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BCAWL Board of Directors

Rachel McCreary

Alexandrea Simser

President 

Alexandrea R. Simser is General Counsel for Roswell Marine, a manufacturer of marine products and accessories, where she handles business, intellectual property, and employment matters. Ms. Simser grew up in Cocoa Beach and attended Florida State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.

 

Wendy Fisher

Karen M. Montas

President-Elect

Karen Montas is a mother, wife, lawyer and advocate for the less fortunate. She is the managing partner of Johnson & Montas, PA, a personal injury law firm in Brevard County, Florida. Karen is active in several organizations, including: The Children’s Hunger Project; Love INC.; the Brevard Cultural Alliance and the League of Extraordinary Women for weVenture (formerly the Women’s Business Center at FIT). She and her family are active members of LifePoint Church in Palm Bay and can be found on/at/or near the beach during any free time.

Rachel McCreary

Rachel Delgado

Immediate Past President

Rachel Delgado is an attorney and investigator for Reaper Special Services, Inc. Prior to joining RSSI, Ms. Delgado worked as a trial lawyer handling medical malpractice, automotive, civil litigation, premises liability, product liability, construction, product liability and real estate litigation. 

Ms. McCreary earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a major in Microbiology & Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology.

Patricia D. Smith

Jennifer Kerwin

Treasurer

Jennifer Kerwin is an Assitant Public Defender in Viera handling felony criminal litigation up to and including homicides and other life felonies.  In addition to serving as the BCAWL treasurer, Ms. Kerwin serves as the membership chair/webmaster of the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  In 2018 Ms. Kerwin received the James T. Miller Scholar Award from the Florida Association of Criminal Defense lawyers for her appellate work challenging unconstitutional so-called “Nebbia Holds.”

Ms. Kerwin earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida where she earned a Family Law Certificate as well as serving as the Intramural Chair of the Florida Moot Court and on the Student Recruitment Team.  Ms. Kerwin also graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and History and a minor in Psychology.

Patricia D. Smith

Christel Lawrence

Membership Director

Christel Lawrence is a current 3L at Barry University School of Law. She received her Bachelors of Science in political science and sociology from Florida State University.

Eve A. Bouchard

Secretary

Eve Bouchard is an attorney with Nash & Kromash, LLP, where she focuses primarily on estate planning, estate litigation, probate, guardianship, and trust administration. Ms. Bouchard earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Stefanie Matthews 

Publications Co-Director

Tristan Simpson 

Publications Co-Director

Ms. Simpson is a managing attorney at Newman and Simpson Law Group, LLC. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and a Qualified Parenting Coordinator.  Ms. Simpson earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, her Master’s from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University.

Wendy Fisher

Tara Couture

FAWL Representative

Tara C. Couture is the founding attorney of Couture Law P.A. Ms. Couture graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego, then obtained her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. Ms. Couture is licensed to practice law in Florida and California. Ms. Couture served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles prior to starting her own law firm. Ms. Couture focuses her practice on serious personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, car accident claims, truck & big rig accident claims and bus accident claims. Ms. Couture is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers and has previously served on the Board and as President of the Brevard County Association of Women Lawyers.

Patricia D. Smith

Jessica Lynn Silva

Philanthropy/CLE Co-Director

Jessica Lynn Silva practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate & Elder Law, with a demonstrated history of working within the 18th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Silva received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from FAMU College of Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator mediating County Civil, Circuit Civil (including Probate) & Family Law cases. 

Patricia D. Smith

Leslie-Anne Marks

Philanthropy/CLE Co-Director

Lesley-Anne Marks is an associate at GrayRobinson, focusing her practice in general civil litigation. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Ms. Marks was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Kerry I. Evander at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, served as a law clerk in the Executive Office of the Governor’s Office of Policy & Budget in Tallahassee, Florida, and worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Jacqueline Griffin and C. Alan Lawson.

Ms. Marks received her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida.

Jennifer Coberly

Robin Cornell

BCBA/YLD Representative 

With over twenty years of legal experience, Robin Cornell is well versed in the areas of estate planning and probate, and trust administration. Robin graduated in the top ten of her law school, Stetson University College of Law. She has been a resident of Brevard County since attending the Florida Institute of Technology where she graduated with high honors in the field of psychology.

Kyle Lieneck

Kyle Lieneck

Advisor

Kyle Lieneck received her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in Health Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of South Florida.

Diane Baccus Horsley

Diane Baccus Horsley

Advisor

Diane Baccus Horsley manages her own law firm. Her practice areas are: Family Law, Probate, Estate Planning, and Civil Law

Ms. Baccus Horsley earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida.