Board of Directors

Current members of the PLAN Board of Directors

The corporate bylaws of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. mandate the composition and selection of individuals who serve as the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Board of Directors. There are a total of thirteen (13) directors authorized, to be appointed in the following manner:

  1. Attorney Appointments. Five attorney directors appointed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association;

  2. Client or Community Representative Appointments. Four client or community representative directors, two appointed by the Clients’ Council of Pennsylvania and two appointed by the Pennsylvania State Welfare Rights Organization.  At least one of the two directors from each of these appointing agencies must be a person who, at the time of appointment is eligible to be a client of legal services as defined by the Legal Services Corporation;

  3. Pennsylvania Project Directors’ Corporation Appointment. One director appointed by the Pennsylvania Project Directors Corporation, representing the member programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; and

  4. PLAN, Inc. Board of Director Appointments. Three directors appointed by the PLAN, Inc. Board of Directors, selected to  represent other interests which will be beneficial to the purposes of PLAN, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.  

Each appointing agency shall take into account the need for diversity in the composition of the Board of Directors, including racial, gender, geographical and institutional diversity.

Members usually are eligible to serve a maximum of two four-year terms, however, a  member appointed to complete the unexpired term of another member may serve two full four-year terms following the completion of the unexpired term. Members who are officers of the corporation at the time their term expires may remain on the Board until the next election of officers.

The current members of the PLAN, inc. Board of Directors are:

Board Officers

President: Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
President-Elect: [Vacant]
Secretary: Sonia Brookins
Treasurer: Regina M. Foley, Esq.
President Emeritus: J.W. Alberstadt, Jr., Esq. 

Pennsylvania Bar Association

J.W. Alberstadt, Jr., Esq.
MacDonald Illig
100 State Street, Suite 700
Erie, PA  16507
Term 3/2017 - 3/2021

The Honorable Bryan Cutler
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
121 Main Capitol Building
P.O. Box 202100
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Term: 3/2020 - 3/2024

The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
5059 Family Law Center
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Term: 3/2018 - 3/2022

Regina M. Foley, Esq.
Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer
1845 Walnut Street, 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Term 3/2019 - 3/2023

Dana W. Chilson, Esq.
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
100 Pine Street
P. O. Box 1166
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1166
Term 3/2020 - 3/2024


Client Council of Pennsylvania

Carl Bailey
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Term 3/2018 - 3/2022

Rochelle Jackson
McKeesport, PA 15132
Term 11/2020 - 3/2024

Pennsylvania Welfare Rights Organization

Sonia Brookins
PA Welfare Rights Organization
1231 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Term 3/2020 - 3/2024

Bruce Perry 
PA Welfare Rights Organization
1231 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Term:  3/2018-3/2022

Pennsylvania Project Directors

Brian Gorman, Esq.
Southwestern PA Legal Services
10 West Cherry Street 
Washington, PA 15301
Term 3/2019 - 3/2023


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Board

Hon. Ronald D. Castille
Chief Justice Emeritus
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Term: 3/2018-3/2022


Allen Harberg, Esq.
North Wales, PA  19454-2505
Term:  3/2020-3/2024




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