Leadership & Staff
Joanna Allison has represented clients in multiple areas of law including consumer matters; bankruptcy; landlord and tenant; family law; foreclosure prevention and others since 1988. After serving as a Fellow at the National Consumer Law Center, she came to VLP as a staff attorney and unit manager. In 2015 she became the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Cindy TK Palmquist is the Legal Director at VLP and has been with the organization for five years. Cindy was previously a solo practitioner with a small private practice where she represented clients in family law matters including domestic violence issues. Cindy enjoys mentoring and teaching and is an adjunct lecturer on law at New England Law Boston. Cindy is a member of the Family Law Steering Committee at the Boston Bar Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Family Law Public Service subcommittee.
Allie Jose is the Director of Finance and Operations at Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) in Boston, Massachusetts. Allie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Assumption College and is a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Prior to her role at VLP, she spent three years as an auditor with a Boston public accounting firm. She then transitioned into the non-profit sector and most recently held the position of Assistant Controller at Pine Street Inn, a large non-profit organization providing shelter and permanent housing to Boston’s homeless population.
Barbara Siegel is the Director of Compliance and Technology and the Project Manager of Senior Partners for Justice. Barbara’s legal career began in 1989 with a clerkship in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and an associate position in a law firm. In 1992, she entered legal aid and has not looked back. Prior to joining VLP, she served as a senior staff attorney at the Disability Law Center and Assistant Legal Director at the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. Barbara is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. 1982) and Boston College Law School (J.D. 1989).
Damaris Frias Stone is VLP’s full-time Director of Project Management. Damaris began working with VLP in 1998 in a support staff capacity. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from UMASS Boston and JD from Mass School of Law. Damaris has been promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and leadership. She currently provides leadership and supervision to administrative staff, student interns, and administrative volunteers and is tasked with increasing staff productivity and efficiency. She is instrumental in developing and implementing program protocols and operations. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with the Access Ministry at Bethel AME, where she works with other members in the ministry to expand access to those who are differently abled and provides ASL interpreter services to deaf and deaf/blind congregates.