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.

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.

Caroline Donahue

Staff

Staff Attorney

Caroline is a Staff Attorney at HLA. She previously worked as the Parmet Fellow and an AmeriCorps Attorney serving through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self Sufficiency Program (MLASSP) at HLA.  Currently, Caroline assists individuals with public health insurance to overcome access barriers.  Caroline graduated from Northeastern University School of Law.  During law school, she interned with Greater Boston Legal Services in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit; Partners HealthCare in its Office of General Counsel; Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in its Health Care Division and the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton at the United States District Court in Boston, MA.  She obtained her Masters in Public Health from Boston University, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.  She graduated from University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  Caroline is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.  

Marisol Garcia

Staff

Director/Managing Attorney

She 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.

Sharon Jaquez

Staff

Development Assistant

Sharon joined HLA through Northeastern University’s co-op program as the paralegal/intake coordinator and now serves as the Development Assistant and works with the Program and Development Associate in the planning and execution of the 22nd Annual Benefit Breakfast. She is in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree studying Health Science with a minor in Law and Public Policy. Prior to working at HLA she did her first co-op at New England Baptist Hospital in the Health Information Management department. Sharon plans to graduate next spring with the hope of pursuing a law degree with an interest in practicing Health Law. 

Ashley Jones-Pierce

Staff

Staff Attorney

Prior to joining HLA, Ashley served as a legal fellow in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), representing clients in matters related to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security disability benefits.  Ashley graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine, earning a law degree and Master of Public Health.  During law school she completed internships with GBLS, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Health Care Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and Prince Lobel Tye, LLP.  She also served as a staff member of the Northeastern University Law Journal.  Prior to law school, Ashley worked in development for a Boston area community hospital. She is a graduate of Colby College.

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.

Sara Maldonado

Staff

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Sara is an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at HLA through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self Sufficiency Program (MLASSP). Sara graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2016. During law school, she interned with Greater Boston Legal Services through the Civil Litigation Clinic and the City of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity. She obtained her Masters in Public Health from Boston University, with a concentration in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health and Latin American Studies. Sara previously worked in school based health clinics in Connecticut signing children up for Medicaid.  At HLA, Sara assists individuals with public health insurance to overcome access barriers.

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.

Kimberly Romero

Staff

Paralegal/Intake Coordinator

Kimberly joined HLA through Northeastern University's co-op program. She is in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree studying political science with a minor in English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior to working at HLA, she did her first co-op at Boston City Hall with Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell as a legislative fellow. Kimberly plans to graduate next spring with the hope of pursuing a law degree. 

Emily Tabor

Staff

Program and Development Associate 

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.