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Maria Obradovich became a staff attorney with our Fair Housing team in 2012, and in 2014 she was assigned to our Family Law team. Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with Honors from Campbell University in Camp Lejeune, NC, while serving as an active duty member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Maria earned her JD from Stetson University College of Law. There she was a founding member of the Student Veterans Organization, serving as the Pro Bono Chair. Maria is now an active member of the HCBA’s Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee and of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court.

Randi Pataky joined BALS in 2006 and currently works as a staff attorney for the CTI unit. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida, and then went on to obtain her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Before joining BALS, Randi worked for six years at Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she focused on family law and education law.

Nancey Penner - After 20 years as a teacher, Nancey received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and began her legal career at Florida Rural Legal Services in 1988. She came to BALS in 1996 as the staff attorney in the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 1997 she transferred to the Plant City office where she continues to work as a staff attorney.  Nancey is a master in the Family Law Inn of Court and the treasurer of the Plant City Bar Association.

Gale Pinkston earned her undergraduate and Masters degrees in social work from Florida State University. She graduated from law school in 1984 from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at Vanderbilt University before moving to Tampa in 1991and accepting a position with BALS. Gale spent three years on the family law team before becoming the team leader of the Senior Advocacy Unit. In 1997 Gale transferred to the Plant City office to become the team leader. She is a former officer of the Plant City Bar Association and is the project director for our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Dan Reigle a Staff Attorney in the Tampa office, has been with BALS since 1999. Currently Dan is working under a grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County serving the civil legal needs of clients of Children’s Board partners.  Dan will be working in a variety of areas including housing, landlord/tenant, family law, domestic violence, relief from garnishment, and income maintenance.  Dan graduated from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, in 1981 with degrees in Economics and Spanish. He graduated law school at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1985.

Susan Sandler is the Project Director of the Judge Don Castor Community Law Center. She joined BALS in January 2004. Previously, Susan served as senior general counsel with the Florida Department of Financial Services focusing her practice on government regulation in the areas of banking, securities, finance, cemeteries, unclaimed property, public records, and bankruptcy law. Susan is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Alexandra Srsic is a staff attorney with Team ABLE and manager of the veterans programs at BALS. Alexandra grew up in Tallahassee and attended Florida State University as an undergraduate and for law school. After graduating from the College of Law in 2006, Alexandra briefly worked at BALS on Fair Housing cases. Before rejoining BALS in 2013, Alexandra worked at Florida Rural Legal Services as a staff attorney and as Pro Bono Coordinator. Her primary practice areas now are housing and consumer issues, although she assists her veteran clients with a wide range of other legal problems.

Jason Susalla has been a full-time attorney working for BALS since 2013. His initial position was staff attorney for the Senior Advocacy Unit, where his service areas primarily included landlord-tenant law, subsidized housing, temporary relative custody and divorce. Jason worked to assist Hillsborough County seniors both through advocacy in the courtroom and through Bay Area Legal Service’s Centralized Telephone Intake system. In late 2014, Jason was assigned to the Fair Housing Team and he now focuses his practice on advocacy for clients at risk of discrimination in housing.

Heather Tager has worked at BALS since 1990, first as a paralegal, and after attending Stetson University College of Law, as an attorney for the SAU. While on the SAU, Heather primarily handled housing and relative caregiver cases. Since February 2013, Heather is Managing Attorney of BALS’ L. David Shear Children’s Law Center, where she represents young children in the child welfare system. Heather received the Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Division Award from the Tampa JCC/Federation, and was awarded recognition for her outstanding service to the elderly from the Hillsborough County Seniors and Law Enforcement Council.

Virginia Trujillo is a part-time bilingual attorney at BALS. She obtained a B.A. in Humanities from Florida State University before graduating from St. Thomas University School of Law. Virginia first came to BALS in 1994. She worked with a diverse community out of our Wimauma branch office. She then spent a few years in private practice, concentrating on real estate issues. She left private practice in 2000 to work in the Homeless Unit at Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Virginia returned to BALS in 2007, and now provides legal assistance to elderly Floridians through our telephone intake programs.

Susan Miles Whitaker joined BALS in 1997. Since 2000 she has operated the Legal Information Center – BALS’ free self-help program in the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Susan has also written self-help instructions for pro se litigants and is responsible for revising the forms and instructions. Susan is the Executive Director of the Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Tampa. She also serves on the HCBA Family Law Section Executive Council and is Chair of their Public Access Committee. Susan is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law.

Katherine Woltmann received her B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University and initiated the legal internship program at BALS. She is an elder law attorney with SAU and administers BALS’ Independence Preservation Project, one of a set of three BALS projects to win a national "Salute to Leaders in Aging" award in 2002. She has provided hundreds of presentations and many local and statewide articles, webinars, and internet based information resources on incapacity planning and independence preservation issues.

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