On this page you’ll find contact information for ACBA staff members, organized by department.

ACBA Staff: Administration, Membership and Lawyer Referral Service

Hadassah Hayashi

Chief Executive Officer

(510) 302-2200

Valerie Brown Lescroart

Director of Communications and Marketing

(510) 302-2215

Salma Taleb

Director of Membership & Operations

(510) 302-2217

Julia Hall

Continuing Legal Education & Volunteer Coordinator

(510) 302-2221

Dimos Coutoulas

Membership, Education, and Section Coordinator

(510) 302-2201

Priscila Correa

Membership, Education, and Section Coordinator

(510) 302-2208

Amber Sutter


Rachel Shigekane

Lawyer Referral Service Director

(510) 302-2210

Shree Benjamin

LRS Referral Coordinator

HongYu Minh

LRS Referral Coordinator - Mandarin

Natalia Ventsko

BALI Director

Ester Cruz

BALI Coordinator

(510) 433-8706

Stephanie Chamberlain

Development Associate and Special Events Manager

(510) 302-2209

ACBA Staff: Legal Access Alameda

Christina Wiellette

Legal Access Alameda Director

(510) 302-2216

Christine Knowles

Court Programs Managing Attorney

(510) 406-3108

Beth Litwin

Disaster Legal Services Managing Attorney

(510) 302-2227

Amarilis Medrano

Volunteer and Clinics Coordinator

(510) 302-2219

Kodie McGinley

Family Law Day of Court (FLDOC) Supervisor

Vanessa Smith

Shriver Family Law Attorney

Bianca Torres

Housing Programs Attorney

David Chircop

Free Legal Answers Attorney

Yeseo Chung

Disaster Legal Services Coordinator

Alia Taqieddin

Grants Manager

Edward Kaigh Synder

Title Clearing Project Supervising Attorney

Sarah Shank

Title Clearing Coordinator


Title Clearing Grants and Data Analyst

Linda Coco

Bankruptcy Program Attorney

ACBA Staff: Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP)

Andrea Zambrana

CAAP Director

(510) 302-2202

Shabnam Hotaky

CAAP Conflict Referral Coordinator

(510) 302-2205

Sarah Brooks

CAAP Administrator

(510) 302-2204

April Sterrett

CAAP Billing Specialist

CAAP Billing Specialist

Zach Gratz-Lazarus

CAAP Managing Social Worker

Emma Germer

CAAP Supervising Juvenile Social Worker

Shannon Pastorini

CAAP Juvenile Social Worker

(510) 302-2204