Senior Management

CPCS MANAGEMENT TEAM
75 Federal Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone:  617-482-6212
Fax:  617-988-8495


Anthony J. Benedetti, Chief Counsel
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Anthony J. Benedetti is Chief Counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts agency responsible for providing legal services to those who are unable to afford it in cases where there is a constitutional or statutory right to an attorney.  After graduating from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, he worked as a public defender trial lawyer in the CPCS Brockton office representing clients in the Plymouth County District and Superior Courts.  In 1998, Attorney Benedetti became the CPCS General Counsel, responsible for providing legal counsel and support to the Chief Counsel, and maintaining a leadership role in carrying out of the agency’s fiscal, human resources, and operational responsibilities, internally and externally.  In addition, he was the agency representative before the executive, legislative and judicial branches on budget and legislative issues.  He was selected as Chief Counsel in 2010.

Attorney Benedetti is an active long-time member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association, as well as the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. On the national level, Anthony is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and the National Association for Public Defense.


Jon E. Bartelson, Chief Information Officer
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Jon E. Bartelson is Chief Information Officer for the Committee for Public Counsel Services and oversees the Information Technology Division by providing leadership and vision in developing, implementing, and maintaining IT initiatives for the agency. He is responsible for directing the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of legal strategy and business operations to improve service quality, cost effectiveness, and efficient delivery of applications for the agency’s staff and private counsel partners providing high quality legal representation to our clients.

Before joining CPCS, Jon was most recently Chief Information Officer at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar and has worked as a pro bono attorney with Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA. Jon is also a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and a former member of the Worcester County Bar Association. He holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Michael Dsida, Deputy Chief Counsel, Children and Family Law Division
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Michael Dsida has overseen CPCS’s Children and Family Law Division since 2006. His career has focused primarily on advocacy on behalf of clients in state intervention/child welfare matters.

Beginning in 1988, Mike worked for the Cook County Public Guardian, representing children in Chicago’s Juvenile Court. His work included class litigation seeking to address systemic problems relating to sibling visits and placement, permanency planning, and caseworker assignment policies and practices. One of his cases was Suter v. Artist M., 503 U.S. 347 (1992), in which Mike sought to have the Supreme Court uphold the enforceability of federal requirements regarding family preservation and reunification. In 1995, Mike established the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, one of the country’s first law school clinics to focus on state intervention/child welfare matters. Mike also worked as a Senior Legislative Attorney at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School.


Dulcineia (“Duci”) Goncalves, Deputy Chief Counsel  Youth Advocacy Division
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Duci is the Director of the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), the juvenile defender branch of the agency.  Prior to becoming Director, Duci was the Attorney in Charge of the YAD Quincy Office for over ten years where she supervised attorneys and social workers while maintaining her own caseload.  Duci started her career as a public defender with the YAD Roxbury Office in 2005 where she represented juveniles in delinquency and youthful offender matters in the Dorchester, West Roxbury, and Boston Juvenile Courts.  From 2010-2011,while on a leave of absence from YAD, Duci worked as a staff attorney at Suffolk University School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Center supervising law students representing juveniles in the Boston Juvenile Court and assisting in the teaching of the Juvenile Defender Clinical Class.

In 2008, Duci was selected as one of fifteen lawyers by the Boston Bar Association to participate in its 2008-2009 Public Interest Leadership Program, a program designed for lawyers who have demonstrated leadership in public service, pro bono and organized bar activities.  Duci is a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2012 Access to Justice Defender Award.  In 2019 she was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.  Duci has participated in numerous CPCS and MCLE trainings as a panelist lecturing in various criminal and juvenile law topics.  In addition to lecturing at trainings, Duci taught a seminar entitled “Racial Justice and Prosecutorial Metrics” at Northeastern University School of Law from 2020-2021.  She earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Boston University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


Lisa M. Hewitt, General Counsel
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Lisa Hewitt is the General Counsel for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).  Lisa also worked for CPCS as General Counsel and Legislative Counsel from 1986 to 1998.

Before joining CPCS in 1986, Lisa worked as the Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts House Committee on the Judiciary, as a research analyst for the Committee on Criminal Justice, and as a staff member of the Special Commission on Uniform Sentencing and Revision of the Criminal Code.

Lisa left CPCS in 1998 to serve as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), and maintained a leadership role on behalf of MATA in coalitions with other consumer and civil justice bar associations.  She also maintained a general law practice while representing clients in government affairs before state and municipal adjudicatory boards, and as a registered lobbyist, she has lobbied for community organizations and citizens’ groups initiatives and funding.  She has drafted and advocated for amendments to town ordinances, secured state and local funding for community projects, and managed the press in support of key community initiatives.

Lisa earned her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School.


Debra S. Krupp, Director of Administration & Operations
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With the Chief Counsel she is responsible for the management of day to day operations. In addition, Debra oversees the Training Department, was the Strategic Planning Project Manager, and continues to manage numerous other agency projects.

Debra began her career at CPCS as a trial attorney in Plymouth and Essex Counties, where she handled serious felony matters. Later, Debra joined what is now known as the Criminal Defense Training Unit, first as a staff attorney and later as the Training Director. Following a leave of absence, Debra returned to CPCS as a member of the CPCS Appeals Unit where she primarily represented defendants on direct appeal of criminal convictions.

In 2010, Debra became the first Director of the CPCS Innocence Program, establishing and overseeing a program to exonerate defendants who are actually innocent of the crimes of which they stand convicted. Debra became CPCS Training Coordinator in 2012, responsible for managing the allocation of training resources for all staff and private counsel, coordinating the delivery of training by the criminal, juvenile, children and family law and mental health practice areas, and collaborating with the CPCS Training Directors and others to produce long range strategic training plans and budgets. Debra joined the Senior Management Team in 2013.


Mark Larsen, Deputy Chief Counsel, Mental Health Division
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Mark Larsen has been the Director of the Mental Health Litigation Division since 2012 after practicing for many years in New Hampshire.  Over the years, he has handled a broad array of cases in the civil and criminal areas, including felonies, appeals, neglect and abuse, termination of parental rights, and civil commitments.  Prior to coming to CPCS he worked as a managing attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender and supervised the defense of civil commitments of allegedly sexually violent persons.  He has served in many bar capacities including Editor of the New Hampshire Bar Journal and the New Hampshire and Boston Bar Associations Ethics Committees.  He is a graduate of Beloit College and the University of California – Hastings College of the Law.  He has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire and Vermont.


John LozadaEquity and Inclusion Director
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John Lozada is the Equity and Inclusion Director for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and leads CPCS’ efforts to build fairness and respect within our offices and in our work to represent indigent individuals, across the broad range of cases we address. John brings to this work as strong ability to assess and respond to bias risks in both the work place and public settings, along with experience as counsel on discrimination matters and as a manager overseeing compliance activities across the range of civil rights issues in government and private settings.

As Director of Civil Rights and Manager of Federal Programs for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), John focused on issues relating to affirmative action//equal employment opportunities, nondiscrimination obligations toward the public, MWDBE contractor programs, and accessibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Much of this work involved innovative efforts to bring technology solutions to build equity in efforts to prioritize issues of concern and remediation strategies.

As an attorney, Mr. Lozada has served in government and private capacities, focusing on civil rights in employment, education and transportation, as well as general civil law. He has blended his work focus with extensive volunteering across diverse organizations focused on civil rights, Bar diversity, community empowerment, education and health.

John is a graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School. Amherst College and the University of California – Hastings College of the Law, and likes to fish, ride bicycle, read and cook.


Kevin Lucchetti, Chief Financial Officer
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Kevin Lucchetti is the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us at CPCS, Kevin served as the Director of Administration and Finance for the Massachusetts Department of Health, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in the private sector as a Finance and Purchasing Director and a Senior Financial Analyst. He began his career in state government, first as a Budget Analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee and as a Senior Budget Analyst for the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

Kevin has a long history and strong background in financial management.


 

Deputy Chief Counsel, Public Defender Division

Arnie Lucinda Stewart, She/her/they)https://www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why 
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Arnie Lucinda Stewart is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She oversees the operation of public defender staff offices throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Arnie Lucinda Stewart began her journey with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 1997 as a trial unit staff attorney assigned to the Boston Superior Court Office. In 2009, Arnie was appointed as the Attorney-in-Charge (AIC) of the Boston District and Municipal Court office.  She supervised, trained, and mentored attorneys, support staff, social service advocates, and investigators. In 2012, Arnie was chosen as the first PDD Managing Director for the Northeast Region now known as the Central Region. The Central Region includes all of the public defender offices in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties.

Arnie has served as a mentor to numerous colleagues and been an active participant in efforts to improve CPCS and the representation provided to clients. Arnie has served on various committees and has been extremely active in recruiting and hiring. Arnie is a leader in efforts to increase agency diversity and retention, helping to create training on management and diversity and being a founding member of the CPCS affinity group Public Lawyers of Color (PLOC).

Arnie received the Thurgood Marshall Award for Zealous Advocacy which honors “a person or persons who champion the cause of zealous representation for the poor and the right to effective assistance of counsel for all.” At New England Law, Arnie received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award for Academic Achievement and the Timothy J. Cronin Memorial Award for Public Service.  She was given the Activism Award by the National Lawyers Guild.

Arnie studied Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she attended New England Law in Boston. Arnie received a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

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Vanessa Vélez, Deputy Chief Counsel, Private Counsel Division
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Vanessa Vélez oversees 80% of the state-wide legal representation of indigent clients by private counsel in the following units: Criminal Trial and Support, Post-Conviction, Parole Advocacy, and Alternative Commitment and Registration Support.  In addition, she oversees the Immigration Impact Unit, the Innocence Program, and the Private Social Work Services Unit.

Before being appointed Deputy Chief Counsel, Vanessa was the Attorney in Charge of the Boston District and Municipal Court Office, a public defender division of CPCS.  She also worked in the public and private sectors litigating criminal and civil cases in Massachusetts’ district, municipal, superior, and probate and family courts.  Vanessa was a member of the CPCS’ post-conviction panel.  She also represented clients through the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program of the Boston Bar Association.

Vanessa has actively participated in the Homeless Court Project (HCP) and the Boston Veterans Treatment Court (BVTC).  The HCP’s goal is to reduce legal barriers homeless individuals face by expeditiously resolving outstanding warrants for non-violent and misdemeanor offenses.  The BVTC serves court-involved veterans struggling with addiction, mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries, and other co-occurring disorders.

Vanessa has been a faculty member in the Trial Advocacy Workshop of Harvard Law School. She has mentored 12th-grade students from Chelsea High School through the Pathways Mentorship Program, designed to help students prepare for college and future careers.  She also mentored law students with the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG), a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in the Boston Legal Community.  In addition, Vanessa participated as a Commission member to study the role of structural Racism in the Massachusetts Probation Services and as a member of the Data Collection and Analysis Subcommittee of the Trial Court of Massachusetts Committee to End Racism & Other Systemic Barriers.  She is currently a member of the Alternative Paths to Licensure subcommittee of the Massachusetts SJC’s Steering Committee on Bar Admissions.