Board of Directors & Staff

The next board meeting will be May 18, 2019 in the CLSMF Orlando office at 5 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.


Christine Parrish, President

Mike Wasylik, Vice President

Sherrille D. Akin, 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

Kevin Ross-Andino, eClat Law LLP

Lake County Bar Association

James Argento, State Attorney’s Office

Marion County Bar Association

Wynn Smith, State Attorney’s Office, 5th Judicial Circuit

Orange County Bar Association

Andrea Ortiz

Osceola County Bar Association

Celia Thacker, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kissimmee

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

Carrie Rentz

Sumter County Bar Association

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

Volusia County Bar Association

Katherine Hurst Miller, Surf Coast Law

Volusia County Bar Association

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


Community Representatives

Camaraderie Foundation

Scott Owens

Golden Rule Housing and Development

Cynthia Hamilton-Smith

Orange County Lay Representative

Christine Parrish, Esq.

Marion County Homeless Council HOPE Program

Janell Taylor

Central Florida Urban League

Eunice Garbutt

Lee Conlee House

Tangie Archer

The Enrichment Center

Diane Somers


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 20,000 people each year.

Leadership Team

  • Kimberly Sanchez – Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeffrey Harvey – Chief Program Officer
  • Lisa Witkowski –  Chief Operating Officer
  • Linda Truitt – Senior Director of Finance

Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • Martha Pardo – Senior Manager of Public Interest & Pro Bono Services
  • Lena Smith – Pro Bono Manager
  • Margaret Harrell – Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Iris Castro – Pro Bono Assistant

Legal Team

  • Jorge Acosta Palmer
  • Teresa Adams
  • Rovena Andoni
  • Serena Baldacchino
  • Christie Bhageloe
  • Erin Brennan
  • Lakia Broomfield
  • Sally Burgos
  • Aurea Burgos-Moragon
  • Brittney Bush
  • Bette Collazo
  • Samantha Cools
  • Latasha Cooper
  • Elicia Day
  • Julian Gonzalez
  • Daphnie Guillaume
  • Danielle Harris
  • Jeffrey  Hussey
  • Nestor  Ivanor
  • Japonica Jackson
  • Lizzie Johnson
  • Monique Keels
  • Katherine Kelly
  • Jerrell King
  • Michael Koch
  • Magda Lanza
  • Dayanna Lopez
  • Kerry Lovell
  • Alicia Magazu
  • Angela Makley
  • John Martino
  • Mary Kogut Lowell
  • Melissa Strassner
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Jerika Mobley
  • Andrea Mosley
  • Emmanuela Obiabo
  • Marissa O’Connor
  • Catherine Ourand
  • Martha Pardo
  • Laura Pichardo-Cruz
  • Serena Pines
  • Christina Russo
  • Michelle Saporito
  • Sara Stephenson
  • Michael Tierney
  • William Whitman
  • Saasha Williams
  • Christina Leger
  • Gabriela Bonilla
  • Amie Assent
  • Darlene Bell-Alexander
  • Shaunda Brown
  • Hector Cuprill

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.