Staff

Trish McAllister

Executive Director

Trish McAllister

Executive Director

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Trish McAllister has over 20 years of experience in the access to justice field.  Prior to joining the Commission, she served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a non-profit pro bono legal service provider.  She also worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid where she was a regional team leader for the family law division handling domestic violence cases and then acting branch manager.  Prior to life as an attorney, she worked in the health care field as an executive of a tertiary care hospital in South Carolina and subsequently developed a subsidiary company for a national anesthesia group in Atlanta. 

Trish holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston School of Law and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University.

Nikita Desai

Program Coordinator

Nikita Desai

Program Coordinator

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Nikita Desai joined the Texas Access to Justice Commission as a Project Coordinator in March 2017. With a background in digital media, she manages the Commission’s social media and graphic design, and provides support for various initiatives.

Nikita holds a degree in psychology from Rice University.

Kaitlyn Eberhardt

Project Coordinator

Kaitlyn Eberhardt

Project Coordinator

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Kaitlyn Eberhardt serves as a Project Coordinator for the Commission and the State Bar’s Legal Access Division. Her previous experience includes content development and project management work with Austin Monthly, NaturallyCurly, and National Instruments.

Kaitlyn holds a degree in Public Relations and a Business Foundations Certificate from The University of Texas at Austin.

Marni Fidler

Office Manager

Marni Fidler

Office Manager

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Marni Fidler serves as the Office Manager for the Commission and the State Bar’s Legal Access Division.  She previously worked as the Assistant Business Manager for Alpha Media in Peoria, Illinois.  Marni brings with her more than 25 years of administrative and event planning experience. A native Illinoisan and new “Austinite”, she is eager to grow some Texas roots.

Marni holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Finance from Illinois Central College and a certification as a Professional Event Planner.

Cathryn Ibarra

Civil Justice Attorney

Cathryn Ibarra

Civil Justice Attorney

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Cathryn Ibarra joined the Commission as a Civil Justice Attorney after working with the Legal Access Division of the State Bar of Texas to develop and support initiatives designed to improve the quality and quantity of access to justice for low-income people in Texas. Prior to working at the Bar, she pursued her passion for policy work as a legislative aide for Senator John Whitmire.

Cathryn received a B.A. in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in California before returning to Texas to study law at St. Mary’s University.

Catherine Galloway

Development and Communications Manager

Catherine Galloway

Development and Communications Manager

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Catherine Galloway is the Development and Communications Manager at the Texas Access to Justice Commission.  Prior to working as the Development and Communications Manager, she worked as a program developer for the Commission and the Legal Access Division of the State Bar and with the Communications Division and the Executive Department of the State Bar of Texas.

Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas State University.

Kristen Levins

Civil Justice Attorney

Kristen Levins

Civil Justice Attorney

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Kristen Levins joined the Texas Access to Justice Commission as a staff attorney in March of 2013. She began her law career with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on juvenile justice reform, and worked as an child support enforcement attorney in Mississippi before joining the Commission.  

Kristen is a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law and Mississippi State University.

Marie Loeffelholz

Program Developer

Marie Loeffelholz

Program Developer

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Marie Loeffelholz is a program developer who will be handling several of the Commission’s projects. Her previous experience includes work with Conservation Colorado in Denver and the Texas Legislative Council here in Austin, as well as two internships with Great River Greening and the Sierra Club North Star Chapter in Minnesota. 

Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota Morris and a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law.