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 – Center for Economic Justice | Concentrating in Consumer Law
T: (804) 351-5268  |  E: [email protected]

Ann Voss
Office Manager T: (804) 351-5257  |  E: [email protected]

Christine E. Marra, Esq.
Director – ACES (Advocates for Credit, Employment and Shelter, a Program of the Virginia Legal Aid Community)  |  Concentrating in Community Development
T: (804) 351-5275  |  E: [email protected]

Dana Wiggins
Director – Center for Community Outreach; VaPERL Coalition Coordinator; Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Project Directo
T: (804) 351-5269 Predatory Hotline: 866-830-4501  |  E: [email protected]

Jill A. Hanken, Esq.
Director – Center for Healthy Communities; Director – ENROLL! Virginia  |  Concentrating in Health Law
T: (804) 351-5258  |  E: [email protected]

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

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




Amber Porón
ENROLL Virginia Hispanic Education and Outreach Coordinator and Health Insurance Navigator
T: (804) 432-9874  |  E: [email protected]

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

Davis Creef, Esq.
Staff Attorney – Center for Family Advocacy |  Concentrating in Elder Law
T: (804) 351-5273  |  E: [email protected]

Deepak Madala, Esq.
Staff Attorney  |  ENROLL Virginia Program Manager and Health Insurance Navigator
T:(804) 432-0199  |  E: [email protected]

Kathleen Murphy
Child Nutrition Specialist – Virginia Hunger Solutions | Concentrating in Food Security for Children
T: (804) 351-5267  |  E: [email protected]

Natasha Evans
Legal Aid Education Manager  |  Statewide website Coordinator (www.valegalaid.org)
T: (804) 351-5261  |  E: [email protected]

Phil Storey, Esq.
Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE) Attorney
T: (804) 418-3210  |  E: [email protected]

Salaam Bhatti, Esq.
Concentrating in Public Benefits Law; Director – Virginia Hunger Solutions
T: (804) 351-5265  |  E: [email protected]

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

Simon Valencia Abello
Advocate and Paralegal – Center for Family Advocacy | Concentrating in the LA VIDA program assistance
T: (804) 351-5256  |  E: [email protected]

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

Valerie L’Herrou, Esq.
Staff Attorney – Center for Family Advocacy |  Concentrating in Family & Child Welfare Law
T: (804) 351-5276  |  E: [email protected]

Vanessa Paster, Esq.
Staff Attorney – Center for Family Advocacy | Concentrating in the LA VIDA program assistance
T: (804) 351-5259  |  E: [email protected]