Maureen Abell – Nan Allison – Arthur Bartlett – Natalia Botella – Edward Byron – Brittney Coleman – Robert Davis - Lisa Diefenderfer – Cassidy Estes-Rogers – Soreé Finley –
Elizabeth Garcia – Ellen Hamilton – Nicholas Holt – Leah Kane – Laureen Kickham – Karen Moskowitz – Desheane Newman – Katya Riasanovsky – Katherine Sanchez – Ruth Santana –
Kenneth Schorr – Douglas Sea – Gelila Selassie – Julieanne Taylor
Kenneth Schorr, Executive Director - Schorr has served as Executive Director of LSSP since April 1988. He was previously in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas, representing community organizations, labor unions and individual employees in labor and civil rights cases. He served as Litigation Director of Community Legal Services [Read More]
Maureen Abell, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney - Abell received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in New York City after earning her B.A. magna cum laude in international relations and German from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During her time in law school, she served as a legal intern with Equality Now in Kenya [Read More]
Nan Allison, Family Support and Health Care Program/Veterans Legal Services Project Paralegal-Advocate - Allison received her B.A. degree in history from the University of Virginia. Last year, she assisted the Catawba Lands Conservancy with real estate paralegal work and grant writing. Her past work as a paralegal includes five years [Read More]
Arthur Bartlett, Western North Carolina Low Income Taxpayer Clinic/Legal Services for the Elderly Attorney/Director – Bartlett earned a B.A. degree in political science and history from the University of Vermont in 1994 and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. Before joining LSSP in 2007, he worked in private law firms in Buffalo, New York [Read More]
Natalia Botella, Community Redevelopment Project Attorney – Botella received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Chancellors’ Scholar after earning her B.S.P.H. in health policy [Read More]
Edward Byron, Consumer Protection and Employment Law Program Attorney - Byron earned a B.A. in economics and a Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation, he worked as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers and ElliottDavis. During law school, he interned at Duke Energy Corporation in [Read More]
Hector Campuzano Immigration Assistance Project Coordinator/LOPC Coordinator
Campuzano earned a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May of 2016. In college, he was President of the Hispanic College Awareness Program that encouraged low-income students to attend college. Growing up in an immigrant family, Campuzano now runs two programs that allow him to pursue his passion to help the immigrant community. The Immigration Assistance Project gives assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings, and the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children (LOPC) gives presentations to adult caregivers of unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings.
Robert Davis, Veterans Legal Services Project Attorney - Davis joined LSSP in November 2007. He received his J.D. degree from William and Mary School of Law and a Masters in public policy from the College of William and Mary both in 2003. He earned his B.A. in political science and broadcasting from Appalachian State University in 1999. Before coming to LSSP [Read More]
Cassidy Estes-Rogers, Family Support & Health Care Attorney - Estes-Rogers earned her J.D. from Charlotte School of Law magna cum laude after receiving her B.A. in Arts Management from the College of Charleston. She has held externships with the Honorable Albert Diaz and Honorable Sam J. Ervin, IV, as well as serving as a law clerk for [Read More]
Soreé Finley, Senior Attorney for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic - Finley received her J.D. degree from Syracuse University School of Law, her B.A.in social work cum laude from Grambling State University and her M.S.W. in community organization from University of Michigan. Prior to attending law school, she was a social worker [Read More]
Ellen Hamilton, Family Support and Health Care Program Paralegal-Advocate - Hamilton received her B.S. degree in music education from Hampton Institute and a paralegal certificate from Central Piedmont Community College. She has previously worked as a music teacher in Trenton, New Jersey; a clerk at Duke Power Company; a litigation paralegal [Read More]
Nicholas Holt, Consumer Protection and Employment Law Paralegal-Advocate - After earning his B.A. in visual arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2000 and his paralegal technology diploma from Central Piedmont Community College in 2006, Holt worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Charlotte as a paralegal in [Read More]
Lisa Diefenderfer, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney - Diefenderfer received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center and earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Florida. Formerly, she worked with LSSP as an extern with its [Read More]
Elizabeth Garcia, Health Insurance Navigator/Medical Legal Partnership Coordinator – Garcia received her Master of Public Health from St. George’s University in Grenada after earning her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her EMT Certification from Central Piedmont Community College-Charlotte. Bilingual in Spanish and English, her experience [Read More]
Anna Henderson Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator/Development Associate
Henderson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a BA in public policy. While at UNC, she advocated for community members transitioning out of poverty with the Community Empowerment Fund. After graduation, Henderson interned with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in development. After a few months, she joined our staff as a full-time health insurance navigator assisting low-income families access affordable healthcare. A native to Charlotte, Henderson likes to spend her spare time jogging around the city and with her adorable cat, Edgar.
Leah Kane, Senior Attorney for Consumer Protection – Kane received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. in history from Colgate University. Commitment to high-quality advocacy on behalf of low-income people has permeated her career, through work as a public defender, as a legal aid attorney handling [Read More]
Natalie Marles Health Insurance Navigator
Marles started at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in July 2016 as a health insurance navigator. In February 2017, she becomes the new paralegal advocate for the Consumer Protection Unit as part of the new Community Redevelopment Project. Natalie is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and came to the U.S. in 2004 after graduating from nursing school. In 2016, she received her paralegal certification from Charlotte School of Law and graduated as a Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from ECPI University. Before joining Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Natalie served as an intern at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, working with the Family Court Administration. She has also interned with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and served as a volunteer with Guardian Ad Litem for two years. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, a Jack Russell named Sparky, reading and watching movies.
Oliver Merino Community Advocate/Immigration Rapid Response Project Coordinator
Born in Guerrero, Mexico, Merino moved to rural North Carolina at the age of ten with his family. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University where he studied history, Oliver has worked with and advocated for immigrant communities across the country. His activism has been covered by Public Radio International, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Guardian, City Lab, Buzzfeed, and The Charlotte Observer, among others. He was a 2016 Ricardo Salinas Scholar at the Aspen Institute and is a board member at the Latin American Coalition. In 2017 Oliver was honored by the Hispanic Elected Officials of the National League of Cities with the Local Leadership Award and was chosen by Charlotte Magazine as Charlottean of the Year. As Community Advocate at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, he focuses on building collaboration with the immigrant community and making sure immigrants understand their rights.
Karen Fisher Moskowitz, Consumer Protection Attorney/Director – Moskowitz joined the LSSP staff in June 2012 as a staff attorney and the Director of the Consumer Protection and Employment Law Program. She earned her J.D. degree from Wake Forest University in 1989 and her B.A. degree in English and political science [Read More]
Desheane Newman, Western NC Low Income Taxpayer Clinic/Legal Services for the Elderly Paralegal-Advocate – Newman received his B.A. in psychology with a minor in Spanish from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he participated in several overseas programs in Spain, Brazil and Colombia to become fluent in Spanish and work with [Read More]
Michelle Oria Immigrant Justice Program Attorney
Oria earned a B.A. in political science from Florida International University in 2008. She went on to earn her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad School of Law in 2012. She worked at the Department of Homeland Security in Immigration and Custom Enforcement as an intern assisting with removal cases. Oria has more than five years of experience as a practicing attorney and is a member of the Florida and North Carolina Bars. Oria is primarily responsible for cases related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Oria is Cuban American, was born and raised in Miami and is fluent in Spanish. Oria joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in November 2017.
Johanna Parra Health Insurance Navigator
Parra received her law degree Magna Cum Laude from Catholic University at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2012. Parra then attended to Barna Business School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and received her Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Since 2008, Parra worked for non-profits in Dominican Republic, focusing on low-income communities, specifically from the southern region of the country. She supervised in health and education areas, with the support of cooperation agencies such as Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, USAID, EPA, European Union, and The Global Fund, among others.
Louise Pocock Attorney for Healthcare Access/Health Insurance Navigator
Pocock is a public interest attorney licensed in New Mexico and North Carolina. Pocock attended Columbia University for undergraduate studies, majoring in Urban Studies. After working for a local planning department as an assistant planner, Pocock attended the University of New Mexico School of Law. After law school, she worked to protect access to public benefits programs as a staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. Pocock recently relocated to the Charlotte area, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2017. Pocock is proud to be a Navigator and advocate with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, and is inspired by her colleagues’ work for the public interest.
Katherine Sanchez, Immigrant Justice Program Paralegal-Advocate - Sanchez received her B.A. degree in history and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass. During her time there, she studied abroad at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. From 2002 [Read More]
Ruth Santana, Immigrant Justice Program Paralegal-Advocate – Santana received her B.A. degree from Hunter College and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Long Island University in 1984. Before joining LSSP, she worked as a paralegal and supervisor for the Kings County District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, from 1984 to 2009. [Read More]
Douglas Sea, Family Support and Health Care Program Attorney/Senior Program Director – Sea received his B.A. and J.D. degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked for Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear in Wilmington, N.C., from 1981 to 1984 in public benefits and health law. Sea came to LSSP as Benefits Team [Read More]
Gelila Selassie, Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. Senior Health Care & Abuse Prevention Project/ Family Support & Health Care Attorney - Selassie received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and her B.A. in experimental psychology from University of South Carolina. Her experience during school includes serving as [Read More]
Julieanne Dorn Taylor, Attorney/Health Insurance Navigator – Taylor graduated from Charlotte School of Law and passed the North Carolina bar in February 2013 after receiving her B.A. in political science and communications from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Before coming to LSSP, she served as an intern for Judge Frank Whitney, [Read More]
Susan Azor Chief Financial Officer/Administrator
Azor graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993, where she studied political science and English. She received her M.A. in nonprofit management & Leadership in 2008. Throughout her career, she has worked with nonprofits, governmental organizations and private corporations. Azor lived and worked in Wisconsin, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco before moving to Charlotte in 2016. She is the Chairwoman of Youthaiti, Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on issues of sanitation, hygiene and sustainable agriculture in Haiti. She joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in July 2017.
Maria Byers Development Specialist
Byers graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a B.A. in foreign language and literature in 1994. She received her Masters in liberal studies from Georgetown in 2014. Before joining Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in June 2016, Byers was the Annual Fund Manager at the Prevent Cancer Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. She has held leadership roles at multiple non-profits. Maria is fluent in Italian and advanced in French.
Brittney Reardon Coleman, Director of Development and Public Relations – Coleman received her BA from the UNC-CH School of Journalism in 2004, where she served as President of the Wesley Foundation. During the summer of 2001, she worked with the Appalachia Service Project in Raleigh County, W.V., and in the summer of 2002, worked in [Read More]
Mary Schilli Community Volunteer Coordinator
Schilli received her B.A. from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame in 1985 before earning her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1988. She worked in St. Louis in private practice and corporate real estate, then in Minneapolis doing real estate development. Schilli moved to Charlotte in 2002 and coordinated volunteers for the Council for Children’s Rights for over five years. In September 2017, Schilli joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy with the goal of recruiting and training community volunteers. She enjoys spending time with her family, including two busy girls.
Hannah Sharpe Communications Specialist
A North Carolina native, Sharpe attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in political science and journalism and mass communication, with a concentration in photojournalism. Before moving to Charlotte, Sharpe worked for a community newspaper as a multimedia journalist covering education and local government, as well as producing documentary multimedia projects during her tenure. Her work has been featured in state and national publications and has been recognized by the North Carolina Press Association. Sharpe joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in June 2016. She says the most meaningful part of her job is meeting the people Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy fights for and sharing their stories of empowerment.
Pro Bono Services
Laureen Kickham, Pro Bono Program Paralegal-Advocate - Kickham studied international relations at American University and received her associates degree in paralegal technologies from Central Piedmont Community College in 2012. After several years of serving in management and customer service positions, Kickham began volunteering [Read More]
Katya Riasanovsky, Director of Pro Bono Services – Riasanovsky earned her B.A. in political science from Wellesley in 1980, graduating as a Durant scholar with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, working as a legal assistant at a Philadelphia law firm before graduate school. She was part of [Read More]