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Staff & Board

Staff

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

Amelia Kohli, Esq.
Debt Program Director
debt@vlpcny.org
(315) 640-4890

Bethanie Hemingway
Director of Community Engagement
volunteers@vlpcny.org
(315) 579-3991

Cheri Blair
Pro Bono Coordinator, Talk-to-a-Lawyer Program 
communityclinics@vlpcny.org
(315) 949-2118

Cindy Mills
Director of Finance & Administration
finance@vlpcny.org
(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 Sullivan, Esq.
North Country Immigration Attorney

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

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

Kelsey Williams
Finance Assistant

Kristin Netti
Program Assistant, Civil Legal Programs

Laura Cardoso
Immigration Program Assistant

Lizeth Ortega
Immigration Program Manager

Luz Marina Zender
Pro Bono Coordinator, Eviction Defense Program
housing@vlpcny.org
(315) 579-2577

Mallory Livingston, Esq.
Director of LGBTQ Program
lgbt@vlpcny.org
(315) 849-9234

Marisol Estrada Cruz
Pro Bono Coordinator, Immigration Program

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

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

Oneka Roach-Campbell, Esq.
CNY Immigration Program Supervising Attorney

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

Sally Fisher Curran, Esq.
Executive Director
executivedirector@vlpcny.org
(315) 579-2576

Samantha Aguam, Esq.
Co-Deputy Executive Director & Director of Elder Law Program
elder@vlpcny.org
(315) 579-2579

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

Sara Rounds
Immigration Data Specialist Program Assistant

Shayla Kisacky
Program Assistant, Eviction Defense Program

Silvana Vergara
Senior Legal Fellow/Department of Justice Accredited Representative
immigration@vlpcny.org
(315) 949-3817

Tamana Tajik

Immigration Program Assistant, Afghan Legal Services

Tamara Scanes
Intake Manager 
info@vlpcny.org
(315) 471-3409

Tara Dion
Program Assistant

Tara Nelson
Finance Assistant

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

Board of Directors

2024 Officers

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

2024 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
  • 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
  • Dafni Kiritsis, Syracuse University College of Law
  • ​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