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Nash Boone

Managing Attorney - Investigations & Monitoring

Nash received his B.S. from Howard University in 1996, majoring in Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors. He obtained a M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2000 and a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law in 2003. Nash began in private practice as an immigration attorney and went on to serve as a city prosecutor and as both an office manager and managing attorney. Nash came to DRP in 2021 to assist with assuring the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Laura Caravello

Staff Attorney

Laura is an experienced litigator who has represented a variety of individuals and companies in a wide range of cases. She received her B.A. from McGill University and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she also served as an editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environment and Public Health Law.

Elysia Duerr

Staff Attorney

Elysia Mancini Duerr is a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Pennsylvania. As counsel for alleged incapacitated persons, she defends their rights to autonomy and to less restrictive alternatives than guardianship. Elysia also provides technical assistance and training to attorneys, guardians, and healthcare professionals on less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. Elysia is a graduate of Temple University, both for undergraduate school and law school. Elysia looks forward to the day when all disabilities are not only de-stigmatized but embraced.

Andrew Favini

Staff Attorney

Andrew has worked on a variety of cases including special education, public accommodations, and access to services. Prior to working with DRP, Andrew was a special education teacher.

Jeni Hergenreder

Staff Attorney

Jeni received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2008 and has since practiced exclusively in the area of special education litigation, representing parents of students with disabilities in due process hearings and federal court appeals. Many of Jeni’s cases have focused on the right of students with disabilities to be included in their neighborhood schools, to receive meaningful transition-to-adulthood services, to receive needed medical services, and to remedy disability discrimination and retaliation. Jeni has trained hundreds of parents, teachers, school administrators, and attorneys on the educational rights of students with disabilities.

Alexandra Hermann

Policy Attorney

Alexandra earned her B.A. from Haverford College and her M.S.ed from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, she worked as an elementary and preschool teacher. She then earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. While in law school, she interned at Disability Rights Pennsylvania and in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, first as a summer clerk for the Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski, and then through Temple’s Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical Honors Program, where she clerked for the Honorable C. Darnell Jones II. She is excited to be back at Disability Rights Pennsylvania and to support its policy work.

Rocco Iacullo

Staff Attorney

Rocco focuses primarily on enforcement of the rights of individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Amendments Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Rocco engages in  litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities facing discrimination in employment, housing, government services, transportation, and public accommodations. Rocco graduated from Ursinus College in 1997 and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2000.

Shanon S. Levin

Managing Attorney — Litigation

Shanon earned her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. After clerking for the Honorable Berle M. Schiller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and working as a trial attorney in private practice for more than 15 years, Shanon joined DRP in 2017. Shanon helps people with disabilities protect their rights in a variety of legal areas and manages litigation work.

Brynne Madway

Staff Attorney

Brynne earned her B.A. from the George Washington University.  She then worked at the National Fair Housing Alliance for a year before returning to the George Washington University to earn her J.D.  After graduating from law school, Brynne worked as a litigation associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.  She left Drinker Biddle to become a Staff Attorney at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education where she litigated First Amendment cases on behalf of students and professors at colleges and universities.  Brynne works on a variety of cases at DRP.

Shari Mamas

Managing Attorney — Intake, Case Services, and Grants Management

Shari received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996. She has helped parents of children with disabilities to access special education and related services in Pennsylvania public schools, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues including accessing appropriate community-based public services, maintaining personal autonomy in decision-making, and protection from abuse and neglect.

Robin Resnick

Staff Attorney

Robin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1986. She has been a staff attorney with DRP and its predecessors since 1993. She has worked on a variety of cases to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life, including cases to secure community alternatives for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness who are unnecessarily institutionalized; to address wrongful denials of Medical Assistance benefits for people with disabilities; and to remedy disability discrimination in housing, government services, and public accommodations.

Morris A. Scott

Staff Attorney

Morris received his B.A. from University of Pennsylvania in the History & Sociology of Science, and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law concentrating in Health Care Law. While at law school, Morris interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis. Morris is an experienced litigator having practiced in the areas of real estate law, landlord tenant law, bankruptcy law and default litigation.