Staff & Board


Adam Martin
Senior Law Fellow
(315) 640-4891

Adol Mayen
Paralegal & Intake SpecialistLGBT+ Rights Program
(315) 640-4892

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
Finance & Programs Assistant
(315) 640-4895

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

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

Laurie Rolnick, Esq.
Supervising Attorney & Director of Eviction Defense Program
(315) 930-3506

Lizeth Ortega
Immigration Program Assistant – Afghan Legal Services

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

Mallory Livingston, Esq.
Director of LGBT+ Rights Program
(315) 849-9234

Mary C. John, Esq.
Co-Interim 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

Sal Curran, Esq.
*On parental leave as of July 26, 2022
Please contact Mary John or Samantha Aguam (Co-Interim Executive Directors)

Executive Director 
(315) 579-2576

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

Sara McDowell, Esq.
Director of CNY Immigration Program - ONA Legal Counsel CNY
(315) 579-0178

Shania Barton
Paralegal & Program Coordinator, Reentry Program
(315) 766-2774

Silvana Vergara
Paralegal/Community Educator
(315) 949-3817

Tamara Scanes
Receptionist & Intake Specialist
(315) 471-3409

Tre’Coy Boyd
Paralegal, Eviction Defense Program
(315) 579-0177

Board of Directors

2022 Officers

  • President
    Clifford Tsan, Tsan Mediation
  • Vice President
    Mary Miner, Hancock Estabrook, LLP
  • Secretary
    Ellen Weinstein, Retired, NY State Courts
  • Treasurer
    Peter Dunn, Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.​

2022 Board Members

  • Jan-Juba Arway, Center for Court Innovation & RISE
  • Laurence Bousquet, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC
  • 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, Realtor & Center for Court Innovation 
  • Susan Katzoff, Corporation Counsel of City of Syracuse
  • Brian LaClair, Blitman & King, LLP
  • Emilee Lawson Hatch, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC
  • ​Hon. George Lowe, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
  • Ranette Releford, Citizen Review Board for City of Syracuse
  • Kathy Royal, Life Coach
  • Jeffrey Unaitis, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Amy Wiles, NBT Bank