Bette Fleishman photo Bette Fleishman
Executive Director
Bette Fleishman, JD, MA,  is the Executive Director at Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She provides legal representation as a youth Attorney and Guardian ad Litem to children in the Child Welfare System. She has also served as a Respondent Attorney. She is a Commissioner on the Children’s Court Improvement Commission and a member of the Children’s Court Rules Committee. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a licensed behavioral health practitioner and the Executive Director of the Rape Crises Center Of Central New Mexico.
Matthew Bernstein Matthew Bernstein
Senior Staff Attorney
Matthew Bernstein, JD, MA, 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.
Mariel Willow Mariel Willow
Staff Attorney
Mariel G. Willow, J.D., received her B.A. from University of New Mexico in 2010, and her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 2014. Mariel returned home to New Mexico and began her legal work as a staff attorney with DNA-People’s Legal Services. Prior to joining Pegasus, Mariel was an Assistant District Attorney in Bernalillo County. At Pegasus, Mariel assists grandparents and other caregivers in obtaining legal guardianship of children.
Cassandra Dennis Cassandra Dennis
Office Administrator
Cassandra Dennis is a native New Mexican, graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Bachelor in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. She has a background in residential real estate, information technology, and accounting. Cassandra and her handsome husband of 18 years, are raising their two highly intelligent yet rambunctious children Alexander and Megan. Cassandra volunteers with various organizations.
Nicole Saunders Nicole Saunders
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.
Marta Bok Marta Hines
Legal Assistant
Marta Hines obtained her B.A. in Tourism and Recreation from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has always been passionate about helping people in need, especially the elderly. She pursued this passion as a volunteer in a nursing home for World War 2 veterans while collecting data for her Master’s thesis. In 2013 she obtained an M.A. degree in Social Work and Social Therapy from University of Zielona Gora, Poland. In 2015 she went back to school to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies at Santa Fe Community College, NM. For the last two semesters of school, she worked as an intern at a law firm specializing in civil law. After graduating in 2017, she started to work at Pegasus as a Legal Assistant for the Kinship Guardianship Program.
Lynda Romero Lynda Romero
Administrative Assistant
Lynda Romero was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She moved to Albuquerque in 2010 to attend the University of New Mexico where she graduated with her Business Degree from Anderson School of Business in 2014. She worked at a law firm in Santa Fe for 8 years and now is the Administrative Assistant at Pegasus. In her spare time, Lynda loves to decorate cakes and make other delicious treats. She hopes to one day open her own bakery.
Cindy Quinonez Cindy Quinonez
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.