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Staff & Board


Adam Martin *
Staff Attorney, Immigration Program
(315) 640-4891

Amelia Kohli, Esq.
Debt Program Director
(315) 640-4890

Anna Porter
Pro Bono Coordinator, Immigration Program

Bethanie Hemingway
Director of Community Engagement
(315) 579-3991

Cheri Blair
Pro Bono Coordinator, Talk-to-a-Lawyer Program 
(315) 949-2118

Cindy Mills
Director of Finance & Administration
(315) 640-4895

Fahimeh Zaheri, Esq. *
Immigration Staff Attorney, ONA Legal Counsel of CNY

(315) 907-6606

Georgina Seabrook
Office Manager/Grants Assistant

(315) 640-4895

Grace Zaiman, Esq.
Pro Bono Supervising Attorney, Immigration Program

Jennifer Gavilondo, Esq. *
Immigration Staff Attorney, Afghan Legal Services

Jennifer Powell, Esq.
Immigration Staff Attorney - Afghan Legal Services

Kristin Greeley, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Eviction Defense Program
(315) 907-4310

Lizeth Ortega
Immigration Program Manager

Luz Marina Zender
Pro Bono Coordinator, Eviction Defense Program
(315) 579-2577

Mallory Livingston, Esq.
Director of LGBTQ Program
(315) 849-9234

Mary C. John, Esq.
Co-Deputy Executive Director & Director of Family Law Program
(315) 579-2574

Naomi Godbey, Esq. *
Director of North Country Immigration Program, ONA Legal Counsel North Country
(315) 956-3033

Pauline Smith
Pro Bono Coordinator/Paralegal of Small Business & Nonprofit Program

Sally Fisher Curran, Esq.
Executive Director
(315) 579-2576

Samantha AguamEsq.
Co-Deputy Executive Director & Director of Elder Law Program
(315) 579-2579

Sara McDowell, Esq. *
Deputy Executive Director for Immigration Programs
(315) 579-0178

Shayla Kisacky
Program Assistant, Eviction Defense Program

Silvana Vergara
Senior Legal Fellow/Department of Justice Accredited Representative
(315) 949-3817

Tamana Tajik

Immigration Program Assistant, Afghan Legal Services

Tamara Scanes
Intake Manager 
(315) 471-3409

Tara Nelson
Finance Assistant

Xiomara Salam
Program and Social Work Associate

*Admitted in the highest court of one of the other US states, practice in New York is limited to federal law

Board of Directors

2023 Officers

  • President
    Clifford Tsan, Tsan Mediation
  • Vice President
    Mary Miner, Hancock Estabrook, LLP
  • Secretary
    Ellen Weinstein, Retired, NY State Courts
  • Treasurer
    Amy Wiles, NBT Bank

2023 Board Members

  • Jan-Juba Arway, Center for Court Innovation & RISE
  • Lori Beirman, Dannible & McKee, LLP
  • Benjamin Burdick, Blitman & King, LLP
  • John Boyd, New York State Courts
  • John Callahan, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
  • Andrew Croom, Legal Services of Central New York
  • Sophie Dagenais, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Donald Doerr, Fifth Judicial District, New York State Courts
  • Zach Forward, Barclay Damon, LLP
  • Mary Gasparini, Attorney Grievance Committee, 4th Judicial Department
  • Brittany Hannah, Sugarman Law Firm, LLP
  • Palmer Harvey, Syracuse Tenants Union 
  • Emilee Lawson Hatch, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC
  • ​Hon. George Lowe, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
  • Simphiwe Maqubela, Special Olympics New York
  • Ranette Releford, Citizen Review Board for City of Syracuse
  • Kathy Royal, Upstate Medical University
  • Jeffrey Unaitis, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Kara Williams, Allyn Family Foundation