Legal Aid Works® Staff
Ann H. Kloeckner, Esq.
Ann joined Legal Aid WorksR in 2011 to take the helm from Bill Botts upon his retirement. Ann hails originally from Vermont and most recently from Texas, with a non-linear career path emphasizing public service and advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. With law licenses in four states (PA, NJ, TX, and VA), Ann is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Villanova University School of Law, where her stint at a legal aid clinical program nurtured her passion for equal justice and her tolerance of a nonprofit lifestyle. She enjoys mentoring new attorneys and maintains a robust schedule of public speaking engagements throughout the seventeen-county service area. Ann was appointed in 2016 by the Virginia Supreme Court to a three-year term as a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, which is mandatory for every newly licensed attorney in Virginia.
John R. Rellick, Esq.
John began his career with us in 1984 when our name was Rappahannock Legal Services. He was raised in a coal mining town of 300 residents in Western Pennsylvania where his mother was the town Postmaster and his father the town grocer. It was there that he learned to love the rural lifestyle. But he also enjoys the big city. John graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He is a past President of the Northern Neck Bar Association, a former Governor of the Virginia State Bar Senior Lawyers Conference Board of Governors, and, in 2013, was named by the Virginia State Bar as recipient of the Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award. John has drawn strength and inspiration during his career from the courage, determination, faith and resilience of the many clients he has served.
Tamara X. Moore, Esq.
Tamara, the managing attorney of the Culpeper branch office, came to Legal Aid Works in 2007. She represents clients in their petitions for custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, protective orders, and lawful status in the United States. Tamara is a graduate of George Mason University and received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
William (Willy) C. Herbert, III, Esq.
Since 2007 when William joined Legal Aid WorksR, his practice focus has been Family Law. A general practice attorney in Ashland, Virginia from 1983 to 2007, he was also an adjunct faculty at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, teaching Introduction to Criminal Law. As Commissioner in Chancery, his controversial Commissioner’s Report was upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court (Jim Carpenter Company v. Jill Meyers Potts, et al., 1998). A member of the Virginia State Bar, Sixth District Committee, from June 1993 until June 1999, William also served as Chair for one year. Additionally, he was President of the Hanover Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctorate from the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond in 1983 and received his Bachelor of Science in Economics In 1978 from Virginia Commonwealth University. In his spare time he thoroughly enjoys spoiling his grandson, Gus, and teaching a Youth Sunday School Class at Ginter Park United Methodist Church.
Daniel Turczan, Esq.
Daniel joined Legal Aid WorksSM in 2012 and represents clients in the areas of housing, public benefits, and consumer law. Previous to joining LAW, he served in the United States Marine Corp as an infantryman. He received his J.D. from the SUNY Buffalo School of Law.
Bennett W. Brasfield, Esq.
Bilingual Staff Attorney
Bennett Brasfield joined Legal Aid WorksSM in 2015 and works as a domestic relations and immigration attorney. He represents clients in their petitions for custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, protective orders, and lawful status in the United States. He also serves on the Rappahannock Regional Domestic Violence Council. He earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.A. in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Eileen Waters, Esq.
A native of suburban Richmond, Eileen Waters is our VOCA staff attorney in the Fredericksburg office. A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law, Eileen sought out public interest clerkships throughout law school and is interested in women’s issues. She attended the volunteer training at Empowerhouse to familiarize herself with the services they provide, and has already endeared herself to their staff with her down-to-earth, approachable demeanor.
Shannon Clark, Esq.
Shannon Clark started working as the Tappahannock VOCA staff attorney in January 2017. She grew up in Hague in the Northern Neck and attended Regent University School of Law. Shannon was thrilled to accept this position as it combines her passion for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area served by LAW with her passion for empowering victims through the practice of family law.
Jessika Morris, Esq.
Jessika, a staff attorney in the Culpeper Office, joined Legal Aid Works in 2016 as a part of a new grant funded program enabling Legal Aid Works to assist victims of domestic violence in divorces. She also represents clients in petitions for protective orders, custody, visitation, and child and spousal support. She serves on the Culpeper Virginia Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. Jessika is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law.
Nely Y. Guzman
Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist
Nely began her work for Legal Aid WorksSM in 2009, when it was known as Rappahannock Legal Services (RLS), as the Bilingual Paralegal assisting attorneys in the areas of immigration, family, consumer and housing matters. For a period of time, she left RLS to work in a private practice law firm where she assisted attorneys with their family, criminal and traffic case load. Recently, she rejoined the RLS family, (now called Legal Aid WorksSM) as the Administrative Assistant/Secretary/Intake Specialist. She has been an active member of the community and has volunteered for other non-profit organizations since 2007. Nely is proud of her work on behalf of our clients, and, being an immigrant herself, she enjoys helping the immigrant and low-income communities.
Intake Specialist/Pro Bono Coordinator
A life-long Virginia resident, in 2015 Kim celebrated her 10th anniversary as pro bono coordinator/intake specialist for the Tappahannock branch office. Kim brings to our legal aid setting her people skills and background handling case preparation for a prominent social security disability law firm. She also served our Virginia school system for a number of years as counseling office secretary and Registrar in a busy high school setting.
Yolanda “Desi” Harley
Yolanda Harley is the paralegal in our Tappahannock office who joined us with 9 years of trial litigation support experience within business law. Her main area of focus is assisting clients with benefits issues from Social Security and Social Services. She represents clients at hearing for Social Security disability, nursing home discharges, and Social Services overpayments. Ms. Harley also assists with the process of applying for disability, social service benefits and Medicare for the elderly. Although the process to receive, maintain or dispute these benefits can be difficult and frustrating, her main goal is to explain the processes and rights you have so you have full understanding as you apply for assistance.
Anne V. Menegalli
Anne joined Legal Aid Works in January of 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in finance, business administration and management. She is responsible for overseeing Legal Aid WorksSM financial operations and ensuring that Legal Aid WorksSM funding streams are judiciously and effectively managed. Her experience includes more than 15 years of financial management in the nonprofit sector. Before relocating to Virginia in 1987, she was a legal assistant/secretary for a firm in NYC, working in landlord/tenant law. Additionally, Anne has worked with the homeless for more than 15 years and is determined to see equal justice become a reality for all.
Briana M. VanAudenhove
Director of Development
Briana started working as the Director of Development at Legal Aid Works in January 2017. She grew up in the Northern Neck, in White Stone, VA. She has experience in non-profit development and events, first as Director of Alumnae Relations for St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and most recently as the Events and Development Coordinator for Junior Achievement of Central Virginia. She is passionate about the value of legal aid and committed to ensuring the success of LAWs fundraising efforts.
Pro Bono Coordinator
Carolyn joined Legal Aid WorksSM in June of 2015 as the Pro Bono Coordinator, recruiting and working with private attorneys who take cases Legal Aid WorksSM attorneys cannot take due to their case load. Her first experience with legal aid was as an administrative assistant in the early 90s with Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation in Tacoma, Washington. Due to funding cuts there, she became a patent paralegal with an Intellectual Property law firm in Seattle. With a thirst for adventure, she made the decision to move to the East Coast and moved to VA in 2006, where she continued her career in a Washington, DC firm. Carolyn is very dedicated to helping the less fortunate in our community and is committed to helping individuals and families receive access to legal services they need, yet cannot afford.
Sarahi Rios Johnson
Intake Specialist/Pro Bono Coordinator
The new kid on the block at Legal Aid Works SM and Virginia, Sarahi moved to Virginia in June of 2016. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Sarahi has been working for different government branches since 1996. She has a passion for helping the needy and the homeless. She enjoys doing volunteer work at church, helping the elderly, and adopting stray dogs. Last year she was hired at a nonprofit organization in Florida which helps low income clients and now she continues to help low income clients with Legal Aid Works SM in our Culpeper office.
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