CFGI Names Four New Members to Board

By SHRM Conference Today Staff Jun 15, 2016

James D. Brailer, J.D., Robin Catmur, Rico Fontana and Shelly James are the newest board members serving the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI). They fill open positions on the board and will be seated June 19.

They join the following board members:

  • Ayesha C. Blackwell, Esq., senior manager, immigration, Inc.
  • Steven L. Brown, board treasurer, senior director of international mobility, tax and immigration, Accenture. 
  • J. Robert “Bob” Carr, J.D., SHRM-SCP, senior vice president of membership, marketing and external affairs, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • Austin T. Fragomen Jr., board chairman, partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.
  • Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, CPA, SHRM president and CEO.
  • Laura C. Prince, senior immigration specialist, The University of Iowa. 
  • Michael Rosenfeld, assistant general counsel, The Walt Disney Co.
  • Sunday Rubenstein, SHRM-SCP, associate director, visa and immigration, Ernst & Young.
  • Peter T. Schiron Jr., assistant general counsel, Deloitte LLP.
  • Jennifer Shapiro, executive director and assistant general counsel, JPMorganChase.

Vacating the board are Claire Sala Ayer, board vice chairman, director for international staff, scholars and students, Partners HealthCare; Margie Jones, board secretary, American immigration manager, Intel Corp.; and Denise Rahmani, director, U.S. immigration, Oracle. 

“CFGI’s new board members bring a wealth of expertise in U.S. and global immigration and international employee relocation. We are particularly pleased that they represent the diverse array of industries that are CFGI members,” said Lynn Shotwell, CFGI’s executive director. 

“Employers around the globe are confronting greater challenges hiring the talent and remaining in compliance with immigration laws,” Fragomen said. “I look forward to working with our entire board to develop networking opportunities, best practices and tools that will benefit CFGI and SHRM members.” 

James Brailer James Brailer
Brailer, of Johns Hopkins University, is that school’s first assistant provost for International Student and Scholar Services. Previously, he served as executive director of the Center for Global Education Services at Arizona State University. He began his career in the Office of International Education at Ohio State University. He has worked in international education for nearly 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School.


Robin CatmurRobin Catmur
Catmur is director of immigration services, Office of International Education, at the University of Georgia. She has been active in international education since 1995. Her background includes serving as director of visa services at Dartmouth College and holding numerous volunteer positions for NAFSA, the Association for International Educators, where she also is a trainer and presents workshops pertaining to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa sponsorships. She has a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in globalization studies from Dartmouth.


Rico FontanaRico Fontana
Fontana, director, global mobility, at Fluor Enterprises Inc., directs and manages the company’s immigration, relocation and expatriate tax engagements. A native of Switzerland, Fontana expatriated to New York in 1996 and has firsthand experience going through various stages of the U.S. immigration process. He has more than 15 years of immigration experience, including serving as visa officer at the Swiss Consulate in New York City and in various roles at a leading global immigration law firm.


Shelly JamesShelly James
James, manager, AMS global employee mobility manager, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has more than 17 years of experience working in immigration and relocation for Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. In her role, she manages oversight for all domestic and international relocation, expat tax and immigration services to new employees, relocating workforce and local foreign sponsored workers. She graduated summa cum laude from American Intercontinental University with a bachelor’s degree in international business.


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