Our Team

        Betsey Crimmins:

BcrimminsBetsey has been a Senior Attorney in the Elder, Health & Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services for 27 years. Her elder law practice covers a wide variety of legal topics including MassHealth, housing, public benefits, nursing home law, and consumer issues. In addition, she created the Elder Abuse Prevention Project of Greater Boston Legal Services and has a specific interest in geriatric mental health issues. She is a member of the Massachusetts Elder Advocacy Coalition, the Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition, the Elder Mental Health Collaborative, the Boston Bar Association, and is a founding member of the Elder Law Project at the Women’s Bar Foundation. She was also awarded “Innovator of the Year,” along with Susan Carp of the Arlington Elder  Abuse Task Force, in June 2015 by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging.

Connect with Betsey at bcrimmins@gbls.org

       Sheba Varughese:

blog-pic Sheba joined GBLS in Fall 2016 as an Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. She was born in Boston and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She served as the Secretary/ Volunteering Chair for the Public Interest Law Association; Co-Chair for the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee; Secretary for the Minority Student Association; Social Chair for the Criminal Law Society; and Staff Writer for Sexual Violence Legal News, under the Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project. Her service as an Honors Judicial Intern for the Honorable Associate Justice, Stephen M. Limon in the Juvenile Court left an undeniable compassion and zeal to prevent vulnerable communities from all forms of abuse, abandonment, and/ or neglect.

Connect with Sheba at svarughese@gbls.org

Jovanda Spain:

Jovanda joined GBLS in Fall, 2016 as a volunteer for the Children’s Disability Project where she worked under the supervision of Attorney Taramattie Doucette. As a volunteer, she demonstrated her dedication and compassion for working with vulnerable clients in the Greater Boston area. In Fall, 2017 she was awarded the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship. She was born in Charleston, SC and raised in Chesapeake, VA. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in law at Old Dominion University and J.D. at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Jovanda has dedicated her entire law career to helping low income families in need of legal services. She served as a Clerk for the Honorable Patrick Stanton in Brockton Probate and Family Court. She then interned at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Housing Discrimination Unit. She served as a 3:03 Certified Education Advocacy Attorney while attending law school where she helped clients with school rated legal issues. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Women of Color Association, and the American Bar Association. Jovanda truly cares about her clients and the problems which low income and disabled individuals face in society.

Connect with Jovanda at  jspain@gbls.org

John Harrington:

JohnJohn is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He attended college at Vanderbilt University and then obtained a masters in history from Brown University. He served in the federal government for six years before attending law school at the University of Tennessee. He then clerked for Judge Charles Susano, Jr. of the Tennessee Court of Appeals before practicing at a firm for three years. From 1998 to 2013 he served as in-house counsel at Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in Nashville, TN and Indianapolis, IN. He moved to Boston in 2013 to marry his long-time partner Jan and has worked as a volunteer at GBLS since February 2014.

Connect with John at jharrington@gbls.org


Sheila Gholkar:

Sheila is IMG_1247currently a volunteer with the Elder Abuse Prevention Project. From 2013-2015, she worked at GBLS in the Elder, Health & Disability Unit and received a fellowship through the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging. Sheila’s fellowship project focused on elder abuse and financial exploitation litigation. She is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston and serves as a liaison for the Boston Bar Association’s sections for New Lawyers and Delivery of Legal Services.

Emily Crim:

imageEmily is currently an Associate Attorney at Mirick O’Connell and a guest blogger for the Elder Abuse Prevention Project. Prior to joining Mirick O’Connell, Emily worked at Greater Boston Legal Services as an attorney from 2014-2015, following a year-long internship with GBLS’ Elder, Health & Disability Unit. Emily earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2014. During law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.

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