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.


Diane McMillen

Diane McMillen
Assistant Executive Director

Ms. McMillen is responsible for overseeing the finance, accounting, and operations areas for the ACBA and ACBF.


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.


Jessica Pfauth

Richele Ward
Programs and Project Manager

Ms. Ward is responsible for managing and administering the annual programs and projects of the Foundation and assisting the Associate Executive Director with fundraising activities including the Golf Tournament. In addition, she assists with the Fellows program events, the campaign for Attorneys Against Hunger, and the Annual Report.


Jessica Pfauth

Jessica Pfauth
Development Assistant

Ms. Pfauth is responsible for providing assistance to the Foundation Programs and Projects Coordinator and the Foundation Associate Executive Director, assists with planning and implementation of special events, as well as facilitating appointments and meetings, and responsible for donor records maintenance and donor recognition. Ms. Pfauth also serves as liaison to the various committees of the ACBF.


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.


Mallory Draisma

Mallory Draisma
Pro Bono Center Legal Programs Coordinator

Ms. Draisma supports and manages the resources and implementation of programs provided by the Pro Bono Center. She is primarily responsible for engaging in outreach to the legal community to develop relationships, leverage resources, increase visibility, and enhance program delivery to clients.


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.