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Our Team

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Sandra González


Sandra González joined DRNC in August 2019 as an investigator/advocate for the investigations and monitoring unit. She has a personal and professional connection with people w…

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Desireé Gorbea-Finalet

Project Manager (contract position)

Desireé Gorbea-Finalet, MA joined Disability Rights North Carolina in September 2021 as the Traumatic Brain Injury Justice Initiative project manager. Her work focuses on dev…

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Lisa Grafstein

Litigation Counsel

Lisa Grafstein joined DRNC in 2011 and served the agency with distinction as legal director 2014 – 2020. In her role as litigation counsel, she focuses on developing strategic leg…

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Iris Peoples Green

Director of Constituent Services

Iris People Green joined DRNC when it became the state’s Protection & Advocacy agency in 2007. In 2019, Green took on the challenge to lead the agency’s emergency management a…

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Lucy Hatchell


Lucy Hatchell joined DRNC in 2015 as a disability law fellow on the education team. After her fellowship, she stayed on as a valued member of the team working to resolve special educ…

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Curtis Hill


Curtis Hill joined DRNC in April 2019 as an advocate for the agency’s emergency management and disaster relief efforts where he assisted people with disabilities affected by Hur…

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Chris Hodgson

Supervising Attorney

Chris has practiced law since 2015, starting as a Disability Law Fellow on the former CAT. Since then, he has successfully represented clients in state hearings, before the EEOC,…

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Sarah Hoffman

Equal Justice Works Fellow

(sponsored by American Tire Distributors) Sarah Hoffman joined DRNC in September 2021 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Her work focuses on understanding how NC prisons treat pe…

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Mellonee Kennedy


Mellonee Kennedy joined Disability Rights North Carolina in May 2021 as an Attorney. Her work focuses on Medicaid Appeals for the purpose of maintaining people in their homes and…

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Jolona Kinlaw


Jolona Kinlaw joined Disability Rights North Carolina in August of 2022 as an Advocate on the Education Team. She holds a bachelors in Psychology from East Carolina University an…

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Emma Kinyanjui

Legal Director

Emma Kinyanjui joined DRNC in 2016. She held the position of Supervising Attorney for the Community Inclusion Team until 2020 when she was promoted to Legal Director. In this cap…


Andrea Langlois


Andrea Langlois, a native of Raleigh, N.C., joined DRNC in 2018. Her work focused on advocacy and investigation within the education system until 2020, when she joined the invest…

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Nicholas Lett

Advocate/Paralegal, NCCP

Nick Lett was born and raised in Sanford, NC, where his family owned and operated Lee Builder Mart for three generations. He received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington an…

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Virginia Knowlton Marcus

Chief Executive Officer

Virginia Knowlton Marcus joined DRNC in September 2018. She is a nationally recognized disability rights attorney who has been advocating for disability rights at the federal,…

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Tadra Martin

Supervising Attorney

Tadra Martin joined DRNC in 2015 and leads the intake team. Although originally from South Carolina, Martin is a proud Tar Heel. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Univer…

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