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  • Quisquella Addison (
    LawHelpNY Program Director
    Quisquella joined Pro Bono Net in July 2016. Previously, she worked as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society focusing primarily on eviction defense. She began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. and LiveHelp Program Coordinator at LawHelpNY. Prior to law school, Quisquella was the Constituent Services Director for New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman. She also lived abroad for several years in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where she taught and volunteered with a local women’s law project, Centro de Servicios Legales para la Mujer (CENSEL). She received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received a self-tailored B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She was a 2012 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, holds a Certificate in Corporate Compliance from Fordham University School of Law and is a Certified Mediator. Originally from Boston, she currently lives in New York City.
  • Marie-Reine A. Aguegee (
    Finance and Administrative Associate
    Marie joined Pro Bono Net in Feb 2016 as the Finance and Administrative Associate. She is responsible for accounts payable, receivable and general office management. Marie has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting, a minor in Business Administration from Western Washington University, and individual income Tax Certificate from York College.

  • Praise Apampa (
    Director of Finance and Administration
    Praise joined Pro Bono Net in 2015 as the Director of Finance and Administration, and has more than 10 years of experience working in the financial industry. He is responsible for managing the annual operating budget and tasked with the establishment of a sustainable financial model for Pro Bono Net's future. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Praise held finance director and controllership positions with non-profits and government agencies. He is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.

  • Zizi Bandera (
    Community Engagement Coordinator
    Zizi joined the Immigration Advocates Network in June 2015. She has experience working for immigrant, worker, and LGBT rights as an organizer, policy advocate, and community educator. Most recently, at the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), she served as Organizer and Community Education Outreach Coordinator. Prior to that she worked at Public Allies in Los Angeles, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Equality California, and the Trevor Project.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside.
  • 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 20 years of experience in the web development field. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Dewitt, Michigan.

  • Michelle Born (
    LiveHelp Coordinator, LawHelp NY
    Michelle joined LawHelpNY as the LiveHelp Coordinator in September 2015. After receiving her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, she worked as a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Program at The Bronx Defenders. Before law school Michelle worked both abroad and in the U.S. in various program and development capacities with Catholic Relief Services, Human Rights Watch and Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Michelle learned Spanish while working as a social worker in Arica, Chile with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years after college, and still speaks it with a peculiar mix of gringo and Chilean accent. Michelle lives in the Bronx with her husband and two daughters.

  • 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.

  • Niki DeMel (
    Pro Bono and Special Initiatives Coordinator
    Niki joined Pro Bono Net in May 2015, shortly after completing her Masters in Law from NYU School of Law.  Previously, Niki was living in London, where she worked on a number of collaborative access to justice projects at LawWorks at the National Pro Bono Center and assisted unrepresented litigants at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Originally from Australia, Niki worked on transactional and regulatory policy matters as a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney for over 3 years, and is a graduate from the University of Melbourne, with a double degree in Commerce/Law(Hons).   She is a member of the NYC Bar Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee.  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.

  • Sam Halpert (
    LawHelp Program Coordinator
    Sam came to Pro Bono Net in September 2015 from the National Association for Law Placement, where he developed and maintained He received his JD cum laude from Georgetown Law and his BA cum laude in History & Literature from Harvard University. Before attending law school, he spent three years making course materials accessible to students with vision and motor impairments as part of Harvard University's Adaptive Technology Lab. In law school, a highlight of his work was his role as co-author of a 2013 Georgetown Human Rights Institute report documenting the United States' emerging water affordability crisis. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Kate Hana (
    Associate Product Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
    Kate joined the Immigration Advocates Network in August 2015, bringing experience in UX/UI design, new media, project management, and emerging technology. Prior to IAN, Kate's professional path spanned several Fortune 100 companies (Procter & Gamble, Bayer, and Conde Nast) as well as boutique creative agencies and non-profit organizations. With a passion for social justice, Kate has spent the previous 10 years volunteering in various capacities with the New York Legal Assistance Group, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Capital Region Pride Center, Rotary International, and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Kate currently lives in the New York City metro area.

  • 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.

  • Liz Keith (
    Program Director
    Liz joined Pro Bono Net in December 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider and now as the Program Director. 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 (
    Program Associate, Immigration Advocates Network
    Abby joined Pro Bono Net in November 2014, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Immigration Advocates Network and most recently as a Program Associate. She received a B.A. in International Relations and French from Saint Anselm College in 2014. Prior to graduation, Abby worked abroad as an intern in the Brussels office of Laffineur Law Firm and on an empowerment initiative for women living with HIV in Kigali, Rwanda. Abby currently volunteers with the RDJ Refugee Shelter in West Harlem and lives in New York City.

  • Stephen LeBlanc (
    Product Associate, Pro Bono Manager
    Stephen joined ProBonoNet in April of 2016. He spent the past 2+ years working for an Innovation firm, providing software to companies to better advance their innovation programs. He also helped build and curate the training and onboarding program for clients and new employees. An avid golfer, Stephen tries to play every weekend. He is a huge sports fan, and follows pretty much all sports throughout the year.

  • 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 Washington, DC.

  • 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.

  • Simon Rah (
    Senior Project Manager
    Simon joined Pro Bono Net in September 2015 as a Senior Project Manager. He has been working in the IT field for over fifteen years in various capacity from programmer, statistician and systems analyst to project manager and department director. Over the years, he has worked primarily with non-profits, government and community-based organizations, helping them build and implement IT solutions to support their important work.  He earned a Bachelor's in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University and a Master's in Experimental Psychology at C.U.N.Y.  Before moving into IT, he taught undergraduate psychology courses for about 6 years and fantasizes about going back one day. He is a fan of media, especially video games, that combine his love of technology, art and story. His time working at ESRB fed his addiction and probably did not help his social life any.

  • Ivan Ramirez (
    Content Manager and Technology Associate, LawHelp NY
    Ivan Gabriel Ramirez joined Pro Bono Net in January 2016.  He has been part of the LawHelpNY team since October 2014, serving first as Technology Associate, and now as community manager and webmaster for LawHelpNY. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Media Studies graduating from Hunter College in 2013. After graduating from undergrad he served as a digital communications specialist at a non-profit telecommunications network in Brooklyn. Ivan has recently received a Masters degree from the City College of New York in Branding & Integrated Communications.

  • Rafael Ramirez (
    Community Support Associate
    Joining Pro Bono Net in June 2016, Rafael comes from a background in Arts Administration and Information Technology, bringing his experience in service, project management and technology from both, for profit and nonprofit organizations as Community Support Associate.  Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Rafael worked at Nespresso, Macktez and Citi, in the fields of Information Technology and Compliance. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Master of Music degree. In his ongoing journey of growth and expansion, he enjoys the practice of mindfulness and exploration of consciousness. Rafael was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York City’s metro area.

  • 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.

  • Audrey Roofeh (
    Director of Program Delivery
    Audrey joined Pro Bono Net in August 2016.   She was most recently Director of Advisory Services at Polaris, a non-profit focused on eradication of human trafficking, where she led a team focused on capacity building efforts to fight and prevent human trafficking at the local, state and national level.  Before joining Polaris, Audrey was a Senior Court Attorney in Brooklyn Criminal Court, and began her legal career as an associate at Schlam, Stone and Dolan LLP in New York City.  Audrey is a graduate of Barnard College, and Cardozo Law School.  Audrey lives in Washington, D.C.

  • Sandra Sandoval (
    Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Immigration Advocates Network
    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, Pro Bono 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.

  • Sebastian Zavala (
    Program Manager
    Sebastian joined the Immigration Advocates Network in May 2015. After law school he became an adjudications officer for USCIS, interviewing applicants for naturalization and permanent residency. He also served as a programs director for Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), increasing the capacity of legal programs to serve low income clients through technology, efficient volunteer management, and cultivating the next generation of immigration advocates. Sebastian is one of the founding members of the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, the Bay Area DACA Collaborative and the Horn of African Human Rights Network. Sebastian received a B.A. in Raza Studies with an emphasis in behavioral and social sciences from San Francisco State University. He received his J.D. from Arizona State University, with the highest pro bono distinctions. Sebastian lives in Oakland, California with his wife and dog.


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Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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