Meet Our Team

Our Senior Leadership

Rebecca Shi
Executive Director

Rebecca Shi

Rebecca Shi is the founding executive director of the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), a bipartisan coalition of 1200 CEOs, retired CEOs, donor class, employers, and business associations across the country, from Texas to Maine, Florida to Idaho. ABIC’s mission is common sense immigration reform to grow the economy, create jobs, and keep families together. ABIC’s niche is delivering business support to hard-hitting national, state, and local campaigns that benefit the undocumented. ABIC understands the necessity of Right – Left coalitions and alliances to win concrete victories. ABIC’s victories include winning driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, healthcare equity, access to justice across red, purple, and blue states; inclusive PPP and small business community navigator recovery programs in Washington working with Republican and Democratic Members of Congress.

Rebecca immigrated from China when she was ten years old; graduated from the University of Chicago with high honors and selected graduation speaker; and is tri-lingual in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. She has worked as a leader and organizer in the immigrant rights movement for 12 years, in part because her mother had a final deportation order for 19 years.

Rebecca was honored as “20 in their 20s” by Crains’ Business Chicago; is an Asian American Community Leadership honoree; and an Illinois Governor Jim Edgar Fellow. Rebecca’s work has been featured in the WSJ, Washington Post, New York Times, Texas Tribune, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Politico, and Axios, among others. She has testified before Congress multiple times.

Michael Deheeger
Campaign Director

Michael Deheeger

Michael Deheeger has juggled organizing, communications, political and fundraising roles on a range of domestic and international issues, in both advocacy and electoral settings, including years of advocating for immigration reform with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He is a graduate of Colby College and received a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.
Operations Director

Angelene Winn

Angelene Winn is a seasoned professional with a wealth of expertise in operations management, human resources, and compliance. Currently holding the position of Operations Director at ABIC, Angelene plays a crucial role in the organization by overseeing ABIC’s operations budget, managing human resources, and ensuring compliance with regulations.

With a combined experience of over 15 years in operations management, executive leadership, and compliance, Angelene brings a depth of knowledge and strategic insights to her current role.

Before joining ABIC, Angelene served as the Director of Operations for a lobbying and education consulting firm based in Washington DC.

Angelene is an active contributor to her community. She serves as the Vice Chair on the fashion committee for a small non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women to achieve economic independence and thrive in both their professional and personal lives. Through her involvement in this organization, she supports initiatives that foster growth, self-confidence, and financial stability among women.

Born in Korea and raised in Japan, Angelene’s background and personal experiences have shaped her deep dedication to her work at ABIC.

Our Staff

Organizer

Enddy Almonord

Enddy Almonord is an Organizer with ABIC, where she will oversee initiatives to provide leadership development and mobilization support to DREAMers, undocumented students, youth, and allies. Prior to ABIC, Enddy provided support to undocumented immigrant communities in various roles, including managing a number of subgrantee organizations for state and local programs dedicated to connecting undocumented immigrants with immigrant education and legal services. She also served immigrant communities as a legal intern at several organizations, assisting attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives prepare cases. Enddy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Arabic Studies. Enddy is the proud daughter of Haitian and Mexican immigrant parents, and is based out of Chicago.
Juan Carlos Cerda
Texas State Director

Juan Carlos Cerda

Juan Carlos Cerda is a DACA recipient and the Director for the Texas chapter (TBIC). Prior to joining ABIC, Juan Carlos organized immigrant communities at the Texas Organizing Project and taught kindergarten through the Teach for America program. He was also an ambassador for fwd.us, a bipartisan political advocacy group working for immigration and criminal justice reform, and currently serves on the Bishop’s Immigration Task Force for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Juan Carlos graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2015. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife.
Carolinas State Director

Yahel Flores

Yahel Flores is the Director for the Carolinas and a DACA recipient. Born in CD Juarez Chihuahua and raised in Winston Salem, NC. Prior to joining ABIC he was in the supply chain industry handling international imports for multiple corporate companies. After high school and during college, he started a few businesses to self-fund his education while attending Guilford College. While at Guilford, he was active with the Soy Un Lider conference to help high school seniors navigate the college application process. He was also a part of Hispanos Unidos De Guilford.
Midwest State Director

Connor Gallivan

Connor Gallivan is ABIC’s new Midwest State Director who will oversee the organizing efforts in the Midwest. Prior to joining ABIC, Connor spent a decade working on electoral campaigns across the country where he specialized in campaign management, community organizing, and data analysis. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area.
Miriam Harrison
Senior Executive Assistant

Miriam Harrison

Miriam Harrison is the Senior Executive Assistant of the American Business Immigration Coalition. Prior to joining ABIC, Miriam served as an Executive Assistant at the University of Vermont. She brings experience in nonprofit administrative support through her work with Vermont Housing Managers Association. Miriam is a graduate of Boston University. Born in the Netherlands and having lived in Massachusetts, West Virginia, South Dakota, Connecticut, Indiana, California, and Vermont, Miriam now happily calls the coast of Maine home with her partner and a bevy of four-legged creatures.
Ken Kimber
Director of Small Business Recovery and Resiliency

Ken Kimber

Ken Kimber is ABIC’s Director of Small Business Recovery and Resiliency and overseas ABIC’s Community Navigator Technical Assistance programs for disproportionately impacted small businesses, focused on maximizing access to COVID-19 relief resources and expanding businesses capacity. Ken brings 10+ years of dynamic campaign management specializing in public policy, advocacy, strategy, outreach, and more recently public grant management with ABIC’s small business grant work.
Development Manager

Nicholas Maio

Nicholas Maio is ABIC’s Development Manager where he will support our overall fundraising strategy, help establish tactics, messaging, and benchmarks. Nick comes to ABIC with experience in grants administration and non-profit management. Nick specializes in organizational, multitasking, and information management. Before joining ABIC, Nick worked at the American Association for Cancer Research, where he assisted in administering multi-million dollar research grants. Nick received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Marist College. Currently, Nick is a first-year graduate student in Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Small Business Associate

Mina Mari

Mina Mari is the new Small Business Associate at ABIC, working with disproportionately impacted small businesses in Illinois and ensuring they have access to relief resources. Prior to joining ABIC, Mina worked with several refugee and immigrant organizations in Chicago such as Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America and Devon Oasis. Mina received a bachelor’s in political science and criminal justice and criminology from Loyola University Chicago. Currently, Mina is pursuing a master’s degree in criminology, law, and justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Florida Deputy Director

Romy Moreno

Romy is the new Florida Deputy Director, where she’ll focus on building business and community support for immigrants in South Florida to deliver sensible immigration solutions in Florida and at the federal level. She comes to ABIC as a Venezuelan professional whose journey has been characterized by a commitment to human rights advocacy and cultural enrichment. In 2019, amidst challenging circumstances in her home country, Romy made the difficult decision to leave Venezuela. Her passion for fostering international understanding and defending human rights led her to the diplomatic mission of the Interim Government of the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in arts from Central University of Venezuela.
Texas Deputy Director

Emiliano Valencia

Emiliano Valencia is a dynamic individual with a diverse background that weaves together his Mexican heritage and American upbringing. Born in Mexico City and having arrived in the USA at the age of 2, Emiliano was raised in the vibrant city of Houston.

With eight years of extensive experience in the banking sector, he served as a dedicated branch manager, honing his skills in financial management and customer relations. Emiliano earned his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, a testament to his commitment to education and personal growth.

Entrepreneurship runs deep in Emiliano’s veins. He is the proud owner of Super Tortas, a thriving restaurant that serves as a testament to his culinary passion. Additionally, he is at the helm of Texas Strong Builders LLC, a construction company that reflects his ventures into diverse business domains.

Emiliano’s commitment to community and advocacy shines through his role as the New Texas Deputy Director of the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC). In this capacity, he brings his wealth of experience and diverse perspective to contribute to the organization’s mission.

Emiliano Valencia’s journey encapsulates a fusion of cultural richness, professional excellence, and entrepreneurial spirit, making him a valuable asset to every endeavor he undertakes.

James O’Neill
Director of Legislative Affairs

James O’Neill

James O’Neill is the Director of Legislative Affairs for ABIC specializing in building out chapter potential in the Midwest Region and relationship building in the Agriculture sector. Prior to joining ABIC and during college he was a summer intern for IBIC, and after graduating, he worked briefly as a constituent services caseworker for then-Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) before coming on as the Director of Suburban Outreach for IBIC. James graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and two minors in Philosophy and Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy.
Junior Enrique Sanchez
Intermountain State Director

Enrique Sanchez

Enrique Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Utah, holding a degree in Political Science and a degree from Salt Lake Community College in Criminal Justice. Enrique spent time in Washington D.C. completing an internship with the Ibarra Strategy Group. A long-time Utah resident, Enrique worked as a Community Specialist with a local police department and local government for almost five years prior to joining ABIC. Enrique is a board member of the Park City Youth Football Ute Conference and the Park City Community Foundation. Prior to making strides in the Utah leadership realm, Enrique spent time in Courchevel, France as part of a foreign exchange program. As a proud DACA recipient and activist, Enrique is excited to bring his perspective as a Utah-raised Latinx immigrant to the table and is passionate about ABIC’s mission to promote sensible immigration reform.
Grant Writer

Katherine Scarpitta

Katherine Scarpitta is ABIC’s grant writer where she works with the Development Team to manage all grant applications, reports, and prospective opportunities for funding. Katherine loves telling the story of an organization’s accomplishments and making connections along the way. Prior to joining ABIC, Katherine worked in grant management and fundraising at Catholic Charities of Long Island and Educational Alliance. She received a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology from Boston University.
Anna Núñez
Media Relations Specialist

Anna Núñez

Anna Núñez is the Media Relations Specialist for ABIC. Anna previously served as the Media Strategist for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project and Communications Coordinator for the ACLU of Texas. She is a long-time immigrant rights and social justice advocate, including voting rights. Anna previously served as Community Outreach Manager for the Harris County Voter Registration Department, including Latino voter outreach with LULAC Texas and Director of Communications for Democracia U.S.A. (NCLR affiliate). She possesses over two decades of experience in communications, social media, and community outreach/partnerships with nonprofits, public health, business, and city, county, and federal governments. Anna is an alum of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. She serves on a Community Advisory Board with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and resides in Houston, Texas.