Board of Directors & Staff

Next board meeting will be via telephone on September 21, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Members of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) Board of Directors serve as ambassadors, educating the community and building relationships that support our mission. Fiduciary duties include financial and program oversight, and broad policy-making.

The Board is composed of 25 members selected and appointed by a variety of organizations and agencies. All board members serve on a voluntary, uncompensated basis, and may serve up to three successive two-year terms.

Officers

Melissa Miller, Esq. President

Warren Channell, Esq. Vice President

Christine Parrish, Esq. Treasurer

Cynthia Hamilton-Smith, Secretary

Board of Directors

Bar Association Representatives

Brevard County Bar Association

Joseph Colombo, Mommers & Colombo, Attorneys at Law

Citrus County Bar Association

Michael (Mike) Wasylik, Ricardo Wasylik

Flagler County Bar Association

Max Hunter Story, Max Hunter Story, P.A.

Hernando County Bar Association

Joseph Mason, McGee & Mason, P.A.

Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida

Karla Valladares, Valladares Law Firm, LLC

Lake County Bar Association

Brent C. Miller, Law Office of Brent C. Miller, P.A.

Marion County Bar Association

Ray McNeal, Retired Circuit Judge/Family, Dependency, Appellate Mediator

Orange County Bar Association

Amy Goodblatt, Amy E. Goodblatt, P.A.

Osceola County Bar Association

Maureen Arago, Arago Law Office

Paul Perkins Bar Association

Warren T. Channell, Channell Law Firm, P.A.

Putnam County Bar Association

Melissa C. Miller, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, St. Johns River State College

Seminole County Bar Association

Taras Rudnitsky, Rudnitsky Law Firm

Sumter County Bar Association

Barry Elkin, The Law Offices of Elkin and Peck, P.A.

Volusia County Bar Association

Appointment Pending

Volusia County Bar Association

Sherrille D. Akin, Akin Law, P.A.

 

Community Representatives

Fair Housing Continuum, Inc.

Loretta Hawkins-Smith

Golden Rule Housing and Development

Cynthia Hamilton-Smith

Halifax Urban Ministries

New Appointment Pending

Orange County Lay Representative

Christine Parrish, Esq. Partner at Burr and Forman LLP

Orange County Latino Leadership

New Appointment Pending

Orange County NAACP

Tim Adams

Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. Marion County

Mandy LaRoy

Center for the Visually Impaired

Bob Lassone

 

Staff

Community Legal Services has over 100 attorneys, advocates and support staff located throughout 12 counties dedicated to providing free legal aid to low-income families throughout Central Florida. Our talented team provides advice and representation helping more than 17,500 people each year.

Leadership Team

  • Kimberly Sanchez – Executive Director
  • Jeffrey Harvey – Director of Operations
  • Sue Edmunds – Director of Grants and Compliance
  • Josh Lazar – Director of Information Technology
  • Linda Truitt – Controller
  • Lisa Witkowski -​ Director of Human Resources

Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • Lena Smith – Pro Bono Manager
  • Margaret Harrell – Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Julie Rademacher – Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Ichi Vazquez – Pro Bono Coordinator

Legal Team

  • Jorge Acosta Palmer
  • Christie Bhageloe
  • Erin Brennan
  • Sally Burgos
  • Bette Collazo
  • Samantha Cools
  • Terry Costolo, Affordable Housing Contract Attorney 
  • Valerie Dominique-Blocker
  • Fallon Gomez
  • Daphnie Guillaume
  • Martha Guillen, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Eric Hughes
  • Japonica Jackson
  • Lizzie Johnson
  • Monique Keels
  • Katie V. Kelly
  • Michael Koch
  • Magda Lanza
  • Dayanna Lopez
  • Angela Makley 
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Jerika Mobley
  • Andrea Mosley
  • Martha Pardo
  • Serena Pines
  • Laura Pichardo-Cruz
  • Erika Recek
  • Laura Sanchez-Meeks
  • Bruce Scott, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Patrice Scott, Legal Fellow
  • Marissa Smeyne
  • Marcellina Spigner
  • Sara Vance
  • Jenny Vargas De Perez-Corujo

Fair Housing Team

  • Alicia Magazu
  • Sheila Hamilton

Housing Counselors

  • Gedsedi Calderon
  • Suling Muñoz
  • Jodi Peña-Castaldi

Advocacy and Helpline

The legal team is assisted by more than 30 legal assistants, helpline and intake personnel and many others who are committed to helping the people of Central Florida receive the help they need to address life’s obstacles.