WLAM Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) held elections at their 100th Annual Meeting. WLAM is proud to present the following outstanding attorneys serving as Officers in 2019-2020: Alena Clark, President; Roquia Draper, President Elect; Ryan Kelly, Vice President; Erin Klug, Treasurer; Susan Chalgian, Secretary; and Donna MacKenzie, Immediate Past-President.

WLAM President Alena ClarkView Bio

Alena M Clark serves as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Genesee in the Appellate Division.  She received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2009.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Western Michigan University in 2006, which included a semester of study at the Universidad Autónoma de Quetéreo in Quetétaro, Mexico.  Alena has been a member of WLAM since 2009.  In addition to being a member of the WLAM State Executive Board as President-Elect, she also serves as President of the Great Lakes Bay Region, and has previously served as Vice President in the Wayne Region.  She has been honored twice as the recipient of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Regional Leadership Award; first for the Wayne Region in 2013, and for Great Lakes Bay Region in 2018.

WLAM President Elect Roquia DraperView Bio

Roquia Draper is an associate attorney with the all-specialty law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.  Ms. Draper specializes in the area of family law litigation , which includes pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorces, custody and parenting time disputes, child support issues, and stepparent adoptions.  Ms. Draper graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 2011, and is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Phi Betta Kappa Society.  She is also a member of multiple Local, State and Federal bar associations, and is particularly active in the Oakland County Bar Association.   She additionally serves on the Executive Board and is a active member of the Oakland County Inns of Court.  She has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015 and 2016.

WLAM Vice President Ryan KellyView Bio

Ryan’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody and support issues, paternity, parenting time disputes and spousal support modifications.  Specifically, Ryan’s talents are best utilized in high conflict family situations for professionals, cases involving mental health and substance abuse issues, dealing with narcissistic personality disorders and special needs children.

Ryan is active in several organizations including serving as a Past President for the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County and the current Treasurer of the Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.  She is also a member of the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association and Northville’s Main Street League and is frequently dedicating her time and energy to other local community organizations.

She serves on the Family Law Advisory Board and is a past member of the Young Lawyers Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and is a regular contributor including as a speaker on drafting and enforcement of orders, Wayne County family law practice tips, checklists for managing your family law practice and “Prenuptial Agreements from the Family Law Practitioner’s Perspective.”

In 2012 she received a Certificate of Completion from the Family Law Certificate Program and has been named a “Michigan Rising Star” nearly every year of her practice, eight times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).  This is an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of young Michigan attorneys.  In 2014 she was named as one of the Top Lawyers in Michigan for the area of family law by Detroit Business Magazine.  Ryan has also been named a Michigan Top Lawyer in family law for 2015, and a Top 10 Under 40 in the area of Family Law by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

WLAM Treasurer Erin KlugView Bio

Erin Klug is a patent attorney at Varnum’s Novi office where she practices in the field of intellectual property.  She focuses her practice on both domestic and international intellectual property matters including patent procurement, trademarks, copyrights, licensing and IP litigation. Erin represents a wide range of clients including automotive suppliers, medical device companies, consumer product developers and tech startups.  Ms. Klug earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH and her B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Erin is the current President of the Women’s Bar Association (the Oakland Region of WLAM), is a Director on the Executive Board of Attorneys for Animals and is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

WLAM Secretary Susan ChalgianView Bio

Susan L. Chalgian concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning, and is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She is co-author of the ICLE publication, “Advising the Older Client or Client with Disability” and is frequent speaker on issues of elder law. In addition to acting as a board member for state-wide WLAM and a board member for the Mid-Michigan WLAM region, she is an active member of both the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar. She is also a board member for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (GLEPC).

WLAM Immediate Past President Donna MacKenzieView Bio

Donna M. MacKenzie is a partner with Olsman MacKenzie Peacock & Wallace and she specializes in representing individuals injured as a result of nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, and birth trauma.

Ms. MacKenzie has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including being recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Michigan’s Most Notable Women Lawyers in 2017, being selected to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law Class of 2017, receiving the F. Scott Baldwin Award from the American Association for Justice in 2015, being named to the Michigan Top 100 Super Lawyers list from 2015-2019, and being recognized in 2016 and 2018 by Best Lawyers in America as Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy.

Ms. MacKenzie is also the author of a number of legal articles, and a frequent speaker at seminars presented by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice, and Michigan Association for Justice.  Her topics include all aspects of nursing home litigation, as well as the resolution of Medicare liens in personal injury cases.

Ms. MacKenzie is also a leader in a number of state and national organizations.  She is currently the Vice President of the Michigan Association for Justice, Vice Chair of the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group, a member of the council of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section, and Immediate Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM).  In April 2018, Ms. MacKenzie was sworn in as the 100th President of WLAM.

Ms. MacKenzie is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and a Trustee of the Macomb County Bar Foundation.  These non-profit organizations serve the public by funding and promoting programs to increase access to the justice system.

Ms. MacKenzie regularly serves as a case evaluator in Macomb County, and has served as a private arbitrator in civil disputes.

She also serves as a team co-captain for the annual “Walk to End Alzheimers” and “The Longest Day” events, both of which benefit the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ms. MacKenzie has also testified before the legislature a number of times to protect patient’s rights, including testifying against bills that would have given hospitals and physicians complete immunity for negligence that occurs in the Emergency Department.

Directors at Large

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Kristina BilowusView Bio

Kristina is a family law practitioner with Findling Law, P.L.C. in Royal Oak and is an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She obtained both her JD and LLM from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Kristina serves as a Director at Large for Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and is the elected Treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Young Lawyers Section Executive Council and Treasurer of the Hellenic Bar Association.

Hon. Janet M. BoesView Bio

Judge Janet M. Boes is a graduate of University of  Toledo College of Law.  In 1983, she came to Michigan as a law clerk for United States District Judge R. James Harvey. Upon completing her clerkship, Judge Boes began practice with a Saginaw law firm. Several years later, she joined the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office, where she served for almost 20 years as a trial and appellate attorney – practicing in Saginaw County Courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Judge Boes to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court for Saginaw County in 2008. Judge Boes has been elected to continue in this position three times. In 2012, Judge Boes assisted in the formation and development of the first adult felony Drug Treatment Court in Saginaw County.  She continues to preside over that specialty court in addition to her regular circuit court docket including criminal and civil cases.

Over the years, Judge Boes has been involved with a number of community organizations  –  currently, the Rotary Club of Saginaw, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Women in Leadership, and the One Hundred Club.  She has been honored to receive recognition for community activity with the 2015 “Special Hero Award” from the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority,  the 2015 “Advocates for Change Honoree” from the Underground Railroad of Saginaw,  the 2014 “Edward J. McArdle Memorial Tribute Award” from the Saint Thomas More Society,  and the 2009 “Elizabeth Heywood Wyman Award for Community Service” from Alpha Omicron Pi.

Kelly BrushaberView Bio

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Erin FlynnView Bio

Erin is an associate attorney at the law firm of Kelly & Kelly, P.C. in Northville.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of Family Law including high conflict divorce, child custody, paternity, and support issues.

Erin is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section.  She is the President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association, Oakland Region; a Director at Large for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; President of the Northville Kiwanis Club; and a member of Impact100 Oakland County, and also sits on the Impact100 Grant Review Committee.

Tanya GrilloView Bio

Tanya A. Grillo is a Criminal Defense Attorney serving the Metro Detroit area.

Tanya always had a passion for helping indigent clients and served as appointed counsel in both Macomb and Oakland County.  Her desire to help those most in need of legal assistance and her vast experience in courts throughout Metro-Detroit has made her a catalyst of change in a broken system.From 2017-2019 she was the Regional Manager for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). In that capacity, she worked with all the courts in Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair Counties in the State of Michigan’s goal to reform the indigent defense system.

Tanya strongly believes in giving back to her community and her profession.  She is the past President of the Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan-Macomb Region, former secretary of Sobriety Today Our Purpose (S.T.O.P), past Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Committee in Macomb County and a member of the Macomb County Bar Associations and the Criminal Defense Association of Michigan.  She also gives of her time to charitable organizations as you will find her giving her time to homeless shelters, food banks, and other charitable causes throughout the year.

Prior to going entering a career in the law, Tanya worked at Quicken Loans.  She is received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Florida University.

Lindsay Kelley-BlivenView Bio

Lindsay Kelley-Bliven is a principal within the firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook where she has practiced for ten years. She focuses her practice on birth trauma litigation and medical malpractice defense. Ms. Kelley-Bliven is also a member of her firm’s Pro Bono Committee and participates in several pro bono opportunities provided in the area including criminal expungements, personal protection orders for victims of domestic violence and the Homeless Experience Legal Protection Clinic.  Ms. Kelley-Bliven received her B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School.   She lives in Ann Arbor, MI where she raises her 6 year old twins, coaches soccer and continues to cheer for the Michigan Wolverines.

Hon. Denise Langford MorrisView Bio

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Tanya LundbergView Bio

Tanya Lundberg has been actively involved with WLAM since 2012.  She is currently the Assistant Dean of Career Services & Outreach at Detroit Mercy Law, where she also serves as the administrator for the Inn of Court. She joined Detroit Mercy Law after nine years in private practice. Tanya is also active in the Oakland County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Northville Democratic Club.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2003 and her law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State Law School in 2007, where she served on the executive board of the Student Board of Governors and was an assistant editor for the Wayne Law Review. When she is not working, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and is an avid University of Michigan sports fan.

Amanda NarvaesView Bio

Amanda P. Narvaes is a trial attorney who practices with the law firm Drew, Cooper & Anding P.C. in Grand Rapids. She represents business owners in complex commercial litigation and individuals in consumer protection cases. Amanda has been involved on the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s Western Region Board since 2011, and served as its President during the 2015-2016 year.  She currently serves as the Regional Representative for the Western Region.

Farrah RamdayalView Bio

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Kirsten SilwanowiczView Bio

Kirsten J. Silwanowicz is an Assistant General Counsel at the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), which is the regional transportation authority that serves the four south eastern counties of Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish and then from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in December of 2011. She began her practice in Texas, where she is also licensed, and is also active in her women’s attorney organization there called Attorneys Serving the Community. She also is the current Treasurer for the WLAM Wayne Region.

Shawndrica SimmonsView Bio

Shawndrica N. Simmons is a solo practitioner at the lawchic.com. Her civil litigation practice focuses on Labor & Employment Law, Family Law and Contractual Law. She has been in the legal field for over twenty years. Her professional experience has evolved from being a court clerk to a staunch litigator. She is currently treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan Solo & Small Firm Section and a diversity & inclusion committee member of the State Bar of Michigan and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. As Chancellor of the People’s Law School and current President of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan, she seeks and secures funding, lecturers, and venues to host informative sessions on legal and social topics affecting marginalized communities. Born in Louisiana and reared in the Midwest and Southern United States, she is a high school graduate of the Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona; the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and the Harvard Trade Union Program (Harvard Law) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She can hold a non-judgmental conversation with anyone.

Nicole SmithsonView Bio

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Angela WalkerView Bio

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Nicolette ZacharyView Bio

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Regional Representatives

Laura KubitView Bio

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Kristina JosephView Bio

Kristina Joseph is an attorney with the David Griem & Associates law firm where her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense.  She enjoys vigorously defending her clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to capital felonies, both in state and federal court.  Kristina is a member of many local and state bar associations including the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Detroit Bar Inn of Court.  She is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Michigan, and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Kristina graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts from the James Madison College, a minor in Spanish and a specialization in business.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she served as the Executive Director for the Moot Court Board and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers for trial advocacy.

Elisha OakesView Bio

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Susie ChalgianView Bio

Susan L. Chalgian concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning, and is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She is co-author of the ICLE publication, “Advising the Older Client or Client with Disability” and is frequent speaker on issues of elder law. In addition to acting as a board member for state-wide WLAM and a board member for the Mid-Michigan WLAM region, she is an active member of both the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar. She is also a board member for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (GLEPC).

Stephanie MartinView Bio

Stephanie A. Martin is an associate in Plunkett Cooney PC’s Insurance practice group.  Stephanie handles coverage cases throughout the United States, representing and counseling national insurance companies in complex coverage disputes in the areas of construction law, personal injury, premises liability and toxic tort.  A native New Yorker, Stephanie received her law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC in 2013.

Kym LondonView Bio

Kym is a partner at Hamilton, Graziano & London, PLC in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she practices Family Law, Probate and Estate Planning. In addition to her practice, she is a clinical Adjunct Professor for the WMU Cooley Innocence Project.  Kym graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude in January 2011.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  She is a civil and domestic mediator and received her training as a domestic mediator from the Mediation Training & Consultation Center in Ann Arbor.  In 2017, Kym received the ICLE Certificate in Family Law.  She the Immediate-Past President of WLAM, Washtenaw Region and has served as a member of the WLAM Statewide Legal Affairs Committee. She is currently serving on the WLAM, Washtenaw Region Board of Directors as the Regional Representative.  Kym is also a member Washtenaw County Bar Association and serves on the WCBA Bias Awareness Committee. She served for three years as Co-Chair of the WCBA Solo and Small Firm Section.

Kym London is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of Michigan and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Deyana UnisView Bio

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Amanda NarvaesView Bio

Amanda P. Narvaes is a trial attorney who practices with the law firm Drew, Cooper & Anding P.C. in Grand Rapids. She represents business owners in complex commercial litigation and individuals in consumer protection cases. Amanda has been involved on the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s Western Region Board since 2011, and served as its President during the 2015-2016 year.  She currently serves as the Regional Representative for the Western Region.