Volunteer Leadership

Bay Area Legal Services’ Volunteer Leadership include our Board of Directors and Development Council. The Board provides financial and program oversight while serving as our ambassadors in the community. The Council members are influential leaders with a demonstrated committed to the firm. The Council assists with fundraising efforts to secure the financial future of Bay Area Legal.

Board of Directors 

Board Members serve as ambassadors, educating the community and building relationships that support our mission.  Fiduciary duties include financial and program oversight, and broad policy-making.  The Board is composed of 21 members selected and appointed by a variety of organizations and agencies 

Federal regulations require that the Board consist of at least 60% attorneys, and 30% eligible client members.  Additional regulations require that attorney appointments be made by bar associations representing a majority of the attorneys practicing in the communities where Bay Area Legal provides services. 

Join our Board and guide Bay Area Legal in a fiduciary role while serving as our ambassador in the community.  Board members include attorneys and representatives from client-based organizations. 

Current Board members are:

Officers 

  • Chair: Gwynne Young 
  • Chair-Elect: Leslie Schulz-Kin 
  • Treasurer: Yohance Pettis 
  • Secretary: Kathleen Kloiber Koch 

Board Members 

  • Michael Bedke 
  • Morgan R. Bentley 
  • Dionne Blaesing 
  • Vivian Cortes Hodz 
  • Cynthia Davis-Gryce 
  • Wendy DePaul 
  • Lee Hoffman 
  • Valorie Hoppenworth 
  • Adriana Huapilla 
  • David T. Knight 
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine 
  • Yolanda V. Lee 
  • Paul Martinez 
  • Andrew O'Malley 
  • Tori Simmons 
  • Barbara Williams 
  • Sarah E. Williams 

The organizations that appoint Board members are: 

Attorney

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • Sarasota County Bar Association 
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association 
  • West Pasco County Bar Association 
  • Bay Area Legal Services Board of Directors 

Clients

  • Catholic Charities 
  • Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) 
  • Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter – West Pasco County 
  • Senior Connections 
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay 
  • Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind 

Development Council 

The Council’s mission is to assist in securing the financial future of Bay Area Legal with strategic fundraising efforts.  The Council consists of 20-25 members, including community leaders from diverse fields: medicine, real estate, insurance, education, financial services, accounting, media, law, small business, human resources, law enforcement, and ministry.  Participation by these community leaders enhances the image and awareness of Bay Area Legal. 

Become a member of our Council and you can join other community leaders who develop, promote, and support Bay Area Legal’s fundraising efforts. 

Current Council members are: 

  • R. Tom Elligett, Chairperson 
  • David T. Knight, Vice Chair 
  • J. Kevin Carey 
  • Judge Paul Danahy 
  • Wiline  Justilien Davis 
  • Richard Gilbert 
  • John Guyton, III 
  • Norman A. Harris 
  • Roy Hellwege 
  • Benjamin Hill, III 
  • Charles F. Ketchey, Jr. 
  • John Kynes 
  • Sara Alpert Lawson 
  • Gov. Bob Martinez, Honorary 
  • Jason Mehta 
  • Cory J. Person 
  • Craig Rothburd 
  • Robert Shimberg 
  • Edward Waller, Jr. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Council, please contact development@bals.org. 

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call 800.625.2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.