Katherine Baldwin
Investigator

 

Katherine joined DLC in July, 2019. She is originally from the Pioneer Valley Region of New Hampshire and had the privilege to grow up in a family care home which allowed the inclusion of persons with disabilities as an integrated part of her family. Her family provided a home for people that came from institutions, family homes, group homes and other situations. The opportunity to live, work and play side by side with such a diverse population taught

Katherine the value of empowerment and advocacy. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Maine at Farmington where she studied special education. She later earned a Masters of Education and a Masters of Public Policy. Ms. Baldwin previously worked doing case management and as an IDD director in North Carolina. Katherine has devoted her career to advocacy and empowering outcomes for all persons in the mental health system.  In working with families, she strives to educate them on the processes and systems at work to allow for self-empowerment for both guardians and the consumer of services. Katherine has been active in the Cumberland Provider Advisory Council and the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee.

Ms. Baldwin was named Rehabilitation Partner of the Year in 2010 by Service Source. Katherine’s focus at the Disability Law Center is as an Investigator for the Representative Payee Program. In her free time Katherine is a proud Army wife and mother, she enjoys playing volleyball, scrapbooking and reading.

Laura Best
Administrative Assistant

Laura joined DLC in August 2019. She is originally from the Andersonville neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. She is a Cubs and a Bears fan, but will root for the Red Sox and Patriots if they are not playing her home teams. Her work with people with disabilities began when she worked as an inclusion companion at a summer camp outside of Chicago.

Ms. Best graduated from Boston University in May 2019 where she received a BA in Psychology and Political Science. While at BU, she studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium interning at a non-profit that assisted in refugee resettlement. She also completed an internship at Senator Edward Markey’s office in Boston where she wrote a legislative brief on migrants with mental illnesses, focusing on PTSD and other trauma related disabilities.

Linda Byrne
Intake Specialist
Linda, a graduate of Aquinas College, has assisted individuals with physical, developmental and mental health disabilities at DLC since 2003. Ms. Byrne started as an Administrative Assistant; and was promoted to an Intake Specialist several years later. Prior to joining DLC, Ms. Byrne worked at the Center for Public Representation for 8 years assisting individuals with mental health disabilities. She speaks fluent Portuguese.
Rich Contente
Director of Finance & Information Technology
Rich joined DLC in 1988 as Business Manager. He was responsible for computerizing all of the agency’s legal and administrative functions. Today, Rich administers our computer networks, manages our web sites and social media outlets, and provides technical assistance to staff. Most recently, Rich developed our mobile web app and turned our local access cable TV show into a video podcast. He has a special interest in assistive technologies and how they can help people with disabilities. Rich is also responsible for all of the accounting and financial functions of the agency, as well as human resources and other general management functions. He has overseen the growth of our annual budget from $600K to $2.7million. He especially enjoys developing budget strategies to help maximize our limited resources.
Pamela Coveney
Senior Attorney
Pamela is a native of New York City. She has been a staff attorney at the Disability Law Center since October 2001. Pamela is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The Delaware Law School of Widener University. She began her legal career as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. has worked as a litigation associate with a national law firm, and served as both a staff attorney and the Corporate Compliance Officer of a major insurance carrier. Pamela has represented clients in a variety of matters involving housing discrimination and public access. She currently focuses on special education matters, serving both on individual representation, counseling, advocacy, and training. She has published articles for Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, the Boston Globe, and for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
Hillary Dunn
Senior Attorney

Hillary returned to DLC in 2014. She focuses on special education matters, abuse and neglect, and advocating for appropriate community supports and services for adults with disabilities. Ms. Dunn has been involved in legislative and regulatory advocacy regarding disability issues and has trained individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals in various areas of disability law. In addition to her work at the Disability Law Center, Ms. Dunn previously worked in the Special Needs and Elder Law Practice Group at a Massachusetts law firm where she practiced in the areas of special education, guardianship issues, and advocacy with adult human service agencies. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra C. Freeman of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Dunn is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University.

Amanda Gasparonis
Director of Administration
Amanda started working at the Disability Law Center in 2010 and has been the Director of Administration since 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a BA in Anthropology. While a student at UNH, Amanda worked for the Office of Disability Services for Students and the Department of Occupational Therapy.
Rick Glassman
Director of Advocacy
Rick is a 1981 graduate of Colgate University, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. in 1984 from Northeastern University School of Law. He worked in a legal services program from 1985 to 2001 and managed a law school poverty law clinic from 2001 to 2006, before joining DLC. From April 2006 to February 2014 he served as Director of Litigation at the Disability Law Center, when he then assumed his current position as Director of Advocacy. In recent years, Rick has been actively involved in issues such as: housing discrimination and reasonable accommodations; restraint and seclusion of children in schools; eligibility for adult services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; access to public accommodations; rights of prisoners with psychiatric disabilities; rights to live and receive services in an integrated setting in the community; and wage and hour issues on behalf of subminimum wage workers with disabilities.
Mark Kalashian
Receptionist
Mark Kalashian has been the receptionist at the Disability Law Center since January of 1998. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish in 1995 and his Bachelors in 1992, both from UMass Amherst. For his work at the Disability Law Center, Mark, who has been blind since birth, was inducted into The Carroll Center for the Blind’s Carroll Society which recognizes achievements in the workplace of employees who are blind or visually impaired. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating out, and listening to vintage music, especially the music of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. While at UMass Amherst, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a radio DJ by hosting his own oldies show as Mark with a K on WMUA, and on those rare occasions when he has the chance to guest host on someone’s radio show, Mark welcomes the opportunity to do so.
Stefanie Krantz
Senior Attorney
Stefanie has been a staff attorney at DLC since 1994. She works in the Northampton office. Stefanie has expertise in many areas of disability rights work including; access to health care, special education, housing, employment, and public accommodations. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Western New England School of Law. She is also a trained mediator and she brings these skills to her work on a daily basis. Stefanie has conducted statewide trainings in the areas of health care access, special education, and communication access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, she has authored a number of publications, including chapters on Special Education and Health Care Access in the MCLE publication: Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities. Stefanie has dedicated her profession to furthering the rights of people with disabilities on an individual and a systemic level.
Linda Landry
Senior Attorney
Linda has worked at DLC since 1990. Her focus is on Social Security benefit issues and work incentives, as well as the related health benefits, MassHealth and Medicare. She has over 30 years of experience in legal advocacy in these areas, which has included individual representation, training, impact and policy work, class action litigation, and backup, support, and technical assistance to a statewide project of attorneys and advocates who represent individual Social Security and SSI disability benefits claimants. Linda writes and presents on a variety topics for local and national audiences. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in the 1980s before coming to DLC. She received the NOSSCR Distinguished Service Award in 2006, the Massachusetts Bar Association Equal Access to Justice Award in 2011, and a Massachusetts Top Women of the Law Award in 2013.
John Lundborn
Investigator

John Lundborn joined DLC as a Representative Payee Investigator in 2019.John has well over twenty-five years of police and public safety experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI LEEDA Program and a graduate of the New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Class at Babson College, and a graduate of the UMASS Boston addiction counseling program. 

Since 1987, he has held various responsibilities and assignments.  John has also held positions as a transition coordinator and director at a not for profit advocacy organization that serve people with disabilities. He was responsible for obtaining and managing grants, programs, services and human resources for the organization.

As a tireless advocate, he has helped hundreds of people with disabilities and addictions in their recovery efforts, and has helped them transition to more independence through positive and progressive change.

Investigator
Nancy J. Murphy
Senior Attorney
Nancy joined Disability Law Center in the Northampton Office in 2005. Attorney Murphy focuses on individual and systemic advocacy for individuals with disabilities living in the community and in facilities. Attorney Murphy specializes in investigating allegations of abuse and neglect, ensuring appropriate discharge planning from a facility, and protecting individuals’ human rights in any setting. In addition to her individual advocacy for individuals in the community and in facilities, Attorney Murphy has managed and developed systemic projects on emergency preparedness for individuals requiring additional assistance, Police Department response to individuals with disabilities, and using Photovoice as a tool to work with individuals with disabilities and provide feedback to the Governor. Attorney Murphy regularly conducts on site monitoring at Vibra Hospital of Western MA and Bridgewater State Hospital. Attorney Murphy graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in 1997 with a double major in Economics and Communication Studies. While studying for a semester at Oxford University, Attorney Murphy was the American Student Representative at the Oxford International Law Symposium. After college, she worked as a Corporate Law Legal Assistant at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in NYC, then attended George Washington University Law School. During law school, Attorney Murphy interned for the Torts Civil Litigation Unit of the U.S. Dept. of Justice as a legal research intern on the Waco, Texas Branch Davidian Litigation. She also interned at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. Upon graduating in 2001, Attorney Murphy returned to the NYC Law Department in the General Litigation Division where she practiced civil defense litigation for the various City agencies, including NYPD, Health and Hospitals Corporation, Education Department, and DSS.
Tom Murphy
Senior Attorney
Tom has been an attorney at DLC since 2005. He works in our Northampton office. His expertise is focused on issues involving the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, primarily in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination, government programs and services, architectural access, and voting rights. He has practiced in federal and State courts in Massachusetts, and before agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Department of Developmental Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has authored amicus briefs before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as well as chapters on Employment Law and Public Accommodations Law in the DLC publication Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities. Attorney Murphy has over nineteen years of experience in legal advocacy, litigation, administrative law, public policy, and conducting legal trainings and continuing education programs. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Boston University School of Law, and previously worked for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, in addition to working in private practice and legal services.
Walter Noons
Senior Attorney
Walter graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1996 and initially worked at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee until joining DLC in 2003. Walter’s primary practice has been to represent persons with psychiatric disabilities who are receiving services from state-operated and private psychiatric hospitals. Prior to law school, Walter worked at Greater Boston Legal Services as a paralegal on the Health and Benefits team.
Caitlin Parton
Staff Attorney

Caitlin joined DLC as a staff attorney in 2014. Her litigation and policy advocacy work with DLC includes public accommodations, effective communication, housing, special education, employment, and access to health care. She leads trainings on a wide range of topics, including the transition from high school to adult services, voting rights, and best practices for serving clients who are deaf and hard of hearing. Caitlin is deaf and uses cochlear implants. Caitlin has been an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing from a young age, testifying before the U.S. Senate, Congress, and FDA in support of funding for research on cochlear implants. She has spoken across the country and internationally on access issues for the deaf and hard of hearing. Caitlin received her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She was Co-Managing Editor of CUNY Law Review. During law school, she interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; and Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, among others. While she uses spoken language, Caitlin can also use ASL to communicate based on client preference.

Tatum A. Pritchard
Director of Litigation

 

Tatum joined DLC  as the Director of Litigation in May 2019. Tatum has devoted her career to challenging systemic inequities and upholding the rights of people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations through litigation in various settings. As an attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts for over eight years, she has represented incarcerated individuals in strategic civil rights litigation in state and federal courts, including several class actions on behalf of people with disabilities. Since 2013, she has also served as Strategic Litigation Consultant for the International Justice Resource Center. Prior to her work at Prisoners’ Legal Services, Tatum was a visiting attorney at the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa where she engaged in impact litigation aimed at realizing the human rights enshrined in the South African Constitution, with an emphasis on socio-economic rights.

Immediately following law school, Tatum completed a clerkship with the Massachusetts Superior Court and, thereafter, spent three years as a Public Defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services representing indigent clients charged with crimes in Massachusetts District and Superior Courts. She has represented indigent criminal defendants in appellate proceedings as well. Tatum is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School and is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, New York, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

 

Marlene Sallo
Executive Director

Marlene recently joined DLC as Executive Director. Marlene has served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS), the Nation’s “Peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from conflicts based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Sallo was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. While at the Commission, Ms. Sallo had the opportunity to direct several fact-finding public hearings and reports investigating civil rights violations based on gender, religion, national origin, or in the administration of justice. Ms. Sallo previously worked at UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, where she developed issue awareness campaigns to educate UnidosUS affiliates, state and federal government officials, and the public on national and state level policies and initiatives that disparately and/or disproportionately impact Latino youth. Ms. Sallo has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of disenfranchised and vulnerable children through her work as a case manager, special education teacher, and child welfare attorney. As a zealous advocate for children, she has challenged policies and practices within public school systems that push minority students with disabilities out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Ms. Sallo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Manhattanville College and a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Sallo is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Manhattanville College. Ms. Sallo serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation Committee and previously served as both a Commissioner with the ABA’s Commission for Youth at Risk and as a member of the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children.

Svetlana Uimenkova
Senior Attorney
Svetlana joined DLC in 2005. After graduating from Boston University Law School in 2001, she worked in private practice providing individual representation on Social Security cases nationwide. As part of the disability benefits project at DLC she provides technical assistance and counseling to attorneys who represent individuals in Social Security, SSI, and Medicaid appeals. She is a regular presenter of Social Security and Medicaid related programs across Massachusetts.
Richard Villavicencio
Intake Specialist
Richard, a member of our Intake Unit, joined DLC in 2001. He has also served as Outreach Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer, and has organized special education conferences and a multitude of in-house training workshops for linguistic minorities statewide. On a day to-day basis, he conducts intakes for potential clients, which consist of personal interviews and write-ups to determine if the potential client qualifies for legal representation. A veteran of the US. NAVY, Richard holds a B.A. in legal studies and is fluent in English and Spanish.
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