Veterans Legal Services promotes self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security for veterans in Massachusetts through comprehensive and accessible legal services. VLS’s unique model of delivering services on-site at homeless shelters and service centers allows it to reach veterans who would otherwise go without the legal help they need. Our partnerships with shelters, courts, and supportive services providers enable VLS to make legal services accessible and collaborate with other professionals, ensuring the best chance of veteran success. VLS services over 500 veterans’ cases per year.
“Veterans Legal Services has assisted thousands of Veterans facing the challenge of homelessness. Because of the services they provide at the Center, homeless Veterans are able to resolve the legal issues that pose a barrier to independent living.”
Mr. Andrew McCawley, CEO, The New England Center & Home for Veterans
Veterans Legal Services is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is not part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any other government agency.
Friends of Veterans Legal Services
Friends of VLS is a group of distinguished individuals invited by the VLS Board of Directors to be affiliated with the organization due to their special knowledge of veterans’ issues, legal services, philanthropy, and non-profit organizations.
- Richard “Dick” Allen, Esq.
- Michael Douvadjian, ChFC, CFP®, CLU
- Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Scott Harshbarger, Esq.
- Michael B. Keating, Esq.
- Coleman Nee
- Stephen H. Oleskey, Esq.
- Stephen Pagliuca
- John “Jack” J. Regan, Esq.
- William “Bill” F. Sinnott, Esq.
Sarah E. Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director & Chief of Operations
Sarah Roxburgh directs Veterans Legal Services’s (VLS) operations. She has served in that role since 2010. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the organization. Sarah specializes in raising the necessary resources to build capacity, recruiting and retaining volunteer law students and attorneys, managing and growing the VLS board of directors, committees, and staff, and developing and implementing systems to scale with VLS’s growth.
Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service. Sarah lives in Boston with her dog, Wally (Airedale/Welsh Terrier mix), and is a dedicated yogi. She and her prior dog, Herman, have volunteered with Boston Children’s Hospital through their therapy dog visitation program. Sarah also volunteers with Christopher’s Haven, an organization providing temporary housing and support for families whose minor children are receiving cancer treatment in Boston.
Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director & Chief Counsel
Anna Richardson leads VLS programs and is widely known for her expertise in veterans’ legal needs. She has served as faculty for the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Basic Benefits Training offered by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education on state and federal veterans’ benefits. She has also performed trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and legal services agencies.
Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. In 2011, Anna received Boston University School of Law’s Victor J. Garo Public Service Award, presented annually to two alumni for their commitment and dedication to public service. In 2015, she was selected as a Boston Rising Star by the National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune. Anna is an avid gardener and lives in Waltham with her husband, Clarence.
Lynn Girton, Esq.
Pro Bono Director
Lynn Girton has devoted her entire legal career of over thirty years to access to justice for low-income individuals. Before joining VLS, Lynn served as Chief Counsel at Volunteer Lawyers Project for 19 years, overseeing the legal work of its staff and pro bono attorneys. Prior to that, she was the Senior Managing Attorney of the Employment Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. Lynn has practiced in the fields of family and landlord/tenant law, as well as employment, unemployment insurance, and civil rights. She received the 1998 Massachusetts Bar Association Pro Bono and Access to Justice Award; the Women of Justice Award given by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2009; the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award given by the ABA Section of Litigation in May of 2009; and the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award presented by the BBA in September of 2012. Lynn is also a prior co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Committee. She is an expert in leveraging the talent and pro bono resources of volunteer lawyers to maximize results for those who would otherwise go without the legal help they need. Lynn lives in West Roxbury with her wife, Patricia, and their two rescue dogs, Sammy and Bella.
Eve C. Elliott, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Eve Elliott assists low-income veterans through the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court. She specializes in a variety of civil matters,including landlord/tenant, public benefits, consumer debt, and family law.
Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Eve worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company. Eve initially began working with VLS as a volunteer Law Student Advocate during law school and also worked with the organization through the New England Law | Boston Lawyering Process Clinic. Eve also spent a year interning as a Rule 9 Student Practitioner for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender in the Providence District Court where she gained criminal law experience representing clients at arraignments, during pretrial conferences and in probation and bail violation hearings. Eve lives on the North Shore with her husband, Jesse, and her Wheaten Terrier, Finn.
Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez, Esq.
Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow (2017-2019)
Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez assists low-income veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and the New England Center and Home for Veterans. He assists veterans across a range of practice areas, including landlord/tenant issues, family law, and benefits issues. He is interested in helping veterans facing collateral consequences of reentry and also works on discharge status upgrades for low-income veterans who are unable to access benefits given their discharge status.
Pedro is from Boston and recently graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a student attorney and President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He studied Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley, and then worked as a John Gardner Fellow and Research Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to law school he also completed a Master’s program as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge and worked at a think tank focused on income inequality and social mobility. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and listening to country music.
Jessica Hopton Youngberg, Esq.
Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow (2015-2017)
Jessica Hopton Youngberg assists low-income veterans through the VLS clinic at the New England Center & Home for Veterans. She assists clients with a variety of civil matters, including landlord/tenant, public benefits, consumer debt, and family law.
Jessica has a long history of public service work including advocacy for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Before joining VLS, she served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Charles B. Goodwin in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Jessica previously worked with VLS as a summer intern during law school and worked with the Red Cross while living in Korea during her husband’s service in the Army. Jessica received her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and is the first Suffolk Law School graduate to receive the prestigious Skadden Fellowship.The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as “a legal Peace Corps,” was established by the law firm Skadden, Arps in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor. From hundreds of applications, only approximately 20 recipients are selected nationwide, based upon each applicant’s academic performance, demonstrated commitment to public interest, and the quality of his or her proposed project. Jessica is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section’s Financial Literacy Committee and volunteer with the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program for high school students. Jessica resides on the South Shore with her husband Brandon, a military veteran who works for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Paralegal & Office Manager
Hannah Taylor is VLS’s office manager and paralegal. Hannah began her work with VLS as an intern while completing her paralegal certification at Middlesex Community College, where she was awarded the Muriel G. Hervey Memorial Scholarship for excellence in paralegal studies, as well as the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Paralegal Studies. Prior to joining VLS, Hannah received a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Miami, both in bassoon performance, and she worked for several years as a classical bassoonist before deciding that her true calling was in public interest work. Hannah resides in the MetroWest area and is the proud dog mom of a rescue pit bull, Stuart.
Please note: VLS email addresses are provided for informational purposes only. Unsolicited emails to any member of VLS do not create an attorney-client relationship. If you choose to email any member of VLS, do not send confidential or sensitive information. Any information provided in such an email may not be protected by attorney-client privilege and may be subject to future disclosure. If you are seeking legal services, the best way to contact VLS is by calling the office at 857-317-4474.
2017-2018: Steve Parker, Esq., Mintz Levin (ret.)
2015-2016: Hon. John C. Cratsley (ret.)
2013-2014: Rosemary Allen, Esq., Mintz Levin (ret.)
Board of Directors
Allan A. Ryan, Esq., Board Chair
Harvard Business School Publishing
Allan A. Ryan has been a lawyer at Harvard since 1985, first in the Office of General Counsel, and as Director of Intellectual Property at Harvard Business School Publishing since 2001. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School magna cum laude, and was a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served as a captain in the US Marine Corps, and then in the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant to the solicitor general, arguing eight cases before the Supreme Court, and as director of the office of special investigations in the criminal division. He is an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School, where he teaches in the field of human rights and international law. He also teaches two courses in Harvard’s Summer School: Intellectual Property; and War Crimes, Genocide and Justice. His recent books are Yamashita’s Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur’s Justice and Command Accountability (2012) and The 9/11 Terror Cases: Constitutional Challenges in the War Against al-Qaeda (2015), both published by University Press of Kansas.
Tim McLaughlin, Esq., Past Board Chair
Shaheen & Gordon
Tim McLaughlin is an associate at the Concord office of Shaheen & Gordon. Tim is experienced with maritime law, construction law, and white collar criminal defense and has handled pro bono matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in Massachusetts Superior Court litigating prisoners’ rights claims. Tim served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 until 2006. During his service, he kept a diary, which has since inspired a multimedia exhibit, War Diaries. The exhibit and stories of Tim’s experiences in Iraq have been widely published in the New York Times and other publications.
During law school, Tim spent six months living in Sarajevo while interning for the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its War Crimes Section. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. in Russian from the College of the Holy Cross. Tim resides in Concord, New Hampshire with his lovely wife Katherine, their two sons, and their Goldendoodle, Clementine.
Andrew von Kuhn, Treasurer
J.P. Morgan Chase
Andrew von Kuhn is an Investment Banking Associate at J.P. Morgan Chase and graduate of Harvard Business School. Before returning to school at Harvard, he worked as an associate at J.P. Morgan. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2013, Andrew served in the Marine Corps from 2009 – 2013 as an infantry officer. Andrew is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Andrew resides in New York City with his wife, Mary, who serves on the VLS Event Committee, and their young son.
Jonathan C. Hayden, Esq., Secretary
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Jon joined Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in 2015. Jon’s practice focuses on business litigation. Prior to joining Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Jon was an associate at a Boston commercial litigation and real estate firm. Jon also served four years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. As a JAG officer, Jon served as a criminal prosecutor for the 18th Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, prosecuting both felonies and misdemeanors in both jury and bench trials. As a prosecutor, his trial experience includes first-chairing numerous multi-day trials, briefing and arguing motions, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and the direct and cross examination of hundreds of witnesses. During his military service Jon received the Army Commendation Medal twice and the Army Achievement Medal. Jon serves as the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Military & Veterans Forum. He resides in Watertown with his wife, Courtney, and their young son, Tyler.
Rosemary Allen, Esq.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC (retired)
Rosemary Allen was an Associate, and later a Partner, at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. from September 1987 until June 2012, when she retired from the firm. She practiced in the firm’s intellectual property and litigation sections, focusing in the areas of complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, criminal law and appellate practice. During her career at Mintz Levin, Rosemary served as Section Manager of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and as the partner in charge of firm-wide professional development. She also served on and chaired the firm’s Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee.
Rosemary received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1986. After law school, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Rosemary also holds an M. Ed. from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Prior to attending law school, Rosemary taught English at Brockton High School for approximately 10 years.
Rosemary serves as a member of the VLS board, VLS’s Development Committee Chair, and serves on the following VLS committees: Compensation, Endowment, Event, Executive, and Gift Acceptance. In addition, Rosemary served as VLS’s 2013 – 2014 Fellow through the Access to Justice Fellows Program. Rosemary resides in Newton with her husband, Dick, who serves as a “Friend of VLS” and on VLS’s Endowment and Governance Committees.
Robin Orazem (Azar)
Robin Orazem joined VLS’s board in January 2016 and is the Co-Chair of its Communications Committee and serves on the VLS Event Committee. Robin comes to VLS with over thirty years of experience in marketing and events. Robin served as a Vice President of Corporate Communications and Affairs for Fidelity Investments from 2004 until 2015. In her role at Fidelity, Robin was responsible for a $30M budget and team of 20 associates to create marketing opportunities for client retention, loyalty and business development. In addition she managed programs to create employee engagement, retention and recognition. Prior to joining Fidelity, Robin served as Vice President of Events for IDG Communications, Inc. a $10M+ event business. Robin resides in Wellesley with her husband, Ed.
Jackie Fearer joined VLS’s Communications Committee in late 2016 and has since joined the VLS Board of Directors. She serves as the Co-Chair of VLS’s Communications Committee in addition to serving on the Event Committee. A Vice President of Executive Communications at Fidelity Investments, Jackie started her career as a middle school teacher and newspaper editor before joining Fidelity in 1994. Jackie’s passion for veterans’ advocacy can be traced back to growing up on military bases as the daughter of a career Marine, Captain Leonard Buckley, who served in Korea and Vietnam during his 20+ years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Love for country runs in the family: Jackie’s daughter, Charlotte, married the son of a career U.S. Navy veteran who recently retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jackie and her husband, Matt Fearer, live in Boxborough with their Airedale Terriers, Abe (official AKC name: Stars and Stripes) and Moose.
Boston Beer Company
Jennifer Glanville is the Brewery Manager at The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams. She is responsible for innovation and new beer development, production and research, development brewing, sourcing unique ingredients, brewery marketing, brewery events, visitor’s center and museum and sales, consumer, wholesaler and account training and education. She has been with the Boston Beer Company since 2001.
Jennifer is a graduate of Mount Holyoke, Doemens Brewing School in Munich, Germany and Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She serves on the Chair of the VLS Event Committee.
Joseph Kearns Goodwin, Esq.
Bank of America; National Service Now
Attorney and Army veteran Joseph Kearns Goodwin joined the VLS board in November 2015. In addition to his work with VLS, Joe is the founder of National Service Now, a nonprofit advocating that young Americans volunteer for a “service year,” whether through the Peace Corps, Teach for America, City Year, AmeriCorps, the military, or another public service organization. Joe’s recent TEDxBeaconStreet talk, National Service Can Make America Great Again, makes a thoughtful and compelling case for national public service, a cause to which he is deeply committed. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Joe responded by immediately enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Iraq where he served as a combat arms platoon leader for fourteen months. He was later involuntarily recalled to service and also deployed to Afghanistan. Joe was awarded a Bronze Star for his distinguished service. Joe is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. In addition to his service on the VLS board, Joe serves on the VLS Development Committee.
Kristen Kuliga, Esq.
K Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Kristen Kuliga is the Principal and Owner of K Sports & Entertainment, LLC in Boston, MA, a full-service sports and entertainment management and marketing firm. Prior to K Sports, Kristen was a partner at Altus Marketing & Management and Paid, Inc. in Boston, MA.
Kristen is one of approximately 30 females certified by the NFLPA as a contract advisor (out of approximately 1,000 registered NFL agents) and is the female that represents the most NFL players. She was the first woman to negotiate a starting NFL quarterback’s contract, having negotiated Doug Flutie’s original $33 million contract with the San Diego Chargers. She currently represents a number of NFL players in their contract negotiations throughout the league. In addition, Kristen works with corporations to develop their sports marketing initiatives. Kristen is well versed in the NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement and teaches about the history and structure of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at Suffolk University Law School and was an Adjunct Professor at UMass Amherst. Kristen is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Suffolk University Law School. Kristen serves on the VLS Event Committee.
Daniel C. LaPenta, Esq.
Daniel LaPenta is a Legal Counsel for Santander Bank and works in the Legal Department’s Risk and Compliance group. Dan began his legal career in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and served as a trial and appellate defense attorney. In 2009, Dan deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he worked as a liaison officer to the judges of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. In 2015, as a Navy reservist, Dan deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he advised the commanders on all military justice matters. After leaving active duty, Dan clerked for the Honorable Justice Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr. of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Following his clerkship, Dan worked as an attorney for LibbyHoopes, P.C., a boutique Boston law firm that specializes in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. Dan is still active in the U.S. Navy Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He serves on the VLS Development Committee and as Chair of the Development Subcommittee focused on the VLS endowment. He also serves on the VLS Gift Acceptance Committee.
Hon. James McHugh, III (Ret.)
The Honorable James F. McHugh, III joined the VLS Board in May 2016. Justice McHugh is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Justice McHugh served on the Superior Court from 1985 until he was appointed to the Appeals Court by then Governor Paul Celucci in 2001, where he served as an Associate Justice until his retirement in 2012. In 2011, the National Center for State Courts honored him with the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence in recognition of his many achievements over his 26-year judicial career, including his tireless efforts and success in achieving improvements in the Massachusetts court system – for the public and for those who work in the courts – on issues ranging from information technology and caseflow management to judicial ethics. Following his retirement from the Appeals Court Justice McHugh was one of the inaugural members appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. In addition to serving on the VLS Board, Justice McHugh serves as Chair of VLS’s Education Committee, where he directs VLS outreach to both veterans in need and others in the legal community.
James P. Whitters, III, Esq.
The Alkalol Company
James Whitters is currently president of the Alkalol Company, a pharmaceutical business begun by his grandfather in 1896. After graduating from Trinity with his B.A. in history, Jim served for three years as a U.S. Navy Officer. In 1965, as a graduate student at Columbia University, Jim volunteered as a teacher for Head Start and coached young athletes in Harlem. Then, while in law school at Boston College, he helped found the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, which provides legal services to low-income people.
In 1969, he earned his law degree from Boston College. Jim worked as a trial lawyer for several Boston firms, including 25 years with Gaston Snow & Ely Barton. As busy as he was, Jim still found time to give back to the community. He served on the boards of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1983, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him to the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and he later served as its vice chairman. Jim taught American legal history at Suffolk University for 15 years as an adjunct professor, and he continues to mentor many of his former students in their law careers. Jim thrives on mentoring young adults, calling it one of his greatest passions. Jim serves as VLS’s Endowment Committee Chair and Governance Committee Chair, in addition to serving on the VLS Development Committee. Jim resides in Boston with his partner, Susan, who serves on the VLS Event Committee, and his labradoodle, Jessie.
Committees include the following and certain committees include both board and non-board members: Communications, Compensation, Development, Education, Endowment, Event, Executive, Finance/Audit, Gift Acceptance, Governance, Development Endowment Subcommittee, Honoree Subcommittee.
Dominic P. Amenta, Event Committee Member
Dominic Amenta is a marketing communications veteran with more than 14 years of experience handling a range of clients in the hospitality, lifestyle, sports, business and philanthropic sectors. As the founder of DPA Communications, Dominic applies his experience in the public relations field to help clients develop marketing and communication strategies that lead to increased exposure and awareness. Dominic resides in Peabody with his wife, Valerie, their daughter, Frankie, and their puggle, Brody.
Kate Bailey Roeser, Event Committee Member
Harvard Club of Boston
Brian Burke, PE, Development Committee Member
Brian is a Marine Corps Veteran of the Iraq War. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a Professional Engineer and has been in the engineering and construction industry for about 10 years. Brian is currently a structural engineer and project manager for Patrick Engineering in their Boston office. Brian’s responsibilities have ranged from field supervision and inspection, to technical design and plan preparation, and project oversight.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and recently completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Connecticut. He was UConn’s Veteran of the Month in April 2016. Brian serves on the VLS Development Committee.
Bryan Dyer, Development Committee Member
Jason D. Edinger is a Senior Research Analyst at RINET. He is a member of the firm’s investment team where he performs due diligence, selection, and monitoring of RINET’s long-only equity and fixed income investment strategies. He is part of the team responsible for the firm’s overall investment strategy and tactical asset allocation decision-making
Prior to joining RINET in 2015, Jason was a Portfolio and Research Analyst at Twin Focus Capital. Prior to that role, he was a Financial Analyst at State Street. He is also a former United Stated Army Officer who earned the Bronze Star Award in recognition of his leadership in combat.
Jason is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Syracuse University. Jason lives with his wife in Newbury, MA and enjoys running, skiing and sailing.
Matthew G. Feher, Esq., Development Committee Member
Burns & Levinson
Matthew Feher focuses his practice on municipal infrastructure, public finance, public-private partnerships and government relations. Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in 2014, he served as counsel to a number of local and regional governments throughout New England in connection with the procurement, design, construction, financing and governance of water, wastewater and solid waste utilities, public building and civic projects. In addition, Mr. Feher serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee counsel in connection with the issuance of tax exempt municipal securities including general and special obligation bonds, certificates of participation, conduit and pooled financings, refundings and private placements.
Mr. Feher is uniquely qualified to represent his clients, having advocated the interests of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns at both the state and federal levels of government as a senior lobbyist with the Massachusetts Municipal Association for a decade. Throughout this time, Mr. Feher was active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and state-level court cases involving municipal finance, public works, transportation, public utilities, procurement, real estate development, zoning and municipal and regional administration matters. He serves on the VLS Development Committee.
Nicolas Gunton, Development Committee Member
J.D. Candidate, Boston College Law School
Nic is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a J.D. candidate at Boston College Law School. Nic currently represents clients in family law and housing matters as a student attorney in BC’s Civil Litigation Clinic. During the summer of 2017, Nic interned with the Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, and he will work as a summer associate with Norton Rose Fulbright in New York during summer of 2018. Prior to serving on VLS’s Development Committee, Nic was a VLS clinic volunteer at the New England Center & Home for Veterans. Nic received his B.A. from The Ohio State University. He resides in Newton with his wife, Alyssa, who is also a Marine Corps veteran, and their two rescue dogs, Eddie (George) and Jesse (Owens).
Rochelle Hahn, Esq., Education Committee Member
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Rochelle Hahn is an attorney who joined MLRI in 2005 to focus on food stamps advocacy. In May of 2007, she became MLRI’s Website Project Coordinator for http://www.masslegalservices.org/, the statewide website for Massachusetts legal services advocates. Prior to joining MLRI, she was the Executive Director of the Legal Advocacy & Resource Center (a legal services hotline), a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, a litigation associate at WilmerHale, and a federal law clerk. She graduated from New York University School of Law. She serves on VLS’s Education Committee.
Michael Homer, Esq., Development Committee Member
Ropes & Gray
Michael Homer focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and related civil litigation. Since joining Ropes & Gray, Michael has represented clients in government investigations of potential violations of the False Claims Act, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, federal and state anti-kickback laws, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as law clerk to the Honorable P. Kevin Castel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Together with Rosalyn Nasdor and Cameron Casey, Mike has lead the VLS and Ropes & Gray pro bono partnership effort and has achieved life-changing results for VLS clients. Mike resides in Roslindale with his wife, Lauren, and their newborn son, Henry.
Michael McCarron, Technology Committee Chair
Michael McCarron is a Parnter in Advisory Services at PwC. Prior to that he was Chief Information Officer at Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain Capital in 2010, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Fidelity Enterprise Operations, the technology solutions unit of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the world.
As an officer in the United States Army, Mr. McCarron’s assignments ranged from Germany to Egypt to the U.S. and included Company Commander, Director of Medical Logistics Systems, Force Medical Supply Officer, and Platoon Leader.
As Chair of VLS’s Technology Committee, Mr. McCarron has been focused on helping VLS implement the necessary infrastructure to build capacity.
Trevor McMinn, Development Committee Member
Commonwealth Financial Group
Susan Moore, Event Committee Member
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Susan Moore is the Director of Case Management at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she specializes in Case Management, Palliative Care, CDIS, and Program Development. Susan serves on the VLS Event Committee. She resides in Boston with her partner, Jim, and their labradoodle, Jessie.
Michael Petit, Development Committee Member
JMH Capital Partners
Michael Petit is the Director of Business Development at JMH Capital Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm based in Boston. Prior to joining JMH Capital, Michael was an Advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. within the firm’s Investment Management Division. He has also served as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in the firm’s Strategic Technology and Innovation Division and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
During his time in the Marines, Michael deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, trained foreign security forces, operated as an adviser to partnered nation government officials and tribal leaders and served as liaison officer to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. He is currently a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Michael graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts and he received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He serves on the VLS Development Committee.
Abby Porosky, Esq., Event Committee Member
Abby Porosky is the Manager of Events and Community Development at One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation. One Mission’s programs and services provides programs and services that lift the spirits of pediatric cancer patients and their families to help the healing and recovery process and make life more livable during treatment and hospitalization. Prior to One Mission, Abby worked at K Sports & Entertainment and Altus Marketing & Management. Abby is a coveted event planner, silent and live auction fundraising coordinator, and development expert. Abby received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She serves on the VLS Event Committee.
Sean Small, Esq., Development Committee Member
Sean Small is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Transactions practice group. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Sean volunteered with VLS as a Northeastern School of Law Co-op student. Sean received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. from Skidmore College. Sean resides in Boston with his wife, Jennel, and their newborn daughter, Stella.
Lisa Smith, Development Committee Member
Team Rubicon; Candidate for Master’s Degree, Boston College
Lisa Smith served in the Air Force Security Forces before hanging up her beret and returning to school to become a macro social worker, focusing on expanding and developing effective programs to serve at-risk populations in Colorado and Boston. Lisa has spent nearly a decade advocating for and working with the veteran population through both nonprofit and government services. Lisa has developed and created effective veteran programs through her work with Team Rubicon, Colorado State University, and Boston College. She is currently tackling Boston’s housing issues through the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Lisa is an avid traveler and, during her off times, likes to hang out with her sassy dog, Willie Chancho.
Joanne Thorud, Event Committee Member
Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Joanne Thorud is the Director of Marketing at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. Jo is responsible for creating and implementing the strategic marketing and business development efforts for the firm’s practice areas and attorneys. Jo manages all aspects of these initiatives, including communications, advertising, event planning, social media, content development, website and intranet, budgeting, and the CRM platform. She has been a professional in the legal industry for over 25 years. Jo has been an active member of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) since 2009 and served in several leadership roles, including Chair of the Boston Steering Committee in 2017. She currently co-chairs the LMA Boston Small Firm Shared Interest Group.
Mary von Kuhn joined the Event Committee in 2015. She began her career in financial services and transitioned to retail, working primarily for e-commerce start ups. Mary has a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew von Kuhn, who is a Marine Corps veteran, and their young son.
Ellen White, PE, Event Committee Member
Ellen Whit is a Professional Engineer and program manager with Patrick Engineering in their Boston office. Her expertise is the design and construction management of complex infrastructure projects. Ellen’s varied background in highway and transit projects offers her a diverse perspective, having worked for state government, private and public engineering firms, a private developer, and a small litigation consultancy. Ellen recently completed a successful term as President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. It is the oldest engineering society in the United States and supports over 3,400 members throughout Massachusetts. Ellen also serves on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council. She received her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and lives in Boston with her Labrador retriever, Livvy.
Katherine “Kit” Williams, Governance Committee Member
Kit combines an extensive business background with a deep understanding of corporate leadership development and coaching. After a decade in investment banking in senior positions with Citibank, First Pennsylvania and Fidelity, Kit followed her passion into executive coaching. She has more than 20 years experience in global executive coaching including positions as leading a corporate global leader development team, as a principal in a well-regarded coaching and career development firm, as a Harvard Business School-based consultant, and as an entrepreneur. Her clients include Merck, Genzyme, Raytheon, Hewlett Packard, Agilent, Dassault Systemes and JP Morgan Chase. Kit has lived and worked in various locations around the world and speaks French fluently. She currently resides in Weston with her fiancé, Neil, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Alfie.