At Pro Bono Net, we are a dedicated and diverse team of individuals with the belief that technology is key to bringing the power of the law to all.

Our Staff

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. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Technology Law & Policy 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.

Liz Keith
Chief Partnerships Officer

Liz has played a key role in Pro Bono Net’s program strategy for more than a decade. She joined Pro Bono Net as a LawHelp Circuit Rider, working with legal aid programs in 25 states to build online resources to increase access to legal help for low income communities. As Program Director, Liz now manages strategic initiatives and programs at Pro Bono Net that equip individuals and communities with new tools to tackle civil justice problems. Previously, Liz managed outreach and education efforts at the Maine Women’s Policy Center on legislation impacting women’s health, civil rights, economic security and freedom from violence, and worked to increase the number of women running for office. She holds a master's degree in community informatics from the University of Michigan, and has served as a consultant to digital inclusion initiatives in Haiti and Chile. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Legal Empowerment Leadership program at Central European University’s School of Public Policy. Liz hails from South Jersey originally and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Paul Bennett
Chief Financial Officer

Paul coordinates the financial, human resource, and administrative support functions at Pro Bono Net. Paul has almost two decades of nonprofit finance experience as a financial consultant and manager. His claim to minor fame was to lead the research on the IRS form 990 that resulted in the Financial SCAN product from Guidestar. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Paul served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Hunger Free America and the Chief Financial Officer of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Paul also served as a consultant at the Nonprofit Finance Fund where he served as a Senior Consultant and Director of Analytics, amongst other roles. Paul has taught “Advanced Excel” as an adjunct professor at NYU and is an alumni of the Coro Fellows Program. Paul is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.

Simon Rah
Chief Technology Officer

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.

Megan Vizzini
Chief Revenue Officer
Rodrigo Camarena
Program Officer, Immigration

Rodrigo Camarena is the Director of the Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants. Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose where he developed advocacy campaigns, digital products and brand strategies for global change-makers like the Ford Foundation, UNICEF, and Prior to Purpose, Rodrigo developed new initiatives to tackle economic inequality as Executive Director of Business Growth Programs for the City of New York. Rodrigo is also the former Executive Director of the Mixteca Organization - an immigrant rights organization based in Sunset Park Brooklyn.

Tim Baran
Program Officer, Civil Justice

Tim joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. His two-decade journey in the legal space has taken him from the Federal Courts to Law Firm Library Director to Legal Tech Ambassador to Legal Marketing. He works closely with legal services and community-based organizations and manages initiatives that leverage technology and LawHelpNY’s online resources to expand access to legal assistance for low-income and vulnerable communities and strengthen collaboration within the civil justice sector in New York. His LawHelpNY work with Pro Bono Net engages his passion for access to justice and love of community. He’s an avid podcaster - listening and hosting - but please don’t hold that against him. Tim likes to travel but loves coming back to Manhattan, his home for more than 20 years.

Don Bellamy
Senior Developer

Don joined Pro Bono Net in February 2013 after spending several years working as a subcontractor for the organization. He has led the development of legal technology products that serve more than 8 million people a year and has experience in multiple back and front-end development frameworks, including ColdFusion, Drupal, Next.JS, Bootstrap and Tailwind. 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.

Ariadne Brazo
Senior Product Manager

Ariadne is a product manager with a background in both tech and the social sciences. After earning her MSW and spending two years doing case management for LGBTQ folx in NYC, she joined an early stage startup called Healthify working to build digital tools for social workers. Since then she has worked on a variety of projects that utilize digital technology for social good. Most recently, Ariadne was a fellow in the pilot cohort of the Compass Fellowship, a program designed to train and transition existing tech talent into the progressive tech space. Ariadne is now the product manager for LawHelp and, digital platforms that help thousands of people each year solve life-changing legal issues and that strengthen the work of advocates serving them. Ariadne’s passions include the great outdoors and the great indoors as well as reading with a focus on fiction and non-fiction. She also enjoys dancing, biking, and irony.

Jessica Darling
Development & Communications Coordinator

Jessica (Jess) joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018 and plays a key role in driving Pro Bono Net's development and communications strategies, campaigns and events. Jess graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Communications and with a minor in Marketing. She enjoys volunteering, writing, and exploring the city in her spare time. Originally from New Hampshire, Jess now happily lives in New York City.

Van Emerald
Product Support Specialist

Van joined Pro Bono Net in January 2023 as a Product Support Specialist. Before switching career paths into the legal tech industry three years ago, they were a case manager in various social service programs across Chicago. Van was a 2019 cohort member of the Aids Foundation Chicago Public Health Boot Camp to foster community leaders across Chicago. They have been a certified street medic for activists and community organizers since 2017. Van enjoys analyzing user experience and collaboratively problem solving to improve systems that result in more positive outcomes. They are passionate about community development, mutual aid, disability justice, public health, and all the intersections of those in between.

Kevin Freyne
IT Associate

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 received an A.S. degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in December 2007. In his spare time, Kevin is an avid (but not very good) golfer. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Sam Harden
Program Manager

Sam is a lawyer, technologist, and a believer that technology can help bridge the access-to-justice gap. He likes to get his hands dirty and is constantly building and experimenting with ways to apply technology to law. Sam was a Fastcase 50 recipient in 2017 as well as a guest on the Lawyerist Podcast to talk about his work. The ABA Journal profiled his LegalOptics project in October of 2017. He's written a good bit for Lawyerist about legal technology and small firm practice, and is an occasional speaker about the intersection of law and technology. Sam previously worked as the Development Team Leader for the Florida Justice Technology Center as well as the Project Manager for the Florida Criminal Justice Data Pilot Project with Measures for Justice.

Kanchana Hegde
IT Associate

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.

Amy Hill
Grants & Contracts Manager

Amy joined Pro Bono Net in December 2019. As the Finance & Administration Associate, she coordinates the financial, human resource, and administrative support functions at Pro Bono Net. Amy has a background in retail management, operations, and political science. She is an avid reader, a hiker, and a culinary enthusiast. She lives in New York City.

Patricia Malone
Legal Director

Pat's expertise is building self-help resource centers, smart interviews, new projects, and partnerships. Her current focus is PBN's LawHelpNY project, to help people understand NY civil law. Previously she was Associate Director at PBN's Immigration Advocates Network, creating legal training materials and smart interviews. Prior to that, Pat managed outreach projects, represented immigrants in proceedings, trained and supported immigration practitioners, and recruited pro bono lawyers at CLINIC. She started her legal career at Proyecto Libertad in Texas and AYUDA in Washington, D.C. Pat has a passion for social justice and getting outside as much as possible.

Joshua Medina
Legal User Experience Designer

Joshua Medina is Justicia Lab’s Legal User Experience (UX) Designer working to transform immigrant justice through collaboration, creativity, and technology. Following over a decade of experience running community-based nonprofit legal immigration programs and working with victims’ rights professionals across the country, Joshua brings legal expertise and a proven user experience skillset into the development and management of innovative technological tools that change the way legal help reaches underserved communities.

Ruthe Myers
Finance & Administration Associate

Ruthe joined Pro Bono Net in August 2022. As a Finance & Administration Associate, she helps coordinate the financials, administration support, and human resource functions of Pro Bono Net. Ruthe earned her B.S in Professional Service Communications from Tennessee Technological University in December 2010. In her free time, Ruthe enjoys reading, being outdoors, music, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with her family. Ruthe currently resides in northern Alabama.

Yvonne Ngo
Program Associate

Yvonne Ngo is the Program Associate for the New York Justice Initiatives. Yvonne supports several projects, including state and national programs. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Yvonne volunteered for an organization dedicated to helping low-income communities in New York. She is eager to help expand access to justice by connecting those in need of legal help through Pro Bono Net's digital tools and resources.

Maria Puente
Volunteer Coordinator

Maria joined Pro Bono Net in July 2023 as the Volunteer Coordinator for the LawHelpNY program. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and comes from a years-long journey in public mental health – from working with adults in hospital wards to working with children with special needs. She is an enthusiastic proponent of community social support systems as well as DEI improvement efforts. Maria is excited about bringing her skills and experience to the legal non-profit sector and creating a positive impact on individuals and our communities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new countries and cultures, and spending time with her family.

Wantee Ramkaran
Program Manager

Wantee joined Pro Bono Net in May 2020 as a LiveHelp Program Associate. She received her J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and B.A. in Political Science from Queens College, City University of New York in 2017. As a law student, Wantee began volunteering with LawHelpNY in October 2017. As a LiveHelp volunteer, Wantee found her passion for using her law degree to assist disadvantaged individuals in our community and expanding legal access to justice. She is grateful for the opportunity to begin her law career at Pro Bono Net.

Ken Ramsey
Project Manager

Since 2010, Ken has steered projects at Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) from concept to fruition. From website design and development to mobile app creation, he has worked on nearly every program in IAN’s portfolio, with a current emphasis on Citizenshipworks and immi. Prior to that, Ken provided in-the-field resettlement services to newly-arrived refugees and directed program delivery for resettlement at CWS. Ken lives in New Jersey with his son and two cats and spends his spare time at the beach, travelling, and listening to loud music.

Sandra Sandoval Chavarria
Program Manager

Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. As Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Sandra leads strategy implementation and assists in product development of Citizenshipworks – a free online tool that helps individuals apply for citizenship. 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. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and received an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Jessica Stuart
Senior Product Manager

Jessica joined the Pro Bono Net team in August 2008, working first as LawHelp Program Associate and now as Senior 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 on the rebuild of a B2B Asset Management application used by a number of different internal and external stakeholders. She now enjoys applying her interest in operations to helping law firms use technology to make their pro bono programs run more efficiently. Jessica earned her B.A. in Communication Processes from the University of Connecticut, and now lives in New York City.

Marissa Wallace
AmeriCorp VISTA

Marissa Wallace is the Americorp VISTA member for the New York Justice Initiatives in 2023-2024. She is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a B.S. in Communication Studies with a certification in International Public Relations. Currently pursuing her M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at New York University, Marissa is passionate about using her expertise to make a positive impact in the legal non-profit sector. With several years of experience in promoting mental health and telehealth services within minority communities in the Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina metropolitan areas, she is eager to expand her skills and contribute to the mission of Pro Bono Net.