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Meet The Team
Deqa Dhalac, MSW, MDP (she/her)
Ms. Dhalac is originally from Somalia, East Africa, and migrated to the United States in Atlanta, GA, in 1992. Ms. Dhalac moved to Maine in 2005. Ms. Dhalac was an assistant director of Gateway Community Services, worked for the State's Department of Education, The Center for Grieving Children, The Opportunity Alliance, the City of Portland Refugee Services, and the Public Health Division’s Minority Health Programs. Ms. Dhalac has a Master’s degree in Development Policy and Practice from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England. She's established, chaired, and participated in countless committees and meetings to continually advance and advocate for social and racial justice. She's a certified language tester and mediator and treasurer for the Somali Community Center of Maine. Ms. Dhalac was elected Mayor of South Portland, the first Somali-American to do so in the state, and then elected to the state legislature, representing Muslim Americans
Abeir Ibrahim (she/her)
Abeir Ibrahim worked for the City of Portland, supervised the HIRE Program and worked to help General Assistance clients to secure long-term stable employment. Before working at General Assistance, Ms. Ibrahim worked at the City’s Refugee Services program. There, Ms. Ibrahim oversaw the Survivors of Torture program and provided case management services to asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants detained in their home country and tortured. As a case manager for Refugee Services, Ms. Ibrahim also worked as a cultural broker with the State of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Child Protective and Family Crisis Services, a domestic violence program.
Ms. Ibrahim is originally from Sudan but has been in the US for over 20 years and in Maine since 2004. She serves on the Department of Corrections Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and Disproportionate Minority Contact committee. Ms. Ibrahim is a certified mediator.
Regina Phillps, DSW (she/her)
Regina Phillips worked for the Westbrook School Department, was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England's School of Social Work. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Portland Social Services Division as the Refugee Services Program Manager for 12 years and at the homeless family shelter for seven years. Ms. Phillips has established, chaired, and served on countless boards and committees, including the United Way of
Greater Portland, Coastal Enterprises Inc., and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Additionally, Ms. Phillips was a Greater Portland NAACP branch member for over ten years, serving on the Executive Board and the Chair of the Education committee. Ms. Phillips grew up in Maine and received her undergrad from Curry College in Milton, MA, her Master of Social Work from UNE, and her Doctor of
Social Work from Tulane University.
Elizabeth Glover (she/her)
Elizabeth Glover recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a dual degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Women & Gender Studies. Gaining firsthand experience in community organizing, she interned at Gateway Community Services, where she took part in event coordination and project management. Driven to create positive change, Elizabeth is passionate about addressing local and systemic issues, immigrant rights, and equitable access to resources.
Health Equity Program Coordinator
Liz Kovarsky, LCSW (she/her)
Liz is an abolitionist social worker, working to create systemic change with and for individuals, families, and communities that are historically marginalized. Liz has worked supporting adults and teens in recovery and active drug use in a variety of community based settings, with families and children in transitional housing, in public health prevention, as a community organizer around youth mental health, and in another life, as a children’s art teacher. Liz is also an artist, loves dancing, reading, dogs, traveling, and being in nature.
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