Michele Bachelder, Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Michele joined DRC-NH in June 2022 as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant for the litigation team. She has over 35 years experience working in all aspects of a legal office. She has spent the last 25 years of her career in the private legal sector as a Paralegal, specializing in Litigation and Family Law. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with family and friends and spending time with her granddaughter.
Déodonné Dustin Bhattarai, Communications Specialist
Déodonné, began volunteering at DRC-NH in 2016, following the diagnosis of her son with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She officially joined the DRC-NH team in May of 2018, as its Communications Specialist. Déodonné received her JD from Northeastern School of Law and her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Déodonné is a graduate of the New Hampshire Leadership Series and Parent Information Center’s Volunteer Advocate training. Déodonné is Vice Chair of the NH Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions and the New Hampshire representative for Cure SMA New England. She has served on UNH’s Institute on Disability’s Consumer Advisory Committee and the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. Déodonné has a long-term demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social justice advocacy.
Francesca Broderick, Intake Attorney
Francesca joined DRC-NH as an intake attorney in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2013 and received honors in legal writing and research. She has been a member of the NH Bar since 2013. Francesca clerked at the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 2013-2015. She interned during law school at the New Hampshire Public Defender and at Vermont Legal Aid. Francesca also has experience working with at-risk youth as an educator and case manager.
Lynne Clay, Managing Attorney
Lynne has been an attorney with DRC-NH since 1991. Lynne has served in many roles including Managing Attorney, Supervising Intake Attorney, Intake Attorney, and Staff Attorney. Her years of experience have given her knowledge in many substantive areas of disability practice, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Juvenile Law, Social Security, Housing and Medicaid. Lynne’s practice has included litigation in state and federal court including the US First Circuit Court of Appeals. Lynne is also DRC-NH’s Section 504/ADA compliance coordinator. Lynne was an adjunct faculty member at Middlesex Community College for over twenty years where she taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Evidence and Court Procedures and Criminal Law.
Lynne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Communications and Psychology and Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bars.
Jennifer Eber, Staff Attorney
Jennifer joined DRC-NH in June 2021 after thirty years as an attorney at Orr & Reno, P.A. doing both trial and employment work. Jennifer graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual degree in mathematics and economics. She received her law degree from Boston College. At DRC-NH, Jennifer’s focus is on disability discrimination in the workplace and other barriers to employment for people with disabilities, particularly for people receiving social security disability benefits.
Jennifer is active in law related education, being instrumental in the writing and publication of Beyond High School: A Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities for graduating high school seniors and chairing the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Law Related Education Committee. Jennifer also has a passion for animal welfare and has devoted time and energy to legal issues impacting animals. She has served on the boards for a number of animals shelters in New Hampshire. Jennifer currently co-chairs the Governor’s Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter and their rescue animals.
Michele Fleming, Fiscal Director
In 2016, Michele joined DRC-NH. She serves as its Fiscal Director and also handles matters relating to human resources. Michele graduated cum laude in 1991 from Franklin Pierce University. She enjoys needlework and quilting.
Sarah Jancarik, Staff Attorney
Sarah graduated from the Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on the intersection of disability and criminal justice. Sarah’s experience is in advocating for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental illness. Sarah’s life-long passion for individuals with disabilities stems from her mother, a special education teacher.
Beth Kelley, Office Manager
Beth joined DRC-NH’s staff in 2004, bringing significant experience in lobbying, public policy work, and office management. She is responsible for assisting DRC-NH’s executive director, coordinating DRC-NH’s federal reporting, supervising DRC-NH’s support staff, assisting callers who request help from DRC-NH and ensuring the office runs smoothly and efficiently.
Courtney Lockwood, Senior Intake Attorney
Courtney Lockwood joined DRC-NH as an intake attorney in 2005. Courtney was formerly a Legal Aid Attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in rural Maine. She is a 2002 graduate of Vermont Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
Deborah Opramolla, Program Manager
Deborah joined DRC-NH in the Spring of 2022. Deborah is a former oncologist and holds a Master of Law from Washington University School of Law. For the past twenty-five years, Deborah has served as an Educational Surrogate Parent, assisting children in foster care who have Individual Education Programs (IEPs). In 2017, Deborah was appointed to the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities as a parent advocate. Deborah is passionate about creating positive systemic changes that create Equity, Inclusion, and Justice for the Disability community. Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horses, and knitting.
Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director
Stephanie Patrick joined DRC-NH as Executive Director in 2017. Stephanie was formerly the Director of Policy and Planning at the Advocacy Center, DRC-NH’s sister agency in Louisiana, where she worked on legislative advocacy, coalition building and programmatic compliance. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003 with a Master’s of Social Work and also holds an undergraduate degree in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Pamela Phelan, Litigation Director
Pamela joined DRC-NH in 2018 with nearly twenty years of experience in trial and appellate litigation in New Hampshire. As its Litigation Director, she leads DRC-NH’s efforts to protect and expand the civil rights of people with disabilities. Pamela previously was the Chief Deputy Clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Prior to that, she worked at the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office and Orr & Reno, P.A. In addition to her work at DRC-NH, Pamela is an adjunct professor at the UNH School of Law, teaching pretrial and trial skills to Daniel Webster scholars.
Amy Ramsay, Project Manager
Amy joined DRC-NH in February 2014 with over fifteen years as a litigation paralegal. In addition to providing legal support, Amy serves as the Project Manager for the Social Security Administrative Representative Payee Project. Amy proudly served in the U.S. Army in the communications field.
Karen Rosenberg, Policy Director
Karen Rosenberg joined the staff of DRC-NH in 2005. She is a 1988 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and holds a B.S. degree from Tufts University. Previously, Karen was a staff attorney and project director at New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA), where she focused on Health, Housing and Consumer laws. She also directed NHLA’s Fair Housing Project and Housing Preservation Project during her tenure at NHLA. Karen serves on the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities, New Hampshire’s Medical Care Advisory Committee, and the New Hampshire Brain Injury Association’s Provider Council.
James Ziegra, Staff Attorney
James Ziegra is an attorney at DRC-NH, where he has worked for the past 8 years. James has represented clients with disabilities in courts throughout New Hampshire with an emphasis on employment discrimination and voting rights. Since graduating from UNH School of Law, James has devoted his career to helping marginalized and underrepresented people throughout New Hampshire.