Board of Directors & Staff

The next board meeting will be September 20, 2018 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.

Officers

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

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

Katherine Hurst Miller, Surf Coast Law

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

H.O.M.E. Program

Jazzmen Kingston 

Orange County Lay Representative

Christine Parrish, Esq. 

Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. Marion County

Mandy LaRoy

Center for the Visually Impaired

Bob Lassone

Central Florida Urban League

Eunice Garbutt

Lee Conlee House

Tangie Archer

The Enrichment Center

Georgette Polichak-Sanchez

 

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 – Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeffrey Harvey – Chief Program Officer
  • Lisa Witkowski -​ Chief Operating Officer
  • Sue Edmunds – Senior Director of Grants and Compliance
  • Josh Lazar – Senior Director of Information Technology
  • 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
  • Julie Rademacher – Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Allison Rivera – Pro Bono Coordinator 
  • Iris Castro – Pro Bono Assistant

Legal Team

  • Jorge Acosta Palmer
  • Teresa Adams
  • Christie Bhageloe
  • Erin Brennan
  • Yvonne Brown, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Sally Burgos
  • Winston Cole
  • Bette Collazo
  • Samantha Cools
  • Latasha Cooper, EJW Disaster Recovery Fellow
  • Terry Costolo
  • Valerie Dominique-Blocker
  • Janelise Gastell
  • Julian Gonzalez
  • Daphnie Guillaume
  • Martha Guillen, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Danielle Harris
  • Jeffrey Hussey
  • Nestor Ivanor
  • Japonica Jackson
  • Lizzie Johnson
  • Katie V. Kelly
  • Michael Koch
  • Magda Lanza
  • Dayanna Lopez
  • Angela Makley 
  • Alishia McDonald
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Jerika Mobley
  • Andrea Mosley
  • Marissa O’Connor
  • Martha Pardo
  • Serena Pines
  • Laura Pichardo-Cruz
  • Lucinda Pruss 
  • Christina Russo, Manager of Public Interest & Medical-Legal Partnerships  
  • Tonya Schroeder
  • Bruce Scott, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Patrice Scott, Legal Fellow
  • Michelle Stile
  • Michael Tierney
  • Sara Vance
  • Kimberly Viner
  • William Whitman 

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.