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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

 

Administration

 

James W. (Jay) Speer, Esq. Executive Director T: (804) 351-5268  |  E: [email protected]

Salaam Bhatti, Esq. Deputy Director  T: (804) 351-5265  |  E: [email protected]

Ezra Halstead Center for Outreach Director  T: (804) 351-5271  |  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 the Center for Economic Justice  T: (804) 351-5269  |  E: [email protected]

 

Staff

 

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]

Cassie Edner, Esq. Staff Attorney | Public Benefits; Director of Virginia Hunger Solutions  T: (804) 588-2079  |  E: [email protected]

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

Mara Guyer Communications & Marketing Specialist | Enroll Virginia  T: (804) 659-1306  |  E: [email protected]

Emily Hardy, Esq. Staff Attorney | Elder Law  T: (804) 588-2089  |  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]