About the panelists
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York County Bar Foundation
Laura Smith, Esquire, joined the YCBF as Pro Bono and Legal Services Coordinator in 2014. Previously, Laura was in private practice with MPL Law Firm where she served as secretary for the YCBA’s Board of Directors (2011-2014) and was also an active member of the YCBF’s Pro Bono committee. Laura was a previous recipient of both the YCBA’s and Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Pro Bono Awards and is currently involved with the PBA’s Bar Leadership Institute and Legal Services Committee.
MidPenn Legal Services
Carrie M. Bowmaster, Esquire, is the Managing Attorney at MidPenn Legal Services, York Office. She has worked at MidPenn for eight years and has served as the Managing Attorney of their Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Reading and Pottsville Offices prior to York. Carrie is a graduate of Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg Campus. Carrie has handled cases in most areas of legal services work with a special emphasis on family law.
ACCESS-York & Victim Assistance Center
Heather Keller received her BA in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in 1998. She has been working in Human Services since 1997, with a primary focus on domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2005, she began as the Legal Advocacy Director for ACCESS-York. In 2008, ACCESS-York merged with YWCA York and in 2009, merged again with Victim Assistance Center, combining legal advocacy teams to provide comprehensive legal advocacy to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and other violent crime. In 2014, ACCESS-York and Victim Assistance Center obtained two separate grants to provide civil legal representation to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center
Mary Weaver joined the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) as Executive Director in November 2012. After receiving her MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland, she worked in financial services marketing for twelve years. She moved to York in 1997 and volunteered in the community. Mary joined the staff of Congressman Todd Platts as his immigration specialist and outreach coordinator. Mary served on the PIRC Board for three years before becoming Executive Director. Her work with PIRC allows her to see the daily impact of immigration laws and policies, reinforcing her belief that each person should have equal access to justice.
York County Court Self-Help & Law Resource Center
Megan is a graduate from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She completed graduate work at Villanova University and the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC, where she taught in the English Department for nine years. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, she worked for President Judge Linebaugh, assisting him with research and development for the establishment of the York County Court Self-Help Center. Megan has been the Center’s Director since its inception in late 2013.
PA 2-1-1 Contact Helpline
Kelly Gollick is the Executive Director for CONTACT Helpline. In the winter of 1997, she started her relationship with CONTACT as a volunteer working on the helpline and in November 2001, took the opportunity to become the executive director. In her role with CONTACT, the organization has grown from serving 3 counties to now serving 10. She initiated the Tri-County Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee which assisted over 300 families impacted by Tropical Storm Lee. Kelly worked with partners across the Commonwealth including the United Way and other information and referral service providers to bring the easy to remember telephone number 2-1-1 to Pennsylvania without funding. Previously, she was employed with Hershey Medical Center as a Social Worker and Case Manager. Kelly obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University.