Staff & Board

Our Staff

General: 810-244-8044
CCJ Helpline: 1-800-481-4989
Healthcare Eligibility Law Project - HELP (Genesee County only): 810-238-8053

Edward J. Hoort
Interim Director,
Edward J. Hoort graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with his JD in 1975. Prior to joining CCJ, Mr. Hoort was the Executive Director of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, a position which he held for 29 years. He has worked in the legal services arena for 40 years. He has been counsel in over 50 state wide class actions and has been instrumental in legislative changes in domestic relations, public benefits, housing, nursing home rights, and consumer issues. Mr. Hoort continues to teach Non-Profit Administration courses at University of Michigan and has done so for the past 14 years. Mr. Hoort formed CCJ in 1995 when federal restrictions prohibited legal services programs from undertaking many types of advocacy on behalf of the poor. 

Jackie Doig
Director of Advocacy,
Jackie Doig is a graduate of Duke University and Boston University School of Law. Prior to working for CCJ, she was a Directing Attorney and Litigation Director at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and a staff attorney at Georgia Legal Services. Doig received the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan in 2011. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, and is past Chair of the Administrative Council for the State Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section. Doig is a member of the Michigan Medical Care Advisory Council which advises the state Medicaid Director. She started her work in poverty law in 1981 and has been with CCJ since 1996.

Katie Linehan
Staff Attorney,
Katie Linehan received her J.D. from Ohio State University and B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies from Northwestern University.  Prior to joining CCJ, she was the Special Assistant to the Enforcement Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.  During law school, Linehan served as the Symposium Editor for the Ohio State Law Journal and was awarded the 2012 Greg Travalio Clinic Award for Excellence and Service to the Community.  She also worked at Children’s Rights in New York City before attending law school, where she worked on § 1983 class actions seeking to reform foster care systems across the country.

Mary Vizcarra
Project Coordinator, Healthcare Eligibility Law Project,
Mary Vizcarra graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan-Flint. She was previously the Food and Nutrition Program Coordinator at CCJ. She has been with CCJ since 2002. Se habla Espanol.

Board of Directors

Due to legal requirements of one of CCJ’s major funding sources, 50 percent of CCJ’s Board of Directors must be attorneys.

If you are interested in potentially serving on the board or on a board committee, please send a letter to

Executive Committee

  • Bruce Petrick, President, Attorney, Underground Railroad, Saginaw County
  • Antwan Edson, Secretary, Consumer Representative, Genesee County


  • George Heron, Retired, former Director United Way of Bay County, Bay County
  • Karen Webster, C.P.A.  Vice-President, AXA Advisors, LLC, Saginaw County
  • Alec Gibbs, Attorney, Genesee County
  • Demond Tibbs, Attorney, Saginaw County
  • Ravi Yalamanchi, Metro Community Development, Genesee County
  • Charles Grossman, Attorney, Genesee County