Cuyahoga County

Meet the Children and Family Services Team

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Michelle A. Myers, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Unit Supervisor Children and Family Services Unit

Michelle Myers obtained her law degree from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law. After law school, Michelle worked as a public defender in Brooklyn, New York for four years. She then worked for Legal Services in Akron where she represented women involved in domestic violence relationships. Michelle joined the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services as legal counsel in 1997, where she was a courtroom attorney, handling abuse, neglect, and dependency cases for 2 ½ years. She was promoted to In Charge APA with the Prosecutor's Office in December 1999. In October, 2014, Michelle was promoted to Unit Supervisor for the Children and Family Services Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office and remains in that position today.



Laura M. Brewster, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Managing Attorney

Laura joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2008 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Division, and was promoted to her current position of Managing Attorney in 2013. Laura represents the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (CCDCFS) at Juvenile Court and at the Eight District Court of Appeals in child custody cases involving abuse and neglect. She has also represented CCDCFS’ interests in juvenile delinquency cases, working collaboratively with Juvenile Court and CCDCFS to reduce the number of delinquent children committed to CCDCFS custody. Laura has enjoyed a career focusing on child welfare, with ten years of experience as a case worker for CCDCFS where she investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse and child fatalities. Laura received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Amy L. Carson, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Managing Attorney

Amy joined the Prosecutor's Office in October of 1999 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit. Amy was promoted to her current position of Managing Attorney in 2014. She has been a zealous advocate for the Division of Children and Family Services at Juvenile Court, the Eighth District Court of Appeals and the Probate Court in child custody cases involving abuse and neglect. Amy is a graduate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Cleveland State University. She is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and is active in her community. Amy worked as a criminal defense attorney prior to joining the CCPO and is a veteran, having served in the United States Army.


Cheryl Rice, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Managing Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rice joined the Children and Family Services Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998, and was promoted to Managing Attorney in 2009. Prior to joining the office, APA Rice was employed by the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services as in-house counsel. She completed her undergraduate studies at Baldwin Wallace College and earned her J.D. and M.B.A. from Cleveland State University. Ms. Rice’s diverse background includes insurance sales and foreign exchange/gold trading. She has resided in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco but has always called Cleveland home. APA Rice is exceedingly proud of the work that is done in the CFS Unit to protect children in Cuyahoga County and considers herself fortunate to be a child welfare attorney.


Tahseen F. Ali, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

In 2000, Tahseen Ali obtained her law degree from The Ohio State University, College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, with a double major in Philosophy and Exercise Physiology. Prior to attending law school, Tahseen was a traveling tutor for foster children and a residential treatment childcare worker at Berea Children's Home, now known as Ohio Guidestone. After two years at George Forbes' law firm, she joined t he Army Family for over a decade, working six years as adjunt faculty for Drury University and as a civilian attorney with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for five years at Fort Hood. Tahseen joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit in 2016.


Anthony R. Beery, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Beery graduated from Akron Law School in 2009, and joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in April of 2013 after spending time in private practice. Prior to receiving his J.D., Anthony taught in Ohio public schools for over ten years. Anthony initially worked in the Juvenile Child Support Unit to establish and enforce child support orders on behalf of the Office of Child Support Services and currently prosecutes abuse, neglect, and dependency cases as a member of the Children & Family Services Unit. He practices in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and the Eighth District Court of Appeals.


Colleen R. Cassidy Ulrich, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Colleen is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney within the Children and Family Services unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office where she prosecutes abuse, neglect and dependency cases. Colleen has been with the office since 2014. She earned her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2008 and her B.A. in International Business and Spanish from Mount Union College in 2003. Prior to joining the office, Colleen worked at a general law practice in Richland County.


Joseph M. Cordiano, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Cordiano joined the Prosecutor’s Office in the spring of 2007. Attorney Cordiano has served a number of posts within the office, trying various cases including juvenile delinquencies and adult felonies. He is currently a proud member of the unit representing the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services seeking justice for our community’s children who are abused, neglected, or dependent. Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Attorney Cordiano spent time with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Cordiano has also clerked for various judges, including clerking at the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. Attorney Cordiano received his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and a B.S. in management from Case Western Reserve University.


Rachel Eisenberg, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Rachel Eisenberg is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor‘s Office. She has been with the office since 2007. Rachel has a master’s degree in Social Work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Her dual degrees are well suited to her responsibilities as a child welfare lawyer. Rachel is currently serving on a committee dedicated to meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth in out-of-placement care. Rachel’s background includes working with social service agencies in town, and the Legal Aid Society.


Feisul Khan, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Feisul joined the office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in July 2014. Feisul was delighted to return to public service work after serving as a Staff Attorney with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services for four years and running a private practice for three years. While working as a legal aid attorney, Feisul focused on representing indigent persons in consumer, landlord-tenant, and domestic relations cases. A majority of Feisul’s private practice was devoted to work as a guardian ad litem and representing parties in delinquency and abuse/neglect/dependency cases. Feisul graduated with a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in May 2005. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in 2000 and 2002, respectively.


Wesley M. Kretch, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Wesley joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2015 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit. He is responsible for prosecuting abuse, neglect, and dependency cases on behalf of the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. Prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office, Wesley served as a Public Defender in Columbus, Ohio representing criminal defendants charged with misdemeanor traffic and criminal offenses. He is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and received his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from Miami University. Wesley is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending local sporting events and the outdoors.


Michael F. Kulcsar, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Michael joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2015 and represents the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services in cases that involve the abuse, neglect, and dependency of children. A former teacher, Michael has dedicated his professional career to public service and protecting the rights of children. After receiving his J.D. from Georgia State University in 2011, Michael worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a legal analyst and as the Education Advocate Attorney for Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta, Georgia.


Willie Mitchell, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Willie Mitchell has been protecting abused and neglected children for the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services since 2000. He currently prepares complaints and pleadings and makes oral arguments before the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Due to his desire to serve the public, he concentrated in political science while earning a B.A. at Colgate University. Willie Mitchell decided to serve the public upon graduating from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1995 by working as a housing court prosecutor for the City of Cleveland from 1996-2000. His service to the community continues outside of work, as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, a volunteer with the youth programs at his church, and as a sports coach for youths in his neighborhood.


Tamara Reeves, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Tamara Reeves joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2015 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit. She is responsible for prosecuting abuse, neglect, and dependency cases on behalf of the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. Prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office, Tamara represented low-income individuals in mortgage foreclosure cases at Legal Aid agencies in Ohio, Michigan and New Mexico. She received her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. in Social Science from The University of Michigan.


Timothy D. Smanik, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Timothy D. Smanik joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Children and Family Services Unit in 2013. He received his J.D. from Capital University Law School (2009) and his B.A. in History from The College of Wooster (2006). He previously served as law clerk, and later counsel, for the Ohio Department of Youth Services in Columbus, Ohio, in addition to several years in private practice.


Courtney Verardi, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Courtney joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office in 2016 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Children and Family Services Unit. She received her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Akron. Prior to joining the Prosecutor's Office, Courtney worked for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court as a Case Management Clerk.


Adrienne M. Watson, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Adrienne M. Watson joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013 after receiving her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She also has earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Legal Foundations of Society from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the office, Adrienne gained experience as a legal intern at Franklin County Children Services and CASA of Franklin County. She also served as a legal extern for Justice Yvette McGee Brown at the Supreme Court of Ohio.


Danielle L. Williams, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Danielle L. Williams joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office after five years of private practice. Prior to private practice, Danielle worked at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association assisting the public in locating attorneys for their various legal needs. She has earned her B.S. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace College and her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Danielle is currently responsible for prosecuting abuse, neglect, and dependency cases for the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. Danielle is no stranger to public service as she has spent over ten years of her life dedicated to serving her community through her church and other agencies. Ultimately, she is delighted to share her passion for the practice of law with Cuyahoga County.


Joanne E. Wu, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Joanne E. Wu obtained her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2007. During law school, Joanne was the Assistant Director of a Cleveland-based non-profit law firm specializing in Fair Housing, and then later had the dual role of being the Staff Attorney for the firm. She was then an Attorney for a Cleveland creditor’s rights law firm for six years. Prior to joining Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Joanne was the Child Support Enforcement Agency Attorney for Portage County, Department of Jobs & Family Services. Joanne joined the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in 2016. She is currently representing the agency in prosecuting cases of child abuse, neglect and dependency.


Joseph Young, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Joe Young has been dedicated to public service in child support and child protection law since earning his degree in 1991 from CWRU School of Law. Joe began his legal career with six years of practice in the field of child support, including four spent as an Administrative Hearing Officer at the Cuyahoga County CSEA. In 1998, Joe joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Children and Family Services Unit, and for the next decade engaged in litigation, appellate practice, employee supervision, and attorney training. In January 2009, Joe became the Unit Supervisor in the Child Support Juvenile Unit. In 2011, Joe's oral argument resulted in an unanimous favorable decision in the Supreme Court case of Pula v. Pula-Branch, 129 Ohio St.3d 196, 2011-Ohio-2896, reversing a lower court ruling which would have had a severe impact on interstate orders of paternity and support. Joe presently serves in the Children and Family Services Unit.

Joe has also been an active member of the CMBA Guardian Ad Litem Project Advisory Committee since 2006, and serves as Policy/Procedure Subcommittee Chair and as a Complaint Review Panel member. Joe has been active with the Ohio CSEA Directors' Association Legislative Committee since 2011, and served on the Public Children Services Association of Ohio Legislative Committee. Joe has presented numerous CLE seminars regarding child welfare and child support law.


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