Board of Directors & Staff

The next board meeting will be February 21, 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.

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

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

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.

New Appointment Pending

Golden Rule Housing and Development

Cynthia Hamilton-Smith

Orange County Lay Representative

Christine Parrish, Esq. 

Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. Marion County

New Appointment Pending

Central Florida Urban League

Eunice Garbutt

Lee Conlee House

Tangie Archer

The Enrichment Center

New Appointment Pending

 

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
  • Leilani Ostarly – Chief Financial 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
  • Serena Baldacchino
  • Christie Bhageloe
  • Erin Brennan
  • Yvonne Brown, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Sally Burgos
  • Brittney Bush
  • Bette Collazo
  • Samantha Cools
  • Latasha Cooper, EJW Disaster Recovery Fellow
  • Hector Cuprill
  • Jerrell “Dayton” King
  • Valerie Dominique-Blocker
  • Susan Giacoletto
  • 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 
  • John Martino
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Jerika Mobley
  • Andrea Mosley
  • Marissa O’Connor
  • Martha Pardo
  • Serena Pines
  • Laura Pichardo-Cruz
  • Shante Pressley
  • Christina Russo, Manager of Public Interest & Medical-Legal Partnerships  
  • Bruce Scott, Florida Registered Paralegal
  • Diane Saint-Louis
  • Michelle Saporito
  • Sara Stephenson
  • Beatriz Tavarez
  • 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.