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  • Don Bellamy (
    Senior Developer
    Don joined Pro Bono Net in February 2013 after spending several years working as a subcontractor for the organization. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, he ran his own consulting company and has over 17 years of experience in the web development field. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Dewitt, Michigan.

  • Matthew Burnett (
    Director, Immigration Advocates Network
    Matthew joined Pro Bono Net in August 2005. He is currently Director of the Immigration Advocates Network, a collaborative project between Pro Bono Net and 11 leading immigration advocacy and legal support organizations. Matthew earned his B.A. cum laude from the University of Washington and his J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. He has worked representing asylum seekers at the East Bay Sanctuary in Berkeley, California and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington. He has also worked with the Gender Research and Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, and served as law clerk to Justice Z.M. Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He lives in New York City.

  • Doug Carlson (
    Director of Technology & Operations

    Doug's background includes leading both technology and operations for a range of companies in the tech, services, and non-profit spaces. He has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for a number of firms, with a focus on startups and high growth organizations. Doug founded and built a 100 person Internet technologies firm, running it for eight years before selling it to a publicly traded firm. He recently completed a four-year consulting engagement with Teach For America, revamping their HR, recruiting, and financial operations, implementing new core corporate systems, and helping them build out and mature their technology operations.

  • Marylee Raymond Diamond (
    Director of Finance & Administration
    Marylee joined Pro Bono Net in October 2011 as Director of Finance & Administration, based in New York. Marylee has worked for nonprofits for 20 years, most recently at Nextbook. Prior to that she was the chief financial officer of Literacy Partners; she has also worked at the Coalition for the Homeless and in New York City government. A former VISTA volunteer, she holds degrees in sociology from Rivier College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in New York City.

  • Kevin Freyne (
    QA Engineer
    Kevin joined Pro Bono Net full-time in November 2007, and now serves as the QA Engineer. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, he worked for Plural Inc and Dell Professional Services (DPS). Kevin worked on various projects, which ranged from Mortgage Partnership Financial program for a major federal financial institution to testing a proprietary intranet solution of a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to reviewing medical research. Kevin received an A.S. degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in December 2007. He lives in New York City.

  • Jacquelyn Gitzes (
    Development Associate
    Jacquelyn (Jax) joined Pro Bono Net in January of 2015 as the Development Associate, based in the New York office. With an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University, she specializes in nonprofit development and communications, including social media. During her graduate studies she interned at Physicians for Human Rights and Immigration Equality in the communications and development departments respectively. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Ursinus College in PA. An avid writer, Jax enjoys writing on social media and maintaining her personal blog. She currently lives in north Jersey.

  • Mike Grunenwald (
    Program Coordinator
    Mike joined Pro Bono Net in March 2015.  Previously, Mike worked for several years at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, where he served as the lead on a variety of technology initiatives, including management of the and websites and development of interactive interviews on the LawHelp Interactive platform.  Mike has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Dayton, where he also taught philosophy courses for several years.  Mike lives in Dayton, Ohio with his wife and their twin boys.

  • Kanchana Hegde (
    QA Personnel
    Kanchana joined Pro Bono Net in January 2013 after previously working with a start-up pharmaceutical company in India, and in California as a QA tester. Kanchana earned her Bachelor's degree in Science from India, and was a part of the certificate program at Hudson County School of Technology on Inclusive Education. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • Claudia Johnson (
    LawHelp Interactive Program Manager
    Claudia joined Pro Bono Net in April 2008. She was most recently part of the management team at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, where she implemented and managed the Legal Advice Line (LAL). LAL is a team of cross trained multilingual advocates providing real time counsel and advice in four areas of law across seven counties. Before joining Bay Legal Claudia was a supervising attorney at the Volunteer Legal Services Program in San Francisco. She supervised the pro bono panel for eviction and consumer defense cases, and intake and placement for eviction, consumer, federal and family law. Claudia started her legal services career in Philadelphia, where she was a Skadden Fellow working on managed care. She is a graduate from the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Washington state.

  • Xander Karsten (
    LawHelp Program Coordinator
    Xander joined Pro Bono Net in 2012. Previously, he worked for two years as an Equal Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Legal Assistance of Western New York in Geneva, New York, where he focused on providing holistic legal representation to those impacted by a criminal record. From 2008 to 2010 he worked as an Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance grantee at the Empire Justice Center in Rochester New York. Xander received his JD from SUNY Buffalo, and his BA in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Liz Keith (
    Program Director
    Liz joined Pro Bono Net in December 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider and now as the LawHelp Program Manager. She received a self-tailored master's degree in community informatics from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she was a consultant to community information projects for the Digital Partners Social Enterprise Laboratory and the Alliance for Community Technology in Haiti and Chile. Prior to graduate school, Liz served as Director of Communications and Development at the Maine Women's Policy Center. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

  • Abigail Krusemark (
    Immigrant Youth Resources Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA)
    Abby joined the Immigration Advocates Network in November 2014. Previously, Abby worked as a Development Assistant for KC Healthy Kids. She has also worked in Kigali, Rwanda, where she facilitated an empowerment seminar called Positive Change for adolescent women living with HIV. She received a B.A. in International Relations and French from Saint Anselm College in 2014. Abby lives in New York, but remains a proud Kansas Citian.

  • Tony Lu (
    Product Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
    Tony joined Pro Bono Net in June 2010. He received a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his J.D. from NYU School of Law. Following law school, Tony received an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship to represent low-wage immigrant women in the domestic work industry in litigation for unpaid wages at the Urban Justice Center. He also served as an adjunct instructor in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York Law School. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Tony was a staff attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where he specialized in analyzing the collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions and co-directed a project to assist Haitian nationals in the United States in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He lives in New York City.

  • Patricia Malone (
    Associate Director, Immigration Advocates Network
    Pat joined the Immigration Advocates Network in November 2011. She has more than 12 years experience in nonprofit immigration law and project management. At Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), she managed local outreach projects; represented immigrants in proceedings; trained and supported immigration practitioners; and, recruited pro bono counsel to represent immigrant children. At Public Interest Projects (PIP), she managed the National Immigrant Bond Fund. Prior to PIP and CLINIC, she worked at Proyecto Libertad in South Texas and AYUDA in Washington, D.C. Ms. Malone has a BA from SUNY Oneonta, and a JD from the University of San Francisco.

  • Colin MacAllister (
    Senior Developer
    In January 2014 Colin joined the team at Pro Bono Net as a Senior Developer. He has worked as a web developer for over fifteen years, most recently as a Senior Web Developer at the Columbia Business School. He worked in a variety of other fields in the past, including technical writing, marketing, and journalism. He earned a bachelor's in English from Rice University in his native Texas, and more recently a degree in Computer Science from Columbia. In 2002 he founded a group on the Lower East Side to disseminate literature and host lectures on environmental and health issues arising from September 11th, and before that helped to start a local chapter of the Green Party. In the deep dark past he acted in comedies and dramas and played bass in a ska band, and he keeps promising himself that he'll teach these things, and programming, to his daughter. He lives in New York City.

  • Mirenda Meghelli (
    LawHelp Interactive Program Coordinator
    Mirenda joined Pro Bono Net in July 2012. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), where she managed the organization's telephone and email family law information hotlines. Before LIFT, Mirenda worked as a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders within the organization's Family Defense Practice. She received her B.A. in History from University of Pennsylvania and earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law. Mirenda lives in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Mark O'Brien (
    Executive Director
    Mark O'Brien is the co-founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that increases access to justice for the poor and other vulnerable populations through innovative uses of technology, collaboration and volunteer mobilization. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has built web platforms to support public interest lawyers, build broad based justice partnerships, and empower people in need to solve their own legal problems. Prior to starting Pro Bono Net, Mark spent eight years building a nationally recognized pro bono program at Davis Polk and Wardwell. He has served on the advisory boards of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Service Program and the Public Interest Law Alliance (Ireland), and is a member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar, and of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-teaches the Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice Practicum. Mark was named a 2012 "FastCase 50" honoree for his contributions to the legal technology field. Mark, who is himself a card-carrying Non-Lawyer, lives in Brooklyn, where he and his wife, artist Kit Warren, have raised two sons, and where he can regularly be found playing in pick-up soccer games in all seasons and all weather.

  • Alice Pucheu (
    Project Manager
    Alice joined Pro Bono Net while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Hunter College and years later is still excited to be a part of the organization. She has transitioned roles over the last few years and is currently the Project Manager for,, and Pro Bono Manager. She also works as a professional dancer, performing on both stage and screen in the U.S. and Europe. When not at the office, Alice is usually breaking a sweat and smiling at a dance studio, yoga studio or gym. Although living happily as a New Yorker, she holds her Louisiana upbringing close to her heart.

  • Ken Ramsey (
    Program Coordinator, Immigration Advocates Network
    Ken joined Pro Bono Net in 2011 as the Program Coordinator for Immigration Advocates Network. Prior to that, Ken worked as an Associate Director and Program Specialist for Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program and provided direct services to newly-arrived refugees as a Case Manager with Ecumenical Refugee Services in Denver, Colorado. Ken also lived abroad for several years in the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Poland as an English instructor and worked for an indigenous rights organization, Cultural Survival, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. Ken lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

  • Karin Romans (
    Development Officer
    Karin joined Pro Bono Net in December 2011. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, she was the Associate Development Director with Planned Parenthood of Northern New Jersey. Before moving to New Jersey, she led the development activities at the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island in 2003 with a degree in Public Relations, spending a few years post graduation in public relations before switching to non-profit work. She is pursuing a Master's in Communication from Hofstra. She lives in Hoboken, NJ and spends three mornings a week teaching Spinning and Boot Camp.

  • Sandra Sandoval (
    Field Support Coordinator
    Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. Prior to joining IAN, Sandra worked with San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIYM), a youth-led movement to empower undocumented youth by providing resources, tools, and guidance to help navigate the higher education system, while collaborating with other community organizations and leaders to advocate for fair and just immigration laws. Sandra, a DREAMer, is a recent recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She received a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

  • Jessica Stuart (
    Product Manager
    Jessica joined the Pro Bono Net team in August 2008, working first as LawHelp Program Associate and now as Product Manager for Pro Bono Manager. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Jessica lived in Los Angeles and worked for a major motion picture company in the Online Marketing department, participating in various projects ranging from CMS development to marketing programs involving social networking. In 2003, Jessica earned her B.A. in Communication Processes from the University of Connecticut. She lives in New York City.

  • Greg Tenzer (
    Senior Developer
    Greg joined Pro Bono Net in July 2012. He has close to 14 years of experience working on a variety of different online solutions ranging from straight e-commerce sites to custom online services like roommate/apartment matching for long and short term stays. Other industry experience includes lead generation and various intranet systems. Greg was born and raised in northern New Jersey and has been living in NYC the past 5 years.

  • Jillian Theil (
    Training and Field Support Coordinator
    Jillian joined Pro Bono Net in August 2011. Previously, she worked as a staff associate at the Center for Genetics and Society. She has also advised health and women’s empowerment organizations on public outreach, content and policy strategies, specializing in web-based projects. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jillian is based in San Francisco.


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