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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) 624-7812  |  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]

Carol Gordon Office & Finance Manager  T: (804) 659-7344  |  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 Senior Health Policy Analyst | Enroll Virginia  T: (804) 332-1432  |  E: [email protected]

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

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

Laura Dobbs, Esq. Staff Attorney | 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]

Kajsa Foskey Economic Justice Outreach Coordinator  T: (804) 659-7345  |  E: [email protected]

Gladys D. Garcia Eviction Legal Helpline Paralegal | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 382-5981  |  E: [email protected]

Mara Guyer Communications & Marketing Specialist | Enroll Virginia  T: (804) 801-2927  |  E: [email protected]

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

Miranda Huffer Development Assistant  E: [email protected]

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

Flannery O’Rourke Law & Policy Analyst  T: (804) 750-3151  |  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 Outreach Coordinator & Health Insurance Navigator | Enroll Virginia  T: (804) 432-9874  |  E: [email protected]

Daynee Rosales Paralegal | LA VIDA (Legal Assistance for Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse)  T: (804) 351-5256 |  E: [email protected]

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

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

Amanda Silcox Economic Justice Outreach Coordinator  T: (804) 659-7359  |  E: [email protected]

Connie Stevens Communications Director  T: (540) 354-8597  |  E: [email protected] 

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

Denise Thomas-Brown Housing Community Education and Engagement Specialist, Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Fellow | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 382-8408  |  E: [email protected]

Matthew C Whitfield, Esq. Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Fellow | Housing Advocacy  T: (804) 659-4593  |  E: [email protected]