Staff Directory


Bob Simmons, J.D. — Executive Director

Carolyn Brown – Director of Administration
Kira McCrary — Adminstrative Office Assistant

Children’s Legal Services

Children’s Defense Team (CDT)

Mitchell Feld, J.D. – Director of Children’s Defense
Laura Anderson, J.D. – Staff Attorney, Mental Health
Jamila Brockett, M.P.A.– Program Assistant
Martin Cooper — Investigator
Breanne Mercer, J.D., – Staff Attorney
Christine Miller-Clarke, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Colleen Mullan, J.D., M.S.W. – Staff Attorney
Veronika Sykorova, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Sara Ward, M.S.W. – Social Worker

Custody Advocacy Program (CAP)

Ashley Neal, J.D. –Director of Custody Advocacy
Heather Lowman — Program Assistant
Laura McCready, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Elizabeth Moore – Legal Assistant
John Parker, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Catherine Smith, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Patti Tutone, J.D. — Staff Attorney

Individual Advocacy Team (IAT)

Heather Johnson, J.D., M.S.W. – Director of Individual Advocacy
April Adeeyo, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Ellen Hamrick, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Stephanie Klitsch, J.D. – Asst. Director of Individual Advocacy
Caitlin Whalan, J.D. – Staff Attorney
Ilana Yanku  — Program Assistant

Communication and Marketing

LuAnn Ritsema – Director of Communication and Marketing


Amy Tribble – Director of Development
Taylor Boyles – Assistant Director of Development
Nancy Mulholland – Development Associate
Mary Murphy  – Development Associate

Research and Policy

Emily Tamilin, M.A. – Director of Research and Policy
Kriti Yadav – Research Associate

Volunteer Programs

Please direct inquiries about volunteer opportunities, including participation in our Custody Advocacy Volunteer Program, to  Coordination of these programs is currently handled by volunteers who work on a part-time basis.

Volunteer Coordinators

Ann Dorsett, J.D. – Custody Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator
Sara Holderness, J.D. – Custody Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator

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