Meet The Team
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 worked with Talking Across the Lines, scripting, compiling and editing audio documentaries on Appalachian coalfield life. She brings this training to her work for KEJC. Miranda collects consumer stories for advocacy work and records English and Spanish shows with community radio RADIOLEX. Miranda is a graduate of Murray State University and serves on the board of cultural arts organization Casa de la Cultura Kentucky.
Employment Law Attorney
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.
Senior Litigation and Advocacy Counsel
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.
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 earlier worked part-time as the volunteer coordinator for Surgery on Sunday, where she screened and trained volunteers for surgery days. Gaby is a Certified Medical Interpreter serving various agencies around town. She lives in Lexington with her husband, Jack. They have two children in college.
As Resource Organizer, Raaziq works collaboratively with the KEJC team on fundraising. He focuses on donor and funder engagement, monitoring the progress of grant proposals, and building brand recognition. Prior to joining the KEJC team, Raaziq worked as a Community Manager at The Plantory, focusing on communications and community building. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Educational Studies from Transylvania University. A lifelong Lexingtonian, Raaziq is proud to be serving fellow Kentuckians!
Immigration Attorney, Program Director
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.
VOCA Immigration Fellow
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.
VOCA Immigration Fellow
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
Food Justice Fellow
Tyler Offerman joined KEJC in 2019 as the Food Justice Fellow. Tyler believes everyone, whether black, white, or brown, old or young, deserves access to nutritious and adequate food. Before joining KEJC, Tyler worked with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth as a community organizer around tax reform, public budgets, and public pension policy. Prior to KFTC, Tyler owned an outdoor adventure guiding company, where they took people backpacking, kayaking, and white water rafting across Eastern Kentucky. Tyler currently lives and works in Lexington, but is originally from South Florida where he received two undergraduate degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Louisville Outreach Coordinator
Lizz joined KEJC in 2020 as coordinator of the Louisville Wage Claim Clinic at La Casita Center. She's now our part-time Louisville Outreach Coordinator focusing on workers' rights and housing. Lizz splits her time with the Kentucky Health Justice Network. Born and raised in Louisville, Lizz has 10 years of experience in local and international non-profits. She received a BA from the University of Dayton in 2009 and completed a dual masters program at U of L in Social Work and Gender Studies in 2020. She also serves on the board of the Fairness Campaign.
Health Law Fellow
Shannon joined KEJC in 2021 as our Health Law Fellow. At KEJC, Shannon litigates, lobbies, and advocates alongside her colleagues to ensure quality healthcare and healthcare access for all Kentuckians, regardless of who they are, where they came from, or where they live. Shannon uses a health equity lens, with a focus on the social determinants of health, to analyze the barriers to advancing health rights and improving health outcomes for all. Shannon is a graduate of St. Louis University where she received her JD in Health Law Studies and her MPH in Health Management and Policy. Shannon — a St. Louis native — also knows (too much) about toasted raviolis, provel cheese, and frozen custard.
Angela joined Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in early 2021 as an attorney. Angela grew up in Louisville and is a native Spanish speaker, growing up in a bilingual home. She graduated from University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2016. Before joining Maxwell Street Legal Clinic Angela worked in both the private and public sector focusing on helping those in need in our community. While in college she interned for Kentucky Refugee Ministries and volunteered in Cusco, Peru. She has spent a lot of time abroad meeting and learning about different cultures. While in law school, Angela studied abroad at The University of Oxford in Oxford, England focusing on international law. Her time abroad really gave her a global perspective that she hopes to bring to her work at Maxwell Street.
Paola Schwartz is a Legal Assistant at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. Originally from Mexico City, she's lived in Kentucky for 18 years. Paola has a BA in Communications, an AA in Culinary Arts and a certification as a Culinary Nutrition Expert. As a bilingual individual and parent of a Special Needs child, she has had the opportunity to interpret and translate for families and teach nutritional workshops Bowling Green. She is thrilled to work with KEJC to have a positive impact on Kentucky's international community.
Richard J. Seckel
Rich Seckel has worked at Kentucky Equal Justice Center since 1979. He often has served as an advocate on poverty law issues before state agencies and the Kentucky General Assembly. Mr. Seckel is a founding Board Member of Kentucky Voices for Health and served as chair of the initial Community Advisory Committee of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MSW from West Virginia University. Before graduate school, he volunteered as a boycott organizer for the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. In November 2016, he was recognized with the Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network.