Tonia Furniss-Roe is a native of North Carolina, born in Greensboro. She is a graduate of Guilford College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Tonia joined McKinney Perry & Coalter in 2001. She worked as a real estate paralegal until she was promoted to Office Manager in 2004.
Priscilla Almeida-Rankin is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Priscilla relocated to the United States in 2004. In 2007, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and in 2010 she obtained a Master's in Spanish Literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Priscilla joined McKinney Perry & Coalter in 2007. She works in the Immigration Division, concentrating on business immigration and removal cases.
Norma Perez is an immigration paralegal in our Wilmington office. She was born and raised in Homestead, Florida. At the age of 17 years old, she relocated to Wilmington, NC. Norma is fluent in Spanish and participates in many community and pro-bono events. She is a graduate of Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she received her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Technology. Norma has been working as a paralegal since 2005, and has been working for McKinney Perry & Coalter since January 2011.
Briana Miller is an immigration paralegal in our Greensboro office. She was born and raised in Michigan. She is fluent in Spanish and she enjoys volunteering with the local immigrant community. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Major in International Studies (Latin America) and a minor in Latino Studies. She has been working as a paralegal with a focus on removal defense for McKinney Perry & Coalter since April 2011.
Stephanie Dimas is an immigration paralegal in our Greensboro office. She was born and raised in North Carolina and is fluent in Spanish. After working in computer repair for five years, Stephanie decided she wanted to use her love for Spanish for something more. She spent a year exploring the field of worker's compensation, social security disability and personal injury before joining our immigration team in April of 2012, where she has remained since. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and participating in Hispanic events around the community with her family.
Elizabeth was born and raised in North Carolina. She is currently majoring in Liberal Arts with a Minor in Spanish from UNC-G. She has studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. She hopes to complete the Spanish as a Second Major program upon graduation. Elizabeth joined McKinney Perry & Coalter in 2012. She works with the Immigration Division, concentrating on U-Visa and Asylum applications. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and shopping.
Spanish interpreter/Legal Assistant
Rachel works as Spanish interpreter/legal assistant in our Greensboro office. Rachel was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a BA in Spanish and Hispanic Studies in 2009. She then moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where she worked as an English teacher. Since returning to the United States in 2011, Rachel has enjoyed volunteering as an ESL instructor and immigrant rights advocate. She joined the McKinney Perry & Coalter Greensboro office team in June, 2013
Lía is a native of Lima, Peru. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. She has a Bachelor's degree in French from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. She relocated to North Carolina in 1998 from the Philadelphia area. Lia has been working as an Immigration Specialist since 2006 and obtained BIA Accreditation in 2009. She enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters and volunteering at her local Church.