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The following ALA Chicago members have obtained their CLM Certification:


Jose R. Cheesman, MSLA, CLM
Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC


Maureen T. Feltman, CLM
Business Manager
Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C.

"The CLM experience for me was an adventure.  By nature I am shy, thought the ALA members were better educated than me, and I could not compete in this category.  However, during my meetings with the CLM candidates, I found administrators who were willing to share their knowledge and the most supportive group of individuals I could find. I am proud that I took the journey and found Chicago ALA was a supportive group. The test did not prove whether or not I was a good Administrator just whether I was able to grasp the concept of some of the responsibility of an Administrator (which none of us felt related to our job)."


Marie Fiorito, CLM
Office Manager
Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC

"It was a great experience! I pushed myself to a study level that I didn’t think I could do.  I encourage everyone to take the test. The knowledge I learned has helped in my everyday work life. There was such of sense of accomplishment that I just cannot express. Taking the test gave me the confidence I knew I could do anything I put my mind to. As Administrators we are challenged every day. This test lets you know you can take on anything you need to.  I was in a great study group that was very supportive.  The friendships I developed will never be forgotten. Remember your ALA friends are always there to support you."


Suzanne L. Florez, CLM
Firm Administrator
Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth, LLC


Tracey Gallegos, CLM
Manager, Legal Operations
Argonne National Laboratory


Susan M. Gerovasil, CLM
Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices


Karen D. Hammersmith, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Legal Administrator
Levin & Ginsburg

"Becoming a CLM was an incredible experience for me, both personally and professionally. The knowledge necessary to do our jobs well is constantly evolving and expanding, and the CLM certification and recertification process provides you with the tools and information needed to keep up with those changes. Each person in my study group was committed to the learning process, and I believe each person brought a different perspective to the materials that allowed our group to achieve the best possible understanding of the body of knowledge required to become certified in our profession. I am so proud of the work we did and the effort we put forth to help each other do our best. The results were very much worth the effort, and I encourage those who are considering the CLM program join a study group and get started. You'll be glad you did!"


Linda Hsu, CLM
Chief Operating Officer
Chico & Nunes, P.C.


Barbara Javorcic, CLM
Chief Financial Officer
Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP


Kasia Johnson, CLM
Chief Operating Officer
Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered


Viktor P. Kaufmann, CLM
Senior Financial Analyst
Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered


Karen Kirby, CLM
GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh LLP


Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Gould & Ratner LLP


Deborah A. Kuchta, CLM
Firm Administrator
Brennan Burtker LLC

"The validation and self-confidence I have gained since passing the CLM test is tremendous. The study group was an opportunity not to be missed. Each of us had different educational and career backgrounds.  As a group, we brought that all together for an awesome educational experience."


Natalie Mazzuca, CLM
Executive Director
Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C.


Carol A. McCallum, CLM
Office Manager
Arnett Law Group

"It’s the journey to the CLM that means the most. The people who travel with you become more than friends and they will see you through it no matter how long it takes."


William D. Mech, CLM
Chief Operating Officer
Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.


Jena M. Neisler, CLM
Human Resources Manager
Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella, PC


Rita R. Nielsen, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Office Administrator
Locke Lord LLP

"The road to CLM certification is tough but well worth the reward of passing the test.  It definitely has had a positive impact on my professional development and my career.  I would encourage fellow ALA members to go for it!"


Deborah A. O'Donnell, CLM
Director of HR & Operations
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP


Joann A. Pichla, CLM
Office Administrator
Levun Goodman & Cohen, LLP


Elizabeth L. Pokora, J.D., CLM
Legal Administrator
Klein Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.


Mary Ann Rojas, CLM, SPHR
Office Administrator
Goldberg Kohn

"I can't tell you how many times in the course of my job I use the knowledge I gained from studying for the CLM. I still use some of the materials today when an issue comes up, or I pick the brain of someone in my study group. As an added bonus I didn't expect going in, our study group developed long term friendships that I really value. It's a win-win situation! Good friends, additional knowledge, and an accomplishment we can be proud of!"


Laura T. Sears, CLM
Chief Administrative Officer
Gould & Ratner LLP


Marsha L. Thomas, CLM
Office Manager
Madigan & Getzendanner


Mary Lynn Wilson, CLM
Legal Administrator
Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal LLC


Patricia A. Winter, CLM
Executive Director
Foran, Glennon, Palandech, Ponzi & Rudloff, PC


We also offer the reflections of another Chapter CLM'er, entitled "The Road to the CLM."