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  Betsy Kopczynski - President

   Epstein Becker & Green
   president@alachicago.org
   312-449-1475

The President is an officer and has primary responsibility for managing the organization and providing a common direction to the Board and Chapter as a whole.

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Michael Motyka - Vice President/
President-Elect/Region 3 Representative

Marshall Gerstein Borun, LLP
mmotyka@marshallip.com
312-423-3466

The Vice President is an officer and has the primary responsibility to assist the President in fulfilling his/her duties and acting in place of the President when asked to do so or when the President is unable to act.

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Laura Sears - Vice President-Elect

Gould & Ratner LLP
lsears@gouldratner.com 
312-899-1660

The Vice President-Elect is an officer and has the primary responsibility to assist the President and the Vice President in fulfilling their duties.; The Vice President-Elect shall serve concurrently in another role on the Board and shall have previously served or be serving in a Director or Officer role.

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Ken Koehn - Treasurer

Gould & Ratner, LLP
treasurer@alachicago.org
312-899-1620

The Treasurer is an officer and has primary responsibility for all financial information during his/her term of office.

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Deb O'Donnell, CLM - Secretary

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
dodonnell@pattishall.com
312-554-7921

The Secretary is an officer and has primary responsibility for recording all proceedings of the Board.

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Mary Lynn Wilson, CLM - Past President/Historian

Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal LLC
mlw@crayhuber.com
312-332-8497

The Past President/Historian serves as an adviser to the President. The Historian acts as a resource for Chapter historical information and maintains the records of the Chapter’s history.

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Anna Sorensen - Business Partner Relations Director

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

businesspartners@alachicago.org

312.964.3504

The Business Partner Relations Director has primary responsibility for maintaining relationships with vendors to the legal community and all efforts to publicize and promote the Chapter to the legal community and the community at-large.

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Karen D. Hammersmith, CLM, SPHR - CLM Co-Director

Levin Ginsburg
khammersmith@lgattorneys.com
312-368-0100, Extension 6147

Mary Ann Rojas, CLM - CLM Co-Director

Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
mrojas@pjjlaw.com
312-768-7800

The CLM Co-Directors shall be responsible for designing and developing the CLM Study Group curriculum based on the components of the Certified Legal Manager Examination. The CLM Co-Directors will also chair and coordinate the CLM Study Group, and plan one Brown Bag event that would qualify for CLM credit.

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Michelle Howe, PHR - Communications/ Website Director

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
michelle.howe@dbr.com
312-569-1804

The Communications/Website Director is the Chapter’s communications link to the membership.

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Kyle Woodward - Community Relations Director

Freeborn & Peters LLP
kwoodward@freeborn.com
312-360-6633

The Community Relations Director shall coordinate community service projects and develop relationships with the Chicago legal community, i.e. bar associations, IFMA, ILTA, LMA and SHRM.

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Michael Motyka - Large-Size Firm Director

Marshall Gerstein Borun, LLP
mmotyka@marshallip.com
312-423-3466

The Large-Size Firm Director has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in this area.

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Nicole Clark - Membership Director

Robbins Schwartz
nclark@robbins-schwartz.com

312-265-2592

The Membership Director has primary responsibility for maintaining the records of membership.

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Sheri Stone - Director of Member Experience

Aronberg Goldgehn
sstone@agdglaw.com
312-755-3135

The Director of Member Experience has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the members needs of Chapter members in this area.

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Rachel Benner - Mid-Size Firm Director

Golan Christie Taglia
rbenner@gct.law
312-696-2037

The Mid-Size Firm Director has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in this area.

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Susan Burdett - Newsletter Director

Sugar, Felsenthal, Grais & Hammer, LLP
sburdett@sugarfgh.com  
312-704-2774

The Newsletter Director has primary responsibility for promoting the Chapter through written materials.

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Mark Bridgeman, CLM, CRM - Professional Development Director

U.S. Attorney's Office
professionaldevelopment@alachicago.org
312-886-2953

The Professional Development Director is responsible for providing professional development resources, information, and program to the chapter’s members. Professional Development deals with the documentation and assessment of the overall skill requirements necessary for legal administrators to perform their jobs competently, as well as determine the programmatic and educational means for developing those skills.

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Laura Marlin - Small Firm Director

Miller Shakman & Beem LLP
lmarlin@millershakman.com
312-263-3700

The Small Firm Director has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of the small firm administrators in our Chapter.

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Laura Sears - Special Events Director

Gould & Ratner LLP
lsears@gouldratner.com 
312-899-1660

The Special Events Director is responsible for identifying and fulfilling the special events planning needs for the Chapter.

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Barb Javorcic - Survey Director

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
bjavorcic@marshallip.com
312-474-9533

The Survey Director has primary responsibility for producing the Chapter’s annual Salary Survey and any other surveys that may be designated by the Board.

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Alan Goldman - Finance Advisor

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
alan.goldman@bfkn.com
312-629-7308

The Finance Advisor reports to the Professional Development Director and has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs for Chapter members in the area of financial management.

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Ony Beverly - Human Resources Advisor

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
obeverly@marshallip.com
312-474-9534

The Human Resources Advisor reports to the Professional Development Director and has the responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in the Human Resources area.

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Larry J. Fujara - Legal Industry/Business Co-Advisor

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
lfujara@pattishall.com
312-554-7921

Courtney M. Landon, Esq. - Legal Industry/Business Co-Advisor

Lathrop & Gage LLP
clandon@lathropgage.com
312-920-3335

The Legal Industry/Business Co-Advisors report to the Professional Development Director and have primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs for Chapter members in this area.

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Tracy Gallegos, CLM - Operations/Communications Advisor

Argonne National Laboratory
tgallegos@anl.gov  
630-252-4033

The Operations/Communications Advisor reports to the Professional Development Director and has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in the area of facilities and office services.

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Deborah Kuchta, CLM - Career Services Co-Advisor

jobbank@alachicago.org
219-241-4066

John T. Podbielski, Jr., Esq. - Career Services Co-Advisor

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
jobbank@alachicago.org
312-704-3536

The Career Services Co-Advisors report to Professional Development Director and shall identify and fulfill the educational needs of the Chapter members in the area of Career Services.

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