Youth Advocacy Division Administrative Office
44 Bromfield Street, Floor 2
Boston, MA 02108
617.482.6212 (p)
617.988.8484 (f)

The mission of YAD is to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that employs a Youth Development Approach to traditional criminal defense.  To be effective these advocates must be highly skilled criminal defense attorneys, as all adult criminal law and procedure applies in Massachusetts Juvenile Court.  They must also be expert in juvenile law and procedure, Positive Youth Development (the leading evidence based framework for promoting life success for adolescents), adolescent brain development, navigating DCF and DYS, and education advocacy.  Accordingly, the YAD leadership team provides leadership, training, support and oversight to a diverse and collaborative juvenile defense bar across the state, consisting of over four hundred private attorneys and nine staff offices.

Juvenile Defenders and forensic social workers or social service advocates are encouraged to call or email YAD administration at any time for consultation or assistance on cases, to request training, to inquire about certification or other billing matters, to raise concerns regarding anything having to do with the quality of representation or the fairness of court proceedings.

YAD Administrative Team

Position Name Email Address Office Phone
Director Joshua Dohan 617-910-5712
Interim Assistant Director Duci Goncalves 617-910-5806
Training Director Wendy Wolf 617-910-5814
Trial Panel Director Erica Cushna 617-910-5807
Trial Panel Oversight Attorney Helen Fremont 617-910-5810
Director of Juvenile Appeals Afton Templin 508-484-5785
Director of Education Advocacy Marlies Spanjaard 617-910-5841
EdLaw Attorney Erin O’Sullivan 617-910-5842
EdlLaw Attorney Michele Scavongelli 617-910-5845
Director of Social Work 617-910-5806
Revocation Advocacy Coordinator Mara Voukydis 617-910-5813
Administrative Assistant Pamela Lewis 617-910-5809
Administrative Assistant Angela Childs 617-910-5725
Receptionist Shainae Bentley 617-482-6212