Rachel Spears, Executive Director
Rachel Epps Spears was hired as the Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta in 2005 when the organization was founded. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rachel was an associate in the public finance department at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rachel serves as Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Nonprofit Law Section and is a member of the Public Interest Executive Roundtable of the Atlanta Bar Association. She has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and the Daily Report’s On the Rise attorneys. In 2014, she received the EPIC Inspiration Award: Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need awarded by Emory University.
An Atlanta native, Rachel graduated from Davidson College in 1993 with a degree in Political Science and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997. She lives in Morningside with her husband, two daughters and one very lazy lab mix.
Robyn Miller, Corporate/Tax Counsel
Robyn has more than 20 years of corporate and tax-exempt law experience, including six years at Ernst & Young working primarily in the nonprofit arena. While at Ernst & Young, she worked in the National Tax-Exempt Organizations Group located in Washington, D.C. and worked with large non-profit organizations nationwide. She also created tax-exempt research and solution tools for Ernst & Young professionals to use in assisting their tax-exempt clients. In addition, she has given speeches nationwide on a variety of tax-exempt-related issues.
Prior to working at Ernst & Young, she practiced law for five years in Washington, D.C. including litigation, corporate and tax work. While in D.C., she organized a pro bono program for one of her firms to provide ongoing legal representation to six non-profit organizations. She has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and she led a nonprofit in New York City while attending law school.
As a part time staff attorney for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Robyn provides direct legal services to non-profit organizations as well as serves as a resource to Pro Bono Partnership’s volunteer attorneys and non-profit clients. She also coordinates our Nonprofit Legal Check Up, works to educate lawyers and clients on non-profit legal issues, and recruits volunteer attorneys, with a focus on recruiting in-house lawyers.
Robyn is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
She lives in Milton, GA with her husband Brian Henry, an attorney with The Coca-Cola Company, and their two children.
Lori Shapiro, Employment Counsel
Lori joined Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta in July 2014. As a part-time staff attorney for Pro Bono Partnership, Lori provides direct legal services to non-profit organizations, in addition to serving as a resource to Pro Bono Partnership’s volunteer attorneys and non-profit clients, and educating lawyers and clients on employment-related legal issues. She also coordinates monthly webcasts on legal issues of interest to Pro Bono Partnership’s non-profit clients.
Prior to joining Pro Bono Partnership, Lori practiced labor, employment and benefits law for more than 20 years, both as a law firm partner and as in-house corporate counsel. As an associate and then a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, she represented national and international corporate clients in all aspects of employment law and litigation. Starting in 2000, she moved her career in-house, first as General Counsel for Employment Learning Innovations, Inc. (“ELI”), a training company that provided labor and employment law training courses, and then as labor, employment and benefits counsel with Graphic Packaging International, Inc., an international paperboard packaging company. Throughout her career, Lori has had the opportunity to assist clients with a wide variety of corporate legal matters, including matters involving labor and employment law and litigation, employee benefits, intellectual property, licensing (including software licensing), non-compete and confidentiality agreements, OSHA issues, and general contracting.
In addition to her experience teaching her corporate clients about the law in her in-house positions, Lori is an adjunct professor, teaching labor law classes, in the Employment Law LLM program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. She also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, and the Center for Advanced Studies Foundation at Wheeler High School, and has previously served on non-profit boards throughout her career.
Lori received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law. She graduated from Brandeis University cum laude with a B.A. in Politics and European Cultural Studies. She lives in Marietta with her husband, Cary Goldenthal, who is a Vice President with Aetna, her two children, and her dog, a schnoodle named Star.
Laura Hennighaussen, Program and Development Manager
Laura joined Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta in October 2012 after working three years as the Registration Coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. As Program and Development Manager, she is responsible for recruiting and screening new clients for PBPA and fundraising for the organization.
Laura holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Georgia as well as a graduate certificate in Grant Writing from Emory University and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.
She was recognized as a member of the 30 Under 30 Nonprofit Leaders by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in 2013 and volunteers with a variety of local nonprofit organizations including BurnAway.org. Laura lives in southwest Atlanta with her fiancé, three cats and a deaf pitbull named Layla.
Jill Deane, Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Jill is responsible for reviewing the status of ongoing legal matters and ensuring that PBPA’s volunteers and clients have a positive experience. In addition to coordinating PBPA’s workshops, webcasts and Nonprofit Legal Check-Up events, Jill prepares and circulates PBPA’s monthly Volunteer Opportunities and Nonprofit Notes.
Jill has over seven years of non-profit management experience from her previous positions. She was the Program Manager for the Georgian Chamber Players, and before that the Program Coordinator for Franklin Pond Chamber Music. She has also worked as a professional organizer, an office manager, and a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines.
Jill received her B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Georgia. She is an Atlanta native who lives with her husband and two sons in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.
Lola Ibitoye, Office Manager
Lola joined the staff as Office Manager in January 2011.
Prior to joining Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Lola received her B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of West Georgia. She has served as Program Assistant for the American Friends Service Committee and Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta.
Lola is an active member of Amnesty International USA and performs volunteer work for them on a regional and national level.