Cherry Blossoms

FAIR Staff

Daniel Stein
Daniel Stein
President
Bob Dane
Bob Dane
Executive Director
Shari
Shari Rendall
State and Local Director
Hemant
Hemant Sharma
Staff Accountant
Jonathan
Jonathan Hanen
Northeastern Field Representative
Bob Smith
Bob Smith
Development Director
Jen Harris
Jen Harris
Chief Financial Officer
Caitlin
Caitlin Sullivan
Social Media Associate
RJ
RJ Hauman
Government Relations Director
Susan
Susan Tully
National Field Director
Najat
Najat Haynes
Creative Associate
Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez
Press Secretary
Grant
Grant Herson
Content Producer
Lori Wood
Lori Wood
Executive Assistant to the President
David Jaroslav
David Jaroslav
State & Local Legislative Advisor
Jennifer G. Hickey
Jennifer G. Hickey
Web Content Writer
Billie
Billie McCain
Direct Response Marketing Officer
Ira
Ira Mehlman
Media Director
Raj Mehta
Raj Mehta
Senior Accountant
Joyce
Joyce Mucci
Southern Field Representative
Matt
Matthew O’Brien
Director of Research
Spencer Raley
Spencer Raley
Research Associate/Staff Writer
DaveRay
Dave Ray
Communications Director
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Gwen Girlie
Manager of Information Systems
J.D. Thorpe
J.D. Thorpe
Email Marketing Specialist
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Robert Najmulski
Law Enforcement Relations Manager
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    Daniel Stein

    President

    Dan Stein is an attorney who has worked for nearly 35 years in the field of immigration law and law reform. He has been in his present position as President since January 2003.

    Prior to leading FAIR, Mr. Stein was the Executive Director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest litigation group that has represented a variety of organizations in immigration and administrative law matters.

    Mr. Stein has also been in private law practice in real estate, federal agency litigation, criminal law and tax-exempt corporate law.

    A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Stein's interest in immigration began as a professional staff member of the U. S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, where he studied U.S./Mexico border issues and international crop substitution efforts.

    Mr. Stein has published hundreds of articles on immigration policy, and through the years has appeared on national television thousands of times on just about every significant news program in America, has spoken to major groups across America, and has been asked to testify before Congress on related issues over 50 times.

    Mr. Stein is a graduate of Indiana University and the Catholic University School of Law.

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    Bob Dane

    Executive Director

    Bob has been with FAIR since 2006 serving as the organization's Press Secretary and Communications Director. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security.

    Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration.

    Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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    Shari Rendall

    State and Local Director

    Shari Rendall brings to FAIR over 15 years of experience in government relations and grassroots advocacy. In her former position Shari led the legislation department in coordinating lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and briefing congressional and administration staff on a wide range of issues. She has also been responsible for grassroots communications and helping state associations devise their legislative strategies. She began her time in D.C. working on Capitol Hill in the office of former Sen. Bob Smith (R-New Hampshire) as a Legislative Aide.

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    Hemant Sharma

    Staff Accountant

    Hemant joined FAIR in 2016. He is responsible for assisting the Chief Financial Officer, handling human resource matters, general office administration, accounts payable processing and general ledger reconciliation. Hemant holds a BS in Finance from University of Maryland University College. He brings to FAIR four years of accounting experience.

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    Jonathan Hanen

    Northeastern Field Representative

    Jonathan joined FAIR in 2016. He brings prior experience from political consulting on local and congressional races, as well as nonprofit issue advocacy and freelance journalism. He develops grassroots activist support and educates the media and the public on immigration issues.

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    Bob Smith

    Development Director

    Bob joined FAIR in 2016 as the Development Director. He oversees the fundraising and donor relations efforts for FAIR. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the field of development that has included working for national, international and local non-profit organizations. He has worked for private Christian schools, institutions of higher education and national non-profit organizations that support our U.S. military veterans. Bob joined the FAIR staff after starting and running a successful fundraising consulting business. Bob and his family reside in northern Virginia.

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    Jen Harris

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jen joined FAIR in 2011. She has 25 years’ experience in non-profit accounting and several years’ experience in government and private accounting. Jen is responsible for strategic day-to-day financial activities; she serves as the senior financial leader who ensures the smooth and efficient operation of FAIR and Affiliates at the business and administrative level. Major responsibilities include: Financial reporting and control; business administration; accuracy and security of FAIR’s business and administrative records; governmental reporting; development of accounting, administrative, and personnel policies and managing the Information Technology of FAIR and affiliates.

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    Caitlin Sullivan

    Social Media Associate

    Caitlin joined FAIR in 2017. She is responsible for driving FAIR’s social media strategy across multiple channels and on the website to meet the organization’s objectives. Caitlin brings her expertise in the field of communications, including her work on Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in Indiana. Caitlin holds a B.S. degree in Public Relations and Advertising from University of Southern Indiana.

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    RJ Hauman

    Government Relations Director

    RJ Hauman joined FAIR in 2015, bringing valuable legislative, regulatory, and political experience to the organization. In his role, he oversees the Government Relations department and leads FAIR’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration. RJ also serves as a FAIR media spokesperson on a variety of immigration issues and pending legislation. During his time on Capitol Hill, RJ gained immigration policy experience as an aide to former Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), who chaired the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. RJ holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University.

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    Susan Tully

    National Field Director

    Susan joined the FAIR staff in 2002. She is a former business owner, manager for municipal code enforcement, immigration coordinator for the Coalition of Government Officials (southern California), and president of Citizens Committee for Immigration Policy. Susan manages FAIR's extensive and national Field Program. She develops members and activist support and educates the media and public on immigration issues.

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    Najat Haynes

    Creative Associate

    Najat joined FAIR in 2016 and contributes to designing FAIR’s printed materials, data visualizations, and digital imagery. Najat brings with her a passion for all things design and a fresh perspective to FAIR’s creative team. She holds a B.S. in Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts.

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    Joe Gomez

    Press Secretary

    Joe Gomez joins FAIR as the organization’s Press Secretary after working as a National Correspondent for NBC News Radio. Joe has spent over a decade working in radio and TV in some of the biggest markets in the country. One of the most transformative moments of his career came while working as an investigative reporter along the Texas / Mexico border. It was during an undercover assignment in Juarez, Mexico (then dubbed the “murder capital” of the world) that Joe realized immigration reform was the single most important issue facing the country.

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    Grant Herson

    Content Producer

    Grant joined FAIR in 2017. He is responsible for producing videos, photographs, graphics, media interviews, podcasts and more. He holds a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Binghamton University. Grant brings his expertise in film and storytelling to FAIR.

  • Lori Wood
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    Lori Wood

    Executive Assistant to the President

    Lori joined FAIR in 2017 as Executive Assistant to the President. In addition to executive correspondence and travel management, she coordinates Board of Directors meetings, Advisory Board conferences, membership services, and donor tracking.  Lori was trained by the Washington School for Secretaries and brings to FAIR more than twenty years of executive administrative assistance.

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    David Jaroslav

    State & Local Legislative Advisor

    Dave joined FAIR in 2017 after more than ten years as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, Florida. His prosecutorial experience covered trial litigation at the misdemeanor and felony levels, drug court and mental health court, and two years as an intake attorney in the juvenile division working closely with law enforcement. Before this, he was a legislative analyst/staff attorney with the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, where he assisted state legislators in ensuring the effectiveness and constitutionality of legislation on a wide variety of subject matter. In both capacities, he often dealt with the interaction of state law and immigration. Dave holds BAs in History and International Relations from American University and a JD from Tulane University Law School.

  • Jennifer G. Hickey
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    Jennifer G. Hickey

    Web Content Writer

    Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    Billie McCain

    Direct Response Marketing Officer

    Billie joined FAIR in 2015. She uses analytics and innovative industry trends to guide decision-making on the best methods to grow and monetize FAIR’s membership base. Billie holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Publications Design. She brings to FAIR her marketing and communications experience which she obtained from working in higher education.

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    Ira Mehlman

    Media Director

    Ira joined FAIR in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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    Raj Mehta

    Senior Accountant

    Raj joined FAIR in 2012. He has 18 years of accounting experience. Raj is responsible for processing accounts payable, posting revenue, reconciling general ledger accounts and various other accounting duties. Raj also prepares state registrations on an annual basis and assists the Director of Finance and Administration with budget preparation and FAIR's annual audit.

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    Joyce Mucci

    Southern Field Representative

    Joyce, who joined FAIR in 2007, develops member and activist support throughout the United States. Joyce uses her knowledge, experience, and passion about the issue to educate the media and public on immigration issues.

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    Matthew O’Brien

    Director of Research

    Matthew J. O’Brien joined FAIR in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

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    Spencer Raley

    Research Associate/Staff Writer

    Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Dave Ray

    Communications Director

    Dave rejoined FAIR in 2016 and brings more than thirty years of proactive communications experience working with non-profits, trade associations and the private sector. Dave has written and placed op-eds in more than 100 publications for national and state leaders in fields ranging from immigration to agriculture policy, food and energy. Ray has served as a chief spokesman for several national organizations and has extensive radio and television experience as well.

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    Gwen Girlie

    Manager of Information Systems

    Gwen joined FAIR in 1992. She serves as primary administrator of the technical network. As technology changes and grows, Gwen maintains all data and voice networks while updating applications and hardware when necessary. Gwen's knowledge allows FAIR employees to have access to the tools needed in today's computer age.

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    J.D. Thorpe

    Email Marketing Specialist

    J.D. joined FAIR in 2018 as the Email Marketing Specialist. He brings more than eight years of experience as a marketing/fundraising writer and strategist in addition to a prolific background as a national opinion writer, campaign staffer and activist. J.D. holds a B.A. in Political Science from Denison University.

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    Robert Najmulski

    Law Enforcement Relations Manager

    Robert joined FAIR February 2009 with 28 years of law enforcement experience as a Deputy Sheriff in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in California and Allen County, Ohio. He created and ran the Criminal Alien Task Force (2006) in Allen County and worked solely on criminal alien issues for 18 counties in northwest Ohio. Robert has conducted extensive public awareness and local government meetings regarding illegal immigration and has provided extensive in-service training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers.