Staff​​​

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director


Alice Bendinelli
VIT Project Assistant


Courtney Brown
Director of Philanthropy


Elizabeth Camarena, Esq.
Associate Director


Matthew Cannon, Esq.
Children's Program Director


Zelena Lissette Cartagena, Esq.
Staff Attorney


Odili Cerecedo Moctezuma

Administrative Clerk


Cecilia Dougherty
Victims of Crime Program Legal Assistant


Annie L. Gorden
Litigation Legal Assistant


Mary Wayne Gradon, SHCJ
Director of Communications

Paola Gutierrez
Executive Assistant to the Director


​Gabriela Guzman
DOJ Accredited Representative 


Evelyn Hernandez
Receptionist​


Jennifer Hernandez
Grants Manager


Jesse Imbriano, Esq.
Supervising Attorney


Ana Jerez
Children's Program Legal Assistant


​Zohaile Kakavand, Esq.
Project Staff Attorney


Kendy Li
Operations Manager


Evelyn Alicia Lopez, Esq.
Staff Attorney


Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti
Development Manager


Katherine Paculba Lacher, Esq.
Pro Bono Program Director


Liza Perkins-Cohen, Esq.

​Staff Attorney


Patricia Ramirez
Support Services Coordinator


Michelle Terazawa
Development Assistant


Artemisa Valle
Information Systems Administrator
VIT Program Coordinator


Rosa Vargas
Pro Bono Program Assistant

Arwa J. Zakir Kakavand, Esq.
Senior Litigation Attorney







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Board of Directors

Deacon Jim Vargas, OFS

Father Joe's Villages

Board Chair

Lucy Howell

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Board Vice Chair

​John Pacheco, Esq.
Sempra Utilities

Board Secretary

Matt Mahoney, Esq.

Witham Mahoney & Abbot, LLP
Board Treasurer


Nancy Aeling
HR Results

Gloria Bader, Ed.D.
The Bader Group

Margaret Doyle, SHCJ
Society of the Holy Child Jesus


Ann Durst, SHCJ, Esq.
Society of the Holy Child Jesus


Molly Gavin
Qualcomm Incorporated

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

Amy Romaker, Esq.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP


Mary Siegrist

Pipeline One Properties, LLC 

Gerard A. Trippitelli, Esq.

Greg Vega, Esq.

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek