PLAN, Inc. Board of Directors


Current members of the PLAN Board of Directors

The corporate bylaws of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. mandate the composition and selection of individuals who serve as the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Board of Directors. There are a total of thirteen (13) directors authorized, to be appointed in the following manner:

  1. Attorney Appointments. Five attorney directors appointed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association;
  2. Client or Community Representative Appointments. Four client or community representative directors, two appointed by the Clients’ Council of Pennsylvania and two appointed by the Pennsylvania State Welfare Rights Organization.  At least one of the two directors from each of these appointing agencies must be a person who, at the time of appointment is eligible to be a client of legal services as defined by the Legal Services Corporation;
  3. Pennsylvania Project Directors’ Corporation Appointment. One director appointed by the Pennsylvania Project Directors Corporation, representing the member programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; and
  4. PLAN, Inc. Board of Director Appointments. Three directors appointed by the PLAN, Inc. Board of Directors, selected to  represent other interests which will be beneficial to the purposes of PLAN, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.  

Each appointing agency shall take into account the need for diversity in the composition of the Board of Directors, including racial, gender, geographical and institutional diversity.

Members usually are eligible to serve a maximum of two four-year terms, however, a  member appointed to complete the unexpired term of another member may serve two full four-year terms following the completion of the unexpired term. Members who are officers of the corporation at the time their term expires may remain on the Board until the next election of officers.

The current members of the PLAN, inc. Board of Directors are:  

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Board of Directors

Board Officers

President: Wesley R. Payne, IV, Esq.
President-Elect: James P. DeAngelo, Esq. 
Secretary: Marsha W. Mathis
Treasurer: Jay W. Alberstadt, Jr., Esq.
President Emeritus: The Honorable Chester T. Harhut

 Pennsylvania Bar Association

Jay W. Alberstadt, Jr., Esq.
MacDonald Illig
100 State Street, Suite 700
Erie, PA  16507
Term 3/2013 - 3/2017

James P. DeAngelo, Esq.
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
100 Pine Street, P. O. Box 1166
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1166
Term 3/2010 - 3/2014

The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
5059 Family Law Center
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Term: 3/2014 - 3/2018

The Honorable Kate Harper, Esq.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
210 Ryan Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120, or
1515 Dekalb Pike, Suite 106
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Term: 3/2012 - 3/2016

Wesley R. Payne, Esq.
White and Williams, LLP
1800 One Liberty Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Term 3/2011 - 3/2015


Client Council of Pennsylvania

Justine Boatwright
York, PA 17404
Term 3/2006 - 3/2010*

Linda Morris
Johnstown, PA 15906
Term 3/2008 - 3/2012*

Pennsylvania Welfare Rights Organization

Marsha White Mathis
PA Welfare Rights Organization
1231 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Term 3/2011 - 3/2015

Bruce Perry
PA Welfare Rights Organization
1231 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Term 3/2010 - 3/2015

Pennsylvania Project Directors

Elizabeth Wood Fritsch, Esq.
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
625-627 Swede Street 
Norristown, PA 19401
Term 3/2011 - 3/2015


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Board

The Honorable Chester T. Harhut
Senior Judge, Lackawanna County
Court of Common Pleas
Lackawanna County Courthouse
200 N. Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Term: 3/2012 - 2/2016

The Honorable Gerald A. McHugh, Jr.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
601 Market Street, Room 5918
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797
Term:  3/2011-3/2015

Pennsylvania Legal
Aid Network, Inc. Board

*Continuing to serve per PLAN, Inc. bylaws until new appointment