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Mohamedu F. Jone​s

CHAIRMAN

Mohamedu F. Jones is a Partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, specializing in the firm’s Special Masterships practice. With over three decades of legal experience, Attorney Jones has distinguished himself as a veteran advocate in complex class action lawsuits, particularly focusing on conditions of confinement and civil rights issues affecting incarcerated individuals across the United States. He founded an advocacy organization dedicated to securing immigration relief for Liberian citizens residing in the U.S.

Attorney Jones earned his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School in 1990, following his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Liberia Law School in 1988. Prior to his legal studies, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975.

Admitted to practice law in the United States (New York and Maryland) as well as in his home country, the Republic of Liberia, Attorney Jones brings a unique international perspective to his practice.

In addition to his legal practice, Attorney Jones is an active member of the New York Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association. He leverages his memberships to stay abreast of legal developments and contribute to professional standards in his field.

Dakollie E. Lavala

Board Member

Dakollie E. Lavala has served on ACISS, Inc.’s Board of Directors for 5 years, focusing on policies and procedures, financial solvency, and strategic planning. He has played a key role in drafting a signature document to make ACISS, Inc. a comprehensive center for mobilizing resources for vulnerable clients and enhancing partnership collaborations. Mr. Lavala is a senior-level Quality Assurance Manager at TransCore Inc., with over 23 years of experience in transportation technology. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and managed multimillion-dollar projects for state and local government agencies.
 

With over ten years of nonprofit experience, Mr. Lavala is a former president of a Maryland nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering strong bonds among African diaspora members through charitable activities. He developed policies and programs to provide healthcare and educational support to war-torn communities in Africa. He holds a Graduate Level Software Engineering Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College, a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Atlanta University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Central State University.

Nancy T. Burphy​

Executive Director

Nancy T. Murphy is a dedicated leader and community advocate, serving as the Founder and Executive Director of African and Caribbean Immigration and Social Services, Inc. (ACISS, Inc.) in Silver Spring, MD since 2015. Under her leadership, ACISS provides holistic legal services with a Christian model approach to immigrant communities.

As CEO, Nancy oversees administrative, legal, social, and business services, achieving a 95% success rate in USCIS adjudicated cases and managing the immigration intake of over 400 individuals and families nationwide. She directs strategic planning initiatives and ensures compliance with organizational policies.

Nancy manages casework and establishes partnerships to enhance service delivery and community integration. She has cultivated impactful collaborations, including with the University of Maryland’s RACC Lab, expanding ACISS’s reach through innovative programs benefiting victims of domestic abuse.

Previously, Nancy led the African Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA) and held roles at Prince George’s Community College and the Literacy Council of Prince George’s County, focusing on adult education and workforce development.

Nancy holds a Master of Arts degree from American University and is pursuing accreditation in immigration law. She is a widow and mother actively involved in fostering spiritual and foster children. Nancy’s ministry, “The Morning Gem,” offers devotional podcasts on YouTube, sharing insights from her faith journey.

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