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Biographies - Experience

Carol Lynn Terzo

Carol Lynn Terzo is a Registered Civil and Family Law Mediator. She mediated her first case in 1989. Carol is also a trained Family Law Arbitrator. Carol spent 22 years on the bench hearing Civil and Family Law cases. Besides her mediation practice, Carol currently serves as a Senior Judge hearing Civil and Family Law cases.

Upon graduation from Indiana University, Carol taught first grade at the American School of Kuwait from 1976-1978. Her students were of many nationalities, spoke many languages, and were of many religious backgrounds. Teaching in Kuwait was a terrific experience and gave Carol an in-depth view of other cultures and beliefs.

Upon graduation from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1982, she joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Support Division. Subsequently, Carol spent several years in private general practice handling all types of civil and family law cases.

Carol is a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association and a recipient of the President’s Award for Service to the IBA. Carol has served 2 three-year terms on the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Executive Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution, with one year as Chair of that committee. Carol has been profiled in the Indianapolis Star and in the Indianapolis Business Journal, as well as other publications. In December 2015, Carol was awarded the Indianapolis Bar Association's first Family Law Section Award for her contributions to family law. She was also recognized as a Distinguished Barrister by The Indiana Lawyer in May 2016.

Carol and her husband, Fred, have 2 adult children and are extremely proud to be grandparents. In her spare time Carol enjoys gardening, cooking and knitting. (She knit her dress to wear to her daughter’s wedding!)

Elodie Ann Meuser

Elodie Ann Meuser was born and raised in southern Indiana. She received her associate degree from Vincennes University-Jasper in 1991. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1993 with a major in History and a minor in German. She received her juris doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1996.

While in law school Elodie worked as a law clerk in a small local law firm focusing on personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security disability. She later became an associate attorney there.

In 1998, she joined the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Child Support Division. While employed at the Prosecutor's Office over twelve years, she was recognized as employee of the month on two occasions and was voted Civil Prosecutor of the Year in 2006 by her peers. Elodie has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics at state and regional child support conferences. She has also been a guest lecturer at the IU School of Law at Indianapolis and has presented lectures to the Indiana Bar Association as well. Elodie is a former member and chair of the Executive Committee of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Elodie enjoys spending time with friends and family. She and her long-term boyfriend love to travel all over the world. In her spare time she likes to knit and make jewelry. She is also an avid sports enthusiast and looks forward to college football each fall, fantasy football and March Madness every year. And go Colts!

As a Registered Civil and Family Law Mediator and as a Parenting Coordinator, Elodie looks forward to using the skills she has gained over the years to help people sort out their differences, reach some common ground, and move forward with their lives. Elodie has also been trained as a Guardian ad Litem and is now accepting new appointments.

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford

Valerie A. Cowan

Valerie A. Cowan is a lifelong Hoosier who grew up in Indianapolis and attended Pike Township Schools.  Valerie graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Political Science, but worked in management and residential construction before going to work for her father, a local trust and estates attorney, in 2006.  That same year, Valerie returned to school for a Paralegal Certificate from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Upon completion of the Paralegal program, Valerie decided to pursue a law degree at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  While taking evening classes to obtain her paralegal certificate and then her law degree, Valerie continued to work full-time in her father’s law practice.  In 2012, she opened Cowan & King, LLP with her husband, and fellow attorney, Nicholas L. King.  Cowan & King, LLP focuses primarily on plaintiff medical malpractice cases, and Valerie continues to serve clients in the areas of trusts and estates. 

It was during law school that Valerie became interested in mediation.  Recognizing that mediation provides parties with the opportunity to work towards a resolution over which they have some control, and therefore greater satisfaction, Valerie decided that she wanted to help facilitate such resolutions and completed the requisite training to do so.  Valerie is a Registered Civil and Family Law Mediator.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Valerie loves to cook and bake, and date nights with her husband frequently involve cooking a gourmet dinner together.  Additionally, the two love to travel, and when not traveling, are planning their next excursion.  Always wanting to stay active, Valerie practices yoga and runs daily.  Her downtime includes getting lost in a good book, scrapbooking her travel adventures, spending time with family, including her two stepchildren, and cheering on her favorite teams, the Hoosiers, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts.