Public Assistance Appeals Branch

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The mission of the Public Assistance Appeals Branch (PAAB) is to administer FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) appeals system in a timely, efficient, consistent, and organized manner. 

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Adjudicating appeals and issuing timely final determinations

  • Training and supporting FEMA personnel working on appeals throughout the agency

  • Communicating agency policy and practice to FEMA regions and field staff

  • Analyzing trends in appeal filings and identifying issues that may require policy changes


PAAB Structure

PAAB is split into three teams.  Each team consists of an Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) Attorney Advisor and a PA Appeals Analyst.    

  • Ronald Schuster – Branch Chief / Deputy Associate Chief Counsel

  • Leslie Jones-Parra – Lead Public Assistance Appeals Analyst

  • Minji Bryan - Lead Audit Coordinator

  • Kyle Lewis - OCC Supervisory Attorney



Team 1: Regiona IV, V, VIII

Samantha Riley & Allison McGough

Team 2: Region I, II, VI

Matipa Mutsemi & Kirk Wolgamott

Team 3: Regions III, VII, IX, X

Janell Smith & Russell Mante



Team 1: Regions I, II, III

Angie Saavedra & Tori Roth. Primary: Ji-Min Hong, Secondary: Chad Ryerson

Team 2: Regions IV, V, VI

Tori Roth. Primary: Art Goldin, Secondary: Ji-Min Hong

Team 3: Regions VII, VIII, IX, X

Angie Saavedra. Primary: Chad Ryerson, Secondary: Art Goldin


Contacting PAAB

If you have questions about the appeals process, please contact PAAB at


PAAB Documents:

Public Assistance Program Appeals Procedures Manual and Directive

Public Assistance Appeals Fact Sheet

Last Updated: 
04/07/2015 - 13:02
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