Juvenile Defender Advisory Council

The Juvenile Defender Advisory Council (JDAC) is a collaboration of the YAD private counsel division, YAD management staff, and the juvenile supervising attorneys from each bar advocate program in Massachusetts.  JDAC members come together and meets four times a year to discuss training, practice, and advocacy issues throughout the Commonwealth for the benefit of our clients.

2020 – 2021 Current JDAC Members

Bar Advocates Supervising Attorneys

Andrew LeClair, Norfolk County
Alisa Rosenthal, Essex County
Andrew Zeiberg, Essex County
Dana Sargent, Bristol County
Frank Yee, Norfolk County
Glenn Keiderling, Berkshire County
Jennifer Currie, Worcester County
Maryellen Cuthbert, Middlesex County
Matthew Bober, Barnstable County
Maurice Powe, Hampden County
Michael Kilkelly, Middlesex County
Nibal Raheb, Worcester County
Patrick Colvario, Suffolk County
Scott Niemisto, Suffolk County
Theresa Dillon, Plymouth
Thomas Robinson, Franklin & Hampshire Counties

YAD Attorneys in Charge

Duci Goncalves, YAD Quincy Office
Holly Smith, YAD Somerville Office
Jamie Bennett, YAD Worcester Office
Jeff Richards, YAD Roxbury Office
Joseph Mulhern, YAD Fall River Office
Mona Igram, YAD Lowell Office
Nancy McLean, YAD Hyannis Office
Patrick Sparks, YAD Springfield Office
Scott Rankin, YAD Salem Office

YAD Administration

Afton Templin, Director of Juvenile Appeals
Claudia Dunne, Director of Social Work
Erica Cushna, Trial Panel Director
Joshua Dohan, Director
Laura Alfring, Senior Trial Counsel
Mara Voukydis, Acting Director, Parole Advocacy
Marlies Spanjaard, Director of Education Advocacy
Melissa Ellis, Staff Counsel
Priscilla Duffy, Assistant Director
Wendy Wolf, Director of Training