Meet The Team
Housing Outreach Worker
Emma Anderson joined KEJC in the fall of 2021 as a housing outreach worker. She believes housing is a human right and every person should have a safe place to call their own. Since graduating from Centre College in 2018, Emma has worked as the food access coordinator at the Franklin County Farmers Market. She ran the community food share program in south Frankfort, working with pregnant moms and medicaid recipients. Additionally she did outreach for the SNAP double dollars program. Emma thinks it is our responsibility as a community and city to make sure everyone is housed. She cares deeply about Kentuckians having a reliable roof over their head and food for their family which is why she is excited to be working at KEJC.
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.
VOCA Legal Assistant
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 received a certification as an Immigration paralegal. Gaby is a Certified Medical Interpreter serving various agencies around town. She loves working as the VOCA Legal Assistant and helping our clients bridge the language barrier. She enjoys traveling, reading, and eating pasta!
Yoko joined Maxwell Street Legal Clinic as a Legal Assistant in November of 2021. She is a native of the Dominican Republic and has learned from a very young age the need to interpret for others including her parents, relatives, and friends. Yoko has noticed that the city of Lexington has a growing community of non-English speaking immigrants and she's excited to help with their legal needs. Yoko lived in Ohio for over twenty years but now lives in Lexington with her husband and her very spoiled puppy dog Lála. She loves the beautiful scenery of Lexington’s countryside and watching horses graze on green pastures.
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!
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
Ebony Lee joined KEJC in December 2021. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University and is a Lexington native. Ebony is excited to work with KEJC by connecting with Kentuckians to make a better Commonwealth. From a young age, she's had a desire to serve communities that look like her. Ebony's deeply rooted passion for helping vulnerable Kentuckians is informed by her time as a volunteer and advocate for Hope Harbor. This experience showed her how important it is for everyone to have a safe place in their community. "One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places we know we are not alone," -bell hooks"
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.
Paola Schwartz is a Legal Assistant at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. Originally from Mexico City, she's lived in Kentucky since 2002. 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 for both Warren County Schools and the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky. 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.