Staff

Cathy Clayton

Catherine B. Clayton

Executive Director

Catherine (Cathy) graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She returned to WTLS in 2015 after over two decades of private practice as a civil litigator and Tennessee Supreme Court approved Rule 31 civil and family mediator. She is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and is a member of the Howell Edmunds Jackson American Inns of Court (Master and President), Lawyers Association for Women, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association. Cathy serves on the Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, the Tennessee Supreme Court Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice & Procedure (vice-chair), and the Tennessee Association of Legal Services (Board Executive Committee and former Chair).

Karen Laird

Karen Laird

Chief Financial Officer

Karen graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a BS in Business Administration. She has been a Certified Public Accountant for the last 28 years, and worked in public accounting and industrial accounting for 26 years before joining the WTLS team. Karen came to West Tennessee Legal Services in 2016, and has been heading the Accounting Department as the Chief Financial Officer since then.

Ashley Holliday

Ashley Holliday

General Counsel

Ashley graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned her J.D. from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to joining WTLS in 2009, Ashley worked in private practice handling consumer bankruptcy and family law matters. Ashley is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and is a member of the executive committee for Southwest Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. She was a member of the 2014 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class, was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 professionals by the Jackson Sun in 2015, and received the B. Riney Green award in 2017.

Cathy Clayton

Catherine Clayton

Executive Director
Karen Laird

Karen Laird

CFO
Ashley Holliday

Ashley Holliday

General Counsel
Megan Allen

Megan Allen

Attorney
Kathryn Avent-Mann

Kathryn Avent-Mann

IT Manager/Paralegal

Kathryn Avent-Mann

Kathryn Avent-Mann

IT Manager/ Paralegal

Beth Bates

Beth Bates

Managing Attorney
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Sandy Bingham

Financial Staff
Kimberly Boyd

Kimberly Boyd

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Vanessa Bullock

Vanessa Bullock

Managing Attorney
Kenneth Caldwell

Kenneth Caldwell

Case Manager
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Garth Carson

Attorney
Andy Cole

Andy Cole

Pro Bono Coordinator
Carita Cole

Carita Cole

Case Manager
Teresa Cook

Teresa Cook

Lead Agent Representative
Teresa Cook

Teresa Cook

Lead Agent Representative
Teresa Cook

Teresa Cook

Lead Agent Rep.
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Emma Covington

Grant Administrator
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Michael Creasy

Attorney
James DiMarco

James DiMarco

Attorney

Elizabeth Duke

Law Clerk
Ronnie Dukes

Ronnie Dukes

Outreach Coordinator
Suzie Edwards

Suzie Edwards

Paralegal
Chelsea Glaspie

Chelsea Glaspie

Attorney
Caitlin Hakim

Caitlin Hakim

Managing Attorney
Randy Hampton

Randy Hampton

Managing Attorney
Aaron Hilton

Aaron Hilton

Case Manager
Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton

Fair Housing Testing Coordinator
Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson

Attorney
Tammie Johnson

Tammie Johnson

Paralegal
Sarah Johnston-Barnett

Sarah Johnston-Barnett

Development & Communications Coordinator
Sarah Johnston-Barnett

Sarah Johnston-Barnett

Development & Comms Coordinator

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Gracie Kemp

Case Manager
Jennifer Laird

Jennifer Laird

Paralegal/IT Assistant

Jennifer Laird

Jennifer Laird

Paralegal/ IT Assistant

Suzanne Newhouse

Suzanne Newhouse

Paralegal
Nhung Nguyen

Nhung Nguyen

Assistant Controller
Jake Old

Jake Old

Attorney
Chad Owens

Chad Owens

Attorney
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Julie Palmer

Attorney
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Ashley Parker

Attorney
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La Fran Plunk

Paralegal
Dana Poteete

Dana Poteete

Paralegal
Katelynn Pratt

Katelynn Pratt

Paralegal
Susan Price

Susan Price

Managing Attorney
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Christy Salinas

Bilingual Paralegal/Office Coordinator

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Christy Salinas

Bilingual Paralegal/ Office Coordinator

Heather Staggs

Heather Staggs

Attorney
Alexis Stokes

Alexis Stokes

Paralegal
Mallory Wheeler

Mallory Wheeler

Paralegal
Mark White

Mark White

Paralegal
Gabrielle Whitmore

Gabrielle Whitmore

Attorney
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Diana Wray

Legal Secretary