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Our Team

 

 
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Heather A. CreeD
Executive Director

Ms. Creed joined the staff as LLI's first Chief Operating Officer in April 2014 and became LLI's Executive Director in February 2015. Ms. Creed brings to LLI her unique experience and insight from her tenure at Legal Outreach, a diversity pipeline program based in New York City, as well as experience in law school administration in Texas and as an algebra teacher in Miami.

 

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Kari Murphy
Program Director

Ms. Murphy re-joined the staff as LLI's Program Director in March 2017 after previously serving as the Columbus Site Administrator in 2014. Ms. Murphy brings to LLI her passion and enthusiasm for developing young people through education and her dedication to the legal profession as a licensed attorney. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University in 2010, and graduated Cum Laude from Capital University Law School earning her Juris Doctor in 2014. In her professional career, Ms. Murphy has consistently promoted access to legal education both as a law school admission counselor and as the former Mentorship Chair of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association. She is an active member of the JMBLA and the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals and is amid her second year of service on the Capital University Law School Alumni Board. 

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Katie Kaufman
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kaufman joined LLI in September 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University and has held various positions in the non-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining LLI, she served as the Communications and Marketing Specialist for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. She brings to LLI a passion for non-profit work. 

 
For me, there are few things in life more important than trying to make a difference in the life of a child.
— Steve Jemison, Emeritus Board Member
 

Our Board

Thanks to the women & men who
serve our board.

 
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  Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins    President   United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio

Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins
President
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio

  Michael L. Robinson, Esq.    Vice President   Attorney at Law

Michael L. Robinson, Esq.
Vice President
Attorney at Law

  Merle Wilberding, Esq.    Treasurer   Coolidge Wall Co., LPA

Merle Wilberding, Esq.
Treasurer
Coolidge Wall Co., LPA

  Lindsay Ford Ellis, Esq.    Secretary   Associate Counsel, Department of Legal and Government Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority

Lindsay Ford Ellis, Esq.
Secretary
Associate Counsel, Department of Legal and Government Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority

 
  David Alexander  Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

David Alexander
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

  F. Daniel Balmert  Managing Partner, Ret., Akron Office of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, Ret. 

F. Daniel Balmert
Managing Partner, Ret., Akron Office of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, Ret. 

  Neema Bell  Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Neema Bell
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

  Trish Branam  Executive Director, Ret., Toledo Bar Foundation

Trish Branam
Executive Director, Ret., Toledo Bar Foundation

 
  Stuart F. Cubbon  Partner, Cubbon & Associates

Stuart F. Cubbon
Partner, Cubbon & Associates

  Frank DeSantis  Partner, Thompson Hine

Frank DeSantis
Partner, Thompson Hine

  Melissa Kendralla  Educator, Southwest City School District

Melissa Kendralla
Educator, Southwest City School District

  Alan Michaels  Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Alan Michaels
Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

  Honorable Carla Moore  Ninth District Court of Appeals, Ret.

Honorable Carla Moore
Ninth District Court of Appeals, Ret.

  Honorable Michael J. Newman  U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Honorable Michael J. Newman
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

  Kathy Northern  Associate Dean of Admissions, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Jones Day/Robert M. Duncan Associate Professor of Law

Kathy Northern
Associate Dean of Admissions, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Jones Day/Robert M. Duncan Associate Professor of Law

  Ken Patel  Vice President & General Counsel, The Procter & Gamble Company

Ken Patel
Vice President & General Counsel, The Procter & Gamble Company

  Robert J. Weiler, Sr.  The Robert Weiler Company

Robert J. Weiler, Sr.
The Robert Weiler Company