Andrea Keith Welker, Attorney/Program Coordinator
Andrea is a graduate of UK College of Law and holds a master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce.
Andrea joined Child Advocacy Today as its part-time Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney in 2010 and expanded her position to full-time in 2012. She provides direct legal services for patients and also serves as the supervising attorney for the CAT externship for UK College of Law as well as student volunteers. She has presented at numerous training programs for CAT to both the medical and legal professions and presented at the National Medical Legal Partnership Summit in 2013. Andrea began her legal career in 2000, working in insurance defense and civil litigation. While in law school, Andrea interned at Clark &Ward (n/k/a Ward, Hocker& Thornton, PLLC), Peter Perlman Law Offices, and the Office of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney. After law school, she worked in Ashland, Kentucky, as an associate attorney with the law firm of Gordon J. Dill, PSC, a firm devoted to general trial practice, including medical malpractice, employment litigation, domestic relations and criminal defense. Andrea returned to Lexington in 2010 to launch her own law practice shortly before joining CAT.
Andrea and her husband, Nick, have two young, beautiful daughters. Andrea also plays violin in the Lexington Community Orchestra.
Chelsey S. Brammell, Attorney / Development Director
Chelsey joined the CAT team in the fall of 2013. As the Development Director, she organizes all CAT development activities, including events and implementation of fundraising and program sustainability efforts. She provides legal representation to CAT clients, specializing in obtaining Medicaid benefits for young patients and their families. She participates in training medical providers and representation for patient and clients, and also provides consultation to medical staff and social workers regarding legal issues and interventions.
A native of Greenup County, Kentucky, Chelsey is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky College of Law. During law school, she interned with Circuit Court Judge Rebecca K. Phillips under a grant from the Rural Drug Prosecution Assistance Project, with the Clark Law Office in Lexington, and with U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell. Following law school, she practiced with a boutique Elder Law firm in Washington, D.C., where she assisted senior clients navigate the complexities of private and public healthcare. Prior to returning to Lexington, she spent a year doing humanitarian work with the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Encarnación, Paraguay. Her ministries in South America included providing food, clothing, education, and health care to impoverished communities.
Chelsey lives in Lexington with her husband and her Boston terrier.