 with Central Bank & Trust in Monroe, Louisiana, as a part-time teller while enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Commercial Banking and a minor in Economics. In 1989, he accepted an Assistant Branch Manager position with Union National Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1991, he became an Associate National Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). After spending five years with the OCC, Malcolm accepted a Senior Loan Review Officer position with BBVA Compass Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. During his tenure with BBVA Compass, Malcolm served as VP-Senior Loan Review Officer, VP-Business Development Officer Asset-Based Lending, and VP-Relationship Manager Corporate Banking. Malcolm served as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager with Bank of the West’s Denver-based de non National Banking Group from 2005 through 2006. Malcolm served as Senior Vice President and Senior Corporate Relationship Manager with Zions Bancorp in Denver from 20016 to 2015. Malcolm assumed his current position with UMB in August 2015, where he serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Office. In that role, he works with operating companies with revenues in excess of $10 million and nonprofit organizations with contributions in excess of $1 million. Malcolm and his wife Joi have been married for the past 15 years. In their free time they enjoy traveling, Nuggets games, and spending time with friends and family.
Gilbert Macmillan Law, LLC, Denver
Kathleen Gilbert-Macmillan has been an attorney in California and Colorado for more than twenty years. She has practiced immigration law at Gilbert Macmillan Law, LLC, since 2007. Prior to practicing law, Kathleen was a math educator, researcher, and developer of computer-based instruction. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, served on the faculty at Rutgers University, and was a visiting scholar at Stanford. Her publications include Afraid to Dream in Bender's Immigration Bulletin, legal articles about the law and high technology, as well as numerous articles about mathematical problem-solving and cooperative small group research. Kathleen has served on numerous national and local nonprofit boards. She is fluent in Spanish and played electric violin in the Colorado 14ers, a local rock band of immigration attorney musicians.
Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC, Boulder
Lauren Groth is a civil litigator practicing in Boulder, Colorado. She represents victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment in Title IX lawsuits and proceedings throughout the country. Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 2005, and spent several years living in Durban, South Africa, where she obtained a Master's degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. In 2011, Lauren received her J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, School of Law. Prior to moving to Boulder, she clerked with Judge Richard Paez on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she regularly worked on cases in the Ninth Circuit's busy immigration docket. Throughout her career, Lauren has volunteered extensively with immigration organizations, including the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, International Refugee Assistance Project, Tahirih Justice Center, and RMIAN, and she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing in the mountains, running ultramarathons, and spending time with her husband, Brad, and beloved dog, Trout.
Senior Attorney, Denver
Patricia Medige, a RMIAN co-founder, has represented low wage workers and immigrant crime victims with Colorado nonprofit organizations since 1995. In 2014 she was appointed to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, established under HB 14-1273. Honors include: co-recipient of the Freedom Network’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award recognizing outstanding anti-trafficking work (2009) and the AILA Colorado Chapter Outstanding Member Award (2016).
Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (Oxford 2006)—which examines how some immigrants but not others have been treated as future Americans—won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PROSE) Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. He has published many influential articles on immigration and citizenship, and he is the co-author of two law school casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013). His book, Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014)—a comprehensive study of undocumented immigration to the United States—won the 2015 PROSE Award as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies. Hiroshi has testified in Congress and has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in many litigated cases and policy matters, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) in 2014. He has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, was an outside advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team's Working Group on Immigration Policy in the fall of 2008, and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center. He has been recognized for his teaching, most recently with the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, and as one of 26 law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard 2013). Hiroshi is a founding director of RMIAN.
Donna Peters, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Donna Peters, Psy.D., PC, Denver
Dr. Peters is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in immigration psychology and forensic evaluation. She holds a Master’s degree in counseling, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She has a strong background in the assessment and treatment of trauma to include torture, sexual trauma and domestic violence. Dr. Peters has worked in the area of immigration since 2005, starting as a volunteer psychologist for Healthright International. She has conducted hundreds of immigration evaluations/psychological evaluations and testified as an expert in criminal, civil and immigration court as well as in military courts martial proceedings. Dr. Peters has been a member of the RMIAN board since 2013 and has been an active volunteer psychologist for RMIAN since 2006, conducting psychological assessments for both detained and non-detained individuals seeking relief.