Delta Banks

Delta Banks
Housing Counselor

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Delta Banks is a housing counselor with more than 20 years’ experience in the housing counseling field. Delta began her career at ULS as a receptionist in 1997. She was promoted to housing counselor in 1998. Delta enjoys working with her clients and guiding them to success with the Home Purchase Assistance Program, Single Family Rehabilitation Program, mortgage default & delinquency, fair housing, credit counseling, budget & money management, and landlord & tenant rights. Delta is a certified housing counselor and holds certifications through NeighborWorks America in pre-purchase & post-purchase homeownership education, foreclosure Intervention and default counseling and homeownership counseling.

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Michelle Beard

Michelle Beard
Receptionist/Intake Specialist

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Michelle Beard is a Receptionist/Intake Specialist in our Northeast office. Michelle is responsible for managing a busy phone system, answering inquiries, providing brief advice and information to the public, greeting visitors and administrative and organizational support.

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Sany Bernstein

Sandy Bernstein , Esq.
Legal Director

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Since joining ULS in 1997, Sandy has provided direct representation to hundreds of people with disabilities to ensure that they are provided with quality services and supports, are fully integrated into their community and their civil rights are protected. In addition to supervising all of the legal and advocacy work at ULS, much of her recent practice focuses on ensuring District residents with intellectual disabilities get the community-based services they are entitled to from the Department on Disability Services and Department of Health Care Finance.

Sandy has served on numerous committees and participated in policy initiatives to improve the quality of supports provided to people with disabilities and to advocate for equal access to services and housing. She has served as plaintiffs’ counsel in individual and class action litigation and currently represents the plaintiff class in Evans v. Bowser, litigation involving the rights of people with developmental disabilities who formerly resided at Forest Haven.

Sandy is the recipient of the 2007 Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities’ Advocacy Award and the 2008 D.C. Bar’s Jerrold Scoutt Award. Sandy holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a received her J. D. degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Jane M. Brown, Esq.
Executive Director

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Jane M. Brown has led University Legal Services (ULS) as its Executive Director since July 1993. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from a staff of nine supporting two programs to more than forty attorneys, housing counselors, social workers, advocates and other professionals supporting 14 programs. Under Jane’s leadership, ULS began to expand its housing counseling program, and also became the designated Protection and Advocacy agency for the District of Columbia, as designated by the Mayor.

Before becoming Executive Director, Jane was a Supervising Attorney at ULS overseeing the housing counseling staff and representing tenants in Landlord and Tenant Court. She went on to represent tenants seeking homeownership through the tenant purchase process which provided tenants the opportunity to own their apartment buildings and convert them to cooperatives. She provided legal counsel in all phases of purchase, renovation of properties, and project financing.

Jane is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and Wellesley College. While in college, she studied abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Jane is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars, and serves on the Boards of the H Street Community Development Corporation, Advocates for Justice and Education, and the National Disability Rights Network.

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Ana Canata

Ana Maria Canata
Housing Counselor

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Ana Maria Canata, Bilingual Counselor at University Legal Services, has been a housing counselor since 2002. Ana Maria was born in Washington DC to a mother from Spain and a father from Paraguay. She graduated from the Sacred Heart Academy High School, and participated in the “Pride Inc.” program for community studies at American University. She received her B.A. degree from Trinity University in 2014. Ana Maria speaks English, Spanish and French. She is a Certified Housing Counselor, through the National Association of Housing Counselor & Agencies, Inc. and has received numerous certifications for completion of continuing education classes in housing counseling subjects.

Johnna Carey

Johnna Carey, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Johnna Carey is the Disability Benefits Staff Attorney in ULS’ Jail and Prison Advocacy Project. Johnna is responsible for securing timely Social Security disability benefits for incarcerated DC residents with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who are preparing to return to the community.

Johnna received her law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and received the Terry and Judy Albright Pro Bono and Public Interest Award, an award recognizing significant contribution through pro bono and public interest service. Prior to joining ULS in 2018, Johnna was a Clemency Fellow in the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project, creating state-by-state resources for capital defense practitioners. Johnna is a member of the District of Columbia and Kentucky bars.

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Pamela Carr

Pamela Carr
Housing Counselor

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Pamela Carr began her counseling career after fifteen years in Banking. From working in Home Equity Lending Quality Assurance Funding to Professional Financial Training in the banking industry Pam has worked from the back to the front end of lending. Her years of experience in financial management include credit analysis, evaluation and education.

Pam’s transition to the non-profit world began as the Credit Counselor for Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Housing Counseling Department. This transition was seamless as Pam recognized the great rewards in seeing her clients grasp and take action with the new knowledge they received. Pam Co-Facilitated the Home-Buyers Education Program at Marshall Heights which emphasized the importance of credit as the foundation to home ownership.. In 2008 Pam became a Housing Counselor with Marshall Heights and in 2009 became a HUD Certified Housing Counselor through The NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education & Counseling (NCHEC). Over the years she has received & maintained various certifications through NCHEC. In 2010 Pam began working for University Legal Services. Pam encourages family participation especially with regard to financial management.

Pamela holds and maintains certifications in Pre-Purchase Homeownership Education, Homeownership Education, Financial Capabilities, Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. In 2013 she obtained her Professional Certification in Homeownership & Community Lending all through NCHEC.

 

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Mary Clark

Mary Nell Clark, Esq.
Managing Attorney

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Mary Nell McGarity Clark joined DRDC in 2003 as a managing attorney after working at the U.S. Department of Justice for almost ten years handling large class action lawsuits. While at DRDC, she has been lead counsel for several large cases, including litigation against St. Elizabeths Hospital and a large behavioral health provider. In addition to overseeing investigations and writing numerous investigation reports, as a former teacher and the parent of children with special needs, Mary Nell has a particular interest in special education law and inclusion. She earned her JD at the University of Texas School of Law where she was a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif.

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Marieka Cober

Marieka Cober
Intake Specialist

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Marieka Cober joined Disability Rights DC as the Intake Specialist in May 2016, shortly after graduating summa cum laude from American University. While earning her BA in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government, Marieka served as a Resident Assistant and held several internships, including positions at the US Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section and White House Office of Management and Budget.

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Janice Coleman

Janice Coleman
Receptionist/Intake Specialist

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Janice Coleman is a receptionist/intake specialist at the ULS Northeast location. Janice assists with a busy switchboard, brief advice, information and referral, walk-ins and workshop preparation. Janice prides herself on her ability to help others, provide valuable information and serve her community.

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Margaret Hart, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Margaret Hart is a Staff Attorney at DRDC. As part of the Client Assistance Program for DC (CAP) she advocates to resolve the complaints and problems an individual may be having in receiving or applying for vocational rehabilitation services from the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services Administration (‘DCRSA”). Margaret also handles special education matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) advocating for students with disabilities to receive appropriate services in the least restrictive environment and to ensure they receive appropriate transition services.

Prior to joining DRDC Margaret practiced special education law in New York City where she represented students with disabilities and their families in a full array of claims arising under the IDEA. Margaret has spoken at Georgetown Law School, the National Disability Right Network’s Annual Conference, and at various locations in the community regarding DCRSA and the IDEA. She is a graduate of Fordham University and Temple University, Beasley School of Law.

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Charlene Gilchrist

Charlene Gilchrist
Housing Counselor

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Charlene Gilchrist is a housing counselor with more than 30 years’ experience. Charlene started out as a receptionist for the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization in ward 7. She quickly took an interest in housing counseling after many discussions with the housing counselors there regarding the programs and services they provided to the community. As she grew up and continued to live in ward 7 she saw housing counseling as a way of assisting her community to better their quality of life. After working for Marshall Heights Community Development for 25 years, Charlene continued her career as a housing counselor when she began working for University Legal Services (ULS) in March of 2010. Her dedication to providing quality services to the surrounding communities continued while working with University Legal Services through such programs, services and counseling as the Home Purchase Assistance Program, Single Family Rehabilitation Program, Mortgage Default & Delinquency, Fair Housing, Credit Counseling, Budget & Money Management, Landlord & Tenant Rights, etc.

Charlene is certified through the National Association of Housing Counselors and Agencies, Inc., and holds certifications through NeighborWorks America in Pre-Purchase & Post-Purchase Homeownership Education, Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling and Homeownership Counseling.

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Gretchen Hall

Gretchen Hall
Reentry Advocate

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Gretchen Hall, Reentry Advocate. Gretchen returned to JPAP as a Reentry Advocate in September 2015 after working as an assessment specialist at the University of Kentucky’s Targeted Assessment Program. As an assessment specialist, she conducted comprehensive assessments and provided strengths-based case management to help individuals receiving TANF benefits engage in services and achieve self-sufficiency. She previously served as a Reentry Advocate at University Legal Services from 2012 to 2014. Prior to serving as a Reentry Advocate, Gretchen was the team leader of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team at Pathways to Housing, a Housing First program in Washington, DC. In this position, she provided intensive community-based rehabilitative services to chronically homeless adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Her responsibilities included diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, crisis intervention, individual counseling, service coordination and clinical supervision. Gretchen holds a Masters of Social Work and has been working in the mental health field with underserved populations since 2007. She provides release planning and service coordination to individuals with mental illness to ensure their needs are at the center of discharge planning and to advocate for community services that meet those needs. She conducts monitoring at the DC Jail to prevent abuse and neglect. She also develops comprehensive plans to advocate for alternatives to incarceration.

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Debra Haydel

Debra Haydel
AT Specialist

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Debra Haydel is the Assistive Technology Specialist with the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC). She holds a M.S. in Audiology from Howard University and has been in the field of disability and rehabilitation for over 25 years. Ms. Haydel manages all components of the DC Assistive Technology Resource Center (DCARTC) and the short-term device loan program. She provides demonstrations on an array of devices and software in addition to performing AT needs assessments. Ms. Haydel specializes in training and technical assistance in the development of assistive technology policies and procedures. She also designs and administers the ATPDC website www.atpdc.org

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Alicia C. Johns
AT Program Director

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Alicia C. Johns is the Program Manager for the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC). The Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC) is a city-wide program that helps District residents with disabilities regardless of age or disability get appropriate assistive technology (AT) devices and services to live independently. Ms. Johns manages the administration and implementation of the Assistive Technology program services including: the AT Resource Center, AT Device Loan Program, Disability Equipment Recycling Program (DC Shares) and the AT Financing Loan Program. District residents with disabilities have a chance to participate in demonstrations of AT devices; opportunities to tryout AT devices with our short-term device loan program; acquire new or used durable medical equipment, like wheelchairs and walkers and access low-interest loans to purchase assistive technology devices and services. These services are available to all Washingtonians with disabilities and their families with the ultimate goal to provide the most appropriate AT device or service so persons with disabilities can live and function independently at home, school work or in their community. Alicia Johns holds a M.S. in Management and Marketing from the University of Maryland and has been in the field of disability rights and assistive technology for over 26 years. Ms. Johns often states that,

“Technology makes things easier for persons without disabilities, but technology makes things possible for persons with disabilities.”

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Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin
Program Manager

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Andrew Martin is Program Manager for the ULS Tenant Purchase Program. He is responsible for designing and delivering real estate development consulting and asset management services to low and moderate income tenants associations that seek to buy and renovate their buildings and create limited equity cooperatives or other forms of multi-family housing. The focus of the Tenant Purchase Program is to create and preserve affordable homeownership in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining University Legal Services in 2011, Andrew was a Disposition Specialist in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) asset management department at Enterprise Community Investment where he managed the Year 15 exit of investors from affordable LIHTC rental housing. And prior to working at Enterprise, Andrew developed affordable housing in Washington, DC and Sacramento, California, including working as a City/County Redevelopment Planner and as a Construction Coordinator at Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.

Andrew is on the board of directors of the Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) and holds a master’s degree in regional planning with a concentration in real estate development and transportation planning from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.

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Kristina Majewski

Kristina Majewski, Esq.
Attorney

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Kristina Majewski represents individuals with disabilities to ensure their equal and meaningful access to public services, integrated living options, and public accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also ensures that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in the electoral process under the Help America Vote Act.

Kristina received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was selected as the first Law Fellow at the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Bronx, NY and served as Articles Editor of the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal. Prior to joining ULS in June 2015, Kristina was an Olmstead enforcement attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as the 2012 Disability Policy Leadership Fellow at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

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Francis Nugent

Fancis Nugent, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Francis joined ULS in 2012 to help improve community-based resources for District youth with psychiatric disabilities following discharge from acute hospitalization. In addition, Francis now works on a wide array of issues impacting youth and adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to, removing barriers to employment for individuals receiving Social Security benefits, monitoring instances of abuse and neglect in psychiatric hospitals and schools, and helping individuals access community-based services from government agencies.

Francis is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Claremont McKenna College. Prior to joining ULS, Francis clerked for Judge Ann O’Regan Keary of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Mental Health Community Court.

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Helen Orellana

Helen Orellana
Housing Counselor

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Helen Orellana joined ULS April 2017, as a bilingual housing counselor. Prior to joining ULS, she worked as an eligibility specialist and assisted residents with the successful maintenance of their housing and utility bills, and information and resources concerning food, furniture, clothing, etc.

She decided to become a housing counselor because she wanted to assist clients in obtaining a more permanent housing option and/or assist them with knowing what they can do to maintain their homes. Helen wants to share with clients the benefit of receiving counseling before going to homeownership on their own.

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Christal People

Christal Peoples
Housing Counselor

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Christal Peoples started with University Legal Services in 2004 as the secretary for University Legal Service S.E location. Christal watched so many families achieve their home ownership goals, it didn’t take Christal long to realize this is what she wanted to do also, so as soon as the opportunity presented itself, ULS promoted Christal to a housing counselor position. After numerous trainings and certifications Christal became a certified housing counselor in 2006 and was determined to educate as many as she could about becoming a first- time homebuyer, particularly for those in ward 8 were she was born and raised, understanding how important it is for residents to obtain wealth through homeownership.

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Jasmine Pondexter

Jasmine Pondexter
Intake Specialist

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Jasmine Pondexter is the receptionist and intake specialist for our Far Northeast location on Benning Rd. Jasmine greets clients with a smile and a warm voice, and conducts intake for programs, and provides information and referral services.

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Andrea Procaccino
Staff Attorney

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Andrea Procaccino joined DRDC in 2011 as a staff attorney. She is a registered nurse and an attorney. Her focus at DRDC is representing individuals with mental health disabilities whose rights have been violated and conducting abuse and neglect investigations. She also works with pro bono attorneys in the District who represent DRDC clients in rights violation cases. She earned her nursing degree at the University of Maryland and her JD at University of Baltimore.

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Frank Rice
Equipment Recycling Coordinator, DC Shares

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Frank Rice is the Equipment Recycling Coordinator for DC Shares. DC Shares is the District of Columbia Disability Equipment Recycling Program. The program is a part of The Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia. DC Shares provides Durable Medical Equipment to low income DC residents at no charge. Mr. Rice worked as an Operations Assistant for 12 years, providing administrative assistance and facility coordination. He was also employed as a Durable Medical and Rehabilitation Equipment Specialist for 17 years. Mr. Rice is a product of DC public schools and attended The University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Rice believes everyone deserves outstanding customer service.

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Marjorie Rifkin

Marjorie Rifkin
Managing Attorney

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Marjorie Rifkin joined ULS in 2000. In 2001, Marjorie brought Young v. DC Housing Authority, a class action lawsuit on behalf of Capital Area ADAPT and DC residents with physical disabilities that resulted in 565 fully wheelchair-accessible DC public housing units.

Working together with AARP Foundation Litigation and Arent Fox LLP, Marjorie filed Thorpe v. District of Columbia, a class action case against DC government on behalf of DC residents living in nursing facilities seeking transitional assistance to live in the community with services and supports. Prior to filing this case, Marjorie spent close to a decade leading an effort to liberate DC residents with disabilities from nursing facilities back to the community with the Medicaid services they need.

Prior to working at ULS, Marjorie was a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, a public defender, and operations director of a pretrial services program. She received her law degree from Columbia University.

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Curtrice Scott
Reentry Advocate

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Curtrice Scott, M.A., LPC, Reentry Advocate. Curtrice is a Reentry Advocate with JPAP. She joined JPAP after working as a mental health clinician at Community Connections, where she provided comprehensive and therapeutic services to adults dually diagnosed with mental and substance abuse disorders, many who were homeless, involved in the legal system and had histories of trauma. Curtrice holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC. Since 2003, she has been working in the mental health field with populations that are underserved. She conducts monitoring at the DC Jail and other correctional sites, preventing abuse and neglect. She also provides direct advocacy to prevent neglect in discharge planning by advocating for effective treatment and coordination and presenting comprehensive plans to support treatment as an alternative to incarceration.

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Tammy Seltzer

Tammy Seltzer, Esq.
Director of Jail & Prison Advocacy Project

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Tammy Seltzer is the Director of the DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project at Disability Rights DC (DRDC. DRDC founded the DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project in 2007 to assist DC residents with serious and persistent mental illness returning to the community from jail and prison, removing obstacles to reentry and linking individuals to services and supports. The DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project is the only DC legal services provider to assist individuals with disabilities to apply for SSI and SSDI prior to their release from incarceration. Tammy has worked for over 20 years vindicating the civil rights of people with mental illness in various arenas including the justice system. Tammy spent two years as the Director of State Policy at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the national association for community mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. As part of her work with the National Council, Tammy provided technical assistance on a variety of policy issues involving mental health and substance use disorders, such as funding for home- and community-based services and healthcare reform. Tammy also spent 10 years as an attorney with the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she focused on children and criminal justice issues, including an SSI benefits project to assist children of Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange. In 2016, Tammy received the Center for Court Excellence’s 2016 Justice Potter Stewart Award for her work with people with disabilities. Tammy graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Public Policy and received her law degree from the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.

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Tracey Nicole

Tracey Nicole Turner
Housing Counselor, Supervisor

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Tracey Nicole Turner is the Supervising Housing Counselor at University Legal Services Northeast branch. Before coming to University Legal Services she was employed at United Planning Organization (UPO) for many years, initially as a part of DCREACH Program, which aimed at assisting residents with paying their utilities. She was then requested to become one of the first Housing Counselors to spearhead the Newly Developed Housing Program Initiative at UPO. She’s been a Housing Counselor for over ten years. In 2007, she became a Certified Comprehensive Housing Counselor through the National Association of Housing Counseling Agencies. Two years later she obtained her certification through Neighbor Works as a Certified Comprehensive Housing Specialist. Additionally, she's served on the Board of the DC Metropolitan Association of Housing Counselors as the Secretary for the past six years and sits on the Board of the Assistive Technology Loan Financing Program for Washingtonians as the Vice President located at University Legal Services. In 2006, she was elected the President of the Tenant Association located at Paradise at Parkside Communities Apartment Complex where she lived for over 20 years. Her overall goal was to enhance the lives of the residents by offering them the opportunity and platform to change their living conditions as well as their personal and professional growth and development. Being a resident of the District since 1992, she is passionate about making a difference in our Communities and the lives of Residents in the District of Columbia.

 

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Annie Tyson
Managing Housing Counselor

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Annie Tyson became employed at University Legal Services on August 24, 1987 as a Housing Counselor. At that time, University Legal Services was located at 324 H.St. N.E across the street from Cathy Hughes’ radio station WOL, now known as Radio One. Ms. Tyson has seen great growth that has taken place at University Legal Services. Ms. Tyson took the housing counselor certification test in 1988 and became a Certified Comprehensive Housing Counselor. Ms. Tyson and several other housing counselors met with Fannie Mae to help them to develop their housing software. Ms. Tyson has had the pleasure of assisting many clients conquer their fear of becoming a first- time homebuyer by encouraging them to do what they thought was impossible. It warms Ms. Tyson’s heart to run into so many former clients around Washington who tell her she is the lady who helped them buy their house, or that if it wasn’t for her they would still be living in an apartment. Ms. Tyson LOVES her job and gives 100% when it comes to helping her clients reach their goals whether purchasing a home, or saving a home from foreclosure, or renting the first apartment. Her staff always tells her that she is a walking resource book. In October 1996 University Legal Services opened up their second location and Ms. Tyson become the supervisor at that location. She has 21- years’ experience as a supervisor, and over 29- years counseling in the areas of pre-purchase, single- family rehabilitation, mortgage default, credit, rental, and reverse mortgage, and money management. Ms. Tyson has also assisted CSOSA by locating housing for returning citizens. She enjoys educating her clients in all areas of the housing process in Ward 8 and city-wide who contact her for assistance.

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Celeste Valente

Celeste Valente
Senior PAIMI Advocate

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CTV has been on the staff since ULS was designated as the P&A in 1997 and continues to work as an advocate in the PAIMI, TBI and PADD programs. She brings her training and experience as a licensed social worker in the District of Columbia to her work representing individuals who want consumer-centered plans to support discharge planning and the development of robust services in the community.

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 Jaclyn Verner

Jaclyn Verner
Advocate

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Jaclyn joined Disability Rights DC in 2018. As part of the PAIMI and CRF programs, she advocates for individuals with mental health disabilities whose rights have been violated. In addition, as part of the TBI program, Jaclyn advocates for increased community-based services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.

Jaclyn completed a dual-degree in which she received a JD, graduating magna cum laude, from Widener University Delaware Law School and a PsyD from Widener University’s Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology. During her graduate training, Jaclyn worked in a variety of healthcare and legal settings, including as a member of the psychology team at a residential substance abuse treatment facility, as a federal judicial extern, and as a psycho-legal intern at HELP:MLP, a medical-legal partnership focused on providing services to low-income mothers.

 

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David Ward
Housing Counselor

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David Ward is the Senior Housing Counselor with University Legal Services-Southeast Office. He has been a housing counselor for well over 13 years. Over the course of his counseling career he has helped countless residents become first time homeowners. He has also helped many other residents through the many programs offered under the DC and Federal governments, such as The Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program, The Lead Safe Washington Program, and The Homesaver Program, to name a few.

David currently attends Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying to become an Architect. He has worked in the past as a Licensed Real Estate Agent for 2 years prior to becoming a Housing Counselor. He is a native Washingtonian and is truly passionate about helping DC's housing market become as stable as possible. He plans to do that, helping one resident at a time.

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Sean Wallace

Sean Wallace
Housing Counselor/Supervisor

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Sean Wallace is the Supervising Housing Counselor at University Legal Services Far Northeast branch. Sean, a native Washingtonian, joined the Housing Counseling staff of ULS in 1996. With nearly 20 years of demonstrated experience and leadership, Sean has successfully assisted hundreds of families achieve their goal of home ownership.  Soon after joining ULS, Sean realized that one of the quickest ways for the families in this community to obtain and sustain wealth was through home ownership. Famous educator, Horace Mann once said that “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men...” With that thought in mind, Sean has spent countless hours training clients in home buyer education, credit, budgeting & money management and foreclosure prevention. It is his belief that with the proper knowledge and access to the facts, everyone in our communities has equal opportunity to improve their current condition and realize their dreams.


 

Cheryl White

Cheryl A. White
Information Technology Manager

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Cheryl White is the Information Technology Manager at University Legal Services.  With over 20 years of experience, Cheryl is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of information technology support systems throughout the organization.

 

Bertha Williams

Bertha M. Williams
Housing Counselor

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Bertha M. Williams has 45 years experience in Housing Counseling, and is one of the first housing counselors in Washington dating back to the mid-1970s. Bertha holds Certified Housing Counselor Certifications from the National Association of Housing Counselors & Agencies, and NeighborWorks. She began her career at Shaw Project Area Committee and the H Street PAC. She worked for many years for the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization before transitioning to ULS. Bertha serves the community with pre and post purchase homeownership education, homeownership counseling and foreclosure intervention and default counseling.