Our Staff

Our staff of attorneys, legal advocates and researchers come from all over the country and bring decades of experience to clients in need.

Meet Our Staff

Scott Wagner, Managing Director 

Managing Director, 2017 to Present
Fordham School of Law, J.D., 2010,
University of Dayton, B.A. in Religious Studies, 2001

Adriana Mendoza, Benefits Advocate

Benefits Advocate*, 2016 to Present
Brooklyn College, B.A. Sociology, 2014

Kiana Davis, Benefits Advocate

Benefits Advocate*, 2018 to Present
George Washington University, B.A., 2015

Craig Hughes, Benefits Advocate

Benefits Advocate*, 2018 to Present
CUNY Graduate Center, M. Phil, 2016
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2009

Sanai Carchi-Merrick, Operations Associate

Operations Associatte, 2017 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.P.A., 2017
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2014

Jonathan Cohen, Director of Legal Services

Director of Legal Services, 2017 to Present
CUNY School of Law, J.D.
Haverford College, B.A.

Raven Dorantes, Managing Attorney

Managing Attorney, 2016 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2008
M.A. in Social-Community Psychology, 2012

Michael Homan-Gray, Supervising Attorney

Supervising Attorney, 2018 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2013
Georgetown University, B.A. in Classics 2006

Munir Pujara, Supervising Attorney

Supervising Attorney, 2019 to Present
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Rutgers University, B.A. 

James Fenton, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2017 to Present
St. John's University School of Law, J.D. 2015
Lemoyne College, B.A. in History 2012
 

Michael Wheatley, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2013
University of South Florida, B.A. in Criminology 2011

Erin BurnsStaff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2017
University of Delaware, B.A., 2014

Tanvee Trehan, Law Graduate 

Law Graduate, 2018 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2017
Fordham University, B.A., 2013

Mayya Baker, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, J.D. 2015
Pace University, B.A., 2011

Patrick Quigley, Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
St. John's University School of Law, J.D. 2015
Northeastern University, B.A., 2011

Edwin Ortiz, Director of Advocacy

Director of Advocacy, 2011 to Present
Supervising Advocate, 2003 to 2011
Hofstra University, B.S., 1992

Ingrid Soto, NOEP Coordinator

NOEP Coordinator, 2014 to Present

Helen Strom, Benefits Unit Supervisor

Benefits Unit Supervisor, 2016 to Present
Advocate*, 2011 to 2015
Harvard College, B.A. Social Studies, 2011

Genesis Cabrera, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A. in International Criminal Justice, 2021
Borough of Manhattan Community College, A.A. in Criminal Justice, 2016

Aitana Ruilova Castro, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
St. John's University, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A. in Psychology, 2019

Dan HeeHwan Shin, Paralegal

Paralegal, 2018 to Present
CUNY School of Law, J.D., 2022
Villanova University, B.S. in Business Administration, 2011
 

* Advocates are non-attorney representatives