STAFF

Sarah Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations

 

Sarah Roxburgh became co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. She has led VLS through several capacity-building initiatives, including with Social Innovation Forum (2014), the Nonprofit Learning Institute (2016), and Social Venture Partners, Boston (2018-2021). Sarah currently serves on Social Innovation Forum’s Alumni Council, which helps identify gaps in support for nonprofits. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

 

Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Anna Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel

 

Anna Richardson became co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court and was also a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women in the Law" honoree. In addition to her legal work at VLS, Anna has led trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Angie Vargas Martin, Esq.
Pro Bono Director

 

Angie Vargas Martin directs VLS's pro bono network, which features 200-plus volunteer attorneys from around the state. She has practiced public interest law, advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2008.

 

Angie has worked as a staff attorney at the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and at the Disability Law Center (DLC). She spent almost 9 years at DLC, advocating for Massachusetts residents with mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities in cases involving abuse & neglect, human rights, housing, and employment discrimination.

 

Angie received her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Noel Martin Rubio
Communications & Development Director

 

Noel Martin Rubio executes VLS’s communications and development strategy. He engages VLS's leadership, staff, Board, and partners to increase VLS’s visibility and reach, secure diverse funding to sustain and evolve its programs, and achieve the smart growth of its annual budget at scale.

Noel’s work with mission-focused and legal organizations has spanned six countries and several practice areas. At one time, he coordinated eight award-winning economic and community development programs cumulatively valued at $40 million+ while also co-managing successful federal and corporate funding proposals for $500,000 to $20 million initiatives.

Noel pursued a B.A. in public policy studies, health, and development at the University of Chicago. He grew up near Manila, Philippines, and on the island of Guam, which has some of the highest military enlistments—and unmet human services needs—per capita of any U.S. state or territory.

Eve Elliott, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Eve Elliott first joined VLS as a Law Student Advocate in 2010 and then as a Staff Attorney in 2013. She specializes in a variety of civil matters, including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer debt. Eve coordinates VLS's legal clinics at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center, in Bedford, and the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court, in Dedham.

She is a regularly featured panelist on Boston Bar Association webinars for attorneys and law students.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company.

Julie Frohlich, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Julie Frohlich draws upon decades of civil trial experience to assist homeless and low-income veterans in a range of civil legal practice areas, including landlord/tenant law, family law, and benefits. Julie spent years as a solo and small-firm practitioner in addition to 17 years practicing at Goulston & Storrs, the last 13 years as a partner, and 2 years at Hale and Dorr. Prior to private practice, Julie clerked for Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also spent 16 years as a volunteer attorney for the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, at Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House shelters.

 

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review, and received a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. She has held leadership positions in the legal community, including with the Boston Bar Association and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, and has frequently lectured and written on litigation issues. 

Scott Pitta, Esq.
Staff Attorney

 

Scott Pitta is a US Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from late 2003 until early 2005 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, he worked as a helicopter pilot for various federal government contractors and as an emergency medical helicopter captain.
 

Scott earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2020 as a distinguished graduate of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program. Scott brings experience representing clients in various probate and family court cases, as well as administrative cases. He holds a Master’s of Aeronautical/Astronautical Science and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot.  

Heather Rick
Business Manager & Program Data Analyst

 

Heather Rick began with VLS handling veteran triage, drawing on her experience and training as an interfaith chaplain to create a welcoming and compassionate environment for veterans seeking legal services. Heather now brings her knowledge of VLS's infrastructure and work flow processes to VLS's business management and program data needs.

 

She earned an A.S. in paralegal studies from Mount Wachusett Community College, a B.A. in religion from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in religion and pop culture in the United States. 

Mollie Parkinson
Eligibility & Outreach Specialist

 

Mollie Parkinson is in her third year at Northeastern University, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and Theatre. Originally from Seattle, WA, she came to Boston to pursue schooling and plans to attend law school after graduation. 

She began working at VLS through Northeastern’s co-op program, and she’s excited to have the opportunity to explore her interests in the law while helping those in need of legal services.

Hayden Latimer-Ireland
Member, AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts
 

Biography coming soon!

LAW STUDENTS

Dana Green

Law Student Advocate

Dana Green recently finished his first year at the University of Massachusetts School of Law | Dartmouth. A native of Rhode Island, Dana retired from the military in 2020 after 22 years. His first eight years were in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Higgins DDG-76, and the remaining 14 years were spent in the U.S. Army on Airborne status. During his military career, he visited more than 40 countries.

 

While on active duty, Dana completed his B.S. in political science from Campbell University in North Carolina. Dana joined Veterans Legal Services to help fellow veterans overcome civil legal obstacles in their lives.

Tess Halpern

Law Student Advocate

Tess Halpern recently completed her first year at Boston College Law School. A native of New York, she earned her B.A. in English from the Commonwealth Honors College at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Following her undergraduate studies, Tess worked in marketing for several years. She enrolled in law school with the goal of making more meaningful and positive changes in people's lives. Tess is working with Veterans Legal Services this summer to gain experience in different aspects of civil law, while assisting individuals who are part of an underserved population.

Mason Trinkle

Law Student Advocate

Mason Trinkle recently finished his first year at Boston University School of Law. Mason is originally from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in neuroscience. 

 

Mason started his legal career as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and paralegal at Legal Aid Chicago, where he assisted low-income veterans with benefit issues. He hopes to continue advocating for people struggling with poverty and mental health throughout and after law school. 

Casey Smith

Law Student Advocate

Casey Smith recently finished her first year at New England Law | Boston. She is from Los Angeles, California, and earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University, where she majored in behavior and health. 

 

Casey’s interest in law started during her work as an intern at a nonprofit organization that helped house formerly incarcerated men. She looks forward to providing legal services to, and advocating for, those who are experiencing civil legal barriers to their well-being.