Staff

Director of Operations

Kathleen Dann

Kathleen relocated from the Boston, MA area to Manatee County with her husband in 2016. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, completing an M.B.A. program through the prestigious Charlton School of Business. Kathleen previously held a longstanding position as Law Firm Administrator with a prominent Massachusetts law firm before moving to Clearwater and continuing her career as Business Manager for a large accounting firm eventually moving to “paradise” on Perico Island. Kathleen has enjoyed involvement in many community service organizations including serving as a Girl Scout Leader, as a volunteer for YMCA Committees & Fundraising, as a Recording Clerk for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), to her most fulfilling role as Foster Care Parent. Previously an avid snow skier and runner, the love of the outdoors now takes Kathleen and her husband on adventurous bicycle treks, long walks on our gorgeous Gulf beaches and hikes through the many breathtaking land preservation areas found in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Legal Assistants

 

Dina M. De Lorenzo

Dina comes to Lancaster & Eure from Cincinnati, Ohio. She brings over ten years of experience with Ohio workers’ compensation law. She attended the University of Cincinnati and is currently a resident of Manatee County. Dina has been with Lancaster & Eure since September, 2006 and serves as the firm’s intake specialist for new client cases.   Dina enjoys spending free time with family, reading and traveling. Dina has been an active member of Women of the Moose since 2007.

 

Antonia “Tonie” Vazquez

Born and raised in New York City, in the area known as “the Bronx”, Tonie relocated to Bradenton, FL in 2017.   She previously worked for a nation-wide defense firm  for 14 years in their New York City office located on Wall Street before joining Lancaster & Eure.  Tonie’s education included LaGuardia Community College. She has accumulated over 30 years of experience as a Legal Assistant.   Tonie works in our Social Security Disability practice and assists our clients in their appeals of wrongfully denied disability benefits.   During her spare time, Tonie enjoys shopping, going to movies, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Rosa Lavy

Rosa is originally from Lima, Peru.   In 1997 she moved to Miami, FL and lived there until relocating to Sarasota in 2017.   Rosa completed the Paralegal Studies program  earning an associate degree from Keiser University and later returned to Nova Southeastern University to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration.   Rosa has since attained the status of Florida Registered Paralegal.
Prior to joining Lancaster & Eure, Rosa built a solid foundation as a paralegal working 12 years with  an immigration law firm in Miami.   Rosa continues her legal career as a Case Manager/Paralegal in our Workers’ Compensation department where she continues to provide a high level of support and assistance to clients.
Outside of work, Rosa enjoys trips to the beach, spending time with family and friends and her fur-babies.

Jesse Steeves

Jesse grew up in Massachusetts deciding to make Florida his new home in 2002.   He previously worked as an immigration paralegal before joining L&E to continue his career as a Workers’ Compensation paralegal.   Jesse continued his education at Everglades University, earning a master’s degree in  Business Administration.    Jesse most appreciates the personal connection he feels when  assisting those who need help, and in being a reliable connection to assist clients in their journey through the workers’ compensation system. Interests outside of work include being a father, a  “gamer” , as well as a science fan with preference to reading publications concerning  physics and chemistry.

Merryl Houston

A former Illinois and California native, Merryl relocated to Florida in 2017.   While living in Illinois, Merryl went on to pursue paralegal studies and project management  programs, an associate’s degree in Travel & Hospitality and a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from Eastern Illinois University.
Merryl previously worked in the fields of marketing, data analytics, intellectual property & class action law and various technology sectors before transitioning to Lancaster & Eure in 2022, where she currently works in our Personal Injury department.
Merryl enjoys working on projects, from managing a case to assisting clients to ensure they receive proper medical care.
Outside of work, Merryl enjoys scuba diving, travel and is an avid animal lover.

Karly Kleiman

Karly moved from Indiana to the west coast of Florida, later relocating to the beautiful East Coast of Florida where she now makes the Sarasota/Bradenton area home.
She began working in managerial positions in various service industries before starting her legal career in 2021 researching health insurance claims.  Karly joined Lancaster & Eure’s Worker’s Compensation department in 2022 bringing organizational skills and notable attention to detail in managing workers‘ compensation cases for our clients.
Karly enjoys thrifting, puzzles, being outdoors  and an admirable interest in saving lives through organ donation.

 

Yosmeiri Gonzalez

Originally from Venezuela, Yosmeiri moved to the United States in December 2019 and now makes Sarasota County home.
Prior to moving, Yosmeiri worked as a business administrator.  She recently transitioned to our Workers’ Compensation practice area, where her true calling is shown by having the opportunity to help others.
Yosmeiri holds a master’s degree from Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacin, Venezuela.
Outside of work, she enjoys nature, camping, going to the beach, biking, travelling, and spending time with family.

 

 

Dyan McCloughan

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Dyan moved to Sarasota with her family in the 1980’s and proudly admits she isn’t leaving.
Dyan graduated from Sarasota High School then started her professional career working with Alex Lancaster’s early firm. She continued work in other fields returning to law.   Dyan takes pride working as a paralegal in our Workers’ Compensation department while attending State College of Florida’s Paralegal program.
Dyan’s priority is family, enjoying time with her grown sons, finding time to shop with her sisters and taking outdoor walks.

Spanish Translators

Diana RicoDiana Rico

Diana Rico is a legal assistant/Spanish translator at Lancaster & Eure and serves as a liaison between the attorneys and paralegals and our Spanish speaking clients. Prior to joining Lancaster & Eure, Diana worked 8 years for Goldman Sachs on Wall Street in client services. In 1991, Diana relocated to Sarasota with her husband to raise her daughters and focus on her family. Diana works closely with the Spanish speaking injured workers and assists in all aspects of their workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.

Aura Guerrero

Originally from Colombia, Aura joins Lancaster & Eure as legal assistant /Spanish translator. Previously working in the Banking industry in customer service, she enjoys helping people by providing them services they need and deserve.
Aura earned certification as a bi-lingual secretary in Columbia and attended law school for one year while in Columbia.
When not at work, Aura enjoys nature, walking outdoors at our local beaches and parks. Her future plans involve volunteering with organizations to help children or assist in animal care.

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