Cara Akridge has worked in the estate planning field for over 15 years at both large and small law firms, including Bryan Cave, LLP. Prior to joining MGD, she was a Business Analyst with Anheuser-Busch, InBev for 19 years. Cara keeps our office running smoothly, as well as, uses her analyst skills in assisting with client projects and document drafting. She is able to manage multiple tasks at the same time and in a timely manner.
Cara is an active member of many lineage and genealogical societies, serving as a state or chapter officer, including chairperson, both presently and in the past.
Alyson joined MGD in February 2023 as our Receptionist. Prior to joining MGD, she worked as a cook, and more recently working as a medical receptionist at a local St. Louis urgent care. With over 6 years of customer and hospitality service experience, Alyson enjoys meeting the needs of others.
Dena Kraus joined MGD in 2020. Prior to joining MGD she worked for Armstrong Teasdale, LLP in the Corporate Services Group. She has over 25 years’ experience working with estate planning professionals at large and small law firms. In her role as Senior Paralegal, she works with attorneys and clients on trust administration, probate estate matters, and estate planning matters. Dena has extensive experience in estate, gift and fiduciary tax matters, and tax return preparation with a focus on post death administration. Dena uses her project management, critical thinking, and creativity talents to help troubleshoot issues and benefit our clients. Her past experience as a litigation paralegal helps her keep pace in today’s fast-paced legal environment and allows her to manage simultaneous projects and tasks with ease.
Selena Levitt has over 25 years of customer service experience. She handles daily contact with clients and administrative tasks. As an active member of 16 ancestry research groups she has an extensive knowledge of genealogical research specializing in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. She volunteers in a number of ways to support both active duty and veteran groups and gives presentations on the Civil War throughout the community.
Chelli (pronounced “Kelli”) McCurdy, CTFA has over 25 years of experience as a paralegal and over nine years working with mid-sized Trust Companies as a Trust Officer. In her current role as a Senior Paralegal with MGD, Chelli has a specific focus on Special Needs Trusts and, in addition, assists clients and attorneys with tax returns, pre-and post-death trust administration and corporate law issues.
Prior to starting with MGD Law, Chelli worked as a Trust Officer with Commerce Trust Company for three years with an emphasis in Special Needs Trusts. Prior to Commerce Trust, Chelli was a Trust Officer at Edward Jones Trust Company for six years where her primary focus was on post-death administration. While at Edward Jones Trust Company, she earned her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the American Bankers Association and keeps her designation current with continuing education. Before becoming a Trust Officer, Chelli worked as a paralegal for a number of small estate planning law firms in St. Louis and a boutique litigation law firm in Irvine, California.
Kathryn joined MGD in 2022 as our Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. In February 2023, she was promoted to Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining MGD, she was an elementary school educator and then a Receptionist at Scharf Tax Services. Kathryn enjoys greeting clients and performing administrative functions of MGD. With over 15 years of meeting the needs of individuals, Kathryn uses her skills to assist our attorneys and clients to help the office run smoothly.
Tammy Tobin joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly J. Greenley’s team in 2018 after being a part of McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 21 years. She continues to assist Beverly, as well as handling other administrative tasks, including daily contact with clients, scheduling and coordinating appointments, and assisting in document signings.
Georgette Vallely has 20 years of experience in the legal field. Prior to joining MGD, she worked at the Commerce Trust Company – Family Office as a business analyst. Georgette also has several years of experience as an estate and trust administration paralegal. In her current role as Special Projects Manager, she assists on various firm projects.
Deidra Woods joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly J. Greenley’s team in 2018, after being a part of McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 22 years. Prior to that, she worked at Bryan Cave, LLP and Thompson & Mitchell (now Thompson Coburn). Deidra has extensive experience in estate, gift and fiduciary tax matters, as well as real estate transactions, trust administration and creating drafts of legal documents.