Meg Baker joined MLPB as the Operations Manager in October 2012. Meg has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. Prior to joining MLPB, Meg worked at The Access Project (TAP), a nonprofit working to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health especially for those who are most vulnerable. At TAP, she was responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office including financial management, administrative staff management and space and facilities management. She has also worked at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) working with their job training programs, providing case management and job readiness assistance.
Jeannine Casselman is the Law & Policy Director at MLPB. She was previously with the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy and served as the Program Director for the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership from 2011-2016. Jeannine graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2009 where she focused on public interest law. She interned with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, South Coastal Counties Legal Services and the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island.
Marsophia Ducheine is a Law & Policy Consultant at MLPB. Before joining MLPB, Marsophia was a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Roxbury Defenders Unit. Marsophia received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. During her time in law school, Marsophia participated in the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic where she successfully represented her client before the parole board. She also interned at the Public Defender Service in DC, the Federal Public Defender Office in Boston, and at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Youth Advocacy Division and the Roxbury Office. Marsophia received her BS from Suffolk University.
Kate Gannon is a Law & Policy Consultant at MLPB. She previously served as a medical-legal partnership attorney at Community Legal Aid in Worcester and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and as a healthcare-based advocate for human trafficking survivors. Building on an undergraduate major in social work, Kate graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on public interest law. She interned with the Youth Advocacy Division, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, the EdLaw Project, and the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership.
Jeff Gilbert is the Partnership & Project Manager at MLPB and a long-time champion of health equity and sustainable food systems. He previously worked in the intersection of partnerships and communications at the Somerville-based urban agriculture company Green City Growers, and held mixed-methods evaluation roles with Granville-Vance Public Health and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in North Carolina. Jeff received his Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and his BA from Lehigh University.
Samantha J. Morton is CEO of MLPB. Samantha is a national expert on the power of justice to advance health, and on the critical role of health ecosystem workforces in partnering with people to meet their health-related social needs and tackling population-level social determinants of health — all in ways that promote democratization of access to justice and advance health equity for individuals, families, and communities. She is leading MLPB’s evidence-based integration of legal problem-solving strategies within accountable care, patient-centered medical home, and early childhood sector contexts. In the early childhood domain, Samantha is co-developer of the DULCE intervention published in 2015 and part of the National Team supporting DULCE refinement, spread and scale through the CSSP-convened DULCE Learning Network. Before joining MLPB, Samantha was a litigation associate at Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) and a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.
Nedhi Teixeira is a Law & Policy Consultant at MLPB. Before joining MLPB, she was a family law attorney based in Eastern Massachusetts, building on a long tenure as a litigation assistant. During her time in private practice, Nedhi represented diverse clients in high-stakes domestic matters, including but not limited to divorce, parenting, custody, child support, and restraining orders. Nedhi also is a certified Rape Crisis & Violence Prevention Counselor Advocate. Nedhi received her law degree from Massachusetts School of Law and her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she focused on legal studies and worked at the Student Legal Services Office.