Alyssa Limon Legal Secretary | Austin, Texas
Alyssa Limon is a Legal Secretary at Vela Wood. Her role includes assisting with entity formations and maintenance and fund closing coordination, and she is appointed as a Notary in the State of Texas. Alyssa is a Core Team member of VW FWD, the firm’s social justice initiative. Alyssa graduated from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a B.S. in Kinesiology where she was involved in the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. In her spare time she enjoys biking, listening to podcasts, and traveling!
During undergrad, Alyssa wrote a proclamation declaring March 6th as Lymphedema Awareness Day in the city of Corpus Christi which was formally declared by the Mayor!
Anne Price Executive Assistant | Dallas, Texas
Anne Price is an Executive Assistant at Vela Wood. Her role includes managing and coordinating calendars, drafting engagement letters, and supporting managing partner, Kevin Vela. Anne graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Family Life with an emphasis in Human Development. Prior to joining Vela Wood, Anne worked as an Administrative Assistant at a medical office in Missoula, Montana, and a Personal Assistant for a surgeon and family. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking, reading, shopping, hiking, skiing, and traveling with her husband!
Anne considers herself a pro wakesurfer.
April Smith Transaction Closing Assistant | Dallas, Texas
April is a Transaction Closing Assistant at Vela Wood. Her role includes preparing electronic closing binders. April graduated from Texas Woman’s University where she studied business, sociology, and dance.
April really loves:
cats, writing, travel, singing,
pizza, and Haiku.
When April was nine she was on a gameshow called Buster’s Ape Show.
Ashley Burnett Office Coordinator | Austin, Texas
Ashley Burnett is the Office Coordinator at Vela Wood. Her role includes carrying out administrative tasks and ensuring the office is operating smoothly. Ashley graduated from East Carolina University obtaining a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. Prior to joining Vela Wood, Ashley has experience in both employment and criminal defense law. Ashley enjoys running and cleaning. Her favorite activity is discovering a new spot in Austin to hang with her golden retriever, August.
Ashley was in the movie, Talladega Nights.
Branlyn Yarbrough Client Account Manager | Las Vegas, Nevada
Branlyn Yarbrough is the Client Account Manager at Vela Wood. Her role includes managing accounts receivable and monthly billing processes as well as overseeing client intake.
Branlyn is in the process of obtaining her personal trainers certification.
Danielle Fields Legal Admin | Dallas, Texas
Danielle Fields is Legal Admin at Vela Wood. Her role includes supporting paralegals and attorneys in their legal environment, responding to potential clients and scheduling consultations, onboarding new clients, compiling and revising drafts of legal documents and reports, and maintaining and updating client file databases and tracking systems. Danielle graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Political Science where she was the director of Word of Truth Gospel Choir for two years. She enjoys hiking and kayaking, and will soon bring along her new puppy, Bear. She hopes to attend law school and rejoin Vela Wood as an attorney one day!
If I had to eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be tacos.
Joel Mathew, CPA Director of Finance and Operations | Dallas, Texas
Joel Mathew is the Director of Finance and Operations at Vela Wood. His role includes overseeing the finance and operations teams, publishing financial statements, and looking for efficiencies to maximize profits. Since joining Vela Wood, he has focused on establishing financial and operational processes, monitoring expenditures, and cash flow forecasting. Prior to joining Vela Wood, Joel was a consultant with Embark Consulting and was an auditor with EY, working in various industries for both companies. Joel has a BBA and a MS in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Joel was an intern with the marketing department of the Dallas Mavericks while he was at SMU!
Kait Palmer Marketing Coordinator | Dallas, Texas
Kait is the Marketing Coordinator at Vela Wood. Her role includes handling social media platforms as well as assisting in the planning and execution of events. She graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a B.S. in Marketing and Organizational Communications as well as a minor in Sports Program Planning. Upon moving to Texas in 2021, she accepted a position with the Texas Rangers as a Game Day Coordinator where she worked with them for the 2021 season. In her spare time, Kait enjoys exploring new cities, reading, and going to concerts.
Kait spent 6 weeks solo traveling the Pacific North West before moving to Dallas!
Kim Faussete Paralegal | Dallas, Texas
Kim Faussete is a Paralegal at Vela Wood. Her role includes preparing and submitting state and federal regulatory filings and notices. She assists attorneys with various corporate governance and capital raise matters. Prior to working at Vela Wood, Kim spent 3 years as a banker. She has been with Vela Wood for over 5 years.
Kim rescued a turtle from her dad’s lawn mower as a teen and has cared for Bob for over a decade. She sorely misinterpreted the longevity of life for a turtle and has since managed to pass him off (thankfully) for care and keeping to another VW employee.
Lexie Bauman Legal Secretary | Dallas, Texas
Lexie Bauman is a Legal Secretary at Vela Wood. Her role includes assisting attorneys with entity formations, formatting transactional documents, and preparing electronic closing binders. Lexie graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing her paralegal certification at the Center for Advanced Legal Studies.
Lexie is from New Orleans, so she knows what a real parade is.
Liz True Senior Paralegal | Dallas, Texas
Liz True is the Senior Paralegal at Vela Wood. Her role includes supporting attorneys and clients with debt and equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, entity formations and conversions, corporate governance, cap table and option plan management, complex closings, and much more. Liz also provides training and guidance to the legal staff and law clerks as the legal staff manager. Liz enjoys crochet, embroidery, jewelry making, fishing, camping, hiking, archery, board games, singing in the shower, dancing in the kitchen, feeding the homeless, registering voters, and sticking it to the man.
Liz almost met Lou Diamond Phillips once.
Mabel Lusengo Finance Manager | Dallas, Texas
Mabel Lusengo is the Finance Manager at Vela Wood. Her role includes supporting the finance team and managing accounting records for the firm. Mabel has a BBA in Accounting from University of North Texas, where she is currently pursuing her MS in Accounting.
Mabel is a Spiritual Life Coach and recently founded III Ways Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on supporting the dreams and aspirations of young adults on the African Continent with a particular focus on her home country, Zimbabwe!
Mikea Jackson Receptionist | Dallas, Texas
Mikea K. Jackson is a receptionist at Vela Wood. Her role includes overseeing many of the daily operations that support our entire team, including processing legal documentation, managing scheduling, and client communications. She hopes to continue to grow within our team and become a part of our legal staff. Mikea graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX with a B.S. in Strategic Communication. During her time at TCU, she was the President of the Black Student Association, the Vice President of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and worked all four years on diversity, equity and inclusion, advocating for marginalized populations. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with loved ones.
Mikea has always dreamed of becoming an attorney and plans to attend law school in the near future!
Mirth Hinojosa Legal Secretary | Dallas, Texas
Mirth Hinojosa is a Legal Secretary at Vela Wood. Her role includes assisting attorneys with entity formations, formatting transactional documents, and preparing electronic closing binders, and she is a Notary in the State of Texas. Prior to Vela Wood, Mirthelid was the head of the Human Resources department at a small Dallas construction company.
Mirth is that said VW employee that will care for and keep Bob the Turtle.
Nikki Rosema Marketing & Event Manager | Dallas, Texas
Nikki Rosema is the Marketing & Event Manager at Vela Wood. Her role includes brand strategy, content development, client relations, and event management. Nikki graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Religious Studies. Nikki feels she lucked out getting to work for Vela Wood as her first job out of college and has been with the firm for over 5 years!
Nikki has trypophobia, an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps (it’s a real thing!). Honeycombs and sponges repulse her, so keep them far away!
Shammie Abagnale Firm Coordinator and Dallas Office Manager | Dallas, Texas
Shammie Abagnale is the Firm Coordinator and Dallas Office Manager at Vela Wood. Her role includes managing the operations team, ensuring that all clerical duties run smoothly, handling accounts payable, onboarding new employees, coordinating travel arrangements, and monitoring lead channels and projects. Shammie graduated cum laude at United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Before moving to the U.S., Shammie worked in China as an Office Coordinator at a travel agency and was a part-time teacher. When she is not spending time with her family, she enjoys binge-reading any book she can get her hands on.
Shammie speaks more than five languages.
Shena Phagan Paralegal | Hots Springs Village, Arkansas
Shena Phagan is a Paralegal at Vela Wood. Her role includes preparing and submitting entity filings with various State offices, corporate governance assistance, and transactional assistance. Shena graduated from Pulaski Technical College with an Associates of Arts in Paralegal Technology in 2004. Prior to working for Vela Wood, she was a Paralegal for 8 years with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC, working with various practice groups involving Mergers & Acquisitions in the Public and Private sector, Corporate Governance, Banking and Real Estate industries, SEC filings, and State entity filings.
Shena loves sports. She may have started a tradition in her family when her softball team won 2nd Regionals and went on to Nationals. Since then, both of her girls have placed in or won a fast-pitch World Series. Now she is waiting to see if her boys will do the same in baseball.