Panelists announced for "Your Voice, Your Future: The Immigration Impact" Town Hall
"Your Voice, Your Future: The Immigration Impact" Town Hall discussion on Wed., June 14, 2017. Four panelists will answer questions from members of the audience along with questions submitted via social media pages. The Town Hall is from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.
Related Link| Town Hall - "The Immigration Impact
We asked the panelists to submit short biographies so those attending the Town Hall could learn more about them.
Bryan D. Cox - Southern Region Communications Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Mr. Bryan D. Cox is the communications director for the Southern Region of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Public Affairs. He leads the agency's media engagement efforts across a nine-state area, from the Texas state line to the Carolinas and Puerto Rico.
Before becoming regional director in 2015, Mr. Cox served as ICE's public affairs officer for the Gulf South in New Orleans from 2012-2015.
Mr. Cox joined ICE in 2012, after working as the news director for WACH-TV in Columbia, S.C. He is also a former U.S. Air Force public affairs officer, where he supervised media relations and internal information for the nation's largest combat F-16 fighter base. During his tenure, Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., was honored as U.S. Air Force Newspaper of the Year in 2005.
Mr. Cox is an honor graduate of the Defense Information School Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course. He holds journalism awards from The Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of South Carolina in 2004 where he was also selected as the university's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps distinguished graduate. Prior to college Mr. Cox served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps based at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he deployed twice overseas.
Marisol Jimenez - Founder & Lead Consultant for Tepeyac Consulting
Ms. Marisol Jimenez is originally from Chicago, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and her Master's in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
She served as the Advocacy Director for El Pueblo, a statewide advocacy organization in N.C. that worked on public policy issues at the local, state, and national levels. She was a steering committee member of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform National Strategy Council in 2007, and led statewide efforts to organize mass demonstrations for immigrant justice in 2006 and 2007.
For several years, Ms. Jimenez served as the Racial Equity Training Director for OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc., a national consulting firm that works to develop the leadership and organization of nonprofits and other social change organizations. In 2015, she transitioned into a contract role with the organization in order to invest more deeply in her local community as an activist and organizer while also building an independent consulting practice. She continues to collaborate with OpenSource through presentations, trainings and workshop facilitation.
Through Tepeyac Consulting, Ms. Jimenez has worked on a number of projects, including: building the infrastructure of a sanctuary movement with Companeros Immigrantes de las Montanas en Accion (CIMA) and Nuestro Centro; partnering with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to strengthen the statewide infrastructure of the N.C. Latino-immigrant justice movement; and offering racial equity trainings and coaching for community leaders and organizations across the country.
Dr. Dan Eichenbaum - Founder Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum; Chairman of Cherokee Co. Board of Commissioners
Dr. Dan Eichenbaum is a 40-year practicing physician and successful small business owner. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in Cherokee County, N.C.
In 2010, Dr. Dan founded "Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum," a conservative talk radio program & website with a focus on advancing the constitutional principles of limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility, private property rights, fiscal restraint, and the free market system as the basis for economic opportunity.
He is a long-time grassroots activist, dedicated to advancing the constitutionally-protected principles and "Natural Law Rights," which he says serve as the basis for individual freedom, including the right of an individual to keep and bear arms. Dr. Dan lectures extensively about the necessity to maintain private property rights and the Second Amendment to prevent the government from usurping powers not delegated to it in the constitution.
Dr. Dan graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Cum Laude, and went on to serve as a commissioned naval officer during the Vietnam era. Dr. Dan has authored 14 peer-reviewed articles and a book, lectured internationally and holds six U.S. patents.
Dr. George D. Pappas, ESQ PC
Dr. George D. Pappas is currently an attorney in Asheville, representing clients in U.S. Immigration law, criminal law, family law and civil litigation. He is also admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Pappas also represents clients on immigration appeals before the Board of Immigration of Appeals and the Administrative Office of Appeals and U.S. Federal Courts. He is also a member of the Cherokee Supreme Court (Eastern Band).
Since 2002, Dr. Pappas has served as the Executive Director of the International Center for Legal Studies (ICLS), a recognized teaching institution approved by the University of London International Programmes. He has been teaching law to University of London students around the world since 2002 and lectures on Jurisprudence and International Protection of Human Rights, among other subjects.
Dr. Pappas holds degrees from the London School of Economics & Political Science, The University of London International Programmes, Delaware Law School, Widener University and Birkbeck College, University of London. He earned his Ph.D. in Phlosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London.
He was born in Charlotte, N.C. to Greek immigrant parents, but was raised in New York City. Dr. Pappas and his wife Ellen live in Asheville and have two children, Natalie and Alexander.