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 2020-2021: , Roquia Draper, President; Ryan Kelly, President Elect; Erin Klug, Vice President; Susan Chalgian, Treasurer; and Alena Clark, Immediate Past-President.

WLAM President Roquia DraperView Bio

Roquia Draper is a partner with the law firm of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.  At Warner, Roquia sits on the firm’s Recruiting Committee and Diversity, Inclusion and Action Committee.

Roquia specializes in family law litigation.  She regularly practices in state courts throughout Michigan. Roquia is a member of multiple local, state, and federal bar associations, and is particularly active in the Oakland County Bar Association. She has been an active member of the Oakland County Inns of Court as a barrister. Roquia has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for years 2015 through 2020. She has also been recognized as a 2020 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine.  Roquia is also a graduate of the Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX.  In 2015, she received a certificate of completion from the ICLE Family Law Certificate Program, and presently authors the Child Custody chapter of the Michigan Family Law book by ICLE.  Roquia graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

WLAM President Elect Ryan KellyView Bio

Ryan’s practice focuses on divorce and family law, including 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.  She prides herself on providing clients with exemplary advocacy and service during some of the most difficult times they will face.

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

She contributes regularly to the  Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) including as a speaker on modifications of child support, 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.”  She has served on the Family Law Advisory Board and is a past member of the Young Lawyers Advisory Board.  Ryan has also completed a Certificate of Completion for the Family Law Certificate.

Ryan has been named a “Michigan Rising Star” nearly every year of her practice, ten times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).  This is an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of young Michigan attorneys.  In 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020 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, a Leading Lawyer and a Top 10 Under 40 in the area of Family Law by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

WLAM Vice President Erin KlugView Bio

Erin Klug is a Partner at Varnum in Novi 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 medical 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 a Past-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 Treasurer 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 Secretary Nicole SmithsonView Bio

Nicole became the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission’s regional manager for the Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Region in January 2019.

Before joining the MIDC, Nicole was an attorney at a Southfield law firm working in its bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate departments. She had her own firm representing individuals in criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and probate matters. She consulted for the JUSTICIA Foundation for Development and Human Rights in Lebanon on projects for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. And she served as a staff attorney/magistrate at the Butler County Common Pleas Court and a judicial law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two.

Nicole graduated from Wayne State University Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has published articles on Michigan legal history, bankruptcy, and child protection law in the Michigan Bar Journal, Bar Briefs (Macomb County Bar Association), and Raising the Bar: America Celebrates 150 Years of Women Lawyers—1869 to 2019 (National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations).

WLAM President Alena ClarkView Bio

Alena M Clark earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University.  She started her legal career in public service serving with Corporation Counsel for the City of Dearborn, and afterward as a judicial staff attorney for judges in Wayne and Oakland counties.  Her career has continued in public service as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Saginaw County, and in 2018 she accepted a position at the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office where she currently serves in the Appeals, Research, & Training Division.  She handles cases in the 7th Circuit for the County of Genesee as well as the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Clark is the immediate Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), a statewide organization of over 600 members established in 1919.  Before heading the statewide organization, she proudly served at the regional level as President of the Great Lakes Bay Region, and Vice President and Interim President of the Wayne Region of WLAM.  She has been recognized for her significant contribution to WLAM by twice being awarded WLAM’s regional leadership award. Clark has also been recognized as one of the “Women in the Law” for 2020 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Clark also serves as a member of the Genesee County Bar Association, and the American Indian Law, Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, and LGBTQA sections of the State Bar of Michigan.  In 2020, Clark was elected to serve as the Representative for Michigan’s 7th Circuit with the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly.

Directors at Large

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Kristina BilowusView Bio

Kristina Bilowus is an experienced family law attorney who specializes in all types of family law cases at Kizy Law. She is known for being a passionate and hardworking advocate. Upon joining Kizy Law, Kristina has had the opportunity to expand her practice with criminal defense, which has been a career goal to pursue. She is committed to achieving great results for her clients and for ongoing communication throughout the case.

In addition to her work as practitioner, Kristina is an adjunct professor at WMU Cooley Law School where she teaches practical skill classes to second and third year law students. By teaching the practical application of the law, she empowers her students to be more confident advocates upon entering the legal field.

She is the President-Elect of the WBA, Secretary of the SBM YLS, Treasurer of the HBA, Director-at-Large for WLAM, Chair of Gender and Equity for WLAM, and Vice Director of the OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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.

Hon. Demetria BrueView Bio

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Kelly BrushaberView Bio

Kelly Brushaber serves as Expert Corporate Counsel in the Legal Division of Alticor Inc., parent company of Amway Corp. in the Grand Rapids area.  She handles a variety of commercial transactional matters, focusing on corporate sponsorships, celebrity endorsements, material purchase contracts, and special events agreements for Amway independent business owners.

For more than a decade, Kelly has served in various leadership roles on the Boards of Directors of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM). In the Western Region, she served as the President, Vice President and Regional Representative for a number of years.  She currently serves as a Director-At-Large and Regional Development Committee Co-Chair of the WLAM State Board of Directors.  Past honors include the 2018 Outstanding Member of WLAM Western Region, 2014 WLAM Regional Leadership Award, and recognition as a 2009 Woman of Achievement at the YWCA TRIBUTE! Awards ceremony.

Kelly’s passion, however, has been her work with the Western Region Softball Committee which plans and hosts the Women Lawyers vs. Judges Charity Softball Game, an annual summer event which raises over $20,000 each year for the benefit of the YWCA West Central Michigan. Kelly’s charitable support also includes volunteer service and donations for the Humane Society of West Michigan, Best Friends Animal Society, Michele’s Rescue, and Key to Happiness Rescue.

In her spare time, Kelly serves as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher and active member at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Last but certainly not least, Kelly enjoys her most important role as mother, community service director, and chauffeur extraordinaire for her daughter.

Hon. Kameshia GantView Bio

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Tanya GrilloView Bio

Tanya A. Grillo is a Criminal Defense Attorney serving the Metro Detroit area. She is a solo practitioner with her law firm located in Mount Clemens, Michigan. She has zealously advocated on behalf of her clients in front of juries, judges, and administrative hearings.

From 2017-2019 Ms. Grillo was the Regional Manager for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) for most of Metro-Detroit and has assisted numerous courts develop and implement MIDC compliant indigent defense systems. She is the current Managed Assigned Counsel Coordinator (MACC) for the City of Southfield.

Ms. Grillo strongly believes in giving back to her community and her profession.  She is Representative on the National Conference of Women Bar Associations; the past President of the Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan-Macomb Region and current WLAM Director at Large to the state Board for WLAM and a member of the Criminal Defense Association of Michigan.

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.

Hon. Alyia HakimView Bio

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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

Farrah C. Ramdayal is an Attorney and Partner at Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC. She specializes in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wealth Preservation and Probate.

Farrah is a member of the Macomb County Probate Bar Association and is a Trustee of the Macomb County Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Macomb and is currently a Director for the Macomb County Bar Association. She is a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association (Macomb Region) and is currently a Director at Large for the Women Lawyers Association (State Region).

She sits on the Philanthropy Board for The Church of Christ Care Center and is on the Board of Trustees for The Village of East Harbor. Farrah is also a member of the District D Committee for The Character and Fitness Board for the State Bar of Michigan.

Farrah is an ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) speaker and has conducted several legal-educational seminars throughout the state of Michigan; she has also been a guest speaker at Baker College.

Farrah has been selected by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Michigan for the last five consecutive years and she is a VA Accredited Attorney. Farrah was a recipient of the 2015 Corp Magazine Most Valuable Millennial Award and also received the Corp Magazine Overall Winner in Michigan that year.
Farrah earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto; she went on to receive her Law Clerks of Ontario Certificate from Humber College Institute. She then attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she received her law degree.

Abril Valdes SiewertView 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). She practices in the following areas: contracts, state and federal procurements, civil rights, labor and employment issues and acts as SMART’s FOIA Coordinator. 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 started her legal career in Dallas, Texas, and moved back home to Michigan to practice in 2015. Kirsten has been a member of the Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan since law school in 2009 and is the current Vice President for the WLAM Wayne Region.

Nicolette ZacharyView Bio

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Regional Representatives


Maricella RodriguezView Bio

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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.

Erin SolaimanView Bio

Erin R. Solaiman (Erin Randall) is a senior partner at Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC, with several years of experience in elder law, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and Veteran’s benefits.

Prior to founding Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC, Erin R. Solaiman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  As a law student, Ms. Solaiman was chosen to work with the Family Law Assistance Program where she represented low-income people with issues such as divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, guardianship and domestic personal protection orders.

Toward the end of law school, the focus of Erin’s career shifted to Elder Law and Estate Planning.  For the past several years, she has been representing individuals and families while guiding them through some of the most difficult times of their lives.  Erin’s unique educational and professional experiences will enable her to formulate an effective and efficient solution to your estate planning and elder law needs.  Her knowledgeable and compassionate approach provides her clients with assurance that they will receive the personal attention and respect they deserve.

On a more personal level, Erin and her husband, Claudio, have two small children.  During the summer months, they enjoy spending time together boating on Lake St. Clair as a family, which also includes their two dogs Vera and Molly.

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).

Nicole GettlerView Bio

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Shelley A. KesterView Bio

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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.

Kathleen Stearns View Bio

Katie Stearns is an attorney at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, PLC. Katie focuses her practice on commercial litigation, business law, and general litigation. Katie represents a wide range of clients from single member LLCs to Fortune-500 corporations. Katie received her BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Katie is also an active member of the Detroit Bar Association.

Melissa Kelleigh View Bio

Melissa Kelleigh has 20 years of experience as an attorney. She founded her law practice, Kelleigh Family Law, in 2012 and practices as a solo attorney in the areas of family law, juvenile law, and appeals. Melissa has been a member of WLAM since 2017, after a move from where she began her law practice in Oregon to where she is now in Grand Rapids. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1995 with a BA in Linguistics, and received her JD cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2000, where she was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law and a Cornelius Honor Society Member. Since 2018, she has been an the Assistant Editor of the Family Law Journal of the Michigan State Bar.