Staff

Matt Selig

Staff

Executive Director

Matt has advocated for health care access for lower-income consumers since the early 1990’s. Matt began his professional career as the staff assistant for the Chief Counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff on the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now known as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions). In Senator Kennedy’s office, he participated in advancing national health care initiatives including proposals to expand access to health insurance and strengthen public health programs. He left Senator Kennedy’s office to attend Suffolk University Law School where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997. Matt then worked in the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide to State Representative Kay Khan who now co-chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. In the State House, Matt drafted and helped enact various legislative and budgetary provisions including measures to improve mental health services and correctional health care. At HLA, Matt has represented and advised clients unjustly denied health care access and advocated for public policies to benefit low-income health care consumers. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Eugenie Aikens

Staff

Paralegal/Intake Coordinator

Eugenie joined HLA through Northeastern University's co-op program. She is in her third year of her undergraduate degree studying International Affairs with a regional focus in African Studies. Prior to working at HLA, she did her first co-op at The International Institute of New England, where she assisted Refugee clients in achieving employment in Massachusetts. She currently plans to graduate next spring with the hope of pursuing a law degree.

Andrew P. Cohen

Staff

Supervising Attorney

Andrew co-leads HLA’s Public Programs Team, which promotes access to care for enrollees in MassHealth and other state-based programs. He is Project Director of HLA’s Immigrant Initiative and our Transgender Health Access Project. Andrew has more than a decade of experience as a health care consumer advocate, community organizer, and policy analyst. In 2014, he graduated from Northeastern University School of Law where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar. During law school, he completed co-ops with the Consumer Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, Klein Kavanagh Costello LLP, and the Honorable Margot Botsford at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University with degrees in Government and French Studies. Andrew is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Elizabeth M. Ganz

Staff

Staff Attorney

Elizabeth is a staff attorney working on the public programs team. Prior to joining HLA in December 2017, Elizabeth worked with the SHINE Program counseling clients regarding their health insurance options under Medicare, Medicaid, and other health benefit programs.  Elizabeth began her legal career working in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She later joined the staff of the Joint Committee on Health Care at the Massachusetts State House where she worked on legislative and policy initiatives on a variety of health care topics including Medicaid, access to prescription drugs, and long-term care. Elizabeth holds a BA in International Studies from Dickinson College and a law degree with a Health Care Concentration from the Boston University School of Law.

Marisol Garcia

Staff

Director/Managing Attorney

Marisol joined HLA in February 2015 from the Law Office of Ron Eskin where she specialized in disability law and represented children and adults before the Social Security Administration to attain SSI and SSDI benefits. Previously, Marisol maintained her own law office in Lowell for 13 years where she specialized in juvenile law and represented children in juvenile court proceedings. She also served as a staff attorney at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts for two years. She received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from Providence College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Ethan Kolodny

Staff

AmeriCorps Fellow

Ethan joined Health Law Advocates as the AmeriCorps Fellow in January 2018. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where he held positions including Teaching Assistant and Student Attorney in the Community Business Clinic and a senior staff member on the law review. During law school, Ethan worked in a variety of health-related legal fellowships, including at Krokidas & Bluestein LLP, a mid-size health and civil litigation firm in Boston; at Partner’s HealthCare in their Office of the General Counsel; at Mirick O’Connell LLP, a general practice firm in Worcester; and, for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he assisted in a lengthy healthcare fraud trial involving distributing adulterated and misbranded medical devices. Prior to law school, Ethan worked for the AFL-CIO in their Policy Department. He received a BA in Political Science from American University in 2011.

Niya Mack

Staff

N. Neal Pike Fellow

Niya is a N. Neal Pike Disability Rights Fellow. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. During law school, she worked on two externships, one with the United States Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the General Counsel and the other with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Health Care Division. Prior to law school, she studied Public Health at Temple University, and worked as a senior research assistant for University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. At HLA, Niya assists individuals with private insurance matters to help decrease individuals’ medical debt, and increase access to health care. 

Robert MacPherson

Staff

Chief Operating Officer

Bob is responsible for overseeing the administrative operations including support, payroll, financial reporting and systems. Prior to HLA, Bob worked in operations and accounting at BankBoston/Fleet Bank. He attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob recently obtained a certificate in non-profit management from Northeastern University.

Lisa Morrow

Staff

Senior Staff Attorney

Before joining HLA, Lisa spent four and a half years as a staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts. At CLCM, Lisa represented low-income children in education matters as the sole attorney for an education advocacy initiative in Lawrence, MA.  She successfully advocated for improved educational services and placements for clients through team meetings, mediation, and filing for due process hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Lisa also provided trainings to attorneys, parents, and service providers in the community on various aspects of education law. Lisa holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Visual Art and History from Brown University.

Eliza Presson

Staff

Staff Attorney

Eliza joined HLA from the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where she spent three years representing children and their best interests in abuse and neglect proceedings.  She was a 2012 Skirnick Public Interest Fellow at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia, and as a law student, she participated in the Education Law Clinic and Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School.  Eliza holds a B.A. in Classics from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

William Rainsford

Staff

Parmet Legal Fellow 

William joined Health Law Advocates as the Wendy Parmet Fellow in the fall of 2017. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where he was a Lawyering Fellow in the Social Justice Program and an editor on the law review. During law school, William worked in the Employment Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services on unemployment insurance cases, at UNITE HERE! Local 26 on labor grievances and arbitration, at Justice At Work on wage theft and workplace safety, and a private firm on labor and employment cases. He additionally worked as a clinic student-attorney through NUSL’s Domestic Violence clinic. A big soccer fan, William previously worked for the New England Revolution in their grassroots marketing program. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013.

Emily Tabor

Staff

Manager of External Engagement 

Emily is responsible for the planning and execution of HLA's Annual Benefit Breakfast - the organization's largest source of funding, which attracts more than 900 attendees. Emily also manages HLA's Legal Network, a group of private and public attorneys who take cases pro bono, and manages the quarterly newsletter, The Docket. Prior to HLA, she worked as the Development and Communications Coordinator at First Literacy, an adult education non-profit, and the Development Coordinator at St. Stephen's Youth Programs, a youth program in Lower Roxbury and the South End. Emily graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Wells Wilkinson

Staff

Senior Staff Attorney

Wells works with HLA's commercial insurance and mental health parity teams, and advises and represents individual clients in Massachusetts with commercial insurance on their rights to access needed care. He has successfully appealed denials of expensive pharmaceuticals, ABA therapy for children with Autism, and he has helped consumers reverse unpaid claims, protecting them from medical debt. Previously, Wells worked with the consumer advocacy group Community Catalyst, indirectly advising consumers about their rights under the Affordable Care Act to enroll, to receive free preventive care, and to receive exemptions from tax penalties, among other issues. Wells has extensive experience in local grassroots organizing in Massachusetts, working on health care reform, peace issues, globalization, youth leadership development, and community organizing. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University, and a law degree from New England School of Law.