Staff

Liz McGrath photo Liz McGrath
Executive Director
evmcgrath@pegasuslaw.org
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.

Lawrence Kronen Lawrence B. Kronen
Program Director & Staff Attorney, Kinship Guardianship Program
lkronen@pegasuslaw.org
Lawrence Kronen has extensive experience as an advocate for civil rights and the rights of children and youth. Prior to becoming a lawyer Mr. Kronen was a recording engineer for 20 years and a mediator in the areas of employment, family and school based conflicts. While in private practice, Mr. Kronen was an investigator and advocate for clients with mental disabilities in civil rights cases and for those incarcerated and also practiced in children’s law and civil rights. Since 2006 Mr. Kronen has been the Director of the Kinship Guardianship Project at Pegasus Legal Services for Children. Mr. Kronen is an active member of the ACLU, National Association of Counsel for Children and the Nation Lawyers Guild.
Grace Spulak photo 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 photo 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 photo 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.
Cynthia Gibbons photo Cynthia Gibbons
Office Administrator
cgibbons@pegasuslaw.org
Jackie Sagastume photo Jackie Sagastume
Legal Assistant
jackie@pegasuslaw.org
Jackie Sagastume is the Legal Assistant for Larry Kronen and the Kinship Guardianship Program at Pegasus. She has been a Legal Assistant with Pegasus for 2 years. In 2009 she graduated with honors from Brookline College with a Diploma in Legal Secretary Studies. Shortly after graduating she started working for attorney Simon Kubiak, Esq. where she assisted Mr. Kubiak for 3 years, gaining experience in Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law and Personal Injury Law. Jackie has also worked for United South Broadway, which is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to homeowners facing foreclosure. At USBC she gained knowledge and experience working for a non-profit organization.
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.