Eileen Stoner, CDFA®
Second Saturday Lake Norman Workshop Leader
With over 22 years of experience serving clients throughout life's various financial transitions, Eileen's hope is that couples and families can remain together. When this is not possible, Eileen guides clients through the complex financial decisions that can accompany separation and divorce. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst CDFA®, Eileen owns D.R.E.A.M Dream Divorce Resources LLC. providing divorce consultation, education and guidance. Eileen understands that many women feel under-confident about their financial knowledge, but she believes that knowledge is power and that all women can become more financially informed and in control.
As "silver divorce" becomes more common, Eileen draws upon her experience as a Chartered Retirement Planning Specialist to help women over 50 become more informed about health care coverage, second careers, Social Security elections, legacy planning and more; so they can envision and plan for a successful transition into retirement. Eileen, a Forbes Top Woman Wealth Advisor 2020, is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville NJ. She and her family have called Lake Norman home since 1995.
Partner GPS Law Group
Currently, Mrs. Primiano lives in Huntersville with her husband and two-year-old son. She spent years in Huntersville as a small business owner until recently moving her practice (Primiano Law, PA) to a larger office in Charlotte. Mrs. Primiano is a private attorney for the Mecklenburg County Indigent Defense Services, and also works as a private attorney for the Mecklenburg County Special Proceedings Court, which involves handling competency issues. She is a volunteer attorney for Council for Children’s Rights. Currently, Mrs. Primiano is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Massachusetts. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. In order to encourage law students with their studies, Mrs. Primiano also is an Adjunct Professor at the Charlotte School of Law.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Family Law and Divorce, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Simple Wills, Business Formation Services and Consultations, Small Claims Representation, Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Civil Litigation Representation, Credit Repair Services, Criminal Background Reports and Expungement, Underage Drinking
Driving While Impaired or DWI/DUI, Felonies and Misdemeanors, Trademark and Copyright Matters, Competency, Juvenile, DSS in Cabarrus Co.
North Carolina, Massachusetts
Amy R. Howard, Attorney At Law
With over 20 years of legal experience, Amy has developed innovative ways to handle conflict resolution. She has dedicated her practice to family and juvenile law, representing clients in uncontested divorces, legal separation, juvenile defense, complex equitable distribution, alimony and child custody matters. While experienced as a zealous advocate in court, Amy is also certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to serve as a facilitator. She is passionate about her role as a juvenile public defender, and has reduced recidivism amongst her juvenile clients. Amy has also challenged the public school system to enforce and improve educational opportunities for her clients. As a solo practitioner and small business owner she is well respected in the legal community. She has also worked collaboratively as an independent contractor with a small law firm. Amy presently serves on a committee through the Mecklenburg County Bar. She has participated in speaking engagements for the National Business Institute, A.G. Edwards, and Stifel Nicolaus in continuing legal education. Amy is a graduate of Penn State University and Western New England School of Law and has been practicing family law in North Carolina since 1995.
Libby James, Attorney At Law
Since 2005, Libby James has dedicated herself to assisting individuals with delicate, personal legal matters. Ms. James practices family law with an emphasis on alimony, post-separation support, equitable distribution, separation agreements, premarital agreements, child support, child custody, contempt motions, qualified domestic relations orders, name changes and domestic violence protective orders and appeals.
In addition to being certified as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Libby is also certified by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as a Parent Coordinator.
As a mother of three, Ms. James knows the impact such difficult matters can have on children and does her best to ensure that the best interest of the children is the central concern in any divorce.
Christine M. Melvin
“Understandably, people are often hesitant to move forward with divorce because they are uncertain of the legal consequences. I say life is too short to spend it with someone who does not make you happy. I want to help people resolve the conflicts that come with divorce so they can more easily move on with their lives.
Practicing family law is exciting to me because no two people have the same story and each client’s situation is unique and personal. Such diversity challenges me to think creatively, fully understand my client’s needs and desires, and incorporate their unique circumstances into negotiations and litigation strategies. I use common sense and open communication to make the divorce process more comfortable while allowing my clients to take control and make informed decisions about their future.
My practice includes more than just divorces. I also handle property and relationship agreements for same-sex or unmarried couples, as well as parenting agreements for people in alternative family arrangements.
Born and raised in Charlotte, I left this great city only briefly to earn a Political Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have had the advantage of working for Hatcher Law Group prior to attending law school, as well as during my three years of law school. This extension of my legal training broadened my base of legal knowledge and allowed me to gain practical experience in the area of family law. I consistently use this on-the-job training to be more efficient in my practice and bring value, as well as peace of mind, to all my clients.”
Lindsey Pope, LMFT, LCAS, CCS
Lindsey has always known that she wants to help others. It was this passion that lead her to study Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelor of Science. After college, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to attend NOVA Southeastern's Master's program where she studied Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained her License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) but realized how many of her clients were affected by addiction. Wanting to do more for these clients, she decided to pursue a second license and is now also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). Her expertise and experience in substance abuse counseling have also allowed her to pursue a clinical supervision license (CCS) as well; she supervises clinicians working towards their LCAS.
Lindsey's specialties include marriage and family therapy, treating substance use disorders, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Lindsey enjoys working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She offers individual sessions utilizing DBT. Her areas of interest and expertise include Borderline Personality Disorder, substance use disorders, relationship or family conflict, parenting, stress management, self-harming behaviors, crisis intervention, anxiety, and depression.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT
Megan specializes in individual, couples and family therapy. With over 8 years' experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Valdosta State's COAMFT approved Marriage and Family Therapy program, she is thrilled to be serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients in the Lake Norman and surrounding communities.
Meagan has experience working with all ages. She has been in private practice since 2013 and before moving to the Lake Norman area was the Director of School Counseling for 4 years for a private PreK-12 school, where she was nominated as one of Fayetteville's 40 under 40 in 2013. Meagan has experience working with couples, families, adolescents, veterans and their families, and individuals with concerns such as anxiety, depression PTSD, self-esteem, grief and anger. Meagan is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. She has training in EMDR and Yoga and uses those tools in session with clients when it may be useful. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW
Erin Clark is a mental health therapist specializing in working with adults and couples and has a private practice in Davidson. She has completed the requirements to be a certified family financial mediator in North Carolina and the training to work as a divorce coach/facilitator in the Collaborative Divorce process. She is a member of the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals as a Divorce Coach and also completed the Parent Coordinator training required for Parent Coordinators in North Carolina.