Our Team

We are a small team of individuals determined to ensure the protection of the civil rights of those incarcerated.

PLS is based in downtown Boston and serves the entirety of Massachusetts. We work to provide advocacy for individuals to ensure that their legally guaranteed rights are not violated by the state.

Cheryl Zoll

Interim Executive Director

Cheryl Zoll is the Interim Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. From 2014 to 2023, Cheryl served as CEO of Tapestry Health, a community-based organization in Western MA that provides healthcare in areas where stigma remains a barrier to health equity, including sexual and reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ healthcare, safe syringe and drug user health services and suicide prevention. Zoll previously served as Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, where she led a team that transformed a grassroots basic-needs organization undergoing a challenging transition into a thriving agency serving over 4,000 low-income residents of Western MA annually. She also taught for 10 years as a linguistics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Iowa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

james pingeon

Litigation Director

James Pingeon has been the Litigation Director at PLS since 2001.  Previously, he was a senior attorney at the Center for Public Representation and an associate at a large Boston firm.  He has been representing those incarcerated for more than 30 years, focusing on systemic reform cases, including challenges to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, solitary confinement of individuals with mental illness; incarceration of individuals civilly committed for substance use disorders, discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, excessive telephone fees, and many others. 

Marisol Carrillo
Executive and Legal Support Assistant

Sarah Blair
Pro Bono Counsel

Aryanna Cooke
Paralegal, Race Equity in Corrections Initiative

Onesha Dixon

Kelsea Goodrow
Project Coordinator for Project RIZE

Leah Hastings
Immigrant Detention Conditions Project Legal Fellow and Staff Attorney

Michael Horrell
Senior Staff Attorney and Acting Healthcare & Disability Project Director

Mac Hudson
Community Liaison Coordinator, Racial Equity in Corrections Initiative

Kristyn J.E. Huey
Senior Staff Attorney and Brutality Project Director

Alphonse Kamanzi

Ada Lin
MLAC Racial Justice Fellow and Staff Attorney

Valerie Linhardt
Development Director

Danielle Magalhaes
Receptionist/Legal Assistant 

Edna Medina
Legal Assistant and Notary

David Milton
Senior Staff Attorney

Sarah Nawab
Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project lead and Staff Attorney

Lauren Petit
Senior Staff Attorney and Medical Parole Project Director

Kate Piper
Senior Paralegal

Maheeb Rabbani

Saphire Ruiz
Brutality Project Paralegal

Linda Rydzewski
Office Manager and Admin Supervisor

Becky Schapiro
Staff Attorney and Healthcare & Disability Project Director

Aaron Steinberg
Communications Director

Rachel Talamo
Liman Fellow and Staff Attorney

Bonnie Tenneriello
Senior Staff Attorney and Solitary Confinement Project Director

Al Troisi
Senior Paralegal and Intake Advocacy Director

Jesse White
Policy Director

LaToya Whiteside
Racial Equity In Corrections Initiative Director, Senior Staff Attorney, and MLAC Racial Justice Fellow

board of directors

Patricia Garin

James Rollins
Vice Chair

José Bou

Douglas Brooks

Steven Brown

Celestino Colon

Elizabeth A. Davis

Tara Dunn

Tony Gaskins

Joan Johnston

Monik Jimenez

Alexandra Lin

Ellen Lubell

Jennifer McKinnon

Cloe Pippin

Mala Rafik

Joel Thompson

Jeffrey Wiesner

Zeno Williams

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50 Federal St., 4th Floor, Boston MA 02110