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Staff

Sandy Santana

Executive Director

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Our Executive Team

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Our Staff

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With a workforce of about 40, Children’s Rights is a small group making a big impact on U.S. child welfare. We have won landmark legal victories and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. Our talented attorneys and staff have a reputation for being skilled strategists, tenacious advocates and, most of all, effective reformers.

Staff

  • Valerie Achille, staff attorney
  • Samahria Alpern, paralegal
  • Nancy Andujar, database manager and development associate
  • Josh Arocho, staff attorney
  • Samantha Bartosz, deputy litigation director
  • Brayden Bell, paralegal
  • Sarah Beisner, paralegal
  • Isabel Boyer, paralegal
  • Katrina Braun, staff attorney
  • Erin Brown, grants manager
  • Kristina Chenault, digital marketing and communications manager
  • Mary Grace Cobbs, development manager
  • Leah Dunbar, paralegal
  • Aaron Finch, lead counsel
  • Harry Frischerchief counsel
  • Lindsey Frye, senior staff attorney
  • Daniele Gerard, senior staff attorney
  • Aleshadye Getachew, staff attorney
  • Meredith Giovanelli, policy analyst
  • Claire Glasspiegel, senior staff attorney
  • Anna Hackel, paralegal
  • Bianca Herlitz-Ferguson, staff attorney
  • Camilla Jenkins, director of communications
  • Madeleine M. Kinney, senior staff attorney
  • Darlene Larsen, chief development officer
  • Ira Lustbader, chief program officer
  • Marjorie A. McAndrews, chief financial officer
  • Makena Mugambi, advocacy & policy fellow 
  • Marissa Nardi, lead counsel
  • Stephanie Persson, senior staff attorney
  • Susan Reeves, director of talent and operations
  • Crystal Rhoney, executive & program assistant
  • Sandy Santana, executive director
  • Kathleen Simon, staff attorney
  • Rejland Sinani, staff accountant
  • Nicole Taykhman, senior staff attorney
  • Emmy Vargas, operations manager
  • Leecia Welch, deputy litigation director
  • Shereen A. White, director of advocacy & policy
  • Shira Wisotsky, staff attorney

Of Counsel

  • Stephen Dixon
  • Eric Thompson