Since its inception in 1981, NVLSP has been led and staffed by passionate, tenacious, and dedicated women and men who have all worked to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country. The individuals listed here comprise the current directory of NVLSP personnel and board members.

Executive Team

  • Rochelle Bobroff
    Pro Bono Director
  • Patty Briotta
    Director of Communications
  • Ana Reyes
    Director of Development
  • Richard Spataro
    Director of Training and Publications
  • Bart Stichman
    Executive Director
  • Stacy Tromble
    Director of Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Litigation
  • Paul Wright
    Deputy Executive Director
  • Jeffrey J. Zanghi
    Director of Finance


  • Ronald Abrams
    Special Counsel
  • Adrian Adrias
  • Amy Borgersen
    Appellate Attorney
  • George Burtsev
    Office Manager
  • Helen Chong
    Training Associate and Webinar Manager
  • Sunit Chowdhury
    Legal Assistant
  • Emily Woodward Deutsch
    Appellate Attorney
  • Monica Draper
    Senior Accountant / Network Support
  • Katherine Ebbesson
    Appellate Attorney
  • Solveig Frasch
    Staff Attorney
  • Karen Galla
    Special Counsel
  • Christine Cote Hill
    Special Counsel
  • Rosalee Hoffman
    Appellate Attorney
  • Alexis Ivory
    Senior Staff Attorney
  • Ann Kenna
    Staff Attorney 
  • Esther Leibfarth
    Senior Staff Attorney
  • Katherine Mann
    Development Manager
  • Michael Marquet
    Case Management Attorney
  • Lane McCall
    IT Manager
  • Kenneth Meador
    Appellate Attorney
  • Erin M. Mee
    Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
  • Caitlin M. Milo
    Senior Appellate Attorney
  • Byron Moore
    Appellate Attorney
  • Taryn Moyer
    Intake Specialist
  • Christopher Murray
    Senior Appellate Attorney
  • Angela Nedd
    Administrative Assistant
  • Meline Noel
    Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Nnamdi Okoli
    Staff Attorney
  • Kimberly Parke
    Senior Appellate Attorney
  • Kelly Parker
    Staff Attorney
  • Dorrie Popovski
  • Abagail Reynolds
    Staff Attorney
  • Kristin Smith
    Staff Attorney
  • David Sonenshine
    Senior Staff Attorney
  • Katherine Stagner
    Legal Office Assistant
  • Carlie Steiner
    Appellate Attorney
  • Awa Sowe
    Staff Attorney
  • Maeve Sullivan
    Law Graduate
  • Christopher Toms
    Appellate Attorney
  • Alie Venuti
    Staff Attorney
  • Tekey Wallace
    Staff Attorney

Board of Directors

  • Chris T. Antoniou
    Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, retired
    Verizon Partner Solutions
  • Alan Avery
    Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Benjamin C. Block
    Covington & Burling LLP
  • Samuel R. Bond
    Atlanta General Manager
  • Cynthia Bright
    Associate General Counsel
    HP Inc.
  • Richard E. Coe
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Nathaniel F. Emmons
    Partner, retired
    Wiley Rein, LLP
  • Ronald S. Flagg, Chair
    Vice President & General Counsel
    Legal Services Corporation
  • Will A. Gunn
    Former General Counsel
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Greg Harris
    Managing Associate General Counsel
    Verizon Communications
  • Bill Hayden
    Senior Attorney, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs
    Microsoft Corporation
  • Doris Johnson Hines
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Donald J. Kassilke
    Cozen O’Connor
  • Stephen B. Kinnaird
    Paul Hastings LLP
  • Richard D. Klingler
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Barry McCoy
    Associate Vice President
    Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Gianni Minutoli
    DLA Piper LLP
  • Nancy Morrison O’Connor
    General Counsel
    The Catholic University of America
  • Thomas E. Riley
    Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Steven Ryan
    Vice President, Global Litigation & Investigations
  • Amy E. Schuh
    Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
  • Howard M. Shapiro
    WilmerHale LLP
  • Eric A. Shumsky
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Amanda Smith
    Chief Engagement Officer
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Wayne Smith
    Vietnam Veteran Advocate