Ana Maria C.B. Bondoc is a staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project. She was formerly a AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in 2017, as a part of the Veteran Legal Corps. She attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D., 2016), where she was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and an officer in the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 2012).
Coco Culhane is the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches the Veterans’ Rights Clinic. She sits on the New York State Discharge Upgrade Advisory Board, is a founding advisor to the NYC Veterans Alliance, and is a member of the Veterans’ Mental Health Coalition Advisory Board. From 2011-2013 she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the CIGNA Foundation and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She has presented on veterans’ legal issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, social workers, and students at conferences across the country. Culhane received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the symposium editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and president of the student health law association. Prior to law school she was an editor at The New Republic for six years. She received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University.
Curreen Luongo is the intake advocate at the Veteran Advocacy Project. Prior to working at VAP, she was a research assistant at the Center for Psychological Services in Fairfax, Virginia. Curreen spent a summer fellowship at National Defense University’s Military Fitness Lab at Fort McNair. There she aided research studies that examined mental health, quality of life, and resilience in servicemembers. Curreen has a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University.
Melissa A. Molfetas is the supervising attorney of the Veteran Advocacy Project. She is an adjunct professor in the Veterans Justice Clinic at New York Law School and a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Military Affairs & Justice Committee. Before joining VAP, Melissa was the coordinating attorney of the Veteran’s Practice at the New York Legal Assistance Group where she trained staff and pro bono volunteers and represented veterans in benefits and housing matters. From 2014 – 2016 Melissa served as an Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow at Legal Assistance of Western New York. From 2008 – 2016, Melissa played saxophone in the 42nd Infantry Division Band of the NY Army National Guard. She was a Filene Music Scholar at Skidmore College and received her B.A. in Government & Dance in 2008. She received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2014, where she was a member of the Trial Team and Moot Court.
Christopher Schmitt is a staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project. His work focuses on discharge upgrades and record corrections. Prior to working at VAP, Christopher was a litigation associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Boston, MA. While in Boston, he was a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Veterans Committee and worked with various Boston-based veterans organizations, including Massachusetts Fallen Heroes and Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Christopher is a United States Army veteran, with his duty assignments including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in 2005, and received his J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2014.