Board of Directors

Sherri Renner, J.D. is the founder of LawYou, LLC, which began in 2007 as a volunteer-based legal consultation service to families in the West Palm Beach inner city, and has since grown to reach people across the country. Through this work, Sherri learned that many pro se litigants are disadvantaged in court not only from deficits in  legal knowledge and experience, but also by lack of funds to pay for court reporters, demonstrative aids, and other things necessary to properly prosecute or defend against claims.

Ms. Renner attended high school and college, raised a family, and established businesses in Palm Beach County, Florida. She attended Florida Atlantic University, graduating summa cum laude with a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. As the grateful recipient of a full academic scholarship, Ms. Renner then attended Stetson University College of Law, where she served as a member of the Stetson Law Review, among other activities, and graduated with multiple honors and awards.

While a member of the Florida Bar, Ms. Renner litigated varied cases involving local governmental entities, community associations, and general civil matters. She now devotes her time to furthering the collective mission of LawYou and this Foundation.

Victoria Vilchez is the owner and managing attorney for Victoria Vilchez, P.A. She has focused her practice primarily on family and juvenile matters.

Ms. Vilchez is a native of Florida who received her B.A. degree from Florida State University and her J.D. from Mercer University. She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, as well as the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She is also a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator.

Ms. Vilchez is active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Glades Girl Scout Council and Gratitude House. She has been extremely active in legal organizations such as the Palm Beach County Bar Association, serving as founder and chairperson of the Juvenile Practice Committee, as well as having served on the Family Law, Judicial Relations, Criminal Practice, Professionalism, Special Needs of Children and Quality of Life committees. She has been a board member of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County for over ten years, serving as President from 2001-2003. She is also a past president of both the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.

Cathie Rockwood has worked in the insurance industry as a 2-20-licensed agent since 2001. Her specialties include personal and commercial lines of insurance, dispute resolution, public speaking, claims resolution, policy management, office management, and working with difficult clients.

Ms. Rockwood spent ten years as the Arbitration Administrator at the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida, specializing in mediation and arbitration.

For the past 20+ years, Ms. Rockwood has spent many hours engaged in public speaking and volunteer work to improve the legal environment for families. Most notable is her work with FACTS: Families Against Court Travesties, where she has been a Court Watch volunteer since 2005. FACTS’ goals are to improve the family court system and to prevent future injustices against families, women, and children. FACTS is achieving its goals by promoting awareness of the problems, changing legislation, holding the judges, lawyers, guardians-ad-litem, and psychologists accountable for their actions and, most importantly, by focusing on the health and well being of children.

Timothy Welch is a 4th year Economics and Data Science student at UC Berkeley pursuing a career in economic consulting and research. He was a summer associate at TM Financial Forensics, LLC, in San Francisco, among other relevant paid and volunteer positions.

Before embarking on his current career path, Tim excelled as a chef at high-end restaurants in Florida, Brussels, Paris, Boston, and Austin, Texas, where he was chef de cuisine at the famed Emmer & Rye.

Tim brings to PJF his experience and education in economics, management, and data analytics. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his partner, Julie, and their son, Sacha. More information about Tim can be found here.