BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deacon Jim Vargas, OFS
Father Joe’s Villages
Board Chair

Gloria Bader, Ed.D.
The Bader Group
Board Vice Chair

Mary Siegrist
First American/CoreLogic (ret.)
Board Secretary

Matt Mahoney, Esq.
Witham Mahoney & Abbot, LLP
Board Treasurer

Nancy Aeling
HR Results

Margaret Doyle, SHCJ
Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Karen Gross​
Hutchens PR

Carlee Harmonson
Union Bank

Frank Hogan
The Latin School of Chicago (ret.)

Steve Keane, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Tom Laube, Esq.
Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP
Sheila McNiff, SHCJ
Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Kevin O’Neill
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)

Elena Perez
MANA de San Diego

Amy Romaker, Esq.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Brittany Syz, Esq.
SDG&E

Gerard A. Trippitelli, Esq.

Greg Vega, Esq.
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

STAFF

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director
Sonia Aguilar
Receptionist
Alice Bendinelli
VIT Project Assistant
Carolyn Bonoff
Support Services Coordinator​
Matthew Cannon
Managing Attorney, Children’s Program
Zelena Lissette Cartagena
Associate Attorney
Mayra Chaidez
Administrative Clerk
Annie L. Gorden, M.A.
Litigation Legal Assistant​
Elena Gutierrez
Staff Attorney
Paola Gutierrez
Executive Assistant to the Director
​​Evelyn Hernandez
Victims of Crime Legal Assistant
Jennifer Hernandez, M.Sc.
Grants Manager
Jesse Imbriano
Legal Director
Ana Jerez
Children’s Program Legal Assistant
Zohaile Kakavand
Associate Attorney
Gary Lynn
Finance & Administration Director
Evelyn Alicia Lopez
Associate Attorney
Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, M.Sc.
Development Manager
Idanna Ortega
Children’s Program Legal Assistant
Katherine Paculba Lacher.
Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Program
Liza Perkins-Cohen
​Associate Attorney
Emma Rucker
Development Assistant
Carla Valadez
Temporary Litigation Program Assistant
​Artemisa Valle
Information Systems Administrator
VIT Program Coordinator
Rosa Vargas
Pro Bono Program Assistant
​Arwa J. Zakir Kakavand
Managing Attorney, Litigation Program