Board of Directors & Officers
Thea Mason, President and Treasurer
Thea Mason serves on DCVLP’s Board of Directors as President and Treasurer. Prior to her involvement with the DCVLP, Thea had a successful 20 year career in business where she worked in finance, marketing and general management. Most recently she held the position of VP of Marketing for T. Rowe Price. Thea also ran her own consulting business and was VP of Retail Deposits for Capital One, where she led the transformation of a moderate growth business into one of the fastest-growing internet banks in the U.S. For over 10 years, Thea served in several finance and strategy positions both at Capital One and at Mobil Oil Corporation. Thea holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Kathleen Biden, Vice President
Kathleen Biden has advised Senate, State Attorney General, and Presidential campaigns, working most recently with Women for Obama in Virginia.She and her husband Hunter were Honorary Co-Chairs of the Obama Inaugural. She is also the founder of Siss LaRue, an antique costume jewelry business. Ms. Biden is a graduate of St. Mary’s College.
Claudia Gwilliam, Secretary
Claudia Gwilliam serves on DCVLP's Board of Directors as its Secretary and is also the DCVLP Managing Director. Ms. Gwilliam has been part of DCVLP volunteer attorney teams in divorce, custody and immigration cases. She has worked most recently using her Spanish language skills in a variety of subject matters including drafting and translating international business contracts in Mexico City; translating applications for international higher education accreditations for a business school and an engineering program; and coordinating housing assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Ms. Gwilliam earned a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Cornell University.
Nanci began volunteering with DCVLP in early 2012 and has become one of our most dedicated volunteer attorneys. As a former tax litigator, Nanci brings strong litigation skills to the complex divorce, custody and child support matters that she handles on behalf on domestic violence victims. Before joining DCVLP, Nanci worked at the Department of Justice for four years before leaving the practice of law to stay home with her three children. Nanci did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the DCVLP Board, Nanci is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Jenny Brody is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as Co-Executive Director and Foster Care Project Coordinator. Ms. Brody practices family law in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, custody and child abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Attorney Panel of the DC Family Court. Ms. Brody was formerly a litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. She also served as an appellate staff attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she briefed and argued cases in the US Courts of Appeals. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, Ms. Brody clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Brody has served on the board of directors of Hospice Care of DC and has been active as a volunteer in the Montgomery County public school system. Ms. Brody earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Barbara Garlock brings over twenty years of experience assisting nonprofits with strategic planning, marketing, and fundraising. She is currently Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Financial Reporting and Management Institute. Prior to joining the Nonprofit Roundtable, she was Interim Executive Director at Interfaith Works, and prior that she was its Director of Development. Ms. Garlock’s background includes management consulting, providing counsel for start-ups and Fortune 500 firms in marketing and finance, and a career in retail management, including executive positions with Federated Department Stores and Macy’s. She has an M.B.A from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.
Dale Harburg has been active as a volunteer Guardian ad litem for DCVLP since 2008, and received our Volunteer of the Year award in December. She recently began sharing her expertise with other volunteers as a GAL supervisor, reviewing investigative strategy and recommendations with new volunteers. In her former life, she worked at the law firm of Baker Hostetler, specializing in trademark litigation and domestic and foreign trademark prosecution and also volunteered with CASA of Montgomery County as a court-appointed special advocate in neglect cases in Maryland. She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Melika S. Johnson is a native Washingtonian and former DCVLP client. Ms. Johnson has more than ten years of administrative and customer service experience covering several business sectors. She has a B.S. in accounting, magna cum laude, from Southeastern University and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. in Business Administration.
Karen Barker Marcou
Karen Barker Marcou is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as Co-Executive Director. Ms. Marcou practices family law in the areas of custody and domestic violence. She was formerly a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services in Washington, DC. Ms. Marcou has served on the boards of directors of School for Friends, Green Spaces DC, Friends of Guy Mason and the Rosedale Conservancy. Ms. Marcou earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington College of Law, American University; and a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College.
Sharis Pozen is a principal partner in the antitrust and competition practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which she recently joined after serving in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in several senior positions, including acting assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division. Prior to working at DOJ, Ms. Pozen led the Antitrust practice at HoganLovells. Prior to that, she held several senior legal positions at the Federal Trade Commission, including attorney advisor to two FTC Cmmissioners. She received her J.D. from Washington University Law School in St. Louis.
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Leslie Morgan Steiner is an accomplished journalist and author. Ms. Morgan Steiner published a memoir entitled Crazy Love about her personal experience as a survivor of domestic violence in 2009. A New York Times bestseller, the book help raised awareness about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in the U.S. She is currently working on The Crazy Love Project, a documentary profiling abuse survivors. She also edited the acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families and writes regularly about this topic. Ms. Morgan Steiner was General Manager of the Washington Post Magazine from 2001 to 2006. She holds a B.A. in English from Harvard and an M.B.A. in marketing from the Wharton School of Business.
Beverli Wynn-Euell is a Principal at Varner Wynn Euell, a local firm specializing in family law. In addition to her private practice, in which she represents parents and children in neglect proceedings, she volunteers with the DCVLP, focusing her work on negotiating child custody and support agreements. Ms. Wynn-Euell also has worked as a law clerk and legal investigator in solo practice and for the Capitol Legal Group. She received her J.D. from the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, where she participated in clinical programs to assist children in delinquency and child neglect matters and those with special educational needs. Ms. Wynn-Euell also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Spellman College.