Paralegal, Benefits Unit
B.A., History, Mary Baldwin Women’s College, Staunton, Virginia (1971)
B.S., Biology, Mary Baldwin Women’s College, Staunton, Virginia (1971)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2nd bachelor’s degree candidate
Wendy worked at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) for over 30 years before the program joined with Legal Assistance of Central Mass. to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. She started work at WMLS as a VISTA volunteer in 1974, and worked for the next several years on food stamps issues. Wendy was then hired as a paralegal by WMLS in 1980. She specializes in assisting clients with public benefits issues, including food stamps, cash assistance benefits, unemployment, veterans services, social security, and Medicare. Wendy provides trainings with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on basic benefits and food stamps, has served on several advisory boards on issues impacting low-income clients, and has been on the board of directors of Hampshire Community Action Council. Wendy was the first paralegal to receive the Mass. Law Reform Institute’s Brainard award for tireless and exceptional advocacy in November 2013 .