Direct Support for Immigrants has a five-member volunteer board of directors that meets regularly. The board officers are Lisa Seigel and Martin Hindel (see bios below). The other members of the board are John Blount, Daniela Rempell, and Angela Wolf
Lisa Seigel, PRESIDENT
Lisa Seigel is a founding member and the current president for Direct Support for Immigrants (DSI). A dedicated social justice advocate, Lisa’s leadership skills and ability to partner with other local groups assisting the immigrant community have resulted in expanding DSI’s reach and effectiveness, as well as focusing the group’s efforts. Lisa was also an early voice urging DSI to become a nonprofit entity, a status that was granted in June 2018.
Having graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Lisa also holds a master’s degree in special and general education from the Bank Street College of Education. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked as a teacher at Title I schools in New York and in the District of Columbia. Lisa is currently chief of staff at the National Organization for Women.
Martin Hindel, TREASURER
Martin Hindel has been a volunteer and Board Member of DSI since December 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2018, Martin assisted DSI with incorporating in the state of Maryland and obtaining IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
Employed as a medical research attorney at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Martin is also passionate about serving marginalized people and advancing social justice causes. From 2004 to 2005, Martin took a one-year sabbatical from his legal career to serve as a full-time volunteer Community Builder at Christ House, a 24-hour residential respite care facility for homeless men in DC's Adam's Morgan neighborhood. From 2008 to 2011, Martin served as lead Military Commission Defense Counsel for an Afghan National detained at Guantanamo Bay Cuba and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism.
Martin's involvement in DSI grew out of his frustration with the 2016 Presidential Election and his desire to counter an often hateful message sent by the new administration toward immigrants, by serving as a voice of welcome and acceptance of immigrants and assisting them in their transitions to life in the US and the DC area.
Martin is conversant in Spanish. In his spare time, Martin is an avid musician, currently revitalizing Stages of Healing, a therapeutic music program for patients at Walter Reed. Martin is also a backyard beekeeper and active member of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association.