Administrative Team
Rath, Young and Pignatelli employs a dedicated, talented and experienced administrative support team, who are essential to the firm’s day-to-day operations in providing exceptional service to each and every one of our clients.

Linda C. Allen, Purchasing Clerk

Linda Allen is the purchasing clerk.  Linda started with the Firm in 2007.  Away from the office, Linda enjoys hiking and kayaking. She has been a long time volunteer with Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament .


Michelle W. Chase, Assistant to Michael Pignatelli

Michelle Chase joined Rath, Young and Pignatelli in 2011 as a part-time assistant to Michael Pignatelli.  At that time, she was the co-owner of Amherst Yoga.  Michelle graduated from St. Anselm College and worked for seventeen years at Allstate Insurance where she held positions as a claims adjuster, subrogation coordinator, and unit claim manager.  Michelle turned her passion for fitness into a career and worked as a spinning and yoga instructor at Hampshire Hills for twenty years.  After raising two children who are now grown, she enjoys spending time in Maine, teaching yoga, and helping her husband Sam renovate their house in Hopkinton.


Wendy G. Ireland, Receptionist

For the past twenty years, Wendy has been utilizing her proficient organizational and communication skills to enhance daily operations at the Firm.  She is skilled in customer service and relations, and as the receptionist for the firm takes great pride in maintaining and ensuring a presentable and efficient workspace for clients and colleagues.  Away from the office, Wendy enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family at their camp on Tom’s Pond in Warner.


Deborah J. Keefe, Litigation Group Administrator

Deborah Keefe is a Legal Assistant who has been with the Firm for over 25 years.  During that time, she has primarily worked in the Litigation Department and in recent years has also worked in the Healthcare Department.   She is looking forward to her retirement in 2021 and moving to Maine.


Carrie S. Lemieux, Energy Group Administrator – Business and Finance Group Administrator

Carrie Lemieux is the Energy Group and Business and Finance Group Administrator.  She is also Assistant to Tom Rath, founder of the firm.  Carrie started with the Firm in 2016.  She has worked as a Real Estate and Corporate Paralegal since 1997 and prides herself at learning and mastering new skills, being extremely organized and excellent at managing both her time and that of her attorneys.  When Carrie is not in the office, she is the Co-Administrator of the New England State and Local Tax Forum, she teaches art classes and cake decorating, and enjoys spending time with her family.


Faith A. McEvoy, Litigation Assistant

Faith McEvoy is a Litigation Assistant with primary responsibilities for the Litigation Group.  Faith started with the Firm in 2019 and is always excited to learn as much as possible, and eager for everything.  Away from the office, she is busy skiing, running, or out on the lake.  Faith is a recent graduate from UNH.


Toni M. Pierce, Accounting Department, Billing and Payroll Specialist

Toni Pierce is one of our Accounting Clerks with primary responsibilities for processing client bills and payroll; and, generally responding to the needs of the folks in and out of the office.  Toni began working at the Firm in 2011 as an administrative assistant.  Throughout her career, she worked in numerous capacities within the legal field and was excited to join our accounting team to learn the financial aspects of the firm.  When not at work, she enjoys fishing and travelling.


Melissa M. Rowe, Litigation Practice Group Administrator – Healthcare Practice Group Administrator

Melissa is a Legal Assistant supporting the Litigation and Healthcare Practice Groups.  Melissa started at the Firm in March of 2018.  She has worked in healthcare litigation for almost 20 years as both paralegal and as an assistant.  She prides herself in her typing skills and ability to transcribe.  Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family, quilting, reading and working on projects around her home.


Diane M. Veilleux, Accounting Department, A/P and A/R Specialist

Diane is an Accounting Clerk and provides administrative support to the Business Office with primary responsibilities in Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.  Diane started with the firm in 2018, and brings detailed organizational skills, several years of accounting experience with professional services firms, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University.  Away from the office, Diane enjoys practicing yoga, kayaking, and spending time on the lake with friends.


Susan M. Walker, Environmental Practice Group Administrator – Government Relations Practice Group Administrator

Susan Walker is an Administrative Assistant and Practice Group Administrator for both the Environmental Practice Group and the Government Relations Practice Group.  Susan has worked with Attorney Sherry Young, the firm’s Founder and past President, for 30 years.  She has taken over as Administrator for the Government Relations Group 6 years ago as well.  Susan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and has been working at the Firm for 30 years.  Originally from Revere, Massachusetts, she now lives in the Lakes Region with her husband and family.  While still working full-time, Susan enjoys a less hectic life now, with her four grown children, 7 grandchildren and 2 dogs.  She enjoys traveling, boating on Lake Winnisquam, grandchildren’s dance recitals, baseball, soccer and football games, and selling Girl Scout Cookies.


Chantell B. Wheeler, Tax Practice Group Administrator

Chantell B. Wheeler is the Tax Practice Group Administrator and Assistant to Firm President, Christopher J. Sullivan.  Chantell started with the Firm in 2017 and has worked for the past 20 years as a paralegal, researcher and legal services advocate. Chantell received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Notre Dame College and considers herself a life-long learner.  Chantell is also the Co-Administrator of the New England State and Local Tax Forum.  Outside of the office, Chantell enjoys year-round hiking and fostering rescue dogs.