Meet The Team
Health Law Fellow
Chloe (she/her) joined KEJC in October 2022 as our Health Justice Attorney. Through litigation, advocacy, lobbying, and centering systemically oppressed and marginalized groups, Chloe is committed to achieving a Kentucky in which income and identity no longer predict healthcare access and health outcomes. A proud Kentucky native and Berean-turned-Lexingtonian, Chloe attended the University of Kentucky for seven consecutive years, where she earned her BA in political science and her law degree. Now tethered to Lexington by her deep commitments to the local community and the Kentucky Wildcats, Chloe is a dog mom, a burgeoning home cook, and the product of twenty years of Kentucky public education.
"I'm excited to use my legal education to make it easier for Kentuckians to get and pay for high-quality healthcare. The road to health is full of trapdoors and tripwires, and it's a great honor to help my people navigate that."
Miranda Brown conducts community education in English and Spanish about accessing healthcare and exercising workers’ rights. She is a Certified Application Counselor for kynect health coverage, including Medicaid. Serving on the Consumer Rights and Client Needs Technical Advisory Committee to Kentucky's Medicaid Advisory Council, Miranda channels consumer experiences and stories into advocacy. She hosts "Kentucky Equal Justice Radio" and "Reclama tus derechos" shows in English and Spanish on community radio RADIOLEX. She also works as a consultant for cultural arts organization Casa de la Cultura Kentucky and serves on the board of HealthFirst BlueGrass, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and the advisory board for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s Corazon de la Familia study. She's a passionate learner about everything from cooperatives to languages to growing herbs, spices, and teas in Kentucky.
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.
A masterful storyteller with more than 15 years of experience in communications, Natalie specializes in advancing the missions of progressive issues-focused organizations by crafting and sharing narratives that truly matter.
After beginning her public relations career in Miami’s luxury real estate industry, Natalie transitioned to the public service sector when she joined the state of Florida’s employment services division as a policy analyst and program developer. From there, Natalie managed communications and events for the American Cancer Society, curated national level partnerships and advocacy strategies for the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs Office, developed communications strategies for almost 40 organizations serving under-represented communities that were partnered with a large scale federally funded clinical research initiative, and created communications strategies focused on health equity for a non-profit women's health organization.
Outside of work, Natalie is an avid rower with the Capital Rowing Club and holds a masters in legal studies with a focus on criminal justice and police reform. As a proud graduate of the University of Florida, Natalie also spends her fall Saturdays cheering on Gators football and hoping for another season like 2006. She has thus far been sorely disappointed.
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 engaging donors, managing grants 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!
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
Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley
Housing Justice Attorney
Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley adopted Kentucky as her home in 2005 when she moved here to begin her career as a public service lawyer with AppalRed Legal Aid in Pikeville, Kentucky. Living and representing clients in the Appalachian mountains opened a whole new perspective on rural America to Stefanie. It was here that she fell in love with the mountains and the people of Eastern Kentucky and knew that this was where she would put down her new roots.
After a decade at AppalRed, Stefanie relocated to Whitley County where she opened her own Consumer Rights practice in January 2016. In 2020, Stefanie took a job with the Beshear-Coleman administration in the Education and Labor Cabinet, working as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, as an advocate for inclusive workforce development policy that removed barriers for job seekers returning to the workforce. Stefanie was born and raised in Wisconsin, having attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for undergraduate, and Marquette University Law School. Raised in a union home by, Stefanie was instilled with a respect for organized labor, and understanding of the utmost importance of a good education, surrounded by strong, vocal women who stood up for their communities.
Laura Harper Knight
Housing Outreach and Intake Coordinator
Laura Harper Knight joined the KEJC team in 2022 as a Housing Outreach Organizer. Kentuckians deserve safety and respite in their homeplace, and Laura is willing to fight for a world in which housing is a human right and available for all people. She worked with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth as the Western Kentucky Regional Organizer prior to joining KEJC, and supported KFTC members and allies in taking collective action and shifting the balance of power in the Commonwealth. Laura is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and lives in Bowling Green.
Kentucky Food Action Network Coordinator
Robin joined KEJC to strengthen and support the Kentucky Food Action Network in August 2023. A lifelong Kentuckian, she has spent the last seven years organizing in the south with Fight Toxic Prisons, an abolitionist environmental justice network. She has also organized with the Central Kentucky chapter of SURJ and the Take Back Cheapside campaign, which successfully removed two confederate statues from the site of a former auction block at the now renamed Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park. She believes that all struggles intersect and we can only make true progress by standing together and ensuring everyone's basic needs are met no matter what.
When not focusing on social justice work, she spends time stage managing various central Kentucky theaters, sewing, and gardening.
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.
Abigail Rundell joined Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in the summer of 2023. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2019 with a B.A. in Foreign Language and International Economics. She earned her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in 2023, where she was a member of the Refugee Law and Policy Brief and the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Abigail speaks conversational French and German.
Eviction Prevention Coalition Lead & Resource Coordinator
Jose Sanchez Montilla began working for KEJC in August of 2023 as the Eviction Prevention Coalition Lead & Resource Coordinator. Before KEJC, he worked for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute as their Associate Manager of Recruitment & Outreach. Proud of his heritage and upbringing, he was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents of Dominican origin. As a first-generation college graduate from Northern Kentucky University, he earned a B.A. in International Studies. He lives with his family and fur baby Chino in Hebron, Kentucky. Jose loves to travel, having been to Mexico and Costa Rica, and enjoys being active, watching films, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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.
Benji Smith first came to Maxwell Street as a volunteer tutor in early 2019, and that experience was part of what inspired him to leave his previous career as a software designer behind to focus on public interest and immigration law. Benji graduated from Colorado State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2023. He has two huskies, Tiberius and Nadja, who make most of his other life decisions for him.
Outreach Investigations Paralegal
Hailing from Brownsville, TX, Carmen moved to Lexington Kentucky six years ago. As a dedicated community advocate, she currently works as Legal Intake Coordinator and Court Advocate and Facilitator at The Nest as well as with the YAP Program as a Youth Advocate guiding youth at risk. She is also a Certified Medical Interpreter as qualified by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Language Access Section.
When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading motivational books, and playing kickball.
Jane Connell Young
Hailing from Warsaw (Gallatin County), Kentucky in Northern Kentucky, Jane Connell Young attended the University of Kentucky and obtained her law degree from Chase College of Law of Northern Kentucky University. Jane worked in private practice for many years and also worked with the Office of the United States Trustee and other organizations. Most of her legal experience has been in bankruptcy and general civil law. Jane obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2018. She then worked with Legal Aid Society in Louisville for 4 years. Jane and her husband have an adult son. They enjoy walking, working on their homes, and travel.