Our Staff

Everyone at HAP, from the legal staff to the administrators, is committed to the same compassionate goal of easing the burdens of homelessness. We draw as much inspiration from each other as we do from the people we serve, and we make concerted efforts toward making our office culture a supportive and inclusive one.

Regheim Beck

Administrative Intake Specialist
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Shevaun Brannigan

Director of Development and Communications
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Faye Chevalier

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Josie Chiba

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Andrew Feigenbaum, Esq.

Staff Attorney & Duffy Fellow
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Garrison Giddings, Esq.

Staff Attorney
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Theresa Jett

Director of Operations
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Laura Kolb, Esq.

Children, Youth & Families Project Director
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Patricia Malley, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney
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Patrick McNeil

SOAR Project Director
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Margaret Oberkircher, Esq.

Pro Bono Coordinator
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Tanya Rambert

Executive Director
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Margianne Smith

Office Administrator
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Joel Sobel, Esq.

Director of Intake and Outreach | Duffy Fellow
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Naisha Tyler

Operations and Development Coordinator
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Board of Directors

HAP is incredibly fortunate and proud to have such a dedicated, passionate, and eclectic Board of Directors. Members include attorneys from a diversity of Philadelphia firms, social services providers, and community members with lived experience of homelessness.

David Newmann

HAP Board President
David Newmann is excited to serve as President of HAP’s Board of Directors in 2024. A HAP volunteer attorney for 25 years, Dave understands how critical HAP’s mission is to the lives of countless Philadelphians. Since 1990, HAP has been the city’s only organization dedicated to providing direct legal services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Dave has witnessed firsthand how HAP’s expert staff and dedicated volunteers work to end homelessness for HAP clients: winning disability benefits that enable them to afford housing of their own; solving identification or criminal record problems that prevented them from finding jobs; resolving debts that undermine their financial stability; and finding emergency shelter to get their families off the streets. A partner at Hogan Lovells, Dave co-founded the firm’s Philadelphia office, which for more than two decades has co-sponsored HAP legal clinics in North Philadelphia. For Dave and his colleagues at Hogan Lovells Philadelphia, as for volunteers from dozens of other law firm and corporate partners across the city, working at these clinics and on the cases they generate provide some of the most meaningful experiences of their careers. If you are interested in being part of the fight to end homelessness in Philadelphia, get involved today. Contact Dave or any of the HAP staff to find out how.

HAP Executive Board 2024


David Newmann, Esq.
Hogan Lovells
Harrison Lee, Esq.
Comcast Cable
Thomas Duffy, Esq.
Vice President
Duffy Firm
Lawrence J. Kotler, Esq.
Vice President
Duane Morris
Bridget Mayer Briggs, Esq.
Vice President
Blank Rome
Wesley R. Payne IV, Esq.
Vice President
White and Williams
Cassandra Summers
Vice President
Reed Smith
Heather E. Rennie, Esq.
Merck & Co.
Justin D. Cupples, Esq.
Morgan Lewis, Inc.
Kenneth L. Gibb, CPA
White and Williams
Jessica Rickabaugh, Esq.
Past President (2023)
Tucker Law Group
Jon L. Cochran
Past President (2022)
LeVan Stapleton Segal Cochran

HAP Board of Directors 2024


Daniel Brewer, Esq.
Subaru of America, Inc.
Rhonda Carter, MSN
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation
Jacqueline C. Chapman
Katrina DeLancey Carmine A. Giganti, Esq.
ACE/Chubb Insurance
Kharisma Goldston
Bethesda Project
Michael B. Hayes, Esq.
Horn Williamson
Jennedy S. Johnson, Esq.
PECO Energy Company
Nikki Johnson-Alfano, Esq.
The Law Office of
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.
Jon M. Katona, Esq.
Klehr Harrison
Brenna D. Kelly, Esq.
DLA Piper
Stephen Kempa, Esq.
Cozen O’Connor
Bridget Lankford, Esq.
Olufunke Leroy, Esq.
Holland & Knight
Joshua A. Materese
Kessler Topaz Meltzer Check
Christopher Nana-Sinkam, Esq.
Dilworth Paxson
Peter Newman, Esq.
Feldman Shepherd
Brian North, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Michael J. O’Brien, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
Justin C. Oshana, Esq.
United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Jeff P. Palazzese, Esq.
The Reliable Companies
Brian D. Pedrow, Esq.
Ballard Spahr
D. Deone Powell, Esq.
Vanguard Charitable Endowment
Julia Pudlin, Esq.
Rachel Rosenberg, Esq.
McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse & Ryan P.C.
Nancy Smith, Esq.
Lincoln Financial Group
Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper
Orphans’ Court Division