Our Staff

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KEJC Outreach Coordinator Miranda Brown helps people apply for Medicaid, KCHIP and healthcare.gov plans. She also conducts bilingual community education about health insurance and workers’ rights. Before joining KEJC, Miranda scripted, compiled and edited audio documentaries on Appalachian coalfield life. She brings this training to her work for KEJC. Miranda collects consumer stories for advocacy work and records Spanish radio shows with Lexington Community Radio. Miranda is a graduate of Murray State University and serves on the board of the Migrant Network Coalition. mirandabrown@kyequaljustice.org. 1-800-699-0805.

  • Rebekah Bruner, AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Specialist [Contact Info]

Rebekah Bruner joined KEJC in August 2018 as our VISTA Equal Justice Outreach Specialist. Beka serves on our Outreach and Communications teams and helps manage volunteers at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. Originally from Idaho, Beka graduated from Centre College in May 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies. At Centre, she discovered a new passion for social justice. She completed research on Food Deserts and Dollar General in Central Kentucky. She also interned with an EBAIS clinic in Costa Rica and with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. bekab@kyequaljustice.org. 1-859-935-1825.

McKenzie Cantrell joined Kentucky Equal Justice Center in November 2013 as our Employment Law Attorney. Based out of KEJC’s Louisville office, McKenzie represents individuals with wage and overtime violations and other employment law claims. Her work also includes community education and policy outreach on employment law topics. McKenzie came to KEJC after having received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her law degree from the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law. During law school, McKenzie interned with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Prior to joining KEJC, McKenzie worked for local law firms in Louisville, practicing employment law and family law. mckenzie@kyequaljustice.org. 502-333-6019.

  • Ben Carter, Senior Litigation and Advocacy Counsel [Contact Info]

After growing up in Lexington and Russell, Kentucky, Ben Carter attended Davidson College and UK College of Law. Before joining KEJC in the fall of 2018, Ben litigated individual and consumer class actions at Ben Carter Law, PLLC. From 2008-2010, he worked at Louisville’s Legal Aid Society and helped Jefferson County build an innovative, county-wide response to its foreclosure crisis. At KEJC, he litigates cases, lobbies policymakers, and works with communities, organizations, and government agencies to ensure all Kentuckians live within fair systems that are open to all. Get all of his dad, politics, and podcast tweets at @notbencarter.

Maddy Clark joined the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic as their VOCA Legal Assistant in March 2018. She graduated from Rollins College in 2016 with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. During her undergraduate studies, Maddy spent semesters in England, where she interned with an NGO that advocates for immigrants serving custodial sentences, as well as Argentina, where she translated for an International Human Rights film festival. maddy@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

Gaby joined Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in November 2018. A native of Venezuela and now a long-time Lexingtonian, she has had many years of legal and medical office experience. She currently works part-time as the volunteer coordinator for Surgery on Sunday, where she screens and trains volunteers for surgery days. She also helps with patient scheduling, medical record'keeping, and quality assurance procedures. Gaby also has taken courses to be a Certified Medical Interpreter. Gaby lives in Lexington with her husband, Jack. They have two children in college. gaby@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

  • Nathalie Dietrich, DOJ Accredited Representative [Contact Info]

Nathalie was born and raised in Germany in a Spanish-German household. She has lived in Germany, Spain, India, Washington, DC, and now Kentucky. She completed her studies at EKU with a double degree in Spanish and Comparative Humanities. For two years, 2010-2012, Nathalie was a Legal Assistant at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, translating, interpreting and aiding in various ways the work with the immigrant community. She started working as medical interpreter in fall of 2011. In 2015, she came back to Maxwell Street Legal Clinic as the new CLINIC Immigration Fellow, and became a DOJ Accredited Representative. She is now preparing to become fully accredited and able to take on removal proceedings cases. ndietrich@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

  • Leah Engle, Immigration Attorney, Program Director [Contact Info]

Leah Engle began work as Program Director at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in March 2017. Leah comes to us from Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, where she served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Veterans Legal Corps. Earlier, Leah helped survivors of human tracking and domestic violence through the Legal Aid Society of Metro Family Services in Chicago and the Human Trafficking Clinic in Ann Arbor, MI. Leah received her JD from University of Michigan in May 2014. She served in the Peace Corps from August 2008 to October 2010 as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Turkestan, Kazakhstan. leahengle@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

Michelle began working as a legal assistant at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in August 2017 and transitioned to a position as a VOCA immigration fellow in March 2018. She graduated from Morehead State University in 2012 with a BA in Mathematics education and Spanish education. She also has earned an English Language Learner Endorsement. After graduating college, Michelle lived with her family for three years in Guadalajara, Mexico, working in a school. Her experience there increased her existing passion to help address immigration issues. Upon return from Mexico, she served as a high school teacher in Math and Spanish in Northern Kentucky. michelleh@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

Allison Hight came to Maxwell Street in the summer of 2018 as a VOCA Immigration Fellow. She graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a B.A. in English and earned her law degree from the University of Michigan in 2018, where she concentrated on immigration and refugee law. Between undergraduate and law school, Allison spent two years teaching English in Hokkaido, Japan, as part of the JET Program. She speaks conversational Japanese and Spanish. ahight@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

Jackeline Diaz Ortiz joined us at Maxwell Street in August 2018. Jackeline earned a law degree in Colombia, her native country, with a focus on information technology. Here in the U.S., she earned a degree in Paralegal Studies at UC Riverside. Jackeline interned with the public defender’s office in Riverside County, working on a program called Fresh Start. The program offered innovative ways to help people avoid incarceration, re-enter the community and connect with jobs. jackydior@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3840.

Rich Seckel has worked at KEJC since 1979. He often has served as an advocate on poverty law issues before state agencies and the Kentucky General Assembly. Today, he coordinates legal services task forces in consumer, family and housing law. Mr. Seckel has served as a board member of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He is Treasurer of Kentucky Voices for Health. He holds a BA from Oberlin College (1974) and an MSW from West Virginia University (1979). Before graduate school, he volunteered as a boycott organizer for the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. In October, 2011, Mr. Seckel represented Kentucky Voices for Health at a White House briefing for consumer health leaders. richseckel@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3057.

Cara Stewart started work as our new Health Law Fellow on June 18, 2013. A native Kentuckian and graduate of Berea College, Cara holds a JD from Salmon P. Chase College of law in Northern Kentucky. During five years of practice at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Covington, she represented low-income Kentuckians on a variety matters from housing to family law to consumer protection and public benefits. Cara also found time to volunteer in campaigns to enact local smoke free ordinances. Together with co-author Ryan Smither, in 2012 she published a Northern Kentucky Law Review article calling for reform of Kentucky’s landlord-tenant laws. Recognizing moment of opportunity for Kentuckians when it comes to health care, Cara brings talent, experience and energy to a new challenge. carastewart@kyequaljustice.org. 859-582-2285.

  • Marcie Timmerman, Health Communications Coordinator [Contact Info]

Marcie Timmerman joined KEJC in November 2015 as the Health Communications Coordinator. She earned her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2012. She brings extensive social media, event planning and public relations experience to our team. marcie@kyequaljustice.org. 859-233-3057.