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.
Amy Copperman took the helm at MLPB in early January 2023. From 2015-2022, Copperman led AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-MA), an innovative state-wide program that deploys national service corps members — most of whom are not licensed attorneys — to advance access to justice in the Commonwealth. Before joining ALA-MA, Copperman was a healthy eating educator operating in several settings and a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI). At MLRI, she specialized in housing law and policy and democratizing access to justice for people impacted by housing instability and homelessness. She also sits on the Board of Directors at Food For Free, an anti-hunger organization in Cambridge, MA. Amy received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit management from the Tufts University School of Civic Life.
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.
Rebecca M. Kislak is a Law and Policy Consultant whose career is rooted in collaborative law and policy. Rebecca was a founding attorney of the Medical-Legal Partnership at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA, and director of the initial Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership program. She also served as Policy Director and Counsel at the Rhode Island Health Center Association. Rebecca teaches health policy as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College and the Brown University School of Public Health and represents her Providence district as a State Representative in the Rhode Island General Assembly. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Brown University, she is licensed to practice law in RI, MA, and PA.
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.
Terrence Theus is the Communications Coordinator at MLPB. Before joining MLPB, Terrence graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Lasell University where he learned skills such as filmmaking and photography. Growing up in a melting pot has developed his empathetic and patient approach to his communication. This has allowed him to learn, listen, and understand many cultures and perspectives. He feels this is an extremely important aspect to the creative process.