WCLC Family

Pictured above: the board and staff of the Wyoming Children’s Law Center. Left to right (back row): Mary Doherty, Lori Brand, Donna Sheen, Shontay Roe; left to right (front row): Sonja Bartrop, John Burman, Mona Schatz.

Board Chair: Dr. Mona Schatz
Professor of Social Work, University of Wyoming
MSW awarded from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work; Doctorate awarded from the University of Pennsylvania; Chair and member for the Advisory Council for the Wyoming Department of Family Services; Court expert in field of children and families.

Board Secretary: Shontay Roe
Shontay is a 2010 Graduate student of the University of Wyoming Social Work School. She has training in Mediation, Child Forensic Interviewing and Child & Family Investigations.

Board Treasurer: Mary Doherty
Degree in Accounting, working in Business/Economic Development

Board Member: Lori Brand
Attorney at Law

Board Member: Professor Emeritus John Burman
University of Wyoming College of Law

Director/Attorney: Donna Sheen
Donna founded the Wyoming Children’s Law Center in 2009.  She is a 2001 Graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law. She has been an advocate for children’s legal rights for many years. She is a parent of a child with special needs and also completed a graduate assistant-ship with W.I.N.D. (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities).

Katie Osten – Staff Attorney
Katie moved to Wyoming from Nebraska in 2008 and she joined our team March of 2016.  Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Chadron State College in 2008. She completed her J.D. at the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2014 and is licensed to practice law in Wyoming. Katie is the attorney who has taken on our free services cases.

Sonja Bartrop – Administrative & Program Coordinator  
Sonja is a Laramie native and joined the team in March of 2015.  She has extensive prior work experience in various service sectors and bookkeeping.  She is a 2014 graduate of the CLIMB Wyoming Program. Sonja is a very bright, dedicated and hard-working addition to our team and has life experiences that have proven to be a great asset to the Center.  Her background is well suited to working with the youth & family populations we serve as she experienced many challenges in her own youth and has overcome many obstacles.

Summer Semester Student’s:

Hannah – 1st year Student

Joseph – BSW Student

Megan – 2nd year Law Student from Temple

Gabi- 2nd year Law Student

We have had a total of 13 students, including current students, from different degree programs come into our office over the years.  Of those 13, we have had 2 of them return for a second semester with us.  We love having students in our office to teach and provide an alternative way of learning.  It shows them what they can really do with the interests that they are passionate about.