Our Teams

Family Defense, Youth Defense,
Community Advocacy Project, Criminal Defense, Civil Defense: Housing & Public Benefits, Immigration Defense, Appeals, Policy & Advocacy, Training & TA, Administration, Development, Executive Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Fiscal

PRACTICE TEAMS:

Family Defense

Managing Directors

  • Wanjiro Gethaiga, Managing Director of Social Work/ Manhattan, Queens, Bronx-Family Defense Practice
  • Christine Waer, Managing Director of Litigation/Manhattan, Queens Bronx- Family Defense Practice

Manhattan

Director

  • Alexandra (Sandy) Rosin, Litigation Supervisor/Director of Manhattan Family Defense Practice
  • Ginelle Stephenson, Social Work Director of Manhattan Family Defense Practice

Supervisors

  • Christine Bruno, Litigation and Training Supervisor
  • Jennifer Feinberg, Litigation Supervisor, Government Affairs and Policy
  • Anna Ishii, Social Work Supervisor
  • Robin Lyde, Parent Advocate Supervisor
  • Susannah Marsh, Litigation Supervisor
  • Lauren Mitchell, Litigation Supervisor
  • Emily Wall, Litigation and Appeals Supervisor

Senior Staff

  • Monique Stanley, Senior Parent Advocate
  • Rachel Turetsky, Senior Staff Attorney

Attorneys

  • Patrick Crisp, Staff Attorney
  • Michelle Eng, Staff Attorney
  • Paul Jones, Staff Attorney
  • Taylor Jones, Staff Attorney
  • Kathryn Mitchell, Staff Attorney
  • Nardia Morgan, Staff Attorney
  • Jessica Phillips, Staff Attorney
  • Xinxin Zhou, Staff Attorney

Social Work Staff

  • Kyiesha Anderson, Family Advocate
  • Yesenia Aristizabal, Family Advocate
  • Meera Brennan, Family Advocate
  • Madelene Feingold, Staff Social Worker
  • Emma Mandel, Family Advocate
  • Hana Meaza, Staff Social Worker
  • Abigail Mesfin, Staff Social Worker
  • Alessandra Moreno, Family Advocate

Paralegals

  • Sofia Mannocci-Gonzalez, Paralegal
  • Kyreen Reyes, Paralegal
  • Jessica Vega-Rivera, Paralegal

Investigator

  • Ernst Tenemille, Investigator

Queens

Directors

  • Ari Chiarella, Social Work Supervisor/Director of Queens Family Defense Practice
  • Julie Suh, Director of Queens Family Defense Practice

Deputy Directors

  • Maggie Nieves, Deputy Director of Social Work
  • Katherine Wojewoda, Deputy Director of Litigation

Supervisors

  • Ysmerlyn Baez, Social Work Supervisor
  • Charlotte Baughman, Social Work Supervisor
  • Amanda Franzen, Litigation Supervisor
  • Teyora Graves, Parent Advocate Supervisor
  • Suzanne Leinwand, Litigation Supervisor
  • Kenneth Sokol, Litigation Supervisor
  • Vasilios Stotis, Litigation Supervisor
  • Pamela Weintraub, Litigation Supervisor

Senior Staff

  • Catherine Alin, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Christina Cheng, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Elizabeth French, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Melissa Kuldip, Senior Social Worker
  • Shayne Larkin, Senior Social Worker
  • Sara Lewis, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Ed Parker, Senior Family Advocate
  • Cecile Schwartzman, Senior Social Worker

Attorneys

  • Kelsey Gooden, Staff Attorney
  • Tylan Green, Staff Attorney
  • Nicole Horn, Staff Attorney
  • Michele Jackson, Staff Attorney
  • Meghan Johnke, Staff Attorney
  • Sumbal Khan, Staff Attorney
  • Julian Martinez, Staff Attorney
  • Katie Moe, Staff Attorney
  • Patrick Murphy, Staff Attorney
  • Henna Rustami, Staff Attorney
  • Renee Schenkman, Staff Attorney
  • Mahum Shabir, Staff Attorney
  • Adriana Simmons, Staff Attorney
  • Audie Soucy, Staff Attorney
  • Syeda Tasnim, Staff Attorney
  • Kimberly Tolman, Staff Attorney
  • Julia Wang, Staff Attorney
  • Kyle Williams, Staff Attorney

Social Work Staff

  • Leysis Aracena, Family Advocate
  • Ming Battle, Family Advocate
  • Chynna Clark, Family Advocate
  • Marissa Coble, Staff Social Worker
  • Rosalynn Diaz, Family Advocate
  • Julia Graves, Family Advocate
  • Melissa Hillie, Staff Social Worker
  • Jhoneidy Javier, Family Advocate
  • Alexandra Keysselitz, Staff Social Worker
  • Breeanne Marajah, Staff Social Worker
  • Gloria Moran, Family Advocate
  • Brittany Ramroop, Family Advocate
  • Fundi Reed, Family Advocate
  • Toye Spencer, Family Advocate
  • Catherine Van Tatenhove, Family Advocate

Parent Advocates

  • Felicia Ann Alleyne-Davis, Parent Advocate
  • Dinah Clemmons-Graham, Parent Advocate
  • Venus Williams, Parent Advocate

Paralegals

  • Leslye Aragundi, Paralegal
  • Shaked Bein, Paralegal
  • Tanya Espejo, Paralegal
  • Maia Johnson, Paralegal
  • Ashley Johnson, Paralegal

Investigator

  • Ernst Tenemille, Investigator

Bronx

Directors

  • Anastasia Rivera-Bonilla, Litigation Director
  • Malena Arnaud, Social Work Director

Supervisors

  • Christina Carroll, Litigation Supervisor
  • Karena Lim-Peralta, Social Worker Supervisor, Policy and Government Affairs

Attorneys

  • Maria E. Betancourt, Staff Attorney
  • Lisa Howell, Staff Attorney
  • Jubaida Jesmin, Staff Attorney
  • Catherine Supliski, Staff Attorney

Senior Staff

Social Work Staff

  • Charlene Edmonds, Family Advocate
  • Melissa Rodriguez, Family Advocate
  • Thalya Velasco, Family Advocate
  • Imani Worthy, Family Advocate

Parent Advocate

  • Elliot Williams III, Parent Advocate

Paralegal

  • Arisleyxy Contreras, Paralegal

Youth Defense

Supervisors

  • Ari Chiarella, Social Work Supervisor/Director of Queens Family Defense Practice
  • Wendell Cruz, Director of Holistic Practice; Litigation Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Lisa Garland, Social Work Supervisor
  • Sandeep Kandhari, Director, Youth Defense Practice
  • Nikki Woods, Litigation Supervisor, Youth Defense Practice

Senior Staff

  • Katherine de Zengotita, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Ed Parker, Senior Family Advocate

Attorney

  • Miriam Schachter, Staff Attorney

Social Work Staff

  • Pedro Galarza, Family Advocate

Investigator

  • Ernst Tenemille, Investigator

Community Advocacy Project

Supervisors

  • Ysmerlyn Baez, Social Work Supervisor
  • Malena Arnaud, Social Work Director of Bronx Family Defense Practice

Senior Staff 

  • Shayne Larkin, Senior Social Worker
  • Melissa Lombreglia, SCR Litigation Supervisor

Staff 

  • Gloria Moran, Family Advocate

Coordinators

  • Ariana Teng, Client Coordinator
  • Kristen Wallace, SCR Fair Hearing Representative

Criminal Defense

Supervisors

  • Ari Chiarella, Social Work Supervisor/ Co-Director of Queens Family Defense Practice
  • Wendell Cruz, Director of Holistic Practice; Litigation Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Carol Siegel, Litigation Supervisor

Attorneys

  • Morgan Shaffer, Staff Attorney
  • Sam Sloane, Staff Attorney

Social Work Staff

  • Pedro Galarza, Family Advocate

Coordinator

  • Liv Venegas, Client Coordinator

Investigator

  • Ernst Tenemille, Investigator

Civil Defense: Housing & Public Benefits

Supervisors

  • Wendell Cruz, Director of Holistic Practice; Litigation Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Jeffrey Compton, Litigation Supervisor

Attorney

  • Jeremy Montano, Staff Attorney

Specialist

  • Annette Gonzalez, Housing Specialist

Coordinator

  • Liv Venegas, Client Coordinator

Immigration Defense

Supervisors

  • Wendell Cruz, Director of Holistic Practice; Litigation Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Zoe Schonfeld, Litigation Supervisor, Immigration

Senior Staff

  • Teresa Garcia, Senior Immigration Specialist

Attorney

  • Paola Rivera, Staff Attorney

Coordinator

  • Melanie Rodriguez, Client Coordinator

Appeals

Supervisor

  • Emily Wall, Litigation  and Appeals Supervisor

Senior Staff

  • Charles Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Appeals

Policy & Advocacy

Supervisor

  • Jennifer Feinberg, Litigation Supervisor, Policy and Government Affairs
  • Karena Lim-Peralta, Social Work Supervisor, Policy and Government Affairs

Senior Staff

  • Hannah Mercuris, Senior Staff Attorney, Policy and Government Affairs

Training & TA

Supervisor

  • Christine Bruno, Litigation and Training Supervisor

ADMIN TEAMS:

Administration

Managers

  • Ben Chan, Manager of Efficiency, Equity & Belonging
  • Patricia Ramirez, Office Manager
  • Christina Secharan, Operations Manager

Development & Communications

Directors

  • Diana Denza, Director of Communications
  • Javon Robinson, Director of Development

Associate

  • Isis Gamble, Communications Associate

Executive Management

Executives

  • Tehra Coles, Executive Director
  • Genevieve Christy, Chief Financial Officer
  • Alicia Williams, Chief Operating Officer

Human Resources

Supervisor

  • Alicia Williams, Chief Operating Officer

Associate

  • Rebecca St. Jules, Human Resources Associate

Assistant

  • Tanika Gonzalez, Operations/HR Assistant

Information Technology

Supervisor

  • Gordon Hamm, Director of Information Technology

Senior Staff

  • Haris Faheem, Information Technology Manager-Queens/Bronx
  • George Pan, Information Technology Manager-Manhattan

Fiscal

Supervisors

  • Genevieve Christy, Chief Financial Officer
  • Samantha Elliott, Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Senior Staff

  • Ashley Cookson, Senior Staff Accountant

Staff

  • Andy Morla, Staff Accountant
  • Jasmine Aziz, Payroll Administrator