Attorneys and Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation Staff

Cori Alonso-Yoder

Supervising Attorney

EMAIL:
calonso-yoder@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7664

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish, French

Ana Corina “Cori” Alonso-Yoder is the Supervising Attorney for the Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program. She supervises the Program’s staff attorneys across practices areas and represents LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants in immigration legal matters. Alonso-Yoder also dedicates time to mentoring and partnering with volunteer attorneys committed to serving these communities through pro bono representation. In her work to promote immigrants’ rights, she has collaborated on transnational labor policy and worker outreach in central Mexico, provided legal orientation and advice and counsel to inmates in U.S. immigration detention facilities, and served as an assistant to the chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva.

Alonso-Yoder received her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University and her law degree (with honors) from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and in Washington, DC.

Andres Cruz

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator II

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Andres Cruz joined Whitman-Walker Health as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator II in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Andres worked as a DC Health Link Assister at Mary’s Center for 3 years. Andres is continuing his educating at the University of the District of Columbia, where he is studying Computer Science. He is a certified DC Health Link Assister and speaks English and Spanish.

Erica Deray

Staff Attorney

EMAIL:
ederay@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7691

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Erica Deray represents clients on a variety of legal issues and oversees the Social Security disability initial applications clinic. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker in 2014, she was a legal fellow at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC, where she focused on public benefits issues and housing law.

Deray received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 2011 and her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 2006. During law school, she was a member of the Journal of Transnational Law and worked with Social Security clients as part of Vanderbilt’s Civil Practice Clinic. Deray is a member of the District of Columbia and North Carolina Bars. She speaks English and Spanish.

Allison Dowling

Staff Attorney

EMAIL:
adowling@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3555

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Allison Dowling is a Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker’s Max Robinson Center in Southeast Washington, DC, focused on public benefits law, including applications, advocacy, and appeals for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Food Stamps, Interim Disability Assistance, and Temporary Aid for Needy Families. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she served as a legal fellow at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, where she provided legal services to low-income Pennsylvanians with issues surrounding Medicaid and Medicare.

Dowling received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she completed the Health Law Certificate Program and was a recipient of the Community Service Award. While there, she worked in the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Law Clinic helping clients successfully appeal Social Security decisions. Dowling is a member of the Pennsylvania and DC Bars.

Sarah Doyel

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator II

EMAIL:
sdoyel@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3588

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Sarah Doyel is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator II. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Doyel worked as an Executive Associate and Global Hotlines Fellow at Polaris, a leading anti-human trafficking organization. Doyel holds a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, where she completed her undergraduate thesis on the intersection of human rights theory and citizenship practices. She is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Judy Gerez

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Judy Gerez joined Whitman-Walker as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she worked at the Center for Vein Restoration in the Community and Outreach Department. There, Judy researched and implemented health-education methods and techniques and developed chronic disease prevention programs at work sites and in the community. She also interned with Adventist HealthCare where she mentored and performed health screenings to empower women to make healthy life choices as part of the Healthy Choices program. Judy received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland. She is a certified DC Health Link Assister and speaks English and Spanish.

Sheyla Guevara

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
sguevara@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3549

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Sheyla Guevara joined Whitman-Walker as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator in summer 2015. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she interned at Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Office of Planning and Policy for the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration. There she reviewed  legislation, maintained databases of bills, edited and fact-checked bureau positions, assisted in the regulation drafting process, and attended bill hearings. Additionally, she conducted a diabetes prevention program assessment in the state of Maryland for the Cancer and Chronic Bureau and created a hospital birthing toolkit for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Guevara received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland. Guevara speaks Spanish and is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Lee Hicks

Legal Services Operations Manager

EMAIL:
lhicks@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7627

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Lee Hicks is Operations Manager of the Legal Services Department, supporting the legal services staff by streamlining operations, coordinating pro bono activities, and acting as the first-line of contact for many of our clients, Whitman-Walker staff, and outside community supporters. Hicks began her work with Whitman-Walker in 2004 as the Corporate Paralegal to the General Counsel and has been with the Legal Services Department since December 2007. Before joining Whitman-Walker, Hicks was a Paralegal at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner.

Hicks received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and her master’s degree in paralegal studies from the George Washington University in 2009. She and her family live in Mount Rainier, MD.

Denise Hunter

Staff Attorney

EMAIL:
dhunter@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.4414

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Denise Hunter is a Staff Attorney representing LGBT and HIV-positive individuals in immigration and related legal matters. She also collaborates to offer training and mentoring to volunteer attorneys in providing pro bono representation for immigration cases. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Hunter was an immigration attorney at the non-profits Avuda and Hogar Immigrant Services in the D.C. area. She has also volunteered and interned at Amnesty International of Poland, World Organization for Human Rights USA, GW International Human Rights Clinic, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, and Human Rights First. Hunter is a 2011 George Washington University Law School graduate where she received an award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Hunter received her bachelor’s degree from Wesley College and is licensed to practice in Maryland.

Erin Keefe

Manager of Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation

EMAIL:
ekeefe@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.4448

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Erin Keefe is the Manager of Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation. Prior to working at Whitman-Walker, she worked as a bilingual advocate and crisis counselor for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in rural North Carolina. Keefe received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Keefe is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Claudia Lopez

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
clopez@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3516

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Claudia Lopez is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Lopez worked as a community organizer for a special project of the Santa Barbara Legal Aid Foundation: the Common Ground Santa Barbara County Homeless Advocacy Project. Before Common Ground, she completed a communications internship with Doctor’s Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, a volunteer grassroots, backpack-based mobile clinic for people experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara. In addition to interpreting in park clinics, Lopez connected unhoused patients to fixed clinics and social services. Lopez received her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology & behavior from the University of California, Davis. She is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Erin M. Loubier

Senior Director of Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation

PHONE:
202.939.7662

Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, where she focuses on the critical collaborations between traditional health care services and legal services to promote patient health and wellness by addressing the social and legal determinants of health. Loubier oversees Legal Services, Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation, and relations with third-party payers, including Medicaid, Medicare, the DC Alliance, and private insurance companies.

Loubier is active on advocacy and systemic reform efforts on health insurance, health reform implementation, and issues affecting access to health care. She is a member of the DC Medical Care Advisory Committee, DC Healthcare Ombudsman Program’s Advisory Committee, DC Health Benefit Exchange Consumer Assistance Advisory Committee, and chairs the DC Bar’s Public Benefits Training series. Loubier led Whitman-Walker’s partnership with the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority to serve as the lead trainer and provide technical assistance for the 33 organizations awarded consumer assistance grants as DC Health Link Assisters. She is the recipient of the DCPCA’s 2013 Unsung Hero Award and the DC Bar Foundation’s 2011 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.

Loubier came to Whitman-Walker in 1998 after receiving her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Prior to law school, Loubier worked for three years at Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) as a student organizer and programs coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Drew University, and has a graduate-level certification in mediation from Syracuse University. Loubier is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two daughters.

Alex Mancera

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
amancera@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3536

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Alex Mancera is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, he interned on Capitol Hill with the Men’s Health Network. There he met with ambassadors and other foreign dignitaries to coordinate the participation of their consulates in health fairs and other events. Mancera received his bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Maryland. He also has experience as a title clerk, paralegal, IT tech, lobbyist, accountant, and translator. Mancera speaks Spanish and is a DC Certified Application Counselor.

Meron Mengistu

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
mmengistu@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.4452

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Amharic

Meron Mengistu is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Mengistu worked for Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc. as an On-Call Advocacy Program Intern and for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging as HBCS Specialist to Eldercare Locator program. She connected older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities to the services provided by Area Agencies on Aging, Title VI Native American aging programs and other national and local aging resources. She received her bachelor’s degree in Family Science from University Of Maryland, College Park. Mengistu is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Glenda Moran

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
gmoran@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3513

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Glenda Moran started at Whitman-Walker in October 2015 as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. She attended the University of Maryland and earned her bachelor of science in Community Health. Moran lives in Hyattsville, MD, and enjoys jogging, reading, and baking in her spare time. Moran is thrilled to be assisting those who are underserved in the DC metro area. She is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Amy Nelson

Director of Patient Legal Services

EMAIL:
anelson@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7625

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Amy Nelson is the Director of Patient Legal Services. In this role, she manages staff attorneys and legal fellows; supports the legal program staff, oversees fundraising and grant management efforts, and works closely with Whitman-Walker’s network of pro bono attorneys and volunteers. In 2012, Nelson managed the launch of the area’s first Name and Gender Change Clinic to assist trans and gender non-conforming individuals with updating their identity documents. In 2014, she was recognized as a “Shero of the Movement” by the DC Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, and was honored with Capital TransPride’s Engendered Spirit award. Nelson served on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s House, a residence for HIV-positive, homeless women, and oversaw its successful transition into the N Street Village family of programs in 2011. Nelson joined Whitman-Walker from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery.

Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and graduated from The George Washington University School of Law with honors in 2001, having served as president of Lambda Law and on the International Law Review. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York Bars.

Katie Nicol

Senior Manager of Public Benefits/Insurance Navigation

EMAIL:
knicol@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202-939-7692

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Katie Nicol is Whitman-Walker’s Senior Manager of Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Nicol worked as an intern in the development department of NARAL Pro-Choice America and as a Care Coordinator at the NW Louisiana AIDS Resource Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she administered all intakes for new clients and coordinated all functions of the food pantry. She has also volunteered at the YWCA in Shreveport as a sexual assault advocate and on the sexual assault hot-line.

Nicol received her bachelor’s degree in community health and American Humanics from LSU-Shreveport. She is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Emily Pigott

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
epigott@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.4449

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Emily Pigott is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Pigott interned at Magellan Health in the Quality Improvement Department where she gained experience working on healthcare quality initiatives. She also interned at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County where she helped implement needs-based programming for at-risk children. Pigott recently received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland with a minor in Spanish. Pigott is fluent in Spanish and is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Cindy Romero

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Cindy Romero joined Whitman-Walker as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Romero worked as a communications associate for the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she conducted digital outreach on the Affordable Care Act and assisted with the editing and distribution of the Women’s Health Policy Report. Additionally, she interned for the communications department at NARAL Pro-Choice America and served as a legislative intern at the U.S. House of Representatives.  Romero holds a dual bachelor’s degree in international affairs and women’s studies from the University of Georgia. She a certified DC Health Link Assister and speaks English and Spanish.

Murray Scheel

Senior Staff Attorney

EMAIL:
mscheel@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7695

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Murray Scheel is a senior staff attorney focusing on legal services and policy initiatives to address the needs of elderly individuals who are LGBT or living with HIV/AIDS. He came to Whitman-Walker Legal Services in 2013 from the firm of Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind, where he served as a senior associate in civil litigation. Before private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Noël A. Kramer on the DC Superior Court and the Honorable Vanessa Ruiz on the DC Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a Case Manager and then the Public Benefits Coordinator with Community Connections, where he worked with chronically mentally ill adults, many of whom were living with HIV.

Scheel graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School in 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

Leonor Suarez

Intake Coordinator

EMAIL:
lsuarez@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7630

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Leonor Suarez joined Whitman-Walker as the Intake Coordinator and comes to us with many years of experience in legal services including 20 years as a senior paralegal at Greater Boston Legal Services. Suarez worked as an international consultant for labor and HIV/health issues for the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other human rights groups in China, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Dominican Republic. Here in D.C., Suarez has worked with Whitman-Walker’s client base at both La Clinica del Pueblo and the D.C. Employment Justice Center.  Suarez studied law and economic policy at the graduate level in Spain and Bolivia.

Kathryn Supko

Public Benefits & Insurance Navigator

EMAIL:
ksupko@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3564

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Kathryn (Katie) Supko is a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she worked at the Minnesota Department of Health as a public health associate with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where she developed a consent-focused healthy sexuality framework for violence prevention. During this time, Supko also volunteered as a sexual assault advocate for the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, MN. As a Medicaid intern at Families USA, Supko co-authored the blog “Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky Leads to Spike in Use of Preventive Health Services.” Supko is an AmeriCorps alumna, having served with the Pittsburgh Health Corps as a patient advocate at the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. Supko received her bachelor of science in biological sciences and psychology with a minor in Hispanic studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Supko is a certified DC Health Link Assister.

Krisztina Eva Szabo

Staff Attorney

EMAIL:
kszabo@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202-939-7676

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish, French & Hungarian

Krisztina Eva Szabo represents clients on a variety of legal issues, including access to health care and public benefits. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker in 2014 Szabo worked at Ayuda and at the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), where she assisted and advocated for immigrant survivors of violence.

Szabo received her law degree from Charleston School of Law and graduated with distinction from the American University Washington College of Law’s Law and Government LLM Program. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and is in the process of becoming a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Claudia Zelaya

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Claudia Zelaya joined Whitman-Walker in 2015 and then joined the Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation Team as a Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator in the Summer of 2016. Prior to joining the team, she interned at a non-profit, Child Trends, as a research assistant where she trained in child abuse and neglect assessments in DC elementary schools. She also interned at CARECEN, where she served as a Spanish interpreter. Claudia received her bachelor’s degree at George Mason University and is currently a master’s candidate for social work at University of Maryland-Baltimore. She is certified DC Health Link Assister and speaks English and Spanish.