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Executive Profiles

Joan Cain Boles joined Bay Area Legal Services in 1988 and has been the Deputy Director since 2000. Joan received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and law degree from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, in 1982.  Joan is Past President of the Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition and actively participates in initiatives that benefit low-income persons and communities.  Current responsibilities include oversight of Client Grievance Procedure, LEP, and ADA coordinator.  She is the Project Director for the L. David Shear Children’s Law Center. Joan is Co-Chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Rose Brempong rejoined BALS in November 2013 to serve as Development Director. She first joined BALS in April 2011 as a part-time Development Specialist for Legacy Giving, then moved to Abuja, Nigeria,in August 2012 to join her husband during part of his sabbatical there, before returning to Tampa in 2013. Rose received her B.S. in Business Administration from Wright State University, is a certified Trust Financial Advisor, holds Guardianship certification, and is former Senior VP at Bank of America Private Bank. In addition to her work for BALS, Rose served on the Board of the Children’s Home, among other organizations.

Sonia Gamache joined BALS in June 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.  Sonia earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from SUNY, in Oswego, NY, in 1992, and her MBA from University of Tampa in 2005. Sonia speaks Spanish and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She earned her CPA while working for Coopers and Lybrand, focusing on manufacturing, colleges and universities, and nonprofits.  Prior to joining BALS, Sonia worked as a Controller at a furniture manufacturer/retailer and a Director of Finance for a multi-billion dollar shipping company. More recently she had her own consulting business and worked with companies to reduce their non-operating expenses.

Russell A. Harrison joined BALS in the Fall of 1992 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Major in Sociology and Minor in Business.  Russ initially performed all functions on the Administrative Support Team (i.e. intake paralegal, switchboard, receptionist, file clerk, and runner) and within a few years became the Executive Assistant to BALS’ Executive Director.  While serving in this new capacity, Russ received a Master of Business Administration Degree with honors from the University of Tampa.  Russ has since become our Administrator and continues to work primarily in the areas of administration, finance, grants management and technology.

J.P. LaCasse came out of retirement to join BALS as Chief Operating Officer in November 2009.  Prior to retiring, J.P. was in charge of the Canadian, Mexican, and US shipping activities of Canadian Pacific, and Chairman of Lykes Lines Limited.  J.P. is active in the community and serves on BALS’ Development Council and the Boards of Memorial Hospital and the American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum.  He is an Tampa Bay FBI Citizen's Academy Alumni.  He is a 1973 graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law and a member of the Virginia and American Bar Associations.

Kay Rorer has 30+ years of grant writing experience, with the additional perspective of a program director implementing grants in several fields, and as a regional and national-level grants reviewer. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Kay served as a Boston-based director of marketing and communications working with government and corporate leaders in transportation planning, as director of experiential education and college career centers in Massachusetts and New York, and as a coordinator for grants and program initiatives at several non-profits. She has served as a member and officer on boards in the arts and historic preservation worlds.

Dick Woltmann joined BALS in 1976 to establish its elder law programs.  He became Chief Executive Officer/President in 1980.  Before joining BALS, Dick served three years in the Peace Corps in West Africa and one year as a VISTA lawyer in Washington State. Dick is a graduate of the University of Florida Law School and Rollins College.  Dick is immediate past Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the National Endowment for Financial Education, President of the Board of Directors of the Carrollwood Village Homeowners Association, and immediate past Chair of the HCBA Senior Council Section.

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