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, ehoort@ccj-mi.org
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, jdoig@ccj-mi.org
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.

Elan S. Nichols
Staff Attorneyenichols@ccj-mi.org
Elan Stavros Nichols received her J.D. cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law, and her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. She came to CCJ after practicing public interest law and engaging in advocacy in the area of housing law as a clinical professor at the MSU College of Law Housing Law Clinic.  Prior to that, Nichols practiced in appeals and litigation for property rights advocacy groups and individuals in a real estate law firm in Lansing. She has served extensively on the Ingham County Bar Association and at her church.  Nichols has also been published in various legal and educational journals and has presented at several legal seminars and educational conferences.

Katie Linehan
Staff Attorney, klinehan@ccj-mi.org
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.

Andrea Rossi
Policy Analyst, arossi@ccj-mi.org
Andrea Rossi received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Oakland University.  She is currently pursuing her MBA at University of Michigan-Flint.  Prior to law school she served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army followed by a career in the private sector.  Her legal education was fortified with a combination of externships and fellowships at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Flint City Attorney’s Office, and Attorney Grievance Commission. 

Mary Vizcarra
Project Coordinator, Healthcare Eligibility Law Project, mvizcarra@ccj-mi.org
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.

Justin Rumenapp
Communications Specialist
, jrumenapp@ccj-mi.org
Justin Rumenapp is a graduate of Oakland University with a B.A. in Psychology. He started at Center for Civil Justice in 2011 as a volunteer, before coming on as an employee in 2013. Mr. Rumenapp specializes in anti-hunger and children's issues.

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 info@ccj-mi.org

Executive Committee

  • Carolyn (Cary) Bernstein – President, Attorney UAW GM Legal Services Plan, Genesee County
  • Malinda Baker -- Vice-President, Social Worker Carman Ainsworth Early Head Start, Genesee County
  • Shayla Blankenship -- Treasurer, Attorney at Law,  Blankenship & Blankenship, PLLC, Genesee County

Members

  • Shakesha Barret, FSS Coordinator, Flint Housing Commission, Genesee County
  • Marcy Garcia, General Motors, Genesee County
  • George Heron, Retired, former Director United Way of Bay County, Bay County
  • Shelly Hoffman, Major Gift Officer, U of M Flint, Genesee County
  • Bruce Petrick, Attorney,  Underground Railroad, Saginaw County
  • Karen Webster, C.P.A.  Vice-President, AXA Advisors, LLC, Saginaw County
  • Ilene Segar,  Retired Attorney, Genesee County
  • Katrina Bolton-Miller, CEO Founder of LeHorizon Financial & Accounting, LLC, Genesee County
  • Antwan Edson, Consumer Representative, Genesee County
  • Barbara J. Tomcal, Attorney, Tomcal Law Office, Saginaw County