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: 

 

  • Johanna Dennie joined LAW in August of 2015 and provides representation and supervises students in the areas of Immigration and Refugee Law.  Johanna is a graduate of the University of Ottawa.   She joined LAW after summering and completing her articles in Toronto with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, a specialized clinic which provides free legal, counselling, and interpretive services to women who have experienced violence.

 

  • Anna Colombo joined LAW on February 1, 2016.  Anna is a graduate of the University of Ottawa.  Anna has several years of clinic experience at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic.   She has taught Landlord and Tenant law at the University of Ottawa.  Anna will be supervising Landlord/Tenant and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 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:

 

  • 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.  

 

  • Kelly Stack has worked in the not for profit sector for over 20 years.  She joined LAW in January of 2020 as an Outreach Worker with the Anti Human Trafficking Project.  Kelly is a graduate of St. Clair College’s Law and Security Administration program.  She has previous experience in the not for profit sector as Executive Director for a Community Supports agency for several years.  Kelly has been a dedicated volunteer Crisis Worker with Victim Services of Windsor-Essex for over 20 years and continues as a Team Leader with them.  Kelly has also held a position of Youth Crisis Worker in conjunction with Victim Services and the OPP on a joint grant for 18 months.  All of Kelly’s previous experience connecting with agencies, service clubs, allows her to continue to serve her community and improve the lives of survivors of human trafficking.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM:

 

  • Sharon George is the Indigenous Justice Coordinator.  She is an Indigenous Woman, who comes from the Oneida of the Thames First Nation. She recently returned to the community after working in London in Indigenous Child Welfare and the court system.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in Indigenous people and the impacts of historical trauma. She is passionate about Social Justice and Human Rights for all people.

 

SUPPORT STAFF:

 

  • Laura Pratt, Service Coordinator, joined Legal Assistance of Windsor in 2014. Laura is a graduate of St. Clair College’s Legal Office Administration program, and has since obtained extensive experience in her field, with a focus on the provision of efficient and effective legal services. Laura’s background with the CAW, CUPE and municipal government helps reinforce her commitment to social justice and access to justice in general.

 

  • 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.

443 Ouellette Ave. 
Suite 200

Windsor, ON

N9A 4J2

Tel: 519-256-7831

Fax: 519-256-1387

TTY: 519-256-5287

Monday - Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm

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