Leadership & Staff

Our Staff

Joanna Allison, Esq.

Position: Executive Director

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.

Joanna Allison, Esq.

Executive Director

Joanna Allison has represented clients in multiple areas of law...

Cindy Palmquist, Esq.

Position: Legal Director

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.

Cindy Palmquist, Esq.

Legal Director

Cindy TK Palmquist is the Legal Director at VLP and...

Allie Jose, CPA

Position: Director of Finance and Operations

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.

Allie Jose, CPA

Director of Finance and Operations

Allie Jose is the Director of Finance and Operations at...

Barbara Siegel, Esq.

Position: Director of Compliance and Technology

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).

Barbara Siegel, Esq.

Director of Compliance and Technology

Barbara Siegel is the Director of Compliance and Technology and...

Damaris Frias Stone

Position: Director of Project Management

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.

Damaris Frias Stone

Director of Project Management

Damaris Frias Stone is VLP’s full-time Director of Project Management. Damaris...

Amy Anthony, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Amy Anthony, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Arden Barlow

Position: Communications Coordinator

Arden Barlow

Communications Coordinator

Miranda Black

Position: Pro Bono Manager

Miranda Black

Pro Bono Manager

Cindy De La Cruz

Position: Legal Advocate

Cindy De La Cruz

Legal Advocate

Victoria DeLaney

Position: Family Law and Guardianship Paralegal

Victoria DeLaney

Family Law and Guardianship Paralegal

Alec Gubics

Position: Housing and Appeals Clinic Paralegal

Alec Gubics

Housing and Appeals Clinic Paralegal

Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Colin Harnsgate, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Colin Harnsgate, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Katherine Harris

Position: Economic Fairness Project Coordinator

Katherine Harris

Economic Fairness Project Coordinator

Hardy Jean

Position: Legal Advocate

Hardy Jean

Legal Advocate

Tallulah Knopp, Esq.

Position: Economic Fairness Staff Attorney

Tallulah Knopp, Esq.

Economic Fairness Staff Attorney

Taïsha Lazare

Position: Supervising Legal Advocate

Taïsha Lazare

Supervising Legal Advocate

Jake Lebovic

Position: Americorps Member

Jake Lebovic

Americorps Member

Sarah Lee, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Sarah Lee, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Natasha Lewis, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Natasha Lewis, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Fernanda Naspolini, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Fernanda Naspolini, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Mikerline Paul

Position: DotHouse and Wills Paralegal

Mikerline Paul

DotHouse and Wills Paralegal

Chris Neighbours

Position: Call Center Supervisor

Chris Neighbours

Call Center Supervisor

Widmine Lola Remy, Esq

Position: Call Center Supervising Attorney

Widmine Lola Remy, Esq

Call Center Supervising Attorney

Victor Rivera Colon

Position: Legal Advocate

Victor Rivera Colon

Legal Advocate

Claudia Rivera Gruvis

Position: Legal Advocate

Claudia Rivera Gruvis

Legal Advocate

Steve Russo, Esq.

Position: Staff Attorney

Steve Russo, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Hannah Singer

Position: Americorps Member

Hannah Singer

Americorps Member

David Spinosa

Position: Americorps Member

David Spinosa

Americorps Member

Lais Teixeira

Position: Administrative Assistant II

Lais Teixeira

Administrative Assistant II

Julia Villarruel-Carrillo

Position: Bankruptcy Paralegal

Julia Villarruel-Carrillo

Bankruptcy Paralegal

Ilana Zeltser

Position: Finance and Operations Assistant

Ilana Zeltser

Finance and Operations Assistant