The Team

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Meet Our Team!

We are the dedicated team who works tirelessly to provide compassionate service to all of our clients.

Chelsy Gevas
Lorrie Groetzinger
Ryan Driscoll
Marge Sellers
Jennifer Tinker

Jennifer Bright Tinker

Jennifer Tinker

Supervising Attorney 

In her role as Supervising Attorney, Jennifer sets the vision and policies for the legal work at CIAC.  She also oversees team professional development and caseloads.  Believing that a collaborative environment is a healthy and positive work environment, Jennifer partners with the CIAC team on fundraising, oversight of day to day operations, policy construction and community outreach.

Before devoting her efforts to CIAC, Jennifer co-owned UnlimitedFOCUS, LLC, a Pittsburgh based web and graphic design business.  For 14 years, she provided designs and builds for non-profit organizations, small businesses, colleges and seminaries.

In 2013, Jennifer began to volunteer with Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh.  In 2016, Pastor Glenn Hanna of Allegheny Center Alliance Church approached Jennifer to explore the idea of bringing a legal service center to the Northside that would begin to meet the needs of the city’s refugee population.  Soon after, joined by Marge Sellers, Jennifer began to lead the charge in creating such a service.

Throughout 2017, Jennifer, with guidance from sponsoring affiliates, worked tirelessly to create the foundational building blocks of a new non-profit organization, attain 501c3 status, and complete the stringent process of pursuing Department of Justice Recognition for what would eventually become the Christian Immigration Advocacy Center.

Jennifer has a passion for working with the immigrants and refugees of Pittsburgh and is grateful to be able to use her training in this pursuit.  Her focus has been to provide quality counsel in areas such as Greencard applications, naturalization, family reunification, removal of conditions, student visas and other needs.

During her inactive years from the bar, Jennifer also homeschooled her two children.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1998
The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science, Marketing and International Business, 1995

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United State District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Ryan Driscoll

Before joining CIAC, Ryan has worked and is currently working at FedEx Ground for over ten years.  He negotiated agreements with small to mid-sized trucking companies on behalf of FedEx Ground, and advised the corporation regarding US Customs regulations.  Most recently, Ryan is a Project Manager within the Safety Department focusing on improving the safety education for employees, and implementing safety technology through the contractor network.  

In 2008, Ryan joined the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist, and deployed to Afghanistan from 2011-2012 as a Civil Affairs Sergeant.  

During law school Ryan received Outstanding Oral Argument during his Legal Research and Writing class, and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for International Law.  Ryan was published in the Duquesne Energy and Environmental Law where he wrote on the property and privacy implications of Pennsylvania Act 13.  

Duquesne University School of Law, JD, January 2017

The University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Security and Intelligence Studies, MS, 2008

Robert Morris University, Logistics Management, BSBA, 2003

Pennsylvania (April 2018)

Marge Sellers

Program Administrator

In addition to providing legal services, Marge oversees day to day operations and assists the Program Director with policy and procedure development and implementation, data collection and reporting, and staff training and management.

Professionally, Marge has over twenty years experience as a corporate paralegal and is a certified professional coach. She coaches and has volunteered her time mentoring those who are experiencing life transitions. Her experiences on short-term mission trips to Russia ignited her passion for serving Pittsburgh’s immigrants and refugees. 

Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. Professional Coach Certification 2015

Duquesne University Paralegal Institute. Paralegal Certification 1987

The Pennsylvania State University. Bachelor of Arts.

International Coach Federation – Pittsburgh