OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: 

 

  • Marion Overholt was a student at LAW, and was a staff lawyer since 1988. Marion practiced and supervised public benefits law.  She is an active participant in province-wide and local projects aimed at addressing inequities in these programs. Marion has provided training to the local bar and provides public legal education to service providers and clients regarding changes in legislation directives as they arise.

    Marion was appointed as Executive Director effective January 2, 2013.  She is also the Executive Director of      Community Legal Aid.

 

STAFF LAWYERS: 

 

  • David Cote joined LAW as staff lawyer in January 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and has worked in public interest law since 2006 in South Africa and Canada. David provides representation and student supervision in immigration and refugee law in the clinic
     

  • Tori Jenkins joined LAW in March 2021 as a summary advice lawyer for landlord and tenant matters, and in June 2021 began working as a staff lawyer for landlord and tenant matters.
     

  • Laura Stairs joined LAW in July of 2019 and supervises public benefits matters.  Laura was a student at LAW while attending the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. While in law school Laura also participated in Community Legal Aid and CLA’s Family Law Program. Laura was on the board of LAW from February 2017- July 2019. Prior to joining LAW as a staff lawyer, Laura was practicing in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, wills and estates and immigration.  

SOCIAL WORK STAFF: 

 

  • Shelley Gilbert is Co-Coordinator of Social Work Services.  Shelley is a graduate of the University of Windsor, and has been on staff since 1994.  Shelley is responsible for LAW’s community development programs the WEFiGHT Anti Human Trafficking Project.

 

  • Jennifer Cline joined LAW in January 2020 as the Staff Social Worker.  She is a graduate of the BSW Honours Program from the University of Windsor.  Jenn comes to LAW from the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society where she was a Family Service Worker.  She also brings extensive experience from various other social work disciplines.  This includes developing youth programming, youth transitional housing programming, facilitation, geriatric mental health, and addiction.  Jenn has worked at the Welcome Centre shelter for women, supporting women experiencing issues ranging from addictions and mental health to family breakdown, human trafficking, and immigration status. 

 

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFIC PROJECT:

 

  • Bianca Colaluca is a graduate from the University of Windsor, where she obtained a Bachelors in Criminology and Master’s Degree from the School of Social Worker. Bianca fulfilled a student placement with LAW in 2019 and is returning as the locum Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator. She is passionate about advocating for clients and the community.
     

  • Robyn Hodge graduated from the University of Windsor, the School of Social Work with a Master’s Degree in 2011.  Robyn has experience in Child Welfare, and working with those who are homeless and at risk within our community. Robyn joined Legal Assistance in June, 2017 as the Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator. This position blends Robyn’s passion for client centered supports and community advocacy.

 

  • Gillian Golden joined LAW in May 2017 as the Youth in Transition Worker.  Gillian is working under the WEFiGHT (Windsor Essex Fights the Growth of Human Trafficking) initiative.  She graduated from the Child and Youth Worker Program at Fanshawe College (London) in 2009. She has previous experience working with homeless and at-risk youth in the community.  She is passionate about empowering youth to reach their full potentials and is an advocate for social justice.

 

  • Yannin Ramirez joined LAW in November 2019 as the Housing Support Worker working with survivors of human trafficking.  Yannin graduated from the Community Justice Services Program at St Clair College in 2014. She has previous experience working with homeless and at-risk youth in Windsor/Essex. Yannin is a highly creative and dedicated leader with a lot of knowledge regarding the needs of vulnerable people in our community. This position allows Yannin to utilize her excellent advocacy and interpersonal skills. Her experiences both personally and professionally have led to her joining the WEFiGHT project.  

MIGRANT WORKER OUTREACH: 

  • Claudia Membreno joined LAW in August 2020 as the Migrant Women Group Outreach Worker. Claudia graduated from the Legal Assistance Program at St. Clair College and is now in the process of completing her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Windsor. Her previous experience includes working as a Settlement Worker assisting newcomers and immigrants settling in Canada. Claudia’s role in LAW includes generating community development within the migrant population and providing information in conjunction with individual and community supports regarding gender-based violence.
     

  • Amanda Morales joined LAW in August 2020 as the Migrant Worker Group Outreach Worker.

OTHER LEGAL STAFF: 
 

  • Sarah Voegeli joined LAW as a contract lawyer in September 2020. Sarah graduated from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was a student at LAW during her studies. Sarah provides assistance on Federal Benefits matters as well as coordinates the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (SHIW) initiative.

 

SUPPORT STAFF:

 

  • Jade Wallace, Service Coordinator, joined LAW in May 2021. After completing an M.A. in Social Justice & Equity Studies and becoming a licensed paralegal, Jade worked for several years in the Ontario legal clinic system before arriving at LAW. Jade provides support to the staff and students, liaises with the Board of Directors and coordinates personnel and volunteer resources.

 

  • Kelly Demers joined LAW in June of 2018.   As Support Staff, she performs reception duties, opens and closes files, maintains statistical records, provides assistance to staff and students in creating and printing documents, and in general, provides practical knowledge and information about our services and operations.

 

  • Sarah Whalen joined LAW in November of 2016 as our Intake Worker. Sarah is responsible for client intake, including assessing and directing clients to appropriate resources.  She will assign the intake and make the initial appointment for clients of LAW or alternatively make referrals for clients requiring services not provided by LAW.  Sarah brings many years of experience in the legal field, both in private law offices and in the Court as a Court Clerk and Court Reporter.

 

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE COORDINATORS

 

  • Kristen Jeavons joined Legal Assistance of Windsor in April 2021 as the Acting Indigenous Justice Coordinator. Kristen is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Okmulgee Oklahoma and is of mixed-Cherokee descent. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Windsor's Honours' Criminology program, with an emphasis on Social Justice. Kristen completed her law student summer and academic terms, as well as her Articles, at LAW during her time in law school. Kristen received her degree of Juris Doctor from Windsor Law in May 2020. Kristen's legal education focused on Indigenous Legal Orders and Criminal Law. Kristen is committed to supporting and advocating for the Indigenous community in all areas of law and broader systemic social issues.
     

  • Naomi G. Williams joined LAW in April 2021 as the interim Indigenous Justice Coordinator.  Naomi is a member from Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Territory.  She has a master of social work degree from the University of Windsor.  Naomi’s practice experience involves over 25 years of experience in working with our Anishinaabe community in the areas of housing, homelessness, early childhood education, post-secondary education, child welfare, and prevention of family violence.