Abeir Ibrahim

Co-Founder & Professional Consultant

Abeir Ibrahim has worked for the City of Portland for approximately 13 years. She supervises the HIRE Program and works diligently helping 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 and refugees and immigrants were 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 she 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.

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Regina Phillips

Co-Founder & Professional Consultant

Regina Phillips, MSW is an adjunct professor at the University of New England School of Social Work co-teaching the Empowering Cultural Education course. Ms. Phillips works at the Westbrook School Department as their Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to her work in Westbrook, she ran the Refugee Services program for the City of Portland for 12 years. During her tenure with the city, she supervised a multicultural/multilingual staff who provided case management, employment and survivor of torture services, acculturation workshops and a host of other services to refugees, asylees and immigrants transitioning to Portland, ME. They also  provided training to several social service providers and numerous organizations. Before that, she ran the city’s homeless family shelter for 7 years.


Ms. Phillips serves on the United Way of Greater Portland and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors. Ms. Phillips is also a member of the Juvenile Restorative Justice Council and many other community committees. Additionally, Ms. Phillips was a member of the Greater Portland NAACP branch for over 10 years. She served on the Executive Board and was the Chair of the Education committee advocating for equity within the schools and investigating complaints. She also helped organize the branches – and currently community – Martin Luther King Jr. celebration where over 650 people attend the annual event. Ms. Phillips grew up in Maine and received her undergraduate degree from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts and her MSW from UNE.

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Deqa Dhalac

Co-Founder & Professional Consultant

Deqa Dhalac, MSW, MDP:

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. Currently, Ms. Dhalac is the Program Manager for the Center for Grieving Children's Intercultural Program. Previously, Ms. Dhalac worked for The Opportunity Alliance Community Partnership for Protecting Children as a Community Builder, and the City of Portland Refugee Services program as a Human Service Counselor working closely with refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers providing case management and cultural orientations to survivor of torture recipients. Ms. Dhalac also worked for the City’s Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program as a Community Health Outreach Worker where she connected refugee clients with health care. Ms. Dhalac has a Master’s degree in Development Policy and Practice from University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of New England. She is a certified language tester and mediator.


Ms. Dhalac is the treasurer for Somali Community Center of Maine and Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition board vice president. Ms Dhalac has sat on various Boards of Directors and Advisory committees. She is committed and very passionate about giving back to her community anyway she can.

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