Following are our 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
Board members may be contacted through the Michigan Advocacy Program.
President Delphia Simpson
Ms. Simpson was appointed by the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Ms. Simpson is the Managing Attorney at the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender. She was formerly the primary family law specialist with the Michigan Poverty Law Program and also was a Racial Justice Attorney with the ACLU. Ms. Simpson is a Washtenaw County Bar Association Board Member and a Board Member of the Ann Arbor NAACP. Ms. Simpson is our immediate prior Board President.
Vice President Tom Daniels
Mr. Daniels was appointed by the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Mr. Daniels is a principal/owner of Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C. Mr. Daniels serves on the Friends of Legal Aid steering committee. In 2012, he was awarded the first Washtenaw County Bar Association Pro Bono/Public Service Award. Mr. Daniels also is the Board Chair at Interfaith Hospitality Network and is very active in volunteering at the Delonis Center and Habitat for Humanity.
Secretary Melanie Wandji
Ms. Wandji was appointed by the Clinton County Bar Association. She has a solo practice in St. Johns specializing in juvenile and immigration law.
Treasurer Lee Reimann
Ms. Reimann is a Shareholder and Director at Willingham Coté, P.C. in East Lansing. She is a member of the firm’s Business and Corporate Law Group. Ms. Reimann is also a Certified Public Accountant. In 2007, Ms. Reimann was instrumental in starting a Friends of Legal Aid campaign for our Lansing office.
Mr. Bieberich was appointed by the Calhoun County Bar Association. Mr Bieberich is a partner at Steffel & Steffel in Battle Creek. Mr. Bieberich focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation. Mr. Bieberich is active in bar association activities, including Past President of the Calhoun County Bar Association and past State Bar Representative Assembly member. Mr. Bieberich has participated on LSSCM’s pro bono panel for several years.
Mr. Borgsdorf was appointed by the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Mr. Borgsdorf is a partner with Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace, P.C. In 1987, he was one of the founders of Friends of Legal Aid –an informal organization that has raised over $1 million for LSSCM. Mr. Borgsdorf continues to serve on the FOLA steering committee.
Mr. Brelinski is appointed by the Jackson County Bar Association. He is a partner in Curtis, Curtis, and Brelinski, a 100-year-old Jackson firm and a past president of the Jackson County Bar Association. He has been involved in providing legal services to the poor since serving as a board member of the Free Legal Aid Clinic when he was in law school.
Ms. Dosti is a former client and was appointed by SafeHouse Center in Washtenaw County. She is fluent in four languages and still serves as an on-call interpreter while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in international business at EMU.
Mr. Gayton is appointed by the State Bar of Michigan. Bradley is the general counsel of Ford Motor Company; he has worked in Ford's general counsel office since 1991. He has been an active pro bono attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center for over six years; is also active with the State Bar's ABA Day and Access to Justice Campaign; and is on the board of Alternatives for Girls.
Mr. Godfroy was appointed by the Monroe County Bar Association and is a principal at the law firm of Godfroy Wetzel & Horkey, PLC. Mr. Godfroy’s primary practice areas are criminal and domestic relations law. Mr. Godfroy received the Monroe County Pro Bono Award in 2007.
Ms. Gray is a former client appointed by Family Counseling and Children's Services in Lenawee County. Ms. Gray is the Assistant to the Executive Director at Community Arts of Tecumseh.
Ms. Inquilla was appointed by the Farmworker Legal Services Advisory Board and the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Inquilla is in private practice in Kalamazoo and is the former Director of the Diocese of Kalamazoo Immigration Assistance Program. Ms. Inquilla is a prior fellow with the National Association of Public Interest Law and the Urban Morgan Institute of International Human Rights.
Ms. Ledon is a former LSSCM client and former LSSCM Board member. Ms. Ledon was appointed by Casa Latina. Ms. Ledon works with Accion Buenos Latinos, an immigration assistance organization and also works as a translator in the Michigan Court System.
Mr. Martinez was appointed by the Farmworker Legal Services Advisory Board, where he has served as an active member. Mr. Martinez first came to Michigan as a migrant farm worker in the 1950’s. He is now a retired agricultural outreach worker from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. Mr. Martinez is also a member of the National Migrant Health Advisory Council.
Ms. Phillips was appointed by the Woman’s Co-op in Battle Creek. Ms. Phillips was one of the founders of the Woman’s Co-op and now serves as the Executive Director. Woman’s Co-Op helps people define life goals and break the cycle of generational poverty.
Mr. Randall was appointed by the Washtenaw Health Plan. Mr. Randall is a former Americorps volunteer who is now a part time employee of the Washtenaw Health Plan. At the Health Plan he has made community presentations and assists people in enrolling for Medicaid and other government health programs.
Ms. Sambare was appointed by the Ingham County Bar Association. Reshma is a Senior Attorney at the Lansing office of Miller Canfield with a focus on commercial transactions. She is an active pro bono attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She serves on many boards and has focused her efforts on women empowerment, immigrant rights and domestic violence issues.
Ms. Scarnecchia was appointed by the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Ms. Scarnecchia is a Clinical Professor of Law in the Human Trafficking Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Previously, Ms. Scarnecchia served as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Michigan, as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law and as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Law School where she taught in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.
Mary Kay Scullion
Ms. Scullion was appointed by the Ingham County Bar Association. Ms. Scullion is an adjunct professor at MSU College of Law and faculty at Lansing Community College. Ms. Scullion served with the Michigan House of Representatives for more than 30 years with her most recent positions including Clerk of the House, Assistant Clerk Parliamentarian, and House Democratic legal counsel.
Ms. Sherzer was appointed by the Calhoun County Bar Association. Ms. Sherzer has worked at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation since 1990 and is currently a Grants & Contracts Manager/Staff Attorney. Ms. Sherzer has a Masters in Public Administration and completed law school in 2009.
Ms. Viswanathan is a former client appointed by MSU Safeplace in Ingham County. She works at Jackson National Life.