Non-Attorney Staff

Cheryl Berdin

Legal Assistant

Cheryl started at Lowe Eklund Wakefield in June 2014 and works as a legal assistant to Meghan Connolly and Michael Goldberg. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 1997 with a B.A. in social work.

“I love the law.”

Previously, Cheryl worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence. She took a break from the law after the birth of her son but is glad to be back at it.

Cheryl lives in Parma wither husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys watching her son play basketball, reading with her son and being with friends and family.

Pamela Dayner

Legal Assistant

Since 1984, Pam has worked as a legal assistant for the firm. She currently assists James Lowe, a partner with the firm. “I always feel fortunate to work in a team environment where we are all treated very equally,” she said. “We are encouraged to think for ourselves and work independently.”

Pam attended John Marshall High School in Cleveland. She enjoys cooking and is an avid animal lover. She currently resides in Cleveland with her roommate and two dogs.

Judi DelNostro

Legal Assistant

Judi has worked at the firm as a legal assistant since 1978. Today, she is essential to the success of Ryan Fisher and Greg Scott in a support capacity. “I really love working here and being so involved with our clients,” she said. “When a client gets injured, I enjoy helping guide them through all the stages of the process and answering their questions. I also assist them by carefully maintaining their personal information and medical records, and tracking their medical progress.”

Judi graduated from Brush High School in South Euclid-Lyndhurst, where she completed a secretarial office program. She currently lives in Mentor with her husband and a Bichon named Basil.

Jill Fultz

Legal Assistant

Jill joined Lowe Eklund Wakefield as a paralegal in June 2016 and serves as the assistant to Carly Iblod, an associate attorney in the firm’s Chardon office.

“I have not been with the firm long, but I love the atmosphere.  We offer that small town feel with a big city support.”

Jill has worked in the legal field for more than 20 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Lake Erie College. She also has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a certification in Homeland Security from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jill lives in Madison with her husband, two children and two step-children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is very active in her community working with various youth sports programs.

Valerie Neidert

Office Manager

Valerie joined the firm in March 2011, and she is currently the office manager and bookkeeper. She enjoys her job, in part, because her coworkers “are so friendly, outgoing and easy to work with.”

Valerie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and an associate’s degree in accounting from Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Her employment history includes working for 13 years in the sales and marketing department of a manufacturing company where she managed all aspects of its pricing and financial analysis functions. Prior to joining Lowe Eklund, Valerie was a bookkeeper for another law firm.

She resides in Lorain with her husband and two children. She and her family enjoy the water and boating during the summer.

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