David Blaner

David Blaner
Executive Director

Mr. Blaner is responsible for the overall operation of the ACBA, and ACBF. He is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with the legal community that the bar serves, including the judicial community. He directs ACBA activities and plans for future growth. He also oversees the financial condition of the organizations.


Lorrie Albert

Lorrie Albert Esq.
Associate Executive Director

Ms. Albert is responsible for overseeing, managing, and administering the daily operations of the foundation and its fundraising activities, which include the endowment, Attorneys Against Hunger and dues check-off campaigns, and the Fellows, loans and scholarships, LRAP, and grants programs. She is also responsible for the Zittrian Forums speaker series and the annual golf tournament. Duties include strategic planning and marketing and implementation of long-range fundraising goals.


Ron Slavonic

Ron Slavonic
Director of Finance

Mr. Slavonic is responsible for overseeing the finance, accounting, and operations areas for the ACBA and ACBF.


Mallory Draisma

Mallory Draisma
Programs and Project Manager

Ms. Draisma manages and administers the annual programs and projects of the Foundation and assists the Associate Executive Director with fundraising activities and special events. In addition, she assists the Pro Bono Center Director in planning, implementing, and supporting legal aid efforts.


Barbara Griffin

Barbara Griffin Esq.
Director of the Pro Bono Center

Ms. Griffin develops, manages, and monitors programs that provide free legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County using staff and volunteer attorneys. She is responsible for developing educational programs and materials for volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and the general public, recruits and recognizes volunteers, and promotes pro bono initiatives to the bar and members of the community.

Patricia Jones

Patricia Jones Esq.
Pro Bono Staff Attorney
Ms. Jones manages programs that deliver legal services to low-income individuals, as well as programs that match volunteer lawyers with low-income individuals in need of legal representation. Ms. Jones is primarily responsible for managing the Divorce Law Project, which uses staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys and law student interns to represent low-income individuals seeking simple, uncontested divorces.


Cathy Volponi

Juvenile Court Project
Cathy Volponi Esq.
Phone: 412-391-4467

Ms. Volponi is the Director of the Juvenile Court Project. The Juvenile Court Project represents indigent parents in Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases in Allegheny County. The Juvenile Court Project provides an interdisciplinary model of parent representation that includes in addition to courtroom representation attendance with or on behalf of clients at various meetings with family service providers.