Meet Our Legal Aid Team

Our staff is dedicated to helping legal clients through difficult situations and ensuring that all people can obtain legal services regardless of their ability to pay. Northern Nevada Legal Aid provides preeminent legal services in various practice areas in Washoe, Lyon, Humboldt, Pershing, Carson City, Storey, and Douglas counties.

Melissa Jimenez, Sr. Intake Specialist, said she enjoys serving the Northern Nevada community through her work at Northern Nevada Legal Aid.

“Many of our clients come into our office already stressed about the situations they are dealing with and feel helpless and discouraged. It is very rewarding to be able to help them alleviate some of that stress by providing the services they need to protect their legal rights, without them worrying about the cost,” Melissa said.

Our annual Child’s Voice Luncheon, April 29, 2022.

Attorneys

Jowi Asmar
Immigration Attorney

Megan Backsen
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Mark Beguelin
Child Advocacy Attorney

Drew Bradley
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jeff Briggs
Child Advocacy Supervising Attorney

Faith Burns
Child Advocacy Attorney

Elena Butko
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Emmanuel Calderon
Child Advocacy Attorney

Beth Cannon
Self-Help Supervising Attorney

Christina Chiang
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jennifer Christie
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jerry Crandall
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jennifer Jeans
Child Advocacy Attorney

Maggie Moon
Consumer & Housing Attorney

James Newcomb
Child Advocacy Attorney

Eric Nickel
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Kathleen Robertson
Adult Guardianship Attorney

Dave Russell
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Alynxandria Sartre
Adult Guardianship Attorney

Dana Sisk
Adult Guardianship Attorney

Dave Spitzer
Adult Guardianship Supervising Attorney

Caryn Sternlicht
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Kelly Werth
Child Advocacy Attorney

Drew Wheaton
Consumer & Housing Supervising Attorney

Jill Whitbeck
Victim Advocacy Supervising Attorney

Tara Zimmerman
Interim Executive Director

Other Staff

Renee Aguilar
Immigration Specialist

Yesenia Aguilera
Self Help Coordinator

Ana Alvarado
Adult Guardianship Legal Assistant

Itzel Arzate
Self Help Coordinator

Meghan Chawla
Consumer & Housing Legal Assistant

Jessica Garza
Office Manager

Lily Herrera
Office Assistant

Melissa Jimenez
Sr. Intake Specialist

Perla Kramer
Self Help Coordinator

Ingrid Maldonado
Immigration Legal Assistant

Celeste Marquez
Intake Specialist

Heidi Meek
Executive Assistant

Leiga Monge
Human Resources Manager

Noah Montague
Immigration Specialist

Maritza Ramirez
Consumer & Housing Sr. Legal Assistant, SLC

Mike Reynolds
Child Advocacy Legal Assistant

Alma Rivera
Consumer & Housing Legal Assistant, SLC

Amanda Stocke
Adult Guardianship Sr. Legal Assistant

Vacant
Pro Bono & Communications Manager

Maddy Vargas
Victim Advocacy Legal Assistant