Meet Our Team
Ms. Gahagan graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University in 1992, with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and a k-12 teaching license. She was a member of the first class of North Carolina Teaching Fellows. During her teaching career, she taught students from preschool through the community college level and was honored as the Teacher of the Year multiple times. In 2000, Ms. Gahagan founded the Washington Montessori Public Charter School and served as the Head of School—a role that included a myriad of duties including Exceptional Children Director, 504 Coordinator, and Human Resources Director.
Ms. Gahagan was selected to participate in the Principal Fellows Program, but she opted to pursue a law degree to combine her passion for the law and education. She attended the University of North Carolina School of Law where she served as the Editor in Chief of her law journal, tutored fellow students, and was selected as an Honors Writing Scholar. She graduated with honors and has exclusively practiced education law with an emphasis on special education since 2012.
In 2014, Ms. Gahagan opened the doors of The Gahagan Law Firm representing disabled students in schools and universities across North Carolina, public school teachers, and families facing issues such as school assignment issues, bullying, and suspension.
Ms. Gahagan is happily married to Mickey Gahagan and is the proud mother of five children. She enjoys running, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Kreilkamp graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, she completed over 300 hours of pro bono work with organizations including Disability Rights North Carolina, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services. Ms. Kreilkamp served on the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology and actively participated in the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Kreilkamp joined the Gahagan Law Firm in 2015 to pursue her passion of providing legal services to those who need them most.
Anne Mellon grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan and moved to the triangle 4 years ago. She is currently the paralegal for attorneys Stacey Gahagan and Stella Kreilkamp. Anne completed her Paralegal Degree at Durham Tech and is planning on going back to school to complete her bachelor’s degree. Anne is a valuable member of the Gahagan Law team. She is the first voice you will hear when you call us.
Anne lives in Raleigh, she enjoys staying active, watching the Detroit Lions, and fosters dogs through Hope Animal Rescue.
Ms. Kom graduated from Loyola University New Orleans and began her career as a teacher. Later, she joined Young Audiences of Louisiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving low-income students in public schools.
Ms. Kom decided to pursue a law degree after witnessing first-hand the challenges disenfranchised students face.
Ms. Kom graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. During law school, she litigated IDEA cases on behalf of low-income students with disabilities at Partnership for Children’s Rights. Ms. Kom joined Gahagan Law in November 2014. In 2015, Ms. Kom started a non-profit that advocates for the rights of low-income families in IDEA due process hearings—Legal Services for Children of North Carolina. Through her work at LSCNC and Gahagan Law, Ms. Kom continues her work defending student rights across North Carolina.