D.A.W.L. Board Members
Raleigh D. Kalbfleisch, 32nd President of D.A.W.L.
Raleigh received her B.S. from Purdue University in 1993 and graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2001. She spent her 3L year of law school at Chicago-Kent as a visiting student. Raleigh is a solo practitioner in Wheaton, IL where she practices primarily in the areas of family law, appeals, probate and contract review. Raleigh has also served as Guardian ad litem in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Before being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Raleigh interned for Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons – United States District Court, Bridgeport, Connecticut, the U.S. Attorney’s Office- Bridgeport, Connecticut and in Connecticut State Court in the Domestic Relations Division. Raleigh started her legal career with Calabrese Associates. In 2006, Raleigh started her solo practice. In addition to her private practice, from 2006 to 2008, Raleigh was a Special Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County in the Expedited Child Support Division.
Raleigh is a sustaining member of the DCBA and a member of the DCBA Family Law Committee and the ISBA. She is a current Editorial Board member and past Editor-in-Chief for the DCBA Brief legal journal and currently serves as the Treasurer of the DuPage Bar Foundation Board. Raleigh is a New Lawyer Mentor and a mentor for CCSD 93 School District. She is the recipient of the DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service Pro Bono Award for 2005-2006 and 2012-2013.
Jennifer S. Burdette, First Vice President
Jennifer S. Burdette is an Associate attorney with Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group, P.C. where her practice is concentrated in the family law matters. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin with a degree in Criminal Justice and the University of Memphis with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012.
Amy A. Schellekens, Second Vice President
Amy A. Schellekens is an Associate Attorney with Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group, P.C. Amy graduated with high honors from Lewis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Criminal-Social Justice. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Rebecca Krawczykowski, Third Vice President
Rebecca graduated in 2006 from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science, and from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2012. Rebecca joined Fay, Farrow & Associates, P.C. as a legal secretary in 2002. She worked closely with John Fay and Mark Farrow as a secretary and law clerk for a decade before becoming a licensed attorney. Rebecca is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and practices in the counties of DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall and Cook. She is also a DuPage County Guardian ad Litem.
Victoria Kelly, Secretary
Vicki grew up on the south side of Chicago and now resides in the south suburbs. She attended Quincy University for her undergraduate, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Finance. She also played on the softball team at Quincy. She then earned her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University. As a law student at NIU, Vicki served as the Joint Chief Justice of the Moot Court Society and received graduation honors for completing 60 hours of Pro Bono service. She was also honored with the Greatest Contribution to Advocacy Award for the class of 2008.
Angela Iaria, Treasurer
Angela was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 2009 and the State of Wisconsin in 2010. She has also been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Angela practices in the areas of litigation, title insurance and real estate. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the Wisconsin State Bar Association.
Sarmistha Banerjee, Director
Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee works in the areas of probate, estate planning, family law, real estate, small claims, and collections at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC. She graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College (Sociology) and has an M.A. from NIU in Sociology. Buri is also on the New Lawyer Division Board of the DuPage County Bar Association.
Monika Blacha, Director
Monika graduated from Northwestern Law School in 1999 then spent 12 years with a large law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, where I became a litigation partner. She practiced in commercial litigation. She founded the Blacha Law Office in 2012. The focus of her practice is on divorce, family and probate.
Cynthia Pietrucha, Director
Cynthia is a solo practitioner with a concentration in employment law. She dedicates her practice, Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC, to workplace rights including discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, race and gender, executive compensation, FMLA and medical leave, severance packages, unemployment benefits, unpaid wages, wrongful termination and other matters. She also handles contract disputes, landlord-tenant issues and government contracting and bidding and is a frequent speaker and volunteer judge at corporate events, government conferences and various law school competitions.
Elizabeth Pope, Director
In 1992, Liz graduated from Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, Indiana with a B.A. in 1999, She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing, MI. Liz is a solo practitioner at the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Pope. She is the immediate Past President of the Current President of the DuPage Justinian Society of Lawyers and held the following positions: DCBA Associate General Counsel for 2008-2009; DCBA Board of Directors (Past), Chair of Law Day Committee (2006-2007) and (2010-2011), Chair of New Lawyers Committee for 2004-2005, Planning Committee (2009-2010) and Professional Responsibility Chair for 2008-2009.
Kiley Whitty, Immediate Past President
Kiley is a graduate of Miama University (2006) magna cum laude, and graduated from Loyola University School of Law (2009). While at Loyola University School of Law, Kiley was recognized on the Dean's List and received her Child & Family Law Certificate and Certificate in Trial Advocacy. Kiley was a senior editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal and she was a semi-finalist in the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition. Kiley was admitted to practice in 2009. Kiley is an Associate at Anderson & Associates, P.C. in Wheaton, IL where she practices primarily in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, creditor negotiations, and estate planning. Kiley is also a certified GAL in the 18th Judicial Circuit.