MIRA Board

Anjali Singh, Board Chair

Anjali Singh (she/her) is a Senior Manager in KPMG's International Tax Services practice with experience in tax compliance, consulting, project and team management. She has been working in public accounting since 2006, with Big 4 experience at two different firms for over 10 years. Anjali is also an adjunct instructor at Maryville University, where she teaches courses in taxes. 

 

A board member of MIRA since 2017, Anjali has also served as Treasurer. She takes a special interest in the area of immigrant and refugee advocacy, being a first generation Indian-American and hearing the stories of emigration from her grandparents and parents who moved from India to the US during the 1950s and 1960s. As the challenges faced by families like hers have become more daunting, she aspires to uplift the efforts of the millions of other immigrants who have helped make and continue to make this nation what it is today. With the work of MIRA and its coalition members, she aims to move into a path of progression regarding immigration policy and the protection of each and every person's civil rights.

Jill Silverstein, Former Board Chair

Jill is a second-generation attorney practicing employment and civil rights law. She has a lifelong commitment to advocating for the rights of others, from her years of service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney to her continued involvement with nonprofit organizations such as National Employment Lawyers Association, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, and Girls on the Run.

Jill is passionate about human rights and protecting the rights of individuals. She believes that the issues immigrants and refugees face are the issues for all individuals. Jill is motivated to be a board member for MIRA as it is the only statewide advocacy group that represents immigrants and refugees from all over the world that is not faith-based. She aspires to see MIRA as the “go-to” organization for advocating in Jefferson City and local cities and empowering immigrants, refugees, and allies to advocate using their own voices. 

Doug Stevick, Board Member

Doug Stevick (he/him) is an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). Doug has worked for more than two decades as a legal services lawyer litigating for low-wage workers with problems ranging from wage theft and employment discrimination to forced labor and law enforcement misconduct. Most of his clients don't speak English, and most are non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents, guestworkers, and trafficking victims. Doug has lived in England, Nicaragua, and Spain. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School, the University of Oxford, and Georgetown University. Doug aspires to see MIRA as a leading immigrant advocacy organization that reaches beyond legislative work.

Carole Macharia, Board Member

Carole W. Macharia (she/her) is a senior manager in the Ernst & Young LLP Advisory Services practice. Carole has over eight years of experience at Ernst & Young, both in Assurance and Advisory. Over the years, Carole has served clients in across different countries, having started her career with the Ernst & Young office in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also served clients across multiple industries, including: the retail & consumer products, insurance and power & utilities service industries. Carole has significant knowledge and experience assisting clients with all aspects of their audit engagement life cycle including audit planning, risk assessment, audit execution and engagement reporting.Carole received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Joshua Rakoff, Board Member

Joshua Rakoff (he/him) is an attorney at Powell Law Firm and Furniss Law Firm. Joshua primarily practices employment law and deal with civil rights issues, employment discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination on a daily basis. As an advocate for those who have recently been terminated and have nowhere else to turn, he is not afraid to go up against major corporations and advocate zealously for my clients and that translates well to helping immigrants and refugees in need. As the son of a Mexican mother and an American father, Joshua recognizes the privilege of being born in the US as he could have easily been born in Mexico. He feels that it is his duty to use his position and determination to help other immigrants, especially given the major issues they are facing with the current administration. As a new board member of MIRA, Joshua envisions MIRA to grow to be a large, robust organization that has the capacity and reach to help pass and/or modify several laws in Missouri that affect immigrants.

Sawsan Kahil, Board Member

Info coming soon!

Joan Suarez, Board Member Emeritus, Founder

Joan Suarez is the Executive Director of Bread & Roses Missouri (BRM) and the founding, now Emeritus, chair of the Missouri Immigrant & Refugees Advocates (MIRA). She serves as a Community Co-Chair on the Missouri Jobs With Justice Board of Directors.

Staff

Jen Disla, Interim Executive Director

Jennifer Disla (she/her), a Center for Community Change GenChange Alumni, started organizing in 2008 with Healthcare for America Now Campaign in Missouri.  She continued her career in organizing afterwards as a Labor Organizer for Service Employee International Union Local 1.  She has since worked on contract campaigns in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, and Indiana.  She is currently based in St. Louis, Missouri as Director for Missouri Jobs with Justice and Interim Executive Director for Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates. She believes in building collective power to effectively change our society.  She is a member of Organization for Black Struggle and Anti-Racism Organizing Collective.  She volunteers at Bread and Roses Summer Youth Program.

Rita Chang, Program Manager

Rita Chang (she/her) is a first-generation Taiwanese-American from St. Louis, MO. Rita graduated from Beloit College in 2018 with a B.A. in sociology. She has participated in research about community-based learning practices in higher education and meaningful and memorable learning experiences of first-year college students. Her academic and professional interests are in social movements, human rights, immigration, and education. Rita has studied at US/Mexico border, learning about bi-national organizations that serve groups on both sides of the border, an experience that has been funded by the Weissberg Foundation Program in Human Rights and Social Justice. Rita is passionate about challenging systems of oppression and changing the narrative about immigrants and refugees in Missouri.