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VPLC Staff

Please note that the Virginia Poverty Law Center does not provide direct legal representation except in very limited matters. If this is what you need, please call (866) 534-5243 to reach your local legal aid office. You can also visit VaLegalAid.org for other resources.

Main Number: (804) 782-9430
Fax Number: (804) 649-0974




James W. (Jay) Speer, Esq. Executive Director
Director of the Center for Economic Justice  T: (804) 351-5268  |  E: [email protected]

Deepak Madala, Esq. Director of the Center for Healthy Communities and ENROLL Virginia!  T: (804) 432-0199  |  E: [email protected]

Christine E. Marra, Esq. Director of Housing Advocacy  E: [email protected]

Teresa (Toni) Maxey Director of Development  T: (804) 351-5263  |  E: [email protected]

Lindsey Noble Office & Finance Manager  T: (804) 351-5257  |  E: [email protected]

Susheela Varky, Esq. Director of the Center for Family Advocacy and Legal Assistance for Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse (LA VIDA) T: (804) 351-5274  |  E: [email protected]

Dana Wiggins Director of Outreach and Consumer Advocacy  T: (804) 351-5269  |  E: [email protected]




Jamshid Bakhtiari Community Organizer | Affordable Clean Energy Project  T: (804) 801-8970  |  E: [email protected]

Salaam Bhatti, Esq. Staff Attorney | Public Benefits; Director of Virginia Hunger Solutions  T: (804) 351-5265  |  E: [email protected]

Carmen Bingham Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Project Coordinator  T: (804) 980-5467  |  E: [email protected]

Sara Cariano ENROLL Virginia! Policy Specialist and Lead Health Insurance Navigator  T: (804) 332-1432  |  E: [email protected]

Joe Ciszek, Esq. Staff Attorney | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 351-5261  |  E: [email protected]

Jessica Conley ENROLL Virginia! Health Insurance Navigator, Southwest Virginia  T: (276) 229-9388  |  E: [email protected]

Laura Dobbs, Esq. Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Fellow | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 955-0470  |  E: [email protected]

Steve Fischbach, Esq. Litigation Director  T: (804) 351-5266  |  E: [email protected]

Ezra Halstead Education, Technology, and Training Specialist  T: (804) 351-5271  |  E: [email protected]

Emily Hardy, Esq. Staff Attorney | Elder Law  T: (804) 351-5273  |  E: [email protected]

Ben Hoyne Utility Resource & Policy Specialist | Affordable Clean Energy Project  T: (804) 308-8239  E: [email protected]

Monica Lauw Communications Director  T: (804) 351-5262  |  E: [email protected]

Valerie L’Herrou, Esq. Staff Attorney | Family & Child Welfare  T: (804) 351-5276  |  E: [email protected]

Vanessa Paster, Esq. Staff Attorney | LA VIDA (Legal Assistance for Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse)  T: (804) 351-5259  |  E: [email protected]

Amber Poron ENROLL Virginia! Outreach Coordinator & Health Insurance Navigator  T: (804) 432-9874  |  E: [email protected]

Annika Schunn Paralegal/Eviction Legal Helpline Coordinator | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 916-9794  |  E: [email protected]

Rhonda Seltz ENROLL Virginia! Health Insurance Navigator, New River Valley  T: (540) 525-5924  |  E: [email protected]

Phil Storey, Esq. Staff Attorney | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 418-3210  |  E: [email protected]

Fabian Wadle LA VIDA Paralegal/Project Coordinator  T: (804) 351-5256  |  E: [email protected]