Staff & Board

Meet our staff and board. We are honored to work with and on behalf of our clients who are fighting for dignity in their work.


STAFF

Lauren Deutsch, Esq., Executive Director (She, Her, Ella)

Lauren joined WJCNY in 2018 as Executive Director. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 2001, and worked in migrant women’s health in San Diego, California, prior to law school. She graduated with her Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008, and began her legal career in New York City as a Postgraduate Domestic Violence Fellow. She joined the Domestic Violence unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester in 2010, and became the Executive Director of the Healthy Baby Network, a reproductive justice organization, in 2014. Lauren is published in the Journal of Family Violence for her research on racial equity in Domestic Violence litigation, and lectures on reproductive rights, gender based violence, and women's health. You can reach her at ldeutsch(at)wjcny.org.

Amanda Batista, Development Associate (She, Her, Ella)

Andrea Callan, Esq., Managing Director (She, Her, Ella)

Andrea joined WJCNY in 2014 and serves as Managing Director, responsible for the implementation of infrastructure and systems to support the organization’s programming and strategic vision. Andrea was a Staff Attorney and then Program Director at WJCNY before her current role. Prior to working at WJCNY, Andrea was the Statewide Advocacy Coordinator at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) where she was responsible for managing statewide legislative and policy advocacy campaigns. Earlier in her career, Andrea served as the Director of the Suffolk County Chapter of the NYCLU and worked in a private firm litigating civil rights and employment discrimination claims. She is involved in her community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Chapter of the NYCLU and the Peaceful Guardians Project and is an Advisory Board member of the Hudson Valley Current. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2003 from Purdue University and her Juris Doctor in 2007 from Touro Law School. She enjoys meditation, live music, hiking and snowboarding. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1002 or acallan(at)wjcny.org.

Cecilia Cortina, Human Trafficking Specialist (She, Her, Ella)

Cecilia joined WJCNY in 2018 as a Human Trafficking Specialist after volunteering with the organization. In her role, she assists victims of human trafficking, organizing two task forces in the North Country and Capital Region of New York State as well as giving training on Human Trafficking to law enforcement, services providers and the community. Previously, Cecilia worked as an outreach specialist in Mexico with government and nonprofit organizations focused on social development and environmental justice. A native of Mexico, Cecilia enjoys yoga, running, hiking and yes, movement! You can reach her at (845) 331-6615 x 1012 or ccortina(at)wjcny.org.

Cheryl Gee, Survivor Services Director (She, Her, Ella)

Cheryl joined WJCNY in 2000 and is the Survivor Services Director. She has over 25 years of experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from Elmira College in 1993, with additional studies in Early Childhood Development and Human Services. Cheryl grew up in a household where both of her parents were low-wage workers in the domestic, mining, and transportation industries. Her dad was also a union member, and his involvement in the union and justice in the workplace was often the topic of conversation at the dinner table. Cheryl’s life work focuses on the safety, health, and rights of women to live free of all forms of violence at home and in the workplace. Cheryl enjoys gardening, dancing, and spending time with family. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050 x 2004 or cgee(at)wjcny.org.

Cristian Ávila, Worker Rights Advocate (He, Él)

Cristian joined WJCNY in 2017 as a Worker Rights Advocate in our Kingston office. He received his Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Plattsburgh and brings trainings, education, and outreach to farmworkers on farms and in communities across New York State. He also helps connect workers to our other programs and legal services. An immigrant, Cristian also has experience in low-wage positions in education, hospitality, construction, and food distribution. As an advocate for workers’ rights, Cristian is unrelenting in making sure the work of the workplace justice team - legal education on workplace rights, administrative legal assistance, and outreach to vulnerable populations - is done with a profound cultural humility. You can reach him at (845) 331-6615 x 1005 or cavila(at)wjcny.org.

David O. Irving, Esq., Senior Immigration Attorney (He, Él)

David, Senior Immigration Attorney, joined WJCNY in 2010. Since 2015, he has pursued immigration remedies primarily for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Prior to focusing on immigration, David represented agricultural and other low-wage workers in Federal Court for cases of wage theft, employment discrimination, and human trafficking. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Education from Lesley University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Previously, David worked at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester in the Housing Unit and as the Medical/Legal Partnership attorney; and as a law clerk with the Appellate Court of Connecticut. Bilingual, he has taught ESOL in Spain and New York City as well as Spanish to middle school students. He can be reached at (585) 325-3050 x 2008 or dirving(at)wjcny.org.

Diana Saguilán, Director of Operations & Finance (She, Her, Ella)

Emma Kreyche, Advocacy Director  (She, Her, Ella)

Emma joined WJCNY in 2012 and is our Advocacy Director. Emma brings two decades of experience as a social justice organizer, advocate, and educator. Her work has focused on outreach, legal education, and advocacy to combat abuses in low-wage industries and advance the rights of immigrant workers. Most recently, Emma served as statewide coordinator of the Green Light NY coalition and led a successful grassroots campaign to restore driver’s license access for immigrant New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts from Bard College and her Master in Philosophy in American Studies from New York University. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1006 or ekreyche@wjcny.org.

Erika Aguilera, Worker Rights Advocate (She, Her, Ella)

Erika joined WJCNY in 2019 as a Worker Rights Advocate. Her role includes outreach, facilitating health and safety and worker rights trainings, referring clients to other agencies, providing support in the Hanna S. Cohn Family Preparedness Clinics and assisting workers in filing complaints to government agencies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in Spanish from SUNY Oneonta. As a daughter of immigrants and having grown up in a farmworker family, she recognizes the many sacrifices her parents have made to live a better life in the U.S. During her free time, she enjoys cardio kickboxing, being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. Erika can be reached at (585) 325-3050 x 2000 or eaguilera(at)wjcny.org. 

Gabriel Marcano, Human Trafficking Specialist (He, Él)

Gabriel joined WJCNY as a Paralegal in 2019. As a member of the legal team, he assisted in representing individuals in class action civil rights and employment law matters. As a Human Trafficking Specialist, he supports the execution of all aspects of identification, investigation, and case development of human trafficking cases with an emphasis in labor trafficking. He also develops trainings and educational programming for coalitions and law enforcement.

Jennifer Blais, Survivor Services Case Manager/Worker Rights Advocate  (She, Her, Ella)

Jen is WJCNY's Survivor Services Case Manager and a Worker Rights Advocate. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050  ext. 2003 or jblais(at)wjcny.org.

John Marsella, Esq., Senior Labor & Employment Attorney (He, Él)

John joined WJCNY in 2013 and represents employees in class and collective action litigation in state and federal court as a Senior Staff Attorney. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester and his Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law. John has significant experience handling race, gender, and disability discrimination cases; migrant and immigrant farmworker litigation, and wage and hour issues. He has represented individuals working in diverse fields including agriculture, food processing, the service industry, and construction. Outside of WJCNY, John serves as an Adjunct Professor at Medaille College in their Department of Business, Management, and Leadership. He can be reached at (585) 325-3050 ext. 2002 or jmarsella(at)wjcny.org. 

Laura Revercomb, Esq., Labor & Employment Attorney (She, Her, Ella)

Maureen Hussain, Esq., Labor & Employment Attorney (She, Her, Ella)

Maureen joined WJCNY as a Staff Attorney in 2018. She provides legal assistance to individuals and groups, and conducts clinics at worker centers. Maureen is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School and has over 8 years of immigration law and impact litigation experience. You can reach her at (845) 331-6615 x 1011 or mhussain(at)wjcny.org.

Nathalia Rosado-Oliveras, Labor & Employment Paralegal (She, Her, Ella)

Nathalia joined WJCNY in 2018 as a Paralegal. After moving from Puerto Rico in 2010 with her family in search of a better life, Nathalia worked her way through college in the retail, food service, and public service industries. Nathalia received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Wells College, and she specializes in labor issues regarding undocumented immigrants in the U.S. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. When not assisting clients with their legal needs, Nathalia enjoys working out, cooking authentic Puerto Rican food, and spending time with her family. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 ext. 1003 or nrosado-oliveras(at)wjcny.org.

Paola Macas Betchart, Senior Worker Rights Advocate (She, Her, Ella)

Paola joined WJCNY in 2013. In her role as Senior Worker Rights Advocate Paola has assisted hundreds of workers in accessing services, facilitating referrals, filing complaints with government agencies, and providing training on health and safety and workers rights. She successfully advocated for the improvement of standards that protect farmworkers and their families from pesticide exposure and poisoning. Paola is the chair of the advisory board of the Finger Lakes Occupational Health Clinic in Rochester and a steering committee member of the National Alliance of Farmworker Women. Previously, she defended the rights of indigenous communities and the rights of nature in Ecuador. She is also an experienced translator and interpreter in Spanish, French and English. Paola owns an online boutique that promotes fair trade and ethically made apparel in her native Ecuador and enjoys traveling, yoga, photography, and spending time outdoors with her two kids and husband. You can reach her at (845) 325-3050 x 2007 or pbetchart(at)wjcny.org.

Patricia Cronin, Development Director  (She, Her, Ella)

Patricia joined WJCNY in 2019 as Development Director with over 13 years of experience fundraising for environmental and social justice causes. She manages our individual and foundation fundraising, helping people support the fight for dignity in labor for all people. Previously, she worked in major gift and foundation development for Food & Water Watch, Corporate Accountability, and La Alianza Hispana. The daughter of an immigrant housekeeper, Patricia worked for several years in the daycare, domestic, retail, and service industries. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Rhetoric and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton. Patricia is a proud cancer survivor and she enjoys hiking, music, cooking, reading, and spending time with her large extended family. You can reach her at (845) 331-6615 x 1004 or pcronin(at)wjcny.org.

Renán Salgado, Anti-Human Trafficking Director (He, Él) 

Renán, WJCNY's Anti-Human Trafficking Director, has over 20 years experience working with labor trafficking survivors. Through his work, he has trained local, state, national and international law enforcement and service providers, including the Honduran, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Mexican National Prosecution teams, Judges, Investigators, and service providers, as well as INTERPOL. Through his work and life experience with at-risk populations, Renán has developed innovative techniques to investigate potential cases of labor trafficking among isolated and difficult to access populations. You can reach him at (585) 325-3050 x 2006 or rsalgado(at)wjcny.org. 

Robert McCreanor, Esq., Legal Director (He, Él)

Joining WJCNY in 2018 as our Legal Director, Rob manages the legal services and support for WJCNY. A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard Law School, Rob has over 15 years legal practice experience, including over a decade of managing non-profit public interest organizations and civil legal services programs. He previously served as founding executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the legal director of Catholic Migration Services. Rob has represented individuals and groups in housing, employment, civil rights, consumer and immigration matters, frequently in close partnership with grassroots community organizing campaigns,and has served as lead counsel in class and collective actions, large multi-plaintiff cases and impact oriented legal advocacy initiatives. He has developed and taught curricula and syllabi for several law universities covering housing issues, constitutional, doctrinal, policy and legal practice issues in areas of significance to low-income individuals and communities including public benefits, housing, employment, education, environmental justice, and community economic development. You can reach him at (845) 331-6615 x 1007 or rmccreanor(at)wjcny.org.

Sara Curtis, Advocacy & Communications Specialist  (She, Her, Ella)

Sara joined WJCNY as our Advocacy and Communications Specialist in 2019 after several years volunteering, interning, and then as a part-time hire. She has supported the Alianza Agrícola, an immigrant farmworker organization, since 2017 as their volunteer coordinator and program assistant, supporting both them and WJCNY win the Green Light NY campaign in 2019. Sara has a background in Social Documentation, in which she has combined her love for sociology, documentary work, and critical analysis. Sara has over 15 years experience as a community activist and organizer, nurturing a passion for storytelling and communication technologies. Sara is active in her community as a steering committee member of the Rochester Rapid Response Network which supports undocumented immigrants in Western New York. She is also working on a passion project to start up a cooperative farm rooted in ideals of food justice, decolonization, regenerative practices, and anti-racism. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050 x 2005 or scurtis(at)wjcny.org.

Sonia Rivera, Administrative Assistant (She, Her, Ella)

Sonia joined WJCNY in 2018 as our Administrative Assistant. For 20 years Sonia worked in administration for the Municipal Government in Cidra, Puerto Rico. In 2014, she moved to Rochester with her family in search of better opportunities. Sonia received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Ana G. Mendez University in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and a secretarial course from Northwestern Business College. Prior to joining WJCNY, Sonia worked as a MIS/Data Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. She enjoys spending time with her family, salsa dancing, shopping, and watching Netflix. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050 or srivera(at)wjcny.org.


VOLUNTEER EMERITUS ATTORNEYS

 

Douglas Kramer, Esq. 

Honorable Josanna Berkow, Esq. 

Yolanda Villa, Esq. 


BOARD

 

Alissa M. Brennan, Esq. 

Artemio Guerra, Esq.

Briana Beltrán, Esq.

Carolyn Mow - Treasurer

Erin Flynn Casey, Esq. - Vice Chair 

Judith Ahrens, Ph.D.

Mark Drexler, Esq. 

Michael Bersani, Esq. 

Michael Lingle, Esq. 

Myrna Capaldi

Nicole Hallett, Esq.

Peter Rosenblum, Esq. 

Rachel Roberts - Vice Chair

Shawn Duhaney

Steven E. Cole, Esq. - Chair

Sandra Cuellar-Oxford - Secretary

 

 


Emeritus Board 

 

Frieda Koenig

Hope Olsson, Esq. 

Jerry Wein, Esq. 

Martha Swan

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