SacLEGAL holds its board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month. Email [email protected] for more details.
Meet our 2019 Board of Directors:
Andi Mudryk (Co-Chair)
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 (Co-Chair)
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.
AJ Wipfler (Secretary)
Anna James (AJ) is a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. AJ has also clerked for the Honorable Todd M. Hughes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and previously served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. AJ graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law where he authored a law review article advocating removing sex from the legal portion of U.S. birth certificates as a way to promote self-defined gender identity. After many years of city hopping, AJ is delighted to be back in his home state of California where he and his partner and their two dogs can enjoy gardening, hiking, and soaking in the sun year round.
John Tan (Treasurer)
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.
Ashley is a Deputy District Attorney for Yolo County, focusing on consumer fraud and environmental protection. Ashley has served on SacLegal's Board of Directors since 2018 and as Co-Chair from 2019-2020. Before moving to Sacramento, Ashley worked for an environmental nonprofit in Washington, D.C., where she moved after completing law school in her home state of Florida. Ashley has intensive experience in event coordination and management. Environmentally friendly practices and products is a passion of Ashley's and she continually strives for an eco-conscious lifestyle.
Lexi Purich Howard
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.
Anna Lisa Thomas
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.
Ashley Silva-Guzman (McGeorge Law Student Representative)
Natalie Hughes (UC Davis Law Student Representative)