Staff & Board of Directors



Edward J. Hoort, Interim Director


Mr. Hoort graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with his JD in 1975. Prior to joining CCJ, Mr. Hoort was the Executive Director of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, a position which he held for 29 years. He has worked in the legal services arena for 40 years. He has been counsel in over 50 state wide class actions and has been instrumental in legislative changes in domestic relations, public benefits, housing, nursing home rights, and consumer issues. Mr. Hoort continues to teach Non-Profit Administration courses at University of Michigan and has done so for the past 14 years. Mr. Hoort formed CCJ in 1995 when federal restrictions prohibited legal services programs from undertaking many types of advocacy on behalf of the poor.


Lysa Postula-Stein, Staff Attorney


For seven years, Ms. Postula-Stein was "the only female securities attorney in Michigan". She helped hundreds of retirees reclaim their life's savings from Wall Street. She also served for six years on the State Bar of Mich. Standing Committee on Character and Fitness, was a State of Mich. Court of Appeals Prehearing Attorney, and was a long-term Intern for the US District Court in Chicago. During that time, Ms. Postula-Stein served eleven years on the state board of the Women Lawyers Assoc. of Mich., culminating in its Presidency. In her capacity as a Nonprofit Development Consultant, she served in leadership roles for several community-based organizations. Ms. Postula-Stein obtained her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000 and her AB in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Residential College in 1997. Se habla Espanol.

Mary Vizcarra, Health Advocate


Ms. Vizcarra graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan-Flint. She was previously the Food and Nutrition Program Coordinator at CCJ. She has been with CCJ since 2002. Se habla Espanol.



Due to legal requirements of one of CCJ’s major funding sources, 50% of CCJ’s Board of Directors must be attorneys. If you are interested in potentially serving on the board, please send a letter to

Executive Committee:

  • Bruce Petrick, President, Attorney, Underground Railroad, Saginaw County

  • Antwan Edson, Secretary, Consumer Representative, Genesee County

Board Members:


  • George Heron, Retired, former Director United Way of Bay County, Bay County

  • Karen Webster, C.P.A.  Vice-President, AXA Advisors, LLC, Saginaw County

  • Ravi Yalamanchi, Metro Community Development, Genesee County

  • Charles Grossman, Attorney, Genesee County


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