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OUR TEAM

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: 

  • Shelley Gilbert is a graduate of the School of Social Work from the University of Windsor and has been on staff since 1993.  Shelley has held various positions at LAW including Staff Social Worker and Coordinator of Social Work Services.  She has been Interim Executive Director since September 2023. As Interim ED, Shelley is responsible for the management and strategic direction of all LAW programs. Shelley developed and implemented a number of programs at LAW including the anti-exploitation/trafficking program WECEN and the Migrant Worker Programs.  Shelley has been recognized provincially and nationally including receiving the Justice Canada Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2022.  ​

 

STAFF LAWYERS: ​

  • Natasha Manning is our  Director of Legal Services. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. Natasha has worked at several Community Legal Clinics in Ontario since she completed the Intensive Program at Parkdale Community Legal Services in Toronto as a law student. She has experience in many areas of clinic law, with a focus on Immigration law. Natasha’s role includes the supervision of staff and students, engaging in public legal education, and practicing immigration law. She is a former Board Member of the Committee of Adjustments in Toronto, and she is currently a Co-Chair of the Inter Clinic Immigration Working Group (ICIWG).  (starting July 2024)

  • Tori Lee-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. Tori is a graduate of Windsor Law and before becoming a staff lawyer, practiced in criminal law and ran her own legal practice. She provides representation and student supervision in housing law at the clinic and assists in development of community public education initiatives.

 

  • Hajar Tohme joined LAW in February 2024 as a staff lawyer in public/social benefits. She is a graduate of Windsor Law and before becoming a staff lawyer, worked in real estate and corporate law. She came to LAW after working as the staff lawyer for Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC).

SOCIAL WORK STAFF: ​

  • Robyn Hodge is the Coordinator of Social Worker Service and Migrant Worker Project Coordinator at LAW. Robyn graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor in 2011. Robyn brings a wealth of experience, as she has worked in community health settings, child protect, and has extensive experience supporting survivor of human trafficking and exploitation. Robyn has worked at LAW since 2017.

  • Nicole Wilson joined LAW in April 2024, as the Staff Social Worker.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work and a minor in Child Psychology in 2005 and a Masters of Social Work in 2010, both are from the University of Windsor. Nicole comes with extensive knowledge in the areas of addictions, mental health, harm reduction, trauma informed care and housing.

 

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE COORDINATOR:

  • Kristen Jeavons joined Legal Assistance of Windsor in November 2021 as the Indigenous Justice Coordinator. Kristen is a tribal citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Okmulgee Oklahoma and is of mixed-descent with roots to the Muscogee and Cherokee Nations in Oklahoma. She is a member of the Wind Clan. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Windsor's Honours Criminology and Social Justice program. Kristen was a law student and articling student at LAW during her time at Windsor Law. She 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 various areas of law and broader systemic social issues through an Indigenous-led and decolonizing lens. (currently on maternity leave)

  • David Pitawanakwat, our Interim IJC and former articling student, will be managing the IJC portfolio until September 2024.  

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING 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. She also acquired a Diploma from the Child and Youth Care Program at St. Clair College. Bianca fulfilled a student placement with LAW in 2019 and has returned as the Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator. She is passionate about advocating for clients and the community.

  • Gillian Golden joined LAW in May 2017 as the Youth in Transition Worker at WECEN(Windsor Essex Counter Exploitation Network). Gillian provides services to victims and survivors of human trafficking between the ages of 13-24 as well as education, outreach and advocacy to youth serving agencies. She also conducts training on best practices, intervention strategies and prevention. She’s a graduate of the Child and Youth Worker Program at Fanshawe College (London). She has previous experience working with homeless and at-risk youth in the community as well as in the education systems.

  • 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 WECEN project.

 

MIGRANT WORKER OUTREACH: ​

  • Claudia Membreno joined LAW in 2020 as the Migrant Worker Group Outreach Worker. She graduated from the Legal Assistance Program at St. Clair College and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Her previous experience includes working as a Settlement Worker, assisting newcomers and immigrants in settling in Canada. In her role at LAW, Claudia focuses on community development and support, especially regarding gender-based violence. In addition, she empowers workers to advocate for themselves and educate others, fostering change within the migrant community and contributing to broader social transformation.

  • Amanda Morales joined LAW in August 2020 as the Migrant Worker Group Outreach Worker.​ As a social psychologist with an academic foundation in social philosophy, I am currently advancing my studies as a doctoral candidate at the University of Windsor. My background is enriched by extensive experience in community development and social research, where I have applied psychological principles to understand and enhance social structures. My work aspires to bridge theoretical knowledge with practical applications, fostering greater community engagement and development. Through my research, I aim to contribute meaningful insights into emotions, social analysis, and community well-being.

 

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PROJECT:

  • Amanda Pierce returned to LAW in March of 2022. Amanda is currently the social worker providing support to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, in partnership with Claire (Clairice) Allsop. Amanda earned both her BSW and MSW at the University of Windsor. Prior to this role, Amanda has worked with people who have experienced violence in various capacities, both in child welfare, and in direct service with survivors of human trafficking.

  • Claire Allsop joined LAW in August 2022 as a staff lawyer for the Supporting Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault project. She is a graduate of Windsor Law. While at Windsor Law, she dedicated her time to volunteering for organizations that focused on assisting survivors of gender based violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining LAW, Claire practiced in the areas of insurance defence, real estate, wills, and civil litigation.

  • There are also multiple housing lawyers at LAW who provide brief services and summary advice to our clients

SUPPORT STAFF:

  • Vivian Wang, Service Coordinator since April 2024. Vivian brings over 20 years of leadership experience in hospitality and international business management, alongside nearly 5 years in Ontario’s non-profit sector. At LAW, she provides support to the staff and students, liaises with the Board of Directors, and coordinates personnel and volunteer resources in her current role.

  • 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.

  • Naomi Cowan joined LAW in April 2024 as our Intake Worker. Naomi 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. Naomi brings many years of experience in the legal field within private law firms in various areas of law.   

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