Executive Director

Rick Jones is the executive director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service. He is a distinguished trial lawyer with 30 years experience in multi-forum litigation. Rick served as the 59th president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is an inaugural member of the steering committee of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD). He is the vice-chair of the International Legal Foundation (ILF) and a trustee of Fair Trials International. He has served on the faculties of both Columbia Law School and the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) for more than a decade.

Senior Management

Alice Fontier

Managing Director, NDS Harlem

Andrea Bridgewater

Chief Operating Officer

Chantá Parker

Managing Director, NDS Detroit

Emily Ponder Williams

Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice, NDS Harlem

Matthew Knecht

Chief of Staff

Mike Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Roxanna Gutierrez

General Counsel, NDS Harlem

Zainab Akbar

Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, NDS Harlem

Detroit Staff

Alan Fields

Client Advocate

Alexzandria Poole

Staff Attorney

Andrew Sullivan

Assistant to the Managing Director

Brandy Robinson

Supervising Attorney

Blase Kearney

Senior Trial Attorney

Brian Gagniuk

Attorney, Felony Non Support

Cait De Mott Grady

Staff Attorney

Cheryl Quick

Supervising Attorney

Daisha Hill

Social Work Supervisor

Dalton Roberson

Client Advocate

Dante Taylor

Human Resources Manager

Devon Milner-Young

Investigator

Don Johnson

Attorney, Felony Non Support

Earl Washington

Staff Attorney

Elizabeth Young

Staff Attorney

Eunice McCall

Team Adminstrator

Glen Oh

Staff Attorney

Holly Wickham

Social Worker

Henry Schneider

Staff Attorney

Hunter Jones

Investigator

Jackie Pilcowitz

Staff Attorney

James O’Donnell

Senior Trial Attorney

James Parker

Staff Attorney

Jeff Knoche

Staff Attorney

Joan Morgan

Staff Attorney

Joe Bruce

Investigator

Jonathan Hordos

Staff Attorney

Kat Layton

Social Worker

Kristine Longstreet

Supervising Attorney

Kim Basen-Mishon

Senior Trial Attorney

KeAndra Hollis

Client Advocate

Ken Riggins

Staff Attorney

Kenneth Jackson

Investigator

Luke Beyer

Investigator

LaBonnie Woodard

Receptionist

Mark Procida

Supervising Attorney

Melissa Kliemann

Attorney, Felony Non Support

Michael Carter

Supervising Attorney

Nanci Kastaw

Staff Attorney

Nancy Richards

Senior Trial Attorney

Robert Burton-Harris

Staff Attorney

Sophie Loeb

Team Administrator

Stephanie Farkas

Staff Attorney

Tiffani Palmer

Team Administrator 

Tim Wrather

Staff Attorney

Valerie Albright

Staff Attorney

William Noakes

Staff Attorney

Zoe Whitehouse

Access to Justice Policy Fellow

Harlem Staff

Alodie Efamba

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Amanda Anger

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Amelia Bedoya

Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Amy Kwak

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Anna Luft

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Annoguie “Annie” Viruet

Facilities Manager

Antoinette Pick-Jones

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Ariel Tejada

Community Intake Advocate, Criminal Defense Practice

Austen Refuerzo

Supervisor, Right to Counsel, Civil Defense Practice

Ayami Hatanaka

Parent Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Carolyn Klemens

Human Resources Manager

Cheryl Moody

Controller

Clara Hammond Oakley,

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

David Miranda

Senior Arraignment Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Demi Licona

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Devin Conway

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Dori Brail

Supervising Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Elizabeth Fischer

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Elsie Chandler

Senior Trial Attorney, Director of Youth Law Practice

Esther Lee

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Helen Montalvan

Parent Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Helmis Ortega

Paralegal, Criminal Defense Practice

Henna Khan

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jahnavi Bhaskar

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Javionte Johnson

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jane Merrill

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jeffrey Oakley

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Jenzo DuQue

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Jeremiah Rygus

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jeremy Tinsley

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Josh Hagelgans

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Kate Ferguson

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Kristin Heavey

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Liza Oviedo

Team Administrator, Family Defense Practice

Mariel Hooper

Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Civil Defense Practice

Marisa Beckley

Client Advocate, Criminal Defense Practice

Maya Sikand

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, Civil Defense Practice

Meghna Philip

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Melida Ramirez

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Melissa Mora

Immigration Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Meredith McBride

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Team

Michael Weinstein

Supervising Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Michael Woodruff

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Michelle Gonzalez

Immigration Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Michelle Villaseñor-Grant

Senior Trial Attorney, Director of Training and Continuing Development

Molly Rugg

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Monica Shah

Law Graduate, Family Defense Practice

Nicole Seigel

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Neysha Suarez

Receptionist

Patricia Williams

Receptionist

Rebecca Mielczarek

Supervising Social Worker

Reid Murdoch

Fellow/Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Russell Morse

Client Advocate, Criminal Defense Practice

Ryan Napoli

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Sadie Miner

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Sam McCann

Communications Specialist

Sara Wolkensdorfer

Supervising Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Scott Foletta

Supervising Attorney, Immigration Defense Practice

Tiffany Wang

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tony Acosta

Executive Assistant

Trevor Boeckmann

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice