BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy has practiced immigration law for twenty years as a sole practitioner. She earned an A.B. in English from U.C. Berkeley and graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. After clerking for Chief Justice William A. Holohan of the Arizona Supreme Court, she was a prosecutor for the City of Phoenix, a staff attorney with the Urban Indian Law Office of Community Legal Services in Phoenix, a managing attorney for the Douglas office of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, and a hearing officer with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. While at SALA, she lead a drive to establish the first domestic violence shelter in Douglas (housed in a former drug tunnel building). She won a four-year battle to prevent the deportation of four honors high school students (the Wilson 4) who were racially profiled and detained near Niagara Falls in 2002 while they were competing at a school-sponsored solar boat competition. Judy loves to hike, cook, visit art galleries and museums, contradance, attend meetings, and visit her far-flung family.
ERIN SCHARFF VICE CHAIR
Erin is an Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. At ASU, she teaches Federal Income Tax, State and Local Tax, and Torts. She writes about state and local tax law and local government law. Her work has appeared in the Tax Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the NYU Law Review.
Before law school, Erin worked in Washington, D.C. as an advocate and research analyst on housing, health care, and tax policy. In 2007 and 2008, she traveled the country working for Obama for America. She has been a volunteer income tax assistant tax preparer in both D.C. and San Francisco. Erin grew up in Phoenix. Both of her paternal grandparents came here as refugees, as did her maternal grandfather. She thinks all of her grandparents would be proud of her work with PLAN.
SEAN BERENS TREASURER
Sean is an attorney at Fennemore Craig, P.C., where he focuses on commercial real estate transactions and has been active in pro bono immigration matters. Sean grew up in Arizona and is passionate about creating and contributing to a community of lawyers who look out for the rights of all of their neighbors in the Valley. This includes tapping the skills and energy of transactional attorneys who might not yet know how helpful they can be. Sean went to the University of Southern California for undergrad and received his J.D. from Columbia. He is also a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.
Sean is (slowly) improving his Spanish and working to cut down on the time he spends hate-reading Twitter.
Greg came to Phoenix in 2016 to attend law school at ASU. After graduating in May 2019, he will work as a staff attorney for the Florence Project, where he previously served as the Equality Arizona LGBTQ intern in summer 2018. While this is his first board position, he has been employed as the board liaison for the Committee to Protect Journalists in NYC, and worked closely with the board as the Project Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in DC. After college, Greg was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study the Uyghur language in Central Asia. Greg also speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and enjoys listening to pop music and watching TV dramas to keep up his language skills.
Whitney is an associate attorney at Curiel & Runion LLC, where she focuses on personal injury and wrongful death. She served as the YLD Liaison for the Immigration Law Section Executive Council and is a second term board member for the Arizona chapter of the American Constitution Society, where she helps organize events and panel discussions focused on issues like voting rights, the MeToo movement, private prisons, etc. She earned a BA in English and Women and Gender Studies from ASU, as well as a JD from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. Whitney loves animals, especially her dog, Scooter, and enjoys dancing, hiking, and creating new recipes.
Born in Arizona and raised in Phoenix, Liz is the proud daughter of immigrant parents with Southern México Indigenous roots. She is the first in her family to attend and graduate from Arizona State University. Liz's passion is civic engagement. She understands that every voice matters and that when we engage communities, we must address the issues that impact them, their values, and their families. Liz puts that into practice in her role as Field Director with the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where she is focused on 2020 local voter turnout in Arizona. Liz also serves on the Los Diablos Scholarship executive board as the VP of Communications. Liz loves to travel to new places and live the local experience. She finds joy in organizing her home, her four plants, and spending time with her four pets.
LORI DENNEHY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lori joins PLAN with a background in law, leadership development, social justice activism, and nonprofit management. Born and raised in Arizona, she earned both her BA and JD at ASU, graduating from law school in 2008. Lori became passionate about leadership and social justice by volunteering with Anytown Leadership programs for many years, and carried that experience into her career. After just a few years in the legal profession, she made an early career shift toward philanthropic work, and spent the next decade building, managing, and fundraising for community-serving nonprofit organizations. Having also navigated the immigration system firsthand, Lori is personally invested in advancing justice for immigrants in Arizona. With her combination of experience in each of these areas, Lori's strategic leadership enables PLAN to work toward its mission with a holistic, progressive approach, in collaboration with stakeholders from all angles. She is a nature lover, dog mom of two, long time minimalist, and whole-food-plant-based nutrition enthusiast.