Staci Aria is a Paralegal and Case Manager with the firm’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia Offices.
Staci began her career as a paralegal with an escrow and probate attorney in Ohio during which she assisted clients with various probate and civil court matters. More recently, before joining the Chaffin Luhana team, Staci worked as a 911 dispatcher and court clerk with a municipality in Ohio. As a 911 dispatcher, Staci gained invaluable experience in helping with emergencies. Staci’s experience as a 911 dispatcher has proven to be valuable in her role at Chaffin Luhana, where she focuses on walking our clients through the initial stages of their legal cases, and troubleshooting the various issues that our clients face when they are injured in accidents.
Outside of the office, Staci is working on an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Health and Human Services with a minor in Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Crisis Intervention at Stark State College. For years, she has also volunteered to prepare and serve meals to the elderly and to care for mentally and physically challenged adolescent kids. In addition to volunteering in her spare time, Staci also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and watching her two daughters play sports.
Holly Culbertson is a Senior Litigation Paralegal at Chaffin Luhana LLP. Holly has over 20 years experience as a litigation paralegal. She received her initial paralegal training from the U.S. Marine Corps, received her Paralegal Certificate from Stonybrook University and has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Holly is the firm’s lead paralegal on the Transvaginal Mesh, Granuflo, Actos and birth defects litigations.
Holly lives in Astoria, New York with her bulldog Abigail.
Holly’s 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Charity nomination is The Ali Forney Center. Holly has volunteered on the Ali Forney Center’s crisis line many times. She said it breaks her heart to hear how kids feel like their world is going to end because they are gay. Holly said these kids are rejected by those they need the most, but are our future and need our help.
RaeAnn has nearly ten years of legal experience as a paralegal and she currently works with Chaffin Luhana as an intake specialists. She works in the Ohio Valley but talks to Chaffin Luhana clients from across the country. When prospective clients call the firm, RaeAnn greets them and prides herself in listening, identify and helping to resolve their legal problems. Her goal is to make each clients feel comfortable with the legal process, and identify whether the firm can assist them.
Outside of the office, RaeAnn enjoys time with her husband Sean, their young son, and their two dogs. She also volunteers her time baking œdream cakes for the birthdays of chronically ill children through a charity, Icing Smiles.
Rene Grier is a Case Manager and Records Specialist in the firm’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia offices.
Rene was born and raised in Pittsburgh and went to Taylor Allderdice High School. In 2007, she moved to Weirton, WV. She previously worked as a Public Benefits Advocate at a well-known medical center in the region and she has also worked on a national study, interviewing Medicare beneficiaries in their homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.
Outside of the office, Rene keeps herself busy with three children and a granddaughter. For fun, she enjoys walking, Zumba, going to the movies and watching her children play sports.
Misty Kirbaugh is an Administrative Assistant for the firm’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia offices. Like all of our staff, she strives for exceptional service for our clients. Misty graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Before joining Chaffin Luhana, Misty worked for a national mortgage company in the mortgage and title industry where she gained valuable experience in effectively supporting a team and clients.
Misty grew up in the Ohio Valley and prior to relocating back here recently, she lived in North Carolina, where she volunteered with exotic animals at a North Carolina rescue shelter, where she was a tour guide, project coordinator, and helped socialize large animals such as lions and tigers that lived in deplorable conditions before being rescued by the shelter.
Misty now volunteers at local animal shelters in the Ohio Valley, where she works with smaller and more cuddly animals. She lives with her husband James and their charming dogs, Shady and Cookie.
For the 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Employee Charity Nomination, Misty chose Suzie’s Pride, Big Cat Sanctuary. Misty said a lot of big cats are used for photos, then sold for gaming or hunting preserves, and then killed. She knows the cats at Suzie’s Pride are taken care of and allowed to roam free. Misty said she has personally seen the good work Suzie’s Pride does on a daily basis and she knows the funds will go to help neglected or threatened cats.
Stephanie Murdough is the firm’s Office Manager and works closely with Managing Partner Eric Chaffin. Stephanie received her Bachelors of Arts from Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Before joining Chaffin Luhana LLP she was an Editor at CB Richard Ellis’ Econometric Advisors in Boston, MA. Stephanie’s primary role is to assist with the management of the firm’s growing offices, in New York and West Virginia. She also provides support for key litigations for the firm and regularly communicates with firm clients in these cases, including the Denture Cream, Orthopedic Implant Device, and birth control litigations.
Stephanie lives in New York City with her charismatic poodle, Chewie.
Stephanie’s 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Charity nomination is the Michael J. Fox Foundation. When Stephanie’s grandmother was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s she would often talk about how it made her feel more normal knowing that a celebrity was coping with the same disease but still living a full and engaging life. Stephanie said the Foundation works to find methods to slow the acceleration of the disease and create better therapies.
Carol Neeley is a licensed social worker and a Case Manager with the firm’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia Offices. She supports the firm’s regional personal injury and national mass tort clients. Carol received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Bethany College and brings to the firm years of experience as a patient advocate and Admissions Director for a regional nursing home. She left her extensive career as a patient advocate for the elderly to help her son, Managing Partner Eric Chaffin, open the firm’s West Virginia office.
Carol is known around the office as œMom. Carol has two sons, Eric and Tom, and six grandkids, who she enjoys spending her spare time with. Carol lives in New Cumberland, West Virginia with her husband Timothy, and their extremely energetic dog, Ivan.
For the 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Employee Charity Nomination, Carol chose the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation. Carol wanted to make her donation to the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation. Carol and her family adopted their dog, Ivan, from the shelter. Carol said Ivan has made a huge difference in their lives. She hopes that this donation will help care for other animals like Ivan who are waiting for their forever family.
Before joining Chaffin Luhana, Danielle was a paralegal with a prominent Ohio personal injury law firm, where she focused on a pre-litigation team. Danielle attended college at Kent State University where she majored in Psychology. Like the other case managers and staff at Chaffin Luhana, she makes clients a priority and works diligently to help resolve their personal injury claims swiftly and effectively.
She has attended Relay for Life since 2007 to support others along with her mother who is a cancer survivor. Danielle is avid traveler with her fiancÃ©. Together they have visited much of the United States and have plans to visit several countries in the near future. When they aren’t traveling, they enjoy hiking and spending time at home with their animals.
Danielle’s 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Employee Charity Nomination is the Humane Society of the United States. Danielle said that animals have no voice, so we have to be their advocates. She believes all animals deserve the same respect and kindness that we promote to people and that abuse and neglect can only stop with us.
Jessica Szumla is a Paralegal at Chaffin Luhana LLP.
Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesley College in Dover, DE. She started her career in the legal field as a legal assistant at a plaintiff’s firm, where she handled various personal injury, worker’s compensation and Social Security disability cases. Before joining Chaffin Luhana, Jessica worked with a Baltimore firm as a paralegal handling toxic tort claims, including asbestos claims.
Jessica has worked with patients in an Eating Disorders program and volunteered as an Online Hotline responder with RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) and truly enjoys helping others. She is originally from Baltimore and and now resides in Hudson County, New Jersey.