Staff​​​

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director


Alice Bendinelli
VIT Project Assistant


Courtney Brown
Director of Philanthropy


​​Matthew Cannon, Esq.
Children's Program Director


Zelena Lissette Cartagena, Esq.
Staff Attorney


Cecilia Dougherty
DOJ Accredited Representative


Annie L. Gorden
Litigation Legal Assistant


Elena Gutierrez, Esq.

Staff Attorney


Paola Gutierrez
Executive Assistant to the Director


​​Evelyn Hernandez
Receptionist​


Jennifer Hernandez
Grants Manager


Jesse Imbriano, Esq.
Legal Director


Ana Jerez
Children's Program Legal Assistant


​Zohaile Kakavand, Esq.
Project Staff Attorney


Kendy Li
Operations Manager


Evelyn Alicia Lopez, Esq.
Associate Attorney


Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti
Development Manager


Idanna Ortega
Children's Program Legal Assistant


Katherine Paculba Lacher, Esq.
Pro Bono Program Director


Liza Perkins-Cohen, Esq.

​Staff Attorney


Emma Rucker

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

Gloria Bader, Ed.D.
The Bader Group

Board Vice Chair

​John Pacheco, Esq.
Sempra Utilities

Board Secretary

Matt Mahoney, Esq.

Witham Mahoney & Abbot, LLP
Board Treasurer


Nancy Aeling, Esq.
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)


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