Board of Directors


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Dennis Abrams

Board President

Dennis Abrams, Esq. a co-founder of Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, is the Senior Trial Partner with the Philadelphia medical malpractice firm of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. Dennis is recognized as a top Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer, having been chosen by his colleagues as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer as well as receiving the honor of membership to The National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 and The American Society of Legal Advocates. He is also recognized as a top Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer by Main Line Today.

Dennis joined Lowenthal in 1986 after serving under Attorney General Dick Thornburgh in the criminal environmental section. Prior to joining Thornburgh, Dennis served with the Attorney General of West Virginia, beginning as an Assistant Attorney and working his way up to Deputy Attorney General.

Dennis obtained his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law.



Maryann Modesti

Board Vice President

Maryann Q. Modesti, Esq.  founded the Law Office of Maryann Q. Modesti, PC
in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania in 2008, concentrating the practice in family law
and employment law.
Maryann Modesti is a member of the Bars of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States. Maryann is currently Vice President of the Board of Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (CLCP)and has been a member and officer of many non-profit boards in the past.
Maryann has been a child advocate both in Philadelphia and in Montgomery Counties, having assisted in development of MCAP, the Montgomery County Child Advocacy program. Maryann has presented programs to Christian lawyers, counselors and pastors relating to family law issues as these issues interact with other disciplines, has spoken at Women's Conferences and taught in Sunday Schools and other women's groups.


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James W. Cushing

Board Secretary

James W. Cushing, Esq. is an Associate at the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C. and a research attorney for Legal Research Incorporated. He earned a B.S. degree in Public Policy in 1999 from Pennsylvania State University and a J. D. degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002. He has been a practicing attorney since 2002, passed the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Over the course of his career, he has published over sixty (60) articles to date, and also maintains Judicial Support Blog. His articles are published in “The Legal Intelligencer,” the oldest law journal in the country, “The Legal Intelligencer Blog,” as well as “The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer,” the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Division publication, and “Upon Further Review,” an online publication, the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association


Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw  


Board Treasurer

Scott W. Shaw, Founder and President of Veritas Strategies. Scott founded Veritas Strategies in 1997 after many years as a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He received his MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BS degree from Vanderbilt University in math, business and economics. He played intercollegiate basketball and tennis at Vanderbilt, and continues to compete in the USTA. Scott lives in Bucks County and has been married to his wife Lynne for over 35 years. They have two grown children, Kate and Matt (who has now joined Scott at Veritas Strategies). Since 1997, Veritas Strategies has been using quantitative analysis rooted in the Biblical values of financial freedom, generosity, and contentment. Deeply rooted in Bucks County and the local Doylestown community, Veritas Strategies is also recognized as one of the leading financial planning and asset management firms in the Mid-Atlantic area.



Donna McVicker

Board Member

Donna McVicker is Drexel University’s Director of Provost Operations and Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Donna oversees all operations in the Office of the Provost, including the day-to-day supervision and coordination of administrative staff members. In addition, she assists the provost with a wide range of tasks and is instrumental in dealing with Drexel’s Board of Trustees and various VIPs who interface with the university. Most recently Donna served as Drexel’s point person for Ambassador Joe Torsella, who recently served as a visiting scholar, and she managed two of his public lectures, one at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and one on Drexel’s campus. Torsella, founding President and former CEO of the National Constitution Center and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform, is prepping for a bid for Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 2016. Donna, a mother of two, is a self-taught artist, enjoys playing golf, travelling, and serves as a member of her parish’s Good Samaritan Group. She holds a Master of Science in Human Services from Chestnut Hill College and is a Board Certified Human Services Practitioner. Donna lives in Ambler, PA.


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Diana Frazier



Board Member

Diana Frazier has worked in the non-profit sector of more than 30 years helping organizations meet strategic objectives through fund and product development, marketing, and operations management. She is currently the Director of Operations & Senior Client Manager for The Veritus Group, a consulting agency specializing in major and mid-level gift training and programs. She earned an MBA with a focus on global competencies, is a member of Cresheim Valley Church (PCA) in Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, and volunteers with CLCP’s Germantown clinic. Diana is the head of the development committee at CLCP.



Bernard Williams

Board Member

Bernard A. Williams, Esq. is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm Legis Group LLC, where he focuses his practice on business formations and transactions, contracts, employment law, and litigation. Before joining the Legis Group, he was owner and general counsel of More Likely To Succeed, Inc., an educational services company specializing in college counseling and test preparation. Prior to that, Bernard was a senior associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, located in Philadelphia, PA, where he served as lead counsel for small businesses engaged in litigation, and as a core member of teams representing the firm’s largest and most high-profile clients. Bernard is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Bernard received his bachelor's degree from American University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as staff editor and associate editor on the NYU Law Review.



Pastor Jose Salas

Board Member

Pastor Jose Salas, is a local community leader and pastor in Hunting Park. He works full time as a handyman/contractor as well. Jose has been involved at CLCP in every way. He came as a client, has been faithfully serving as a translator and chaplain at our Hunting Park Legal Clinic and now serves as a board member for CLCP. He lives in the Hunting Park area and his knowledge of the area is invaluable as CLCP seeks to follow the lead of local ministries and leaders. Jose has a passion for seeing justice and mercy in his community and seeing others encounter Jesus. 



Chelsea Edwards

Young Professionals Board Chair

Chelsea Edwards, recently finished her third year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She plans to serve as a judicial clerk for the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before pursuing a public interest career in service to immigrant clients.

During her time at Penn Law, Chelsea has researched health and human rights issues as a legal intern with Human Rights Watch in New York City, as well as provided direct legal services to immigrants in Philadelphia through work with the Nationalities Service Center, Friends of Farmworkers, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Chelsea became involved with CLCP when the South Philadelphia Clinic opened in 2012, and she continues to volunteer there and provide Spanish interpretation.

Chelsea holds a B.A. from Emory University in International Studies, Journalism, and Global Health. She and her husband live in South Philadelphia.