Marge Sellers

Program Manager,
Department of Justice Accredited Representative &
Paralegal

As Program Manager, Marge supports the Program Director in the management and operations of CIAC.  Marge specifically assists with policy and procedure development and implementation, data collection and reporting, and staff training and management. She was a key participant in CIAC’s formative stages, leading the drafting of CIAC’s policies and procedures that were critical in obtaining Department of Justice Recognition.

As CIAC’s Accredited Representative, Marge specializes in providing legal services relating to Naturalizations and Green Card applications and renewals. She eagerly champions the rights of those who have endured inequity or been touched by the criminal justice system. Marge exhibits extra care as she works with clients with limited English proficiency and with those who are challenged as a result of trauma.

EXPERIENCE
Before coming to CIAC, Marge was a paralegal with over twenty years of experience in the legal department of one of Pittsburgh’s largest financial services companies. There, she became immersed in the inner workings and reporting requirements of financial products and organizations. As well as personnel and process management in the corporate arena, she interacted with government representatives and worked closely with law firms around the world.

Marge is also a Professional Coach and active member of International Coach Federation, Pittsburgh chapter. She especially enjoys working with those who are experiencing life’s transitions. She has volunteered her time with faith-based missions that offered mentoring and support to teens who are developing life skills and adjusting to independence. Her experiences on short-term mission trips in Russia contributed to her deepest personal growth and fulfillment, and the people she encountered there began to ignite her passion for serving Pittsburgh’s immigrants and refugees.

EDUCATION
Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, Professional Coach Certification
Duquesne University Paralegal Institute, Paralegal Certification
The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts