Board of Directors

SacLEGAL holds its board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month.  Email for more details. 

Meet our 2019 Board of Directors:

 Lexi Purich Howard (Co-Chair)


Lexi is a Lobbyist/Public Policy Consultant & Advocate for the California Advocates, Inc. She has experience in advocacy and public policy before the California State Legislature and state agencies, representing a variety of clients with emphasis in real estate, the judiciary, notaries public, immigration, and other trade association and corporate interests. From 1985 until 2011 Lexi worked for a national title insurance and financial services firm and is a subject matter expert in title insurance, escrow/settlement, commercial and industrial sale, purchase, and financing; multi-parcel land trust and conservation easement transactions; and residential and personal property transfers. A graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Lexi received the school's Outstanding Student Service Award, served as President of the McGeorge Government Affairs Student Association, and as Board member for the McGeorge Lambda Law Students Association and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Lexi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. 

Ashley Harvey (Co-Chair) 


Ashley is a Deputy District Attorney for Yolo County, focusing on consumer fraud, environmental protection, and civil cannabis enforcement. Ashley has intensive experience in event coordination and management and she still helps coordinate weddings when the time allows. Environmentally friendly practices and products is a passion of Ashley's and she continually strives for an eco-conscious lifestyle.

Heather Thomas (Secretary)

Heather is a health care attorney with the California Department of Managed Health Care, where she advises DMHC offices and DMHC executive management on complex matters of legislation, statutory and regulatory interpretation, and policy. This is Heather's second year on the SacLegal board. She has also served on the boards of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association and the Camellia Symphony Orchestra. When she is not lawyering, Heather can often be found playing violin with the Camellia Symphony, the Auburn Symphony, and other area groups.

James Tiehm (Treasurer)


James is an attorney working for the Family Law division of the Sacramento County Superior Court. He has served as SacLegal's Treasurer in the last four years, ensuring that SacLegal has funds to support its mission and goals.

Kathleen Finnerty

Kathleen ("Kathi") is the proprietor of Finnerty Law Offices, Inc., specializing in business litigation and ADA defense. She is a founding member of SacLegal. She is SacLegal's liaison to various community organizations and its lead representative to the Court-Clergy Conference of Sacramento County.

Andi Mudryk

Andi is the Chief Counsel at the California Department of Rehabilitation, which provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.  She graduated with honors in 1989 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and has extensive experience litigating a variety of discrimination and disability-related claims.  She is admitted to practice law in California, Arizona, and Michigan.  Andi has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations, having served as the Deputy Director of Disability Rights California and on the boards of directors of the Legal Aid Association of California and the National Disability Rights Network.

On a personal note, Andi is a person with a disability and has been a member of the LGBTQ community for 35 years.  Andi has recently found the courage to come out as a transgender person and has begun her transition.

Michael Rhoads


Michael works for the California Supreme Court as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, and has been a board member of SacLegal since 2018. He previously worked as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the California Attorney General’s Office, and as a Graduate Law Clerk for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He is an adjunct professor and moot court coach at UC Hastings, and has been an adjunct professor for the University of San Diego Law School and McGeorge School of Law. Michael is a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, and enjoys hiking and exploring Sacramento with his partner and their golden retriever.

Emmanuel Salazar


Emmanuel works at the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General charged with investigating and prosecuting government health care fraud. Emmanuel also serves as SacLegal's liaison to Sacramento's Unity Bar and Court-Clergy Conference. He is the 2019 President of the Sacramento Filipino American Lawyers Association ("SacFALA"). Emmanuel is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law and is dedicated to maintain and improve the leadership pipeline of attorneys from underrepresented groups. Emmanuel enjoys traveling and tennis. He is currently the captain of SacLegal's and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's softball team, the Black Sheep.

John Tan

John has been a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California since June 2011, working in the Health rights unit in the Sacramento office. He is currently the acting program manager for HICAP Services of Northern California, which provides counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, he is an instructor for UC Davis School of Law's Lawyering Practice curriculum.

Les Swizer (McGeorge Law Student Representative)

Sabrina Etcheverry (UC Davis Law Student Representative)