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.


“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 Jimenez, Sr. Intake Specialist

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


Mark Beguelin
Child Advocacy Attorney

Drew Bradley
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jeff Briggs
Child Advocacy Supervising Attorney

Elena Butko
Self Help Supervising Attorney

Emmanuel Calderon
Child Advocacy Attorney

Christina Chiang
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jennifer Christie
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jerry Crandall
Child Advocacy Attorney

Jessica Doh
Immigration Attorney

Lee Elkins
Impact Litigation & Strategic Advocacy, Director

Lisa Evans
Executive Director

Jennifer Jeans
Child Advocacy Attorney

Krissta Kirschenheiter
Executive Team Attorney

Melody Luetkehans
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Eric Nickel
Consumer & Housing Attorney

Jennifer Richards
Supervising Attorney, SLC

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

Kelly Werth
Child Advocacy Attorney

Drew Wheaton
Consumer & Housing Supervising Attorney

Jill Whitbeck
Victim Advocacy Supervising Attorney

Tara Zimmerman
Executive Team Attorney

Other Staff

Marty Acevedo
Consumer & Housing Legal Assistant

Renee Aguilar
Immigration Specialist

Ana Alvarado
Adult Guardianship Legal Assistant

Gracie Echeverria-Leyva
Front Desk – Bilingual Intake Specialist

Jessica Garza
Office Manager

Madison Griffing
Child Advocacy Legal Assistant

Melissa Jimenez
Sr. Intake Specialist

Perla Kramer
Self Help Coordinator

Ingrid Maldonado
Immigration Legal Assistant

Heidi Meek
Self Help Manager

Diana Meza
Bilingual Self-Help Coordinator

Maritza Ramirez
Consumer & Housing Sr. Legal Assistant, SLC

Mike Reynolds
Child Advocacy Legal Assistant

Alma Rivera
Consumer & Housing Legal Assistant, SLC

Jesus Rodriguez
Bilingual Self-Help Coordinator

Sean Stapleton
Pro Bono & Communications Manager 

Amanda Stocke
Adult Guardianship Sr. Legal Assistant

Maddy Vargas
Victim Advocacy Legal Assistant


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