Staff, Board & Advisory Committee

Founded by Lawyers, Supported by the Legal Community

CEJ Staff
David Sternesky
Program Assistant

David earned his B.A. in 2008 from Colby College, where he focused his liberal arts studies on music and German language and literature. After several years in San Francisco, where he accumulated experience in public relations, marketing, copywriting, event planning, and social media management, the search for fulfilling work led him to Portland. In the fall of 2016 he joined CEJ, where he is responsible for tracking donations, helping the office run smoothly, assisting with the production of fundraising letters and outreach materials, and helping with the planning and logistics of CEJ’s many fundraising events. David loves working at CEJ: he feels privileged to witness the benevolence of the legal community and help improve the lives of Oregonians in need. In addition to his work with CEJ, David is passionate about enriching people’s lives through music, art, poetry, literature, and advocacy for education, health care, the environment, and civil rights. When he’s not at the office, David enjoys collecting vinyl records and playing with synthesizers in his music studio.
Maya Crawford
Executive Director

Maya began serving as CEJ's Executive Director in July of 2016. Maya is a 2003 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and has an extensive background in poverty law, having worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for many years. She also served as the Associate Director of the Campaign for several years. According to Gerry Gaydos, CEJ’s Board Chair, “Maya has rich experience in serving low-income clients and in coordinating legal aid’s volunteer lawyer opportunities. She is well known in the legal community for her passion for access to justice and for her professional integrity. Our Board is very pleased to have this proven leader take the helm of CEJ and continue our work of making our civil justice system accessible to everyone -- not just the few who can afford it.” Sandy Hansberger, who has worked with Maya in a number of different capacities during the past decade, including during Maya’s tenure as Associate Director of the Campaign, says, "Maya is well respected in the legal community and has many connections with the private bar. She is the perfect choice to lead the next phase of the Campaign’s growth. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities." Maya says, "I'm looking forward to this new position and to working with partner organizations and private lawyers in expanding our funding base even further."
CEJ Staff with Gov. Kate Brown at CEJ's Champion Donor Celebration in February 2016 Shari Nilsson
Programs & Information Specialist

Shari has been a member of the CEJ team since 2008. She attended Portland State University, and worked for 10 years as a legal secretary and office manager for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Legal Clinic, then as an administrative assistant in the office of the Dean of the College at Lewis & Clark College, before taking some time off after the birth of her now 16-year-old twins. Her career has been centered on diversity and flexibility, with tasks as wide-ranging as event planning, database administration, preparation of legal documents, graphic design, assisting with law student education, meeting facilitation, preparation of legislative history materials, and website design. In her spare time, she enjoys family flights with her pilot husband at the helm, baking, doing genealogical research, reading, nature walks, Swedish language and culture, and moonlighting as the Executive Assistant for the Oregon Council on Court Procedures.She is also a board member for the Portland chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association.
Holly Puckett
Associate Director

Holly received her B.A. from the University of Alabama in 2002 and her law degree from U of A School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining CEJ in fall of 2013, Holly worked as a Litigation Technology Specialist for Ater Wynne, LLP. Holly has a background in non-profit work, primarily efforts to improve the living conditions of minorities and vulnerable populations. Before becoming an attorney, Holly enjoyed her 14 years of work experience, most of which was in customer service and management for small, locally owned businesses in Alabama. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for a national non-profit that focuses on peace issues.

Board of Directors  
  • Howard Arnett, Karnopp Petersen LLP
  • Larry Brisbee, Brisbee & Stockton
  • Jeffrey Edelson, Markowitz Herbold et al
  • Brien Flanagan, Schwabe Williamson Wyatt (Secretary)
  • Gerry Gaydos, Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop
  • Ron Greenman, Tonkon Torp (Treasurer)
  • Ed Harnden, Barran Liebman
  • Henry Hewitt, Stoel Rives
    (Emeritus Member)
  • Nicholas Kampars, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Elizabeth Knight, Dunn Carney Allen (President)
  • Frank Langfitt III, Ater Wynne
  • Michael D Levelle, Sussman Shank LLP (OSB President Position)
  • Eric Lindauer, Mediation & Arbitration (Emeritus Member)
  • Keil Mueller, Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter
  • Jennifer Nicholls, Brophy Schmor LLP (OSB ONLD/MBA YLS Position)
  • Darcy Norville, Tonkon Torp
  • M. Kathryn Olney, SAIF Corporation
  • Jane Paulson, Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys
  • Traci Ray, Barran Liebman (Oregon Law Foundation Position)
  • Vicki Smith, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky
  • Andrea Thompson, Stoel Rives LLP 
  • Mark Wada, Farleigh Wada Witt
  • Ira Zarov

Advisory Committee

Trudy Allen
Howard G Arnett
Hon Thomas A Balmer
Hon Suzanne Bonamici
Ernest Bonyhadi
Hon David V Brewer
Larry A Brisbee
Thomas W Brown
Hon Kate Brown
Hon Neil R Bryant
Barry P Caplan
Jeff J Carter
Linda D Clingan
Charles E Corrigan
Laurie E Craghead
Sarah J Crooks
William B Crow
Keith C Cunningham-Parmeter
William V Deatherage
Timothy S DeJong
Emi A Donis
Michael Dotten
Michelle S Druce
Jeffrey M Edelson
Amy Edwards
Paul R Ehrlich
Ernest E Estes
Kathleen A Evans
Linda K Eyerman
Brien J Flanagan
Eric R Foster
Norma S Freitas
Mark A Friel
John C Gartland
Gerry Gaydos
Hon Timothy C Gerking
Peter H Glade
Phil Goldsmith
S Ward Greene

Ronald L Greenman
Michael E Haglund
Jessica T Hamilton
Edwin A Harnden
James D Hennings
Henry H Hewitt
Jason Hirshon
Hon Mary James
Nicholas A Kampars
Dennis C Karnopp
Paul J Kelly, Jr
Keith A Ketterling
Elizabeth C Knight
James L Knoll
Peter H Koehler, Jr
Hon Tina Kotek
Wayne D Landsverk
Frank V Langfitt, III
Steven D Larson
Lisa M LeSage
Rodney E Lewis, Jr
Eric B Lindauer
Ann Lininger
Merv Loya
Don H Marmaduke
Susan D Marmaduke
William H Martin
Donald W McCann
Albert A Menashe
Sonia A Montalbano
Joel A Mullin
Hon Hardy Myers
Hon Adrienne C Nelson
William F Nessly, Jr
Darcy M Norville
Mary J Oberst
Prof Margaret L Paris
Beverly Pearman
J Adam Peterson

Stephen V Piucci

Guy A Randles
Traci Ray
Lawrence H Reichman
Cecil A Reniche-Smith
Peter C Richter
Hon Ellen Rosenblum
Laura Salerno Owens
Daniel P Santos
Louis D Savage
Justin C Sawyer
Douglass H Schmor
Andrew M Schpak
Michael D Schrunk
Lane P Shetterly
Charmin B Shiely
Michael R Silvey
Hon Michael H Simon
Beth R Skillern
Vicki L Smith

Richard G Spier
N Robert Stoll
Cory Streisinger
Edward J Sullivan
Charles S Tauman
Valerie A Tomasi

Trung D Tu
E Walter Van Valkenburg
Michelle Vlach-Ing
Mark R Wada
James T Waldron
Christopher M Walters
Robert C Weaver, Jr
James N Westwood
Michael L Williams
Charles R Williamson
Hon Robert Wollheim
Theresa L Wright
Hon Merri Souther Wyatt
Richard S Yugler
Ira Zarov