top of page

The Team

Who We Are

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." -Apostle Paul


Catherine Wallace

Executive Director

Cathy Wallace is the Executive Director for ChildLaw Services, Inc. Cathy loves being a part of young people's journey and seeing them successful.Cathy believes in doing something meaningful, giving back, and doing no harm. Cathy's favorite books are East of Eden, the Hunger Games Trilogy, and Blue Sword. When Cathy is not hard at work, she is enjoying time with her family cooking, reading, or being outdoors. 

Monica Holliday

Legal Director

Monica Holliday is the Legal Director for ChildLaw Services, Inc. Monica has a love for working with children and advocating for their best interest. Monica's favorite books are To Kill A Mockingbird and The Bible. When Monica is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, hunting and fishing with her brothers, traveling and experiencing different cultures. One fun fact about Monica is that she is an avid Backstreet Boys fan!

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."          -Winston S. Churchill

Monica Photo_edited_edited.png

"People will forget what you say, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."   -Maya Angelou


Elizabeth Davis

Staff Attorney / Manager

Charleston Office

Elizabeth Davis is one of the staff attorney's at ChildLaw Services, Inc. Liz grew up in Charleston, WV and has been practicing law since 2015. Liz enjoys working with children and seeing the immediate, positive impact her job has on the children she serves. Elizabeth's favorite books are Frankenstein and Freakonomics. When she is not working, Elizabeth enjoys playing with her dog, shopping, being outdoors, and listening to podcasts. It is well known in the office that Elizabeth loves Harry Potter!

Malorie Estep-Morgan

Staff Attorney

Princeton Office

Bio coming soon...


"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." -Alexander Graham Bell


William O. Huffman

Staff Attorney

Princeton Office

William Huffman is a native of Princeton and graduated from Princeton Senior High School. William's father was an attorney, representative in the House of Delegates and later a state Senator. Following in his father's footsteps, William became an attorney, graduating from WVU College of Law in 1994. William comes to ChildLaw as an experienced, successful attorney.  He is passionate and caring for his clients, ensuring they receive the best representation possible. William is energetic, patient, and diplomatic. When William is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter (also a successful attorney), and grandchild. 

Melissa Stacy

Staff Attorney / Manager

Morgantown Office

Bio coming soon...

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank


"There is no love without justice, but there is no justice without love." - Bob Goff

Emily Pic for Bio.jpg

Emily Mowry

Staff Attorney / Manager

Martinsburg Office

Emily Mowry is a staff attorney at ChildLaw's Martinsburg office. Emily grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania and decided at an early age that she wanted to become a lawyer for children after watching the Kids for Cash and PennState abuse scandals unfold in her nearby communities and seeing how badly children need their own advocates in the legal system. Emily's favorite childhood book is Anne of Green Gables, and her favorite "grown-up" book is Just Mercy. Emily spends her personal time caring for her two dogs and one cat, running, reading (of course!), playing piano, and spending time with her husband and soon-to-be-born daughter.

Zoey Vilasuso

Staff Attorney

Morgantown Office

 Zoey Vilasuso is a staff attorney at ChildLaw's Morgantown office. Zoey grew up in Morgantown, WV and graduated from WVU College of Law in May 2022. Zoey went to law school for the purpose of wanting to help empower her fellow West Virginians. Zoey worked in childcare full-time prior to her entrance to law school and comes from a family of WV teachers, so ChildLaw was the perfect fit! Outside of work, Zoey enjoys practicing yoga, reading, hanging out with her family, and being a cat mom. Her favorite book is “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Fun facts: Zoey ran cross country and track and field at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and she has an identical twin sister.

"Love is the absence of judgement." - Dalai Lama

Zoey Bio Pic_edited.jpg

Stephanie Legg

Integrative Wellness Therapist

Stephanie Legg is the founder and lead therapist of Elevate Integrative Wellness Therapies. She is living and leaving her #leggacy by helping others find balance, growth, healing and wholeness through holistic approaches and trauma informed strategies. With an MA in Counseling from Marshall University and a BA in Psychology from West Virginia State University, a Licensed School Counselor, RYT500 Yoga Teacher Certification, and spiritual leader, she understands how to work with people where they are.


​Stephanie's passion lies in serving as an advocate for children. She served pro bono as the Executive Director of Covenant OutReach, Inc. for 12 years and continues to volunteer through their many programs. She has developed a unique approach to assessing community and situational needs. She and her husband, Pastor Neil Legg, enjoy partnering with local public schools to support and empower students through their educational, social, and emotional journeys. 

She practices a REALationship centered, eclectic approach that empowers people, strengthens families, and ultimately communities. 

Michelle Hale

Administration /

Mercer County Teen Court Coordinator

Princeton Office

Michelle Hale works in administration and programs with ChildLaw Services, Inc. Michelle has always had a passion for children, having adopted six children out of the foster care system. Michelle believes that helping children who have experienced trauma means treating the "whole" child - from the inside out. Each child is unique and processes trauma in their own way, so it is vital to pay attention to the cues given by the child, as well as listen to their voice, their story, in order to help them heal. Michelle enjoys reading and watching movies with her family. 


"As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” - Audrey Hepburn

Pic for Web_edited.jpg

"Happiness is not a's a by-product of a life well lived"  -Eleanor Roosevelt


Nancy Manning

Paralegal / Victim Advocate 

Princeton Office

Nancy comes to ChildLaw with 30 years of experience in the legal sector. Nancy has a passion for children, having reared three of her own and now helping with two of her grandchildren. When Nancy is not working, she enjoys doing things around her family farm, reading, and riding horses. A little known fact about Nancy is that the farm on which she lives has been in the Manning family since 1863! 

Amy Smith

Paralegal / Victim Advocate

Princeton Office

Amy grew up in the Princeton area. She has long had a passion for the people of our community and any community where she has lived. After graduating from college, Amy worked for a few law offices in the area, working alongside some of the local attorneys. Amy also spent many years as a missionary in Zambia, Africa serving the people there with community outreach and training for better homes and health for a greater future. Amy has two wonderful grown children who spent years serving alongside her in Zambia and she would not be the same person without them. She loves her pets and spending time with family and friends. Amy's desire has always been to help those struggling with life’s general trials and look to find solutions to create reconciliation and healing in families and among friends. "We all need each other, and we must look inside ourselves to be better humans to one another. When you see those going through the valley and you are on the mountaintop what is it to you to go back down and help the others? Go back down and help them to the top." - Amy

Bio photo_edited.jpg

"The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

Lori Kinney_edited_edited.jpg

Lori Kinney

Paralegal / Victim Advocate

Princeton Office

Lori Kinney lives in Princeton, WV with her 4 sons. She has called Princeton home for the last 14 years. Lori is a fierce advocate for children, believing all children deserve to be valued and loved, no matter how they come packaged. The true depth of Lori's passion for children is seen in how she cares for her children, 2 of whom are on the Autism Spectrum. As a paralegal and victim advocate for ChildLaw, Lori feels honored to be a caring voice, a smiling face, and even a shoulder to cry on for the kids served by ChildLaw. Along with her other duties, Lori is the Program Manager for Kids Run the Nation. In her spare time, Lori loves to read and enjoys it even more on a cool fall day when she is outside, under a blanket, and sipping a hot cup of tea. 

Kay Flaherty

Paralegal / Victim Advocate / Teen Court Assistant Program Director

Morgantown Office

Kay is a licensed paralegal and has been in the legal field since 2015. Kay has a background in Criminal Justice, International Studies, and Social Work. Kay decided to spend her career helping others while traveling the world and experiencing life in underdeveloped countries. Kay’s favorite books are true crime and crime fiction. When not at work, Kay enjoys spending time with her beloved rescue dogs, traveling internationally, and taking road trips. A little known fact about Kay is that she has lived in Austria, South Africa, and San Diego, CA.

“I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” -Malala Yousafzai

Kay Flaherty.jpg

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great
things.”  -Mother Teresa

Clare pic 2 (2) (1).jpg

Clare Chesnavage

Paralegal / Victim Advocate 

Martinsburg Office

Clare Marie Chesnavage comes to ChildLaw in Martinsburg with experience as a foster parent,
CASA worker, and having volunteered with at risk youth. Clare believes that surrounding
yourself with supportive, positive people, is a big step in healing from trauma. She has a
background in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and was a Navy Corpsman. Clare is an avid
Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle fan, but also enjoys reading medical laboratory journal
articles and playing bass guitar. Clare loves traveling with her husband and stays in shape
working out with her virtual goggles. Fun fact: Clare worked at a zoo and aquarium in the
Medical Department and is an artist with the Maryland Painted Screens Society. Clare’s favorite
book is West with the Night by Beryl Markam.

Emily Miller-Nelson

Legal Assistant / Victim Advocate

Charleston Office

Prior to her position as Paralegal/Child Advocate with Childlaw Services; Emily retired from the WV DHHR Bureau for Child Support Enforcement, Employer Relations Unit.  

She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" - Erma Bombeck

Emily Nelson Pic_edited.jpg

Special Recognition:

Kit Kat Benetar

Cat Extraordinaire

Kit Kat Benetar is the infamous ChildLaw office cat. She has been voted most likely to take a nap during the work day. Stop by our office to say hello and grab a few free hugs!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn