Staff

Liz McGrath photo Liz McGrath
Executive Director
evmcgrath@pegasuslaw.org
Elizabeth V. McGrath is the executive director of Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She graduated from Hampshire College in 1981 and the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1987. Ms. McGrath has spent her career working on behalf of individual children and youth, and advocating for legislative and policy changes that benefit children, youth and their care givers.

In 2003, Ms. McGrath founded Pegasus Legal Services for Children with Tara Ford. Ms. McGrath was instrumental in the conception, drafting, and passage of the 2001 Kinship Guardianship Act. She has taught at UNM School of Law as an adjunct professor, and has made many presentations around the state to youth, their care givers, and others who work on behalf of children and youth in New Mexico.

Ms. McGrath currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice. She lives in the North Valley, is married to Cameron Ferrante, has two daughters and three step sons, a black lab named Layla, and fifteen hens.

Tara Ford photo Tara Ford
Legal Director
tford@pegasuslaw.org
Tara Ford is the co-founder of Pegasus Legal Services for Children, a non-profit law firm serving children and their families in New Mexico. Tara has been involved in children’s legal issues for over twenty years. Before going to law school, she worked with children and families at Peanut Butter and Jelly Therapeutic Pre-School, an intensive interactive parenting program. She continued her focus on issues related to children, families and poverty while attending Stanford Law School, 1990-1993, including working with families whose children needed special education services in East Palo Alto. Tara has focused her career on issues impacting children, including special education, health care, mental health care and child welfare.

Tara is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences regarding the important role of education in children’s lives. She has often taught as an adjunct faculty at the UNM School of Law. She regularly works with state and community stakeholders to develop policies that support children in New Mexico.

Tara was awarded the 2004 Children’s Champion in Legal Advocacy from Parents for Behaviorally Different Children. In 2005 the State Bar of New Mexico recognized her for her “Outstanding Contribution to People with Disabilities.” In 2010 Tara was honored to receive the Patty Jennings Citizen Advocacy Award from New Mexico Voices for Children.

During Tara’s tenure as Co-Director, Pegasus Legal Services for Children was awarded the 2006 Justice Mary Walters Award from the UNM Women’s Law Caucus and the Henrietta Pettijohn award from the New Mexico Women’s Bar Foundation.

Tara is licensed to practice law in New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She has been recognized the National Association for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist since 2006.

Mariel Willow Mariel Willow
Program Director

Miriam Rea Miriam Rea
Staff Attorney
miriam@pegasuslaw.org
Miriam Rea grew up in El Paso, Texas. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota, Morris: Political Science and Latin American Studies. She attended Law School at the University of Minnesota.
Prior to her move to Pegasus, as a staff attorney, she worked at the University of New Mexico Global Education Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. Miriam is married and has two lovely little girls. She enjoys traveling, collecting masks from around the world. In addition to her love of reading Miriam loves the theatre and arts.

Jennifer E. Romero Jennifer E. Romero
Staff Attorney
jromero1@pegasuslaw.org
Jennifer E. Romero has been practicing law in New Mexico since 2002. She received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Her practice has been primarily in the area of criminal defense. She was a public defender from 2003-2012 and an adjunct professor with the University of New Mexico School of Law’s Criminal Law in Practice course from 2007-2011. Jennifer has also worked as a prosecutor and a staff attorney for the courts in the Thirteenth Judicial District. She is from northern New Mexico and raised her three children in Albuquerque.
Matthew Bernstein Matthew Bernstein
Staff Attorney
mbernstein@pegasuslaw.org
Matthew Bernstein is a Staff Attorney at Pegasus Legal Services for Children. He represents children in abuse/neglect and special education cases, and focuses on stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. He graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He holds a master’s degree in United States history from UNM, where his thesis focused on race relations and education, and a Level II New Mexico teacher’s license. Prior to attending law school, Matthew taught English, history, and economics at Amy Biehl High School in downtown Albuquerque.
Nicole Saunders Nicole Saunders
Paralegal
nicole@pegasuslaw.org
Nicole Saunders was born and raised in Oregon’s Central Coast. She came to New Mexico 8 years ago to be close to her family who runs a ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. From Cimarron, Nicole moved to Albuquerque so that she could pursue a degree in Paralegal studies. Nicole also wanted to her son, Isiah, to have increased opportunity for education and extracurricular activities. Prior to Pegasus Nicole worked at Philmont Scout Ranch as an Administrative Assistant. She also interned for Pegasus before completing her Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in 2015. Nicole recently married her sweetheart, Randy.
Cassandra Dennis Cassandra Dennis
Office Administrator
cden@pegasuslaw.org
Marta Bok Marta Bok
Legal Assistant

Cindy Quinonez Cindy Quinonez
Receptionist
cindy@pegasuslaw.org
Cindy Quińonez a native of Ontario, California moved to New Mexico 8 years ago. Cindy worked for an orthodontist prior to becoming Pegasus’ receptionist. Cindy is very proud of her two children. Cindy is an entrepreneur in her spare time. Cindy can be seen in the community volunteering, collecting vintage handbags, at the basketball courts or soccer fields watching her children play their favorite sports.