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Leader in Immigration Studies

ACLAMO Board Member Leads Immigration Studies Center

Director Rodriguez speaks at the opening of the Center for Immigration Studies at Cabrini University. (Photo courtesy of Cabrini University)

Abel Rodriguez, ACLAMO board member and faculty member at Cabrini University, was named director of that university's newly opened Center on Immigration.

Abel Rodriguez, ACLAMO board member and faculty member at Cabrini University, was named director of that university's newly opened Center on Immigration. Abel joined the ACLAMO board in 2013 with extensive educational and executive experience.  Following graduation from Montgomery County Community College and Cabrini University, he received a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.  He then earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University and finished his formal education with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Before joining the Cabrini faculty, Abel worked as an attorney in Philadelphia at the Defender Association, the Nationalities Service Center and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services.  His career also includes teaching classes at La Salle University, Temple University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.  Abel's parents are immigrants from Cuba and turned to ACLAMO in the 1970s to assist in their citizenship application process.

June Activities at ACLAMO

With support from the Montgomery County Health Department, attendees enjoy Zumba exercise classes at ACLAMO's Pottstown center.

ACLAMO preschool children "spread their wings" at the Elmwood Park Zoo.

Children, parents and ACLAMO staff enjoy dressing up for the Family Literacy Program graduation.

Under the watchful eye of a Phillies coach, an ACLAMO student works on his pitching form.  Participation in this baseball clinic at Citizens Bank Park was arranged by Phillies Coordinator of Community Engagement  Kenny Johnson.  

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and ACLAMO explain the orange alert flag system used to warn of unhealthy air quality.

Face painting was a part of an end of school year party planned by volunteers from The Episcopal Academy.

Lisa Ross: The Power of Caring

Lisa Ross (second from left) joins Nelly Jimenez and volunteers at the "Limerick Day of Caring"

Lisa Ross is a Senior Human Resource Generalist and Business Partner at the Exelon Limerick Generating Station. In that role, she is part of a team that is responsible for approximately 850 employees at the station. She supports the management team on strategic direction as well as advises leadership and employees on the application of company policies, procedures and processes. Lisa Ross is a Senior Human Resource Generalist and Business Partner at the Exelon Limerick Generating Station. In that role, she is part of a team that is responsible for approximately 850 employees at the station. She supports the management team on strategic direction as well as advises leadership and employees on the application of company policies, procedures and processes.   

Lisa was attracted to support ACLAMO by a presentation made by Jose Aguirre, a PECO administrator and president of the Philadelphia area chapter of OLE (Organization of Latinos at Exelon). In 2016, ACLAMO's site in Pottstown was chosen as the focus for the Limerick Generating Station's "Limerick Day of Caring".  Many talented and dedicated individuals at the Limerick Generating Station volunteered their time, energy and efforts to lay new carpeting, paint, update the electrical system, landscape, make basement repairs and install new desks. 

Lisa was instrumental in planning and executing this effort, but is quick to thank her Limerick team leaders, OLE members, Limerick colleagues and the Senior Management team - Rick Libra (Site Vice President) & Dave Lewis (Plant Manager) - for their support of the event. Dedication, drive and commitment are some of the key life lessons that Lisa learned from her parents. Following her mother's passing due to a serious illness, people were so supportive, helpful and generous with their time that their kindness made a lasting impression on Lisa.  She wanted to do the same for others. 

"Lisa and her team transformed our Pottstown building," affirms ACLAMO Executive Director and CEO Nelly Jimenez. "We are deeply grateful to Exelon Limerick's expert carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and painters and to each of the 51 volunteers who worked so hard. It is great to have Lisa and Exelon Limerick as loyal partners."

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