Jacob Addelson
Law Fellow

Jacob is a Stanford Public Interest Fellow. He is working to advance the housing rights of people with disabilities through individual representation, litigation, and advocacy. He has a B.A. from Williams College, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. During law school, he interned at the New York City Law Department and Relman & Colfax PLLC, helped run Stanford's Housing Pro Bono Project, and participated in Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. After law school he clerked for the Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Hon. Scott M. Matheson Jr. of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Katherine Baldwin
Rep Payee Program Manager
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
Intake Specialist
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.
Chloe Cable
Staff Attorney
Chloe joined the Disability Law Center in 2020. She graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law with a concentration in Health Law & Policy. Prior to starting at DLC, Chloe interned at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts where she worked with low income, HIV positive individuals. She also interned for the Honorable Denise J. Casper at the Federal District Court of Mass., the Health Care Division of the Mass. Attorney General’s Office, and a boutique LGBTQ family law firm in New York City. Chloe is passionate about the intersection of disability rights with other identities, particularly race and sexuality.
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 $3 million. He especially enjoys developing budget strategies to help maximize our limited resources.

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.
Ginger Gates
Staff Attorney

Ginger joined DLC in 2020 as a Staff Attorney.  She previously attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she earned a certificate in Health Law and Policy.  A graduate of the Daniel Webster Scholars Honors Program, Ginger was licensed to practice law in New Hampshire in May 2020.  While in law school, Ginger interned at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and worked as a law clerk at a mid-size law firm, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense.  Ginger's focus is primarily monitoring and investigating under the PAIMI grant, and she is passionate about advocating on behalf of individuals with mental health disabilities. 

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.
Jacqueline Hubbard
Staff Attorney

Jacqueline joined DLC as a staff attorney in 2021. Prior to joining, she was Chief of Staff to Senator Barry R. Finegold. Before working for the State House, Jacqueline was a Public Policy Analyst with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). At NDRN, she oversaw the housing, transportation, criminal justice, juvenile justice, social security, financial security, and ADA portfolio. Prior to NDRN, Jacqueline was the 2018-2019 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Public Policy Fellow. As a Kennedy fellow, she worked on disability rights issues within the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Jacqueline is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she interned at the National Council on Disability, Margolis & Bloom, LLP, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and with the Honorable Jay D. Blitzman of the Middlesex Juvenile Court in Massachusetts.

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.
Nina Loewenstein
Senior Attorney

Nina Loewenstein comes to DLC after nearly twenty years as an attorney at Disability Rights New York, New York’s protection and advocacy system.  Most recently, she was a supervising attorney in New York’s PAIMI program.  Nina led statewide litigation for the New York P&A challenging the solitary confinement of prisoners with mental illness and the inadequacy of mental health treatment.  This litigation led to a statewide settlement whose protections were ultimately enacted into state law.  She also worked extensively on Olmstead litigation and advocacy for individuals with serious mental illness in adult homes and nursing homes, and is actively involved with advocacy on long-term care reform in New York.  Nina is pleased to be working with DLC this year to develop reports and assist with other systemic advocacy.  Nina graduated from Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law and earned a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. 

John Lundborn

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.

Nancy J. Murphy
Front Desk & Intake Unit Managing 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
Supervising 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.
Levi Phillips

Levi joined DLC in 2021 as an Investigator in the Representative Payee Program. He previously worked at a legal services organization as a paralegal, where he represented people with disabilities in hearings and appeals to access and preserve healthcare and income supports. His prior work focused on SSA benefit terminations and overpayments, Home and Community Based Services denials, and advocacy for individuals living in nursing homes and assisted living. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Tatum A. Pritchard
Interim Executive Director / 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.

Josiah Richards
Representative Payee Investigator

Josiah joined DLC in September of 2021.  Originally from Rochester, NH, Josiah earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Salem State University in 1998. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Business Management from Suffolk University in 2007.   

Josiah has nearly 25 years of advocacy and social service experience.  Josiah worked at the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project in Boston, the Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force in Nashua, and most recently he was an adult foster care case manager at The Arc of Opportunity in Fitchburg, Massachusetts..  Josiah brings 8 years of case management and Rep. Payee experience supporting individuals and their families on funds management plans and advocating for their rights for financial literacy and independence.  

Hillary Dunn Stanisz
Senior Attorney
Hillary J. Dunn is a Senior Attorney at the Disability Law Center where she focuses on advocating for appropriate community supports and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special education matters. She also monitors program sites and conducts abuse and neglect investigations under the Disability Law Center’s authority as the Commonwealth’s Protection and Advocacy system. Hillary is regularly involved in legislative and policy advocacy regarding disability issues and has trained people with disabilities, families and professionals in various areas of disability law. In addition to her work at the Disability Law Center, Hillary 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. Hillary is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University.
Matthew Steele
Staff Attorney

Matt joined DLC in 2020. He previously worked at the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in New York, where he focused on housing, employment, and mental health treatment issues. Matt also worked for a number of years at the Boston Housing Authority on fair housing issues, civil rights investigations, and policy compliance. He has also worked in legal services, medical-legal partnerships, and legal editing. Matt is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School.    

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.
Caitlin Walsh
Administrative Assistant

Caitlin joined DLC in late 2021 as the Administrative Assistant. Previously she worked at GLAD - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders as the Public Affairs Assistant for over 3 years, where she provided administrative support to the Public Affairs department and managed reception. During Covid-19, GLAD worked remotely and Caitlin transcribed voicemails for the info-line.

Caitlin has a BA Degree in English and has completed the Successful Grant Writing, from A to Z course at UMass Boston. Born and raised in Boston, she is a fan of science fiction and enjoys writing.  

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