Jan Keister works part time for the Legal Aid Society as Administrator. She is a non-profit specialist working as an office administrator, bookkeeper and grant writer for Roanoke organizations including the Community Outreach Program of Roanoke and Old Southwest, Inc. She also serves on SWETA, made up of representatives of community groups working with the City of Roanoke to improve the West End area.
Gail Anderson Baxter has been a Legal Secretary at The Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley since 2003. Gail lived in New Jersey and New York before transplanting to Virginia. Gail received her Bachelor's degree from Clemson University. Married with three children and two grandchildren, her hobbies include quilting and cooking.
David Beidler, our General Counsel and Executive Director, began working as a staff attorney of the Legal Aid Society in 1984 upon his graduation from Antioch University's School of Law in Washington, D.C. He served as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow from 1985-86. David is a 2002 recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award, is a fellow and trustee of the Roanoke Law Foundation, and has been a frequent trainer on a variety of subjects at continuing legal education seminars in Virginia. David carries a general poverty law caseload, and specializes in housing law. He has two children, Amber and Olivia.
THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF ROANOKE VALLEY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROY V. CREASY (Pres.)
EVA HUFFMAN (Secretary)
JAN KEISTER (Treasurer)
RENA G. BERRY
FRANCIS H. CASOLA (
RICHARD L. DERRICO
LENDEN A. EAKIN
JOHN D. EURE
TRACY A. GILES
ROSS C. HART
MARY BETH NASH
VICTOR S. SKAFF, III
JUDITH L. JACKSON
Henry Woodward served as General Counsel of the Legal Aid Society from 1973 to 2009; he now serves as a Senior Staff Attorney. Henry is from Bristol, Virginia, and is a graduate of Williams College, Yale Law School, and the Peace Corps. He is a recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award and the Roanoke Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, and has taught law courses for 40 years at Washington & Lee Law School, where he is now a Professor of Practice. He has argued and won a civil rights/public housing case in the United States Supreme Court and consumer cases in the Virginia Supreme Court.
Tonia Drewery is a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley. She grew up in the Valley and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Roanoke College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After teaching elementary school in Roanoke City, Tonia ventured to Appalachian School of Law where she served on law review and was awarded top senior editor. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Tonia was employed as a law clerk for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit and was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Tonia is happily married to Jake.
Patrick Kelly is staff attorney focusing upon housing preservation, consumer fraud protection, and finance law. He began his legal career as a corporate attorney with Gorby Reeves and Peters in Atlanta, Georgia and later served as an associate with Glenn Feldman Darby and Goodlatte in Roanoke, Virginia focusing upon employee rights. With a Masters in Psychology and a background in public health, Patrick has always been passionate in his support of serving others.
Eva Huffman has been a Legal Secretary at the Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley since 1987. She is originally from Buena Vista, VA and is a graduate of Southern Seminary Junior College with a degree in secretarial science. She has served as administrative secretary and is secretary to the board of directors. Eva is married with three grown children and three grandchildren. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Elizabeth Barbour is a Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney concentrating on Domestic Violence. She graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law in 2013. Former volunteer positions working with the Roanoke Valley Rescue Mission and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Children’s’ Trust Roanoke Valley helped cultivate her interest in public service. Elizabeth is a Roanoke native and proud Virginian, a published author, and parent.
Lois Caliri is a Certified Navigator for the Affordable Care Act. Her career as an award-winning business journalist, including an 8-year span at The Roanoke Times, focused on large corporations. She transitioned to working with health care initiatives in 2014 when she joined Enroll Virginia as a Community Health Outreach Specialist and later became a certified In-Person Assister, assisting consumers in receiving health insurance. She received her Bachelors in Communication Arts from
Seton Hall University in South Orange,
Risa Katz-Albert joined the Legal Aid Society in the summer of 2018, specializing in landlord-tenant and consumer protection. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, an associate with Glenn Robinson & Cathey, and a law clerk in the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia. She graduated from both The Colorado College with a B.A. in anthropology (cum laude) and from Washington & Lee with her J.D. (cum laude). Originally from Colorado, she has made Roanoke her home and happily lives with her husband and their two cats.